Summer’s the Perfect Time to Wear the Shirtdress

Soon, we’ll be in the middle of summer, and you maybe have the same dilemma I do: what do I wear to look fresh, stay cool and yet professional–not a suit or heavy lined pants. What about the shirtdress–it’s always been a favorite of mine. I’ve had linen ones, cotton ones from Brooks Brothers, etc. I wear them out!

The 1050s version of the dress was launched as part of Christian Dior’s post–World War II “New Look” couture designs, with a full skirt held with a crinoline. They often featured a notched collar, and elbow-length sleeves with cuffs. More informal versions of the shirtdress, made of cotton, but retaining the full skirt and collar, became a staple part of many women’s wardrobes during the 1950s, with designers such as Anne Fogarty becoming known for their versions of this style.A 1957 issue of Life magazine includes a photo of a typical cotton shirtdress selling for $25 in New York City.

Today, they can be a challenge to find. I love it when I find a Khaki one or a pretty light blue or navy one. They really look chic with a printed cardigan or pretty airy white sweater for cool offices. They can be dressed up or dressed down. That’s why I love them. Here are a few of my favorites.

Try it out!

Keep it classy, Indy!

B. Divine