Week 14 :: of shirts and not gilding the lily

They say the shirt dress is a classic and that every closet is incomplete without one.

I have managed to avoid acquiring one, however, because I am not one for following what “they” say.  Too, the silhouette of a shirt dress “has a looser, straight fit, buttons down the front, and has a waist definition given by a belt”, and no matter how easily it seems I’ve embraced the semi-tuck/belt thing, I still think my shorter torso is not flattered by belts at the natural waistline, making shirt dresses a no-no in my book.

Or so I thought.

One day earlier this school year, KS#2 asked me to return some stuff she’d gotten online from Old Navy.  And even though she’d bought smalls in everything and even though two of the items were shirt dresses, of course I had to try out all her swag before I returned them.

Of course.

Guess what I ended up falling in love with?

Dress Tuesday

I think it was the lack of belt that did me in.  That, and the fabric – all silky and forgiving.  Both managed to make me feel practically svelte in this particular shirt dress.  And the vanity sizing didn’t hurt matters either.  Me and my linebacker shoulders, fitting in a small?  Hallelujah!

Now the thing with a shirt dress is that it’s such an iconic look, you almost don’t want to add anything else to it.  This is especially the case with this number because it’s already got the added feature of the color block.  Let’s go ahead and deconstruct the outfit elements, then, and see if I managed to enhance rather than destroy.

So the hardest decision I had to make for this outfit was which shoe to wear.  I tried on numerous options, including but not limited to peep-toe stilettos, folded half booties, demure almond-to pumps and cap toe flats.

The final decision was made because a. I was tired, b. it matched the color block colors of the dress, and c. who can resist perforations?  Classic oxford vibe with classic shirt dress silhouette.  It’s a win-win pairing.

Dress Tuesday

For accessories, initially I had on my black and pink pearls but once again, that issue with fuss.  I subbed with a simple single pearl strand but that was too twee.  Little Miss Aly (aka my eight-going-on-eighteen-year-old daughter) eventually rolled her eyes and plucked my curved bar necklace from the jewelry stand.  Ah, the student has become the master!  Well done, my young Padawan!

And you, my friends?  Would you wear a shirt dress?  And would you belt it or leave it loose?

Dress Tuesday

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Old Navy
Pumps – Madden Girl
Necklace – Tobi

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11 thoughts on “Week 14 :: of shirts and not gilding the lily

  1. […] so the remixing continues. This dress was in the cull bag but then I remembered this pair of shoes I purchased from […]

  2. Heather says:

    That is a great dress – I like the simple black and white themed… and it looks easy and comfy – yet very chic!

    Pearls & Paws

    • mtsedwards says:

      Thank you, Ms. Heather! I love when you stop by and give me your feedback. And I apologize for the rather incoherent comments I left on your blog today. Chalk it up to being sleep-drunk and trying to answer my emails so soon after having woken up. ;p

  3. Selah says:

    Another lovely outfit! The accessories are perfect. I love the idea of a shirt dress, but I’ve never found one that flattered my full hourglass shape. A-line and full skirt silhouettes are better for me (see, I read the article!).

    • mtsedwards says:

      See, that’s what I thought too – that I could only wear certain shapes. But I think it goes beyond shape. If one considers fabric and drape and color and/or print, I think then no silhouette can ever be taboo for any body type.

      • Selah says:

        I’m sure there are shirt dresses out there that would work for me, but it would require a lot of searching, and I’m just not motivated enough to hunt for them. 🙂

        • mtsedwards says:

          Ah, but that’s my favorite past time. Hunting, that is! If you go to shopstyle.com, it’s a good place to browse because they have a pretty powerful and comprehensive search engine. Just sayin’. ;p

  4. erikael says:

    The shirt dress is beautiful and the shoes are sexy. Personally, though not my usual ‘style’ (whatever that may be), I would wear a shirt dress but not without a belt. And I want those shoes!
    Today’s outfit rating: 8 out of 10

    • mtsedwards says:

      Woot! An 8! Sometimes, the wy your mind works is a mystery and I feel your scores are so arbitrary that I’m surprised when I get high ones. But thanks! 😀

  5. Pat says:

    The shirt dress looks great on you! I would have to leave it loose on me because a belt would make my 5’2″ frame look even shorter. Nice, classic choices.

    • mtsedwards says:

      I know, right? Plus, I think a belt with the color block would make the look too fussy. Thanks for the compliment and thanks for stopping by!

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