Style

One Piece,
Three Ways:
The
Classic Shirtdress

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.)

  1. KORA ORGANICS 
          Highlighter KORA ORGANICS
    Highlighter
    goop, $28
  2. VICTORIA BECKHAM Sunglasses VICTORIA BECKHAM Sunglasses goop, $325
  3. LIZZIE MANDLER Bracelet LIZZIE MANDLER Bracelet goop, $5,450
  4. WHAT GOES AROUND 
          COMES AROUND Bag WHAT GOES AROUND
    COMES AROUND Bag
    goop, $15,950
  5. BURBERRY Coat BURBERRY Coat Moda Operandi, $1,965
  6. COMMON PROJECTS Sneakers 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.

  1. SUNTERGRITY Sunscreen SUNTERGRITY Sunscreen goop, $36
  2. GUCCI Sunglasses GUCCI Sunglasses Net-a-Porter, $430
  3. MEDINA MERCANTILE basket MEDINA MERCANTILE basket goop, $80
  4. MATTEAU Top MATTEAU Top goop, $135
  5. MATTEAU Bottom MATTEAU Bottom goop, $135
  6. PROENZA SCHOULER Sandals PROENZA SCHOULER Sandals The Line, $645

Playing Tourist

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.

  1. CAUDALIE 
          Moisturizer CAUDALIE
    Moisturizer
    goop, $39
  2. ERINESS Ear Cuffs ERINESS Ear Cuff goop, $575
  3. KAREN WALKER 
          Sunglasses KAREN WALKER
    Sunglasses
    goop, $250
  4. MARNI Bag MARNI Bag goop, $2,140
  5. TIBI Cardigan TIBI Cardigan goop, $695
  6. NO. 21 Sneakers NO. 21 Sneakers goop, $740
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