I’ve always thought of the shirt dress as somewhat matronly – a bit safe and dull, worn with black pumps and a faded cardigan by mid-level banking sector workers. Usually I wouldn’t look twice, but when I spotted a navy Gap shirt dress in a charity shop for a mere £3, I decided to think of it as a blank canvas and see what I could create.
Because the dress is so simple and well-fitting, I could add cranberry tights, a statement necklace, skinny belt and splash of pink lipstick without looking like Zandra Rhodes. The cute leather boots and leopard print bag pull everything together for a look that’s more stylish than systems-analyst-in-a-meeting.
Do you have a shirt dress in your wardrobe? How do you style it?