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Is It A Shirt Or A Dress?

Anupam Dabral | Apr 10, 2015, 15:53 IST
Is It A Shirt Or A Dress?
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Remember standing in front of your closet and being confused about what to wear to your office and a party after that? When you have just finished your day’s work at the office and have no time to get ready for a party, your most dependable option can be a shirt dress. They are formal, elegant and with a bit of accessorizing, it can be also be worn to a casual dinner with friends.

What Is A Shirt Dress? Simply put, shirt + dress is a shirt dress. Shirt dresses have been interpreted taking hints from a man’s collared shirt. They have a collar and are usually buttoned from the front. They are fitted from the top and are usually a little loose around the waist. They often resemble an elongated shirt which is usually worn with a belt. As they come to your knee area, you have an option to wear trousers or denims. Shirt dresses were originally a part of the ‘New Look’ wave started by Christian Dior after he presented his first collection in 1947, celebrating easy dressing and taking elements from menswear.


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    How To Choose A Shirtdress? Picking the right kind of shirt dress is essential. If you have broad shoulders, experiment with basic sleeves or go sleeveless, it will make your frame look slim. Please avoid boxy cuts or puffy sleeves as they will make your shoulders look broader. If you are on the plump, experiment with a V-neck. We say go for lighter fabrics such as cotton, linen or silk. Do remember that the shirt dresses should not be fitted near the chest. If you have fuller hips go for a dress with an A-line silhouette, which is buttoned till the waist and has a flare. If the dress is knee-length, it looks perfect as it will make you look slim. If you have a straight figure go for dresses with unique prints and play with ruffles and pleats. However make sure that the dress is fitted around your waist, preferably with a skinny belt. 

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    How To Style It To Perfection: Believe it or not, a shirt dress can not only be worn in office, but also be styled for a formal official meeting. Over your shirt dress, wear a structured blazer and simple jewellery along with a statement belt. Experiment with an oversized structured bag. Do not go for high heels, mid-rise heels would be most appropriate. If you are heading out for a cocktail party, jazz it up with a few statement jewellery pieces. Big earrings and big studs will be enough. You can also experiment with a stunning gold or a Swarovski studded clutch. If you are heading out for a casual night out with friends put on a funky striped tank top and sexy jute belt with flat gladiators and you are ready to go. To beat the heat you can add on a hat as well.

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