There’s a bit of a sea change afoot in the world of dresses at the moment. Closely-fitted, highly structured bodycon-style dresses are being edged out of the limelight – at least as far as elegant daywear is concerned. In their place, the trusty shirt dress is now having its moment in the sun. You can find out a little bit more about this trend in this article from the Guardian – and this Marie Claire feature has some high-street examples for inspiration.
There are lots of variations on this theme and we’ve gathered together some ideas and inspiration for you on our latest Pinterest board – do drop in and have a look!
A favourite for the summer is the sheer or semi-sheer shirt dress over a more fitted underlayer, as seen at Cos for instance:
We’ve lots of sheer fabrics this season – you can find them here.
The relaxed, oversize chambray approach is a way of dressing this look down – here’s one H&M made earlier:
The key here is to use a more substantial fabric with a crisp, shape-holding quality – not unlike this selection from our shirting fabrics for instance:
Finally, there’s the classic, slightly 70s version of this style. Choose your length, whether or not to have sleeves or pockets – this is a style that comes with plenty of options. We’ve used Vogue Pattern 8903 for our version.
We made this up using our edgy ‘Snake it up’ bronze & violet printed viscose fabric.
This fabric is surprisingly cool to wear on one of the hottest days of the year. As far as the pattern is concerned, we think it’s a winner. It’s rated ‘Easy’ but we’d say it was worth taking the time to get the finish you’ll want on that collar and those buttonholes. We’d also suggest you size it down a fraction from the actual measurements on the pattern.
This is a versatile pattern – we’ve sewn it in a fairly fine, draping woven fabric and the pattern image shows it made up in a jersey fabric. One of our regulars, Miga, used a crisp cotton fabric as a fresh, cool option when she holidayed in Australia, as you can see here: