16 June 2011

Style My Shirtdress

I have never worn a shirtdress without any accessories.  This style of dress may be stunning when worn sans accessories, by a leggy supermodel, especially when extended to ankle length.  However I prefer to add a few extra elements to this easily adaptable classic piece.

I cinch nearly all of my dresses at the waist with a belt, sometime to prevent the illusion of a circus tent that can be caused by a voluminous skirt.  I find that pairing a shirtdress with a classic leather belt (preferably a shade on the brown spectrum) prompts me to envision past POLO Ralph Lauren collections.  Wearing a polo shirt under the dress to obtain a double collar is also very POLO appropriate.

For a more contemporary juxtaposition, a skirt may be worn over the shirtdress and may be adjusted to either hide or conceal the bottom hem of the dress, according to the wearer's preference. I do recommend that when layering a skirt upon the bottom half of a shirtdress that the wearer opt for a dress of shorter length so as not to be weighed down by yards of skirt.

Revert the shirtdress back to its original stomping grounds by wearing it as a long shirt or tunic.  It may be hiked up and tucked into shorts or even a pair of jeans in a variety of ways. I prefer to gather the dress at the bottom and tuck one side into a frayed pair of jean shorts.


M.J.W.

5 comments:

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  3. Great post! I definitely like to belt my shirt dresses...

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. I love this idea for a shirt dress! Going to wear one cut off soon!

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