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Summer Style Gets Sophisticated With The Trench-Inspired Shirt Dress

As the weather gradually moves into warmer territory, spring fashion becomes more and more outdated and out-of-season, and the trends work rapid-fire to evolve and suit the sunshine-y weather at hand. While lightweight trenches and professional-chic shirt dresses have ruled the preppy looks for the past couple of cooler spring months, it’s about time for some summer adaptations to bring the trends to a whole new level of stylishness that’s both comfortable, tailored, and impeccably put-together. The trench-inspired shirt dress combines that same cinched and belted, timeless look of your favorite trench coat, but in a more summer-appropriate silhouette. The result is a sleek, chic button-up dress that’s sophisticated enough for the office, but not too stuffy for a more casual day out on the town. The look is a bit “safari fabulous,” but can be edged up with a statement-making belt or glitzier accessories to balance the neutral palette and keep it from looking too costume-y!

From left to right: Forever 21 Trench Coat Dress with Belt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Belted Cotton Shirt Dress, J. Crew Josephine Cotton Trench Dress, and Nicole Miller Trench Dress.

– Alex Gambardella

Chambray Shirt Dresses Make Buttoning Up Look Casual-Cool

Now that the weather is starting to warm up (or at least, I’m hoping it will stay that way sometime soon!), daytime dresses are starting to become more and more of a wardrobe must-have. Shirt dresses are a great transition piece, not only as we creep from spring to summer, but also for their work-to-play dual functionality. Wear them over tights or leggings with your favorite pair of flats or boots while we wait for this spring breeze to burn off into summer, then eventually transition into showing off your bare legs (as long as the style isn’t too short, of course!) with some platform wedges or summer booties. I’m loving chambray specifically because it’s got that breezy spring feel that’s casually cute, but still manages to look crisp and neat, in a stylish girl-next-door sort of way. Stock up on some layered jewelry and maybe a contrasting belt to add shape and you’ve got yourself a versatile spring-to-summer staple!

From left to right: Calvin Klein Chambray Shirtdress, Wrangler Chambray Shirt Dress, Boyfriend/Girlfriend Boyfriend Shirtdress, and Juicy Couture Denim Shirt Dress.

Go From Day To Night With A Shirtdress

The “borrowed from the boys” menswear look is always in fashion and can be seen throughout the decades from Annie Hall to almost any street style maven you see on the blogosphere today. In my mind, the blazer, newsboy cap, or even the perfect trouser has nothing on the shirtdress! They can be found in a variety of fabrics, sleeve lengths and silhouettes so there’s a shirtdress for any occasion (maybe except a wedding dress, but go ahead and prove me wrong!).

For a day at the office style your shirtdress with an appropriate jacket or trench coat and simple pumps. When you’re ready for happy hour and a night out on the town, throw on a statement necklace and a pair of strappy sandals for a totally different look. In a perfect world I would keep an arsenal of different shirtdresses like the super casual Chambray western shirt dress and then also something a little dressier like the bebe Romantic shirtdress. I also suggest bringing one or two of your favorite belts while you’re shopping for a shirtdress so you can see how it looks loose or form-fitting!

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Lumberjack Chic

  • posted January 18th, 2010
  • Fashion

Forever 21 is starting to show some new looks for 2010, and one of the trends they really seem to be picking up on is this casual men’s lumberjack look, but for women.  Plaid and flannel may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they way it gets dressed up in this rendition, you could just about tolerate it, and I think that some of the items on offer are downright cute!

Take this Hailey pintucked woven shirt from Forever 21, for example – it’s comfortable and loose, but it’s also got that tailored look, and there’s no way anyone could accuse you of looking masculine in something like this.  Put this together with some skinny jeans and flats, and there you go, instant cute casual outfit for the early months of 2010.  Layer a fitted tank underneath for even more versatility, and you’ll be able to wear a piece like this well into the spring.

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