It’s Dress Season – The Classic Shirt Dress

 

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That turning point. The one where the weather finally brightens up and I hope, fingers crossed, for the rest of the spring-summer months. This is the turning point where I swap my winter wardrobe for my summer items. The dress becomes a key staple item in my wardrobe, a one piece easy to wear item, I love them in all styles, lengths and trends.

I also invest in a couple of dresses each Summer. You know, a style that’s not going to date. And my first choice of dress this year has to be the classic shirt dress.

 

Buy a dress that will work hard

 

 

I had a visit to Lakeside shopping centre with the daughter on a visit to Essex. I say a visit, I feel like I’m leading two lives at the moment dividing my time between there and London!

 

 

 

I picked up an armful of dresses in Marks And Spencer. I was very drawn to the Linen collection that they have in store at the moment and I think I chose five different Linen dresses to try on but as I made my way to the changing room, this shirt dress caught my eye.

 

I tried this dress on last but knew straight away it was the one I wanted!

 

 

I popped out of the changing room, each dress I tried on to show Sara how they looked. I had chosen my favourite out of the Linen dresses and I kept this shirt dress till last. As soon as it was on my body I knew that this was the dress I wanted. I walked out of the changing room and Sara loved it too.

 

 

There is a lot I like about this dress. Here are my reasons

 

 

  • It’s classic. The shirt dress is never going to date.
  • I like that it’s slightly nipped in at the waist, not tight but just enough to add a hint of a waistline
  • I love the colour and the floatiness of the material. I drove the car wearing it a while and it’s barely creased
  • Sleeves that are wide enough to roll up as much as you like, I hate all of my arms on show!
  • The smart/casual style of the dress. It could pass for an occasion wear dress depending on accessories.
  • It has pockets!

 

 

 

The dress is quite flared at the bottom and I just love the movement of it when walking. Swishy!. It’s from the Autograph Collection There’s a gorgeous shirt in the same material too.

In fact, looking for the shirt dress I came across a few similar shirt dresses that are also gorgeous, so I’m sharing those below for you. This one is the same style but different pattern and colour

 

 

I couldn’t resist the mules as I headed to the till

 

 

Heading for the till with dress in arms, I spotted the White Mules. I knew they would be perfect for the dress and many other summery items. Super comfortable they are too. You barely feel like you’re wearing heels. I felt guilty because I only bought another pair from last weeks post a couple of weeks ago. But hey, I don’t often spoil myself.

 

 

 

I kept accessories simple by wearing white. I found this kept the dress more low key and daytime but add some sparkle and heels and it could easily pass for a more formal occasion.

 

 

 

 

At this point, I was glad I hadn’t left any more buttons undone on the skirt!

Dress – Co/ Marks And Spencer

Mules – Autograph Collection

 

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50 Comments

  1. May 27, 2019 / 8:23 am

    That’s such a lovely maxi dress on you and yes any dress with pockets is a winner in my book! 🙂

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:14 am

      Thanks, Mica. I haven’t stopped wearing this dress! xx

  2. May 26, 2019 / 10:22 pm

    That shirt dress looks beautiful on you. The colour feels very classic and I could imagine being able to wear this for so many occasions. Stunning! Thank you for joining us for the #DreamTeam x

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:14 am

      Thanks so much Annette xx

  3. May 26, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    Your shirt dress is a great classic wardrobe staple! Love the print and cut of yours! Looks so pretty on you!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  4. May 26, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    Love those heels Laurie! I am a fan of the shirt dress too and love its flowy style here and fitted wiast It looks lovely on you!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:15 am

      I’ve been wearing the heels constantly Jess. I was dubious about white but they go with everything xx

  5. May 25, 2019 / 7:22 am

    What a beautiful dress Laurie, looks lovely and floaty too 🙂 Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday Blog Hop. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:15 am

      Thanks Claire xx

  6. May 24, 2019 / 10:27 am

    Love that dress Laurie – the cut, length and style. It is so my kind of dress. You look fabulous in it.
    Alison
    xx

    • laurie
      Author
      May 25, 2019 / 1:12 am

      Thanks, Alison. It’s such a simple classic design that would suit anyone xx

  7. May 23, 2019 / 2:18 pm

    A very elegant shirt dress that ticks all the boxes! The only thing that puts me off a little is linen – does it hold its shape well and not crease? Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

    • laurie
      Author
      May 25, 2019 / 1:13 am

      Glad you like it Gail. It’s not Linen though! xx

  8. May 22, 2019 / 9:25 pm

    Elegance is your middle name, Laurie! You certainly cut a dash swooshing along in this lovely shirt dress and all styled impeccably too. This will be an absolute asset over the summer months and I can’t wait to see how you accessorise it next time. Lovely, really lovely!

    • laurie
      Author
      May 25, 2019 / 1:13 am

      Aw, thanks Anna. I really love this dress and I know I will be wearing it a lot xx

  9. May 22, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    Love the dress! M&S have some gorgeous things in right now, I just want to buy everything!

    • laurie
      Author
      May 25, 2019 / 1:16 am

      Hi Lizzie. I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for stopping by xx

  10. May 22, 2019 / 10:28 am

    I just adore this dress, Laurie! The way is nips in at the waist a bit makes it super feminine. Not to mention the flatness. I reckon it would look cute with trainers too (just because I’m obsessed with them at the moment lol!).
    Hugs
    Suzy xxx

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:16 am

      I keep thinking about the trainer trend. I love the look and how they make dresses look so much more on trend. I’m so short though! xx

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:17 am

      Thanks so much Karen xx

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:17 am

      Thank you Clearissa xx

  11. May 21, 2019 / 5:58 pm

    That dress is just lovely! I really love the soft print and those heels are amazing with the dress!

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:17 am

      Thanks Ruth. It’s a winner xx

  12. May 21, 2019 / 6:11 am

    I love this pretty dress because it looks light and pretty with lovely movement to it, as you said and I find pockets hard to resist!! The way you’ve styled it is perfect and lovely!! Also I love your hair, Laurie – always!! Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏 donnadoesdresses.com

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:18 am

      Thanks Donna. The hair can be hard work! You should see it when I first get up! xx

  13. DAN
    May 20, 2019 / 10:40 pm

    Classic clothes are timeless and can often be worn in almost all circumstances. The only difference is the person who wears them.
    And as always Laurie, you make THE real difference.
    Please let me add that these high-heeled white mules are simply gorgeous and perfectly combinated.
    You could not resist… I can not resist too!
    Last but not the least, if spring come, then you will be the so long-awaited sun…

    • laurie
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 10:50 pm

      Aw, thank you so much, Dan. Glad you like the shoes too. They are so comfortable! xx

  14. Mother of 3
    May 20, 2019 / 12:36 am

    That is really pretty; I love the pattern and the length. I just ordered myself two dresses for summer.. hopefully I’ll like them once they arrive.

    • laurie
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 10:51 pm

      Thank you! I hope you love yours as much as I love this one xx

  15. May 19, 2019 / 12:11 am

    Lovely dress! Thanks for linking up with us at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 37

    • laurie
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 10:51 pm

      Thank you! xx

  16. May 18, 2019 / 5:48 pm

    This is a beautiful dress. I love how you have paired it with white mules. You look sensational.
    I love what you said about investing into a good dress, that’s really one of the best spring and summer investment we can make.

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:19 am

      Hi Ivana! Glad you like it. I hope you return again xx

  17. May 18, 2019 / 5:03 pm

    Couldn’t agree more Laurie about the value of a dress at this time of the year – it takes all the hassle out of deciding what to wear. Aside from the muted colours I also love the nipped in waist and the lack of a belt – I always find that the most annoying accessory on a shirt dress. Thanks for sharing this find. #PoCoLo

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:20 am

      Hi Jo. Good to see you here! I like the waist too. It’s not restricting but just gives that bit of definition x

  18. May 17, 2019 / 4:58 pm

    I love the length of the dress #pocolo

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:21 am

      Thank you. This would be a great dress for you in Dubai xx

  19. May 17, 2019 / 12:45 pm

    Lovely floaty dress perfect for the warmer weather X #pocolo

    • laurie
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 8:22 am

      Hi Sam
      Yes. Bring on the better weather! Thanks so much for stopping by xx

  20. May 17, 2019 / 8:32 am

    I love dresses and shirtdresses are so versatile! I wear them over a bodycon dress too! Yours is ,of course, so elegant! I will have a look at Marks&Spencer next week! If I can find one!

  21. May 17, 2019 / 7:56 am

    it is a very pretty dress Laurie and you look very lovely in it. I like how it fits around the waist with the full long skirt. Love your mules a lot

  22. May 17, 2019 / 3:05 am

    You look stunning in this nice summer shirt dress. So posh elegant. Great look. Thanks for sharing it at the Top of the World Style linkup party

  23. jodie filogomo
    May 16, 2019 / 7:06 pm

    I can see why you loved this Laurie!! It’s definitely great when you find one that fits so well and will work so hard!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

  24. May 16, 2019 / 4:02 pm

    Definitely my sort of dress too Laurie – it looks perfect for any number of outings – i too spotted the mules when shopping with my daughters – they pulled me away before i could buy them!! Jacqui Mummabstylish

  25. May 16, 2019 / 1:05 pm

    This dress is gorgeous and looks so nice on you Laurie.

    Have a great day

    Gemma x

  26. May 16, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    Such a classy dress! I can see you wearing it for a variety of occasions by changing accessories and shoes! Lovely!

  27. May 16, 2019 / 11:04 am

    Now that is a perfect dress for you and you look gorgeous in it !
    A x

  28. May 16, 2019 / 10:35 am

    I agree that a shirt dress is a classic and therefore a good investment. Love the print of the one you’re wearing here, Laurie! xxx

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