May 27, 2006

SS06 Fashion Trend: Shirt Dresses in the Shops

OK, so yesterday we ogled at pretty shirt dresses on the runway. And since most of us can't afford those, I window-shopped online a bit. (Some of these are tunic dresses but since they're so similar to shirt dresses, I put them here too.)

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Top Shop Linen Shirt Dress -Simple, but I'm not sure I like the material.

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Now this Top Shop shirt dress is mega-stylish. The color is bold, but it totally suits!

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On the left is a tunic dress by Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent that is perfect for daytime, while the dress on the right by T is more suitable for night-time.

I LOVE this AKA New York Shirt Dress. The flowery patterns are SO pretty. Lovely!

ABS is always on the spot in being 'inspired' by designer labels. This Eyelet Shirt Dress is absolutely perfect for this season.

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If you don't like plain clothes, you might be interested in this printed shirt dress by Nil Lotan.

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Tunic dress with dress by T-bag. I really like the subtle vertical stripes (since vertical stripes can be quite flattering.) I also like the other details on this dress -see the rollup sleeves and the tie-up at the neck.

C&C California Classic 70's Button Up Shirt Dress -This summer, keep the shirt dress above the knee. This long shirt dress is not pretty.

Polo dresses by Splendid -very sport, although I'm really not a big fan of wearing such preppy clothes as casualwear. These are probably more suitable if you actually went to a country club.

Ya-ya Air Belted Shirt Dress -Shopbop calls this a shirt dress, but I think it really is best to wear it with the jeans. The leather wrap really makes a difference though. If you do buy a shirt dress that looks exactly like an over-sized shirt, then it's best to add some details like a belt.

This Lux Fruitie Tuttie House Dress is probably one of the most affordable. And it actually looks really pretty and cute too. If only they sold it in the UK Urban Outfitters!

The dresses are available at their respective websites, Neiman Marcus or Shopbop. Oh, and remember the Stella McCartney shirt dress from yesterday's post? (Just scroll down)
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The one Mary Kate is wearing isn't the Stella McCartney shirt dress, but it's a fantastic inspiration of how to wear it in real life. MK's solution is simply to wear barely-there-shorts underneath!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

MK's "shirt dress" looks much like one of her father's polo shirts. There isn't any shape to it at all to even consider it a dress, unlike Stella's creation.

5/27/2006 2:23 AM  
Anonymous Trottolinaina said...

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5/27/2006 2:47 AM  
Anonymous Jocelyn said...

I, too love the shirt dress trend this season. Good point about the belts changing the shape! MK's "shirt dress" def. reminds me of an oversized men's dress shirt, and with some tailoring of one, I think it would actually work. Great post, as usual!

5/27/2006 3:22 AM  
Anonymous Lady said...

The only objection, I don't think I would wear a shirt dress for the evening, even the very nice one from T.
But this trend is very nice for the day. And I love to read this blog, I like the way you try to adapt trends from runways to steet. You do a great job looking for all these pictures ! :-)

5/27/2006 3:55 AM  
Blogger Hairspray said...

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Anonymous Erb said...

the AKA new york dress I think looks a bit like a maternity dress. Just thought I'd let you know! But as usual great post, it's so nice to be able to look at pretty things when I'm trying to revise!

5/27/2006 7:19 AM  
Anonymous cathy said...

mmm lovely. i've been yearning for some wearable shirt-dresses ever since i saw one on Gemma Ward (via the Hermes runway, last season i think).

5/27/2006 8:10 AM  
Anonymous maryeats said...

I got my Morning Edition shirtdress from anthropology. It is on the loose side, but I really appreciate how versatile it is. I wear it over leggings, skinny jeans, black cigarette pants, with tank tops, wide belts, and on and on. I'm sure I could get a week's worth of outfits if I tried. It is an indispensable wardrobe staple, and less than $130.

5/27/2006 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question, where do you find the pictures on the dresses from ABS and AKA New York, which website? Thought the dresses were pretty cute and would like to bye one, if the price is right ^^

5/28/2006 12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MK looks bad in that "dress" definatly(sp?) looks like a mens shirt.. very unflattering...

5/28/2006 2:32 AM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

The point of MK's mens shirt is that it's casual and effortlessly cool.

The ABS is from Neiman Marcus and AKA is from

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The abbreviated length of many of these disqualifies them as dresses, unless the definition of dress has changed to mean "long top." Yes, the long blue dress is ugly, but so are the ridiculousy short "dresses." They would, however, be most cute worn over slim pants.

5/28/2006 10:35 AM  
Blogger AngieDawn said...

What a surprise to see these back again - I was just about to throw out my old ones! :)

What they need is a cute pair of shoes!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

um the shirt Mary Kate is wearing isn't a shirt dress. Its a mans shirt. Which is a perfectly good look for the bedroom or morning coffee in your house, it is not however a good look for walking around town. It is kinda the "just had sex" look.

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Anonymous janice said...

I love wearing Shirt dresses to work. That first one is similar to one I have. It's very classy.

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I realize this blog is old...but I need some help from all you fashion followers out there. My daughter saw a natural-colored linen shirt dress in a magazine this year and wanted to see about purchasing it at some point. She was thinking about it for a going away dress when she weds in a couple years. The problem is, she has since misplaced the mag it was in--which isn't like her. We thought it was in Style mag, but can't remember. We haven't found anything like it online. It is similar to the tan Top Shop shirt dress here and only available via a private Pennsylvania shop.

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