The Contemporary Shirtdress

It’s either your style, or it isn’t, but consider that these days shirtdresses are neither as pedestrian nor as staid as we remember.

Reds

Left: Michael Kors Collection Cotton Poplin Wrap Shirtdress– Ageless. Ladylike. Classic. Bold. Flattering surplice bodice and full skirt. Button fastening.

Center: Tie-Waist Shirtdress– Tomato red classic in machine washable linen/cotton. Flattering side splits and stitch detailing on the placket, belt and pockets. Button fastening at front. Two front pockets. Midi. Unlined. Sale $104.00

Right: 4our Dreamers Gauze Linen-Blend Shirtdress– A soft, casual interpretation. Red and white gauze design, gathered waist, two front pockets, tie-sash at waist. Sale $49.99

Blues  left to right

Lafayette 148 New York Cordelia Printed Midi Shirt Dress– Distinctive styling with urban flair. Spread collar, sleeveless, concealed button front half placket. Wrap-around self-tie belt, belt loops, side slit pockets. Fit-and-flare silhouette, handkerchief hem. Side zip closure, allover pinstripes and abstract print. Cotton. $598.00 

Chambray Wrap Dress– Swingy and feminine. True wrap style with tie and side-zip closures. Surplice neck with pleated shoulders. Machine washable, Lined cotton. $129.00

Michael Kors Stretch Cotton-Poplin Shirtdress– Nautical blue. Wrap waist and full skirt create a feminine shape. Button fastening. Cotton/spandex. Sale $478.50 

Theory Dalton Long Striped Tie-Sleeve Cotton Shirtdress– Belt or not. Long n’ lean. Spread collar; button front. Short sleeves; tie cuffs. A-line silhouette. Midi length. Cotton.

Ever Dark

Left: J. Crew Belted Shirtdress– Navy blue. City sleek with heels or casual with flats. Merino wool-and-cotton blend for a chic look and feel. Contrast piping. Button front. $138.00

Center:  Chiara Boni Le Petite Robe Austina Bicolor Shirt Dress– Totally on trend. Work to dinner with elan. Collared neckline. Body-conscious silhouette. Raw-edge hem for ease of tailoring. Back princess seams. Knee-length hem. Step-in style. Nylon/spandex. $750.00.

Right: Belted Poplin Midi Shirtdress– Easy 1950s look. Slips on over head; partial side zip closure. Spread collar, short hidden button front.  Elbow length sleeves, single button cuffs. Princess seamed bodice. Removable two-ring belt.  Side seam pockets. Mid-calf length. Cotton/spandex, woven poplin, pre-shrunk, smooth feel, slight stretch, lighter midweight. Machine wash cold. $43.95

Opening

Left:Finley Jenna Long-Sleeve Ruffle-Tiered Striped Shirtdress– Cute and contemporary. Spread collar; button front. Long tabbed sleeves. Yoked, pleated back. Tiered-ruffle hem. Cotton poplin. Sale $160.00

Center: Veronica Beard Ruched Shirtdress– Great for slim bodies. Youthful. Stylish. Blue and white stripe. Asymmetric mother of pearl button closure. Invisible side-zipper with snap detail. $450.00

Right: Brooks Brothers Gingham Shirtdress by Zac Posen– Traditional gingham with a girly skirt. Blue or pink. Sale $114.00 

The items featured in this article have been chosen by the editors of Woman Around Town simply because we like them and think you may, too. No advertising fees have been paid to Woman Around Town for this article.

About Alix Cohen (939 Articles)
Alix Cohen is the recipient of eight New York Press Club Awards for work published on this venue. Her writing history began with poetry, segued into lyrics and took a commercial detour while holding executive positions in product development, merchandising, and design. A cultural sponge, she now turns her diverse personal and professional background to authoring pieces about culture/the arts with particular interest in artists/performers and entrepreneurs. Theater, music, art/design are lifelong areas of study and passion. She is a voting member of Drama Desk and Drama League. Alix’s professional experience in women’s fashion fuels writing in that area. Besides Woman Around Town, the journalist writes for Cabaret Scenes, Broadway World, and Theater Pizzazz. Additional pieces have been published by The New York Post, The National Observer’s Playground Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, Times Square Chronicles, and ifashionnetwork. She lives in Manhattan. Of course.