Off the Cuff: The Season of the Shirt Dress

A style essential and a versatile addition to your wardrobe, the shirt dress is celebrated in our edit as your easy office dressing must-have.

A shirt dress is a wardrobe essential for a good reason.

Traditionally a men’s garment (women used to wear blouses), shirts became part of the women’s wardrobe in the middle of the 19th century.

Made of woven cloth, they are one of the smartest pieces of clothing and yet one of the most simple.

Buttonings also offer the possibility of varying necklines for varying levels of fun.

And while we love the simplicity of a good shirt, a dress always adds a feminine twist to your silhouette, so the combination of a shirt with a dress will always be a keeper by our standards.

Shirt dresses are the result of a shirt who meets a dress.

Versatile, elegant and romantic, the shirt dress lends itself to many occasions and makes for a comfortable addition to your wardrobe.

Here we invite you to discover the most stylish shirt dresses of summer 2016.

  • SOFT GREY Denim Shirt Dress
    SOFT GREY Denim Shirt Dress

    Price: £22.50

    Was: £45.00

    Why we love it:Denim!

    Denim is king.

    This denim dress from La Redoute combines a flattering A-line shape and hemline as well as functional pockets.

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  • ASOS Linen Shirt Dress
    ASOS Linen Shirt Dress

    Price: £30.00

    Why we love it:Linen lends itself to summer

    Linen is a favourite for summer as it allows the skin to breathe.

    We love the cinching on this number from ASOS and at £30, it is really is a bargain.

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  • FLIGHT OF FANCY PLEATED SHIRT DRESS
    FLIGHT OF FANCY PLEATED SHIRT DRESS

    Price: £52.00

    Was: £130.00

    Why we love it:Pretty pleats

    Pleated skirts are a major trend this season.

    Combined with a drop waist and delicate floral panels you have all the elements of a feminine yet modern silhouette, as illustrated by this French Connection shirt dress.

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  • House of Holland Check T-Shirt Dress
    House of Holland Check T-Shirt Dress

    Price: £70.00

    Was: £110.00

    Why we love it:Prints mania

    House of Holland is the label of London designer Henry Holland.

    Celebrated for his quirky and colourful designs, his use of prints is also second to none.

    This shirt dress from the designer is no exception and guess what? It’s currently on sale!

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  • POLO RALPH LAUREN Alexis Striped Cotton Shirt Dress
    POLO RALPH LAUREN Alexis Striped Cotton Shirt Dress

    Price: £144.99

    Why we love it:Menswear meets women's fashion

    The flared hemline of this Polo Ralph Lauren shirt dress contrasts with its masculine tailoring and stripes.

    We really like the long sleeves, which give plenty of cuffing opportunities for a laidback twist.

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  • LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ Check Cotton Shirt Dress
    LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ Check Cotton Shirt Dress

    Price: £228.00

    Was: £380.00

    Why we love it:The hemline

    Longer hemlines universally give a ladylike flair to your style.

    This dress from Lisa Maria Fernandez reminds us of 50s Americana while the citrus colour brings it up to date with current trends.

     

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  • ROCHAS Ruffle Skirt Shirt Dress
    ROCHAS Ruffle Skirt Shirt Dress

    Price: £792.00

    Was: £1585.00

    Why we love it:Soft volumes

    Alessandro dell’Acqua from No. 21 is also the creative director of the historic French label Rochas.

    His mastering of soft volumes and focus on wearability become apparent on this deliciously candy-coloured ruffled shirt dress.

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