Dress Code: Shirt Dress

The shirt dress has triumphed yet again this summer by being the most popular style of dress! The secret to its success is its versatility as it is; feminine yet masculine, young yet mature, casual yet formal… I could go on! Here at Vivaldi our shirt dresses are always the most sought after dress we have all year round. Our beloved one from Sandwich has already sold out once this summer and we can see why!

Originating in the 1942 from a form of ‘Pop Over’ dress, an apron-like dress designed to protect a women’s clothes when cleaning, the shirt dress has evolved into what we see today. The original idea of practicality however never left the dress in its various stages of redesign as its suitable for almost any event with just a change of print or length. From lady’s day at the racecourse to a casual coffee its always appropriate depending on your styling. But how would you style it?


Being Lesley’s favourite dress isn’t easy, but the shirt dress surely does hold its own, here are Lesley’s top tips! Pairing with a matching scarf and denim jacket are a go to for a casual day to day look. Replacing the fabric belt that comes with the dress is a fast way to elevate your look, makes it look like you tried a lot harder than you actually did! Shoes are another element that you can switch out and change your look, trainers to be laid back, heels for a night on the town, or sandals for the ‘I just got off my private yacht’ look! A trade secret for when its colder is to pop ¾ length leggings underneath so you can be cosy but still look like a million pounds! All in all, this dress is perfect for any occasion so why not add one to your wardrobe! 

Sandwich Clothing Tshirt with large print and mesh detailing on sleeves, This item is 64 cm long in size 38/M, measured from the highest point of the shoulder
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