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The Shirtdress You'll Wear All Season

Refresh your wardrobe with a single item.

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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

While it was originally inspired by a classic menswear shirt, the shirtdress is in fact very feminine and ladylike. It's also the perfect dress to for those days when you don't know what to wear or don't have time to be bothered with putting together a tricky outfit. You will always look polished in a shirtdress. Whether is crisp and white, printed, or brightly colored, we love seeing how different people style this closet staple (and pay special attention when Meghan Markle steps out in one as well). It's polished enough for a day at the office, but you can also wear it over a bathing suit open as a beach cover-up. That's versatility! Pick your favorite and get busy enjoying the easiest summer look.

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The Weekend Warrior
Denim Shirt Dress
H&M hm.com

A denim chambray shirtdress will be your go-to weekend look this summer. 

The Classic
The Cotton Shirtdress - White
everlane everlane.com

The original throw-it-on-and-don't-think twice, classic shirtdress.

The Starter Pick
Women's Long Sleeve Collared Shirtdress
A New Day target.com

Our most affordable option, this shirtdress is a perfect option if you are trying out the shape for the first time!

The Show-Off
Button-front midi dress
Wilfred aritzia.com

Dare we say it, this shirtdress is sort of sexy! We love the classic button-front style with a bit of leg.

The Wild One
Printed shirt dress

The leopard print midi skirt trend might still be going strong but you're cooler than that, you've moved on to the zebra print shirtdress!

The Ladylike Option
Floral Print Long Sleeve Shirtdress
COURT & ROWE nordstrom.com

A very feminine shirtdress option, we love the ruffled hem and floral print.

The Seasonless Shirtdress
Floral Print Long Sleeve Maxi Shirtdress
TOPSHOP nordstrom.com

A shirtdress works no matter what the season. This dark floral print will work well in the spring and the fall. 

The Sweetest Thing
Satina Sleeveless Shirt Dress
Derek Lam 10 Crosby shopbop.com

A sleeveless mini shirtdress is too sweet and charming to overlook. 

The Investment
Belted Shirt Dress

This creme shirtdress looks so luxurious. We love how it's styled with a slouchy boot. You can wear it with a sandal during the summer too!

The Twist
Striped Shirt Dress with Tie
Victoria Victoria Beckham shopbop.com

We love the obi style waist tie of this shirtdress. 

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