Over the next month, we’re going to be showcasing a few of this summer’s key looks to tie in with yesterday’s blog post: 7 Summer Trends & How To Wear Them. This week is one of my favourites, as in reality it’s not a trend, but classic, timeless fashion which is having its moment in the limelight. The shirtdress is a versatile item which works just as well in a corporate environment as it does on the beach; a truly go-anywhere, do-anything piece of clothing (with the exception of gardening, peeling beetroot, drinking red wine and coal mining).
I opted for the most classic option of all – a crisp, white, belted shirtdress from Marks & Spencer. It’s a good length on long legs and the sleeves are over the wrists with the cuffs unfolded. I love the rigid structure; the cuffs and collars sit wherever you fold them. Sure, it may need to be washed and ironed after every outing, but it’s always going to be relevant, so time input is negated by longevity (and cost-per-wear). I tried on a few shirt dresses from other high street retailers, with varying degrees of luck. Some were too long or too short, others too see-through. One I tried with my hair tied back and no make up on – I looked distressingly like an old chemistry teacher. Had I accessorised with plastic goggles and a Bunsen burner, there she would have been, right before my eyes. Needless to say, I hastily returned it to the railings.
The joy of a classic shirtdress is that it provides a blank canvas to accessorise as you like. You can jazz it up with colourful belts, handbags, jewellery and shoes. If like me, however, you prefer a minimal vibe, opt for plain black loafers or mules for a chic but comfortable workwear/daytime look. This can easily be jazzed up for the evening with a pair of black block heels. In these photos, I am wearing my favourite new pair of loafers from German company, Fitters Footwear, which sells incredibly good value shoes up to an EU45. As if that isn’t enough good news, they are offering HøFSisters readers an exclusive discount. At checkout, just use code: 6QK5LD, to get 15% off.
To add a little interest to the monochrome, and since it was a beautiful, sunny day, I chose this New Look handbag, with its searingly on trend floral embroidered shoulder strap. The strap is detachable should you decide that floral isn’t really your thing, after all. For now, I love it and it’s staying put. So there we have it, a timeless, three-in-one trend outfit: shirtdress – tick, floral – tick, embroidery – tick. Totally nailed SS17.