Borrowed from the boys, yet tailored for women, the shirtdress has been a style staple since it first came into fashion with Christian Dior's New Look in the 1950s. What we lost in crinoline and Betty Draper styling, we've maintained in buttoned-up tailoring and a classic silhouette.
We love the fitted waist and elegant pleats of Michael Kors' sleeveless shirtdress that echoes the ladylike polish of Dior's designs. Said dress is perfect for hot summer days at the office, wedding rehersal dinners and all manor of "ladies who brunch" occasions, too. If you prefer the tomboy trend, look for a shift silhouette in traditional shirting fabric like Uniqlo's perfectly unfussy white shirt dress or Zara's gingham take, complete with faux tie-around-the-waist sleeves.
Whether you add a belt or some statement jewelry, dress it up with heels or wear it to the beach over your favorite bikini, a shirtdress is like the ultimate blank canvas. It can be whatever you need it to be.
Shop 12 of the easiest and most stylish shirtdresses at every price.