There is no trustier garment for the woman of substance than the shirtdress. Venezuelan-born socialite-turned-fashion mogul Carolina Herrera has elevated this classic dress to the stratosphere of sophistication. Even the more affordable iterations have been reworked with embroidery, multiple layers, bell sleeves, novelty buttons, and lush fabrics. Whether your preference is up-market or low-budget, here's how you can work this staple for any occasion. (Hemline note: the models are tall.)
An afternoon at the farmer's market
Toss some fresh flowers in your tote--no need to fret if they rub off on easy-care denim or cotton gingham.
Your best friend's baby shower
Coo along with the crowd in precious pastel tones and romantic cuts.
A looser fit keeps you comfortable in meetings, and vertical lines mimic business-like pinstripes.
Keep yourself peppy in happy florals and prints.
Rich colors and fabrics like lace and satin add jazzy drama.
Meeting the parents
Present your prim and proper self by adding some flats and pearls.
A lazy Sunday
Who doesn't love a lazy Sunday? We need a whole article on this attire.
A shirtdress offers up instant chic: little effort with lots of impact. It sends a message of loveliness and smarts: that you know who you are and how you want to project yourself. Slip it on, button it up, and enjoy the occasion.
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