Street style from the S/S ’14 Fashion Week circuit Photo: Nasrin Montag
There’s something prim and proper about a shirt dress. Type the style into google and it’s offerings from M&S, Gap and Boden that come up top. Why? Because the shirt dress is all about understated, simple tailoring and it’s these ‘grown-up’ brands that boast the style as their bread and butter.
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Don’t feel like you have to sit in the serious grown-up camp to qualify as a shirt dress wearer though. Everyone from quirky outfitter Meadham Kirchhoff to Emilia Wickstead (a Duchess of Cambridge favourite), got on the trend bus for autumn/winter 2013.
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Band of Outsiders styled the label’s rouched lilac numbers with a micro leather collar – a dress that was promptly snapped up and worn by L’Uomo Vogue editor, Giovanna Battaglia on the New York S/S ’14 fashion week circuit. Margaret Howell went all utilitarian with its muted, mannish offerings, while Meadham and Blumarine went sheer with their shirts – proving that autumn’s new uniform has something for everyone.
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We’ll be adding Uniqlo’s checked shirt dresses, £29.90, to our autumn wardrobe (why not tick off two trends with one stone?) and continuing the hunt for contrasting collared numbers for a cool Wednesday Adams vibe.
The good news? You’ll have to wear your shirt dresses with a preppy cardigan – this year’s comeback knit – to show it off properly.