Best shirt dresses of the moment

THERE is an old expression and it goes something like “Another day, another shirt that buttons up to your neck and falls at your ankles.” So maybe it’s not that old (or valid) an expression. But it’s true. The shirt dress is, in my very humble opinion, one of the most brilliant pieces of clothing ever made. An entire outfit in one garment, it’s feminine, varying hugely in length, colour, cut, structure, material and style – with just enough hardness thrown in by an austere, stiff collar. It’s the kind of piece that kicks butt in a boardroom and works well on the street.

Now, in my never-ending quest to validate how much time I spend online window shopping, I’ve compiled a shirt dress edit. It’s by no means exhaustive, and you might not agree with all of my choices, but as far as I’m concerned, these are the best shirt dresses of the moment. Some are too pricey even for a payday splurge, and some are much more affordable, but all are very, very covetable. Get shirty, pals. I’m all about the expressions today.

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BRIGHT AND WHITE

 

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COS

MANGO

UNIQLO

ACNE

ASOS

ASOS

TOPSHOP.COM

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ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

TOPSHOP

TOPSHOP

ASOS

 

KATRANTZOU

TOPSHOP BOUTIQUE

TOPSHOP

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IN THE PINK

ASOS

MODA OPERANDI

THE WHITEPEPPER

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THE MONO-DRAMATICS

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COS

McQUEEN

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BACK TO BLACK

THE WHITEPEPPER

THE WHITEPEPPER

MONKI

BELSTAFF

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Ming Xi’s Lazy Day in Vogue China

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The words desolate, dark, wet and lonely don’t really suggest a sensible shortcut via an alley, let alone a fashion shoot.

But Ming Xi’s mastery of her expansive and empty surroundings lends life to an industrial landscape in this editorial for Vogue China. Called Lazy Day, it doesn’t look very lazy (or very enjoyable, sitting around in warehouses or hoofing it across damp grit) but Boo George’s eye, combined with Joanna Schlenzka’s styling somehow takes simple monochrome shapes and dark backgrounds to create something vibrant and atmospheric.

And how beautiful are the tux trousers, and jumpsuit? I haven’t found a jumpsuit that fits perfectly so far (it’s a toughie when you’re really tall) but I think it’s time to look a bit harder.

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