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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Searching for the perfect shirtdress

Posted By on 04.18.12 at 02:43 PM

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At any one time, there are a few wardrobe items I am obsessed with finding. One of them is the perfect shirtdress. I saw my ideal probably six or seven years ago on a woman downtown: a narrow fit, a solid color, and minimal adornment—no epaulets or breast pockets to distract from the silhouette. Sadly, I have never seen its equal in a store. But a girl can hope.

The perfect shirtdress is made of natural fabric and is tailored enough to go to the office with a belt and heels, but can also be thrown on over a bathing suit. James Perse seems to come out with a version that meets this criteria every year (linen shirtdress, at left, $175 at


Land's End is not exactly known for chic clothing, but you can't go too wrong with simplicity. Paper poplin fabric sounds so fresh and cool for summer, too ($85 at

If you do want some embellishment, subtle embroidery on the shoulders looks pretty without adding bulk (Vanessa Bruno Athe shirtdress, $148 at

American Apparel has an almost perfect version, but unsurprisingly it's a wee bit short, and the belt looks a bit high. Still, it could work for some. In the meantime, I'll keep looking. The thrill is in the hunt, after all.

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