The Summer Shirtdress

Style Theory: The 2014 Shirtdress, cool, sharp, comfortable and versatile, can be worn in town or to the beach over a swimsuit, a chic, more structured alternative to the boho dress..just add a wide brimmed straw hat for Riveria perfection...

I have realised I need more dresses like the shirtdress that are a good length (just above my knee) and cover my arms. I am beginning to love this flattering style (maybe it is my age?!) as it looks so chic with a pair of strappy flat sandals for the beach and strolling up to a beachbar. Here is how the designers and streetstylers are wearing them...
Nina Ricci

And here are are some beautiful shirt dresses to be found on the high street now:

Mih Shirtdress at Matches was £220 now £154
Love, love this shirt dress, the idea cut, shape, colour, sadly even reduced to £154 still waaayy out of my price range.

Glamorous denim swing dress at Asos £26
Love the fact that this is a cotton blend, denim. It would look great thrown over a bikini with gold strappy sandals.

Denim and Supply by Ralph Lauren at Asos £90
This is a loud print but looks good, the fabric drapes beautifully and it would look great with a pair of lemon espadrilles for the beach, or with some nude strappy sandals on a evening out.

Topshop Aloha Shirtdress £40
Wear this with a pair of sliders for a cool edge.

Yumi Anchor Print Shirt dress at House of Fraser £60
A fit and flare look, so cute, I would wear with little pointed white and silver ballet shoes like these:
Zara £29.99
I think I need these shoes in my life, so so fabulous on.
Hobbs Iona Dress at House of Fraser was £110 now £55
Gorgeous dress if you are brave enough to wear white, fab shape and great length. However, I would be covered in mucky kids fingerprints within two seconds of putting it on!

Mango Tencel Shirt dress at House of Fraser £44.99
This would look great with jewelled sandals and a straw trilby.

Dune sandals at John Lewis £69
H&M Hat £7.99

H&M Shirtdress £34.99
My favourite dress, I love the look of this, I have ordered it so I will let you know how it looks.

Gap shirt dress now £25.99 (in store more expensive online ) 
I have bought this one too, a great beach dress.

There is my round up of my favourite shirtdress available now, I really like the look it is quite grown up and elegant and will be such a lovely look on a summer break away.

A few outfits from this glorious week of sunshine, I have been serously into boho tops!:

With little Jess in the park
Top: Mango (last year)
Jeans: MiH
On the schoolrun...
Top: H&M
Jeans: 7for all Mankind
Shoes: Birkenstocks
Out for lunch with friends:
Top: Vila
Skorts: Zara
Sliders: Dune
Need to work on a tan and those legs and tummy and the rest..was out bikini shopping it was enough to get me cracking on 'The Shred'! More about that in a another post.

A little quick addition to the post this is my gap shirtdress I am wearing today along with a spray hides a multitude of sins!

Are you a fan of the Shirtdress? I would love to hear your comments as always, Frances xx


  1. Yes I am, love the look of the Gap dress, looking forward to hearing/seeing what you think of it. Great post.

    1. Thanks Sue, I am kinda liking the Gap dress, I think it will be a fab evening beach dress for the evening when we leave the beach late an go for an early meal..can't wait! xx

  2. I have lost count of the shirt dresses I have acquired over the years. They just never date. Your boho tops looks this week are fabulous

  3. The boho tops are just super on you!

    Have to say I am a shirt dress fan, they're always a good look x

    1. Absolutely agree and I am sure you would rock the shirt dress in a tailored, cool way x

  4. I love shirt dresses as well and have just bought a black one from H&M, but would love a denim one. Loving you in the boho tops!
    Abbi x

    1. Thanks Abbi, looking forward to seeing you in your black H&M one x

  5. This is one style of dress I don't own!! I love the idea of a crisp white shirt dress....the Hobbs one looks lovely! Have to agree those Zara siver shoes looks amazing xx

    1. Yep, the Zara shoes are fab, they look lovely on and are pretty practical, I love a flat shoe! xx

  6. I love shirts and I don't 'do' dresses so this could be the solution. Thank you. You look fab this week. H xx

    1. Thanks H, you would look fab in a shirtdress! xx

  7. Oh yes, I thought the Gap was my favourite before I saw it on you, now that is confirmed! x

  8. Really love the Gap shirt dress, I saw it in store the other day, it looks fab on you & the tan sandals are gorgeous! x

  9. Love the Gap shirt dress! kjb5 X

  10. Ok so now I need a shirt dress. Thanks Frances!!!! Those dipped hem ones are fab. Loving your outfits x

    1. Thanks Donna, the dipped hem ones are super flattering, I love them! x

  11. I love the Zara shoes - I tried them on and for once - a pair of Zara shoes which fitted me! I put them back for now … I have bought too many pairs of shoes these last couple of months!

    And I love the shirt dress on you - I don't think I can work that the way you have. You look fab in it!

    1. But aren't those shoes just fab, I think I will have to get them, I 'need' a pair of silver flats!! xx

  12. Ooh, you look AMAZING in the Gap shirt dress! I particularly the Vila top ... Very pretty. Last year I went thought a phase where I wore a bunch of shirt dress. I think it's time to pull those out again :)

    1. Absolutely grab those shirt dresses, I bet they look fab on you xx

  13. need. want. desire. lust
    I didn't know I need a shirt dress until now!