There’s a time and a place for throwing down on the beautiful-if-impractical (like that lamé skirt you bought that one time for that one thing). But more often than not, it’s the low-maintenance pieces that come back for multiple encores. The fashion workhorses, the closet chameleons, the Jills-of-all-trades—whatever the moniker, they are the MVPs (most versatile pieces) that pair as easily with sneakers as with sandals. The most versatile of the bunch? A white T-shirt. An incredibly close second? The classic shirtdress.
Here on Business
Who would have thought you could look this chic and laid-back at the same time? That’s the effect of a gabardine trench coat over an effortless shirtdress. Anchoring the whole operation: clean-slate sneakers and a ladylike bag. (Light-catching links around your wrist don’t hurt, either.)
Highlighter goop, $28
- VICTORIA BECKHAM Sunglasses goop, $325
- LIZZIE MANDLER Bracelet goop, $5,450
WHAT GOES AROUND
COMES AROUND Bag goop, $15,950
- BURBERRY Coat Moda Operandi, $1,965
- COMMON PROJECTS Sneakers Barneys New York, $415
Out of Office
When is a breezy shirtdress not just a breezy shirtdress? When it moonlights as a cover-up over a little black bikini for a beachy day of absolutely nothing. Things to bring: wraparound sandals, tortoiseshell frames, and a straw tote to stash it all in.
- SUNTERGRITY Sunscreen goop, $36
- GUCCI Sunglasses Net-a-Porter, $430
- MEDINA MERCANTILE basket goop, $80
- MATTEAU Top goop, $135
- MATTEAU Bottom goop, $135
- PROENZA SCHOULER Sandals The Line, $645
Pastels strike again—this time, in serene shades of pearly white and cotton-candy pink, popping up on every accessory imaginable. All of which are fitting additions to a feminine-cardigan-and-pretty-shirtdress pairing.