Summer is officially underway which means the days get longer, the temperatures begin to swelter and the weekends’ events are on the forefront of our minds. However, Mondays can be very important as well! When we’re running out the door for that early morning meeting which could be followed by an alfresco lunch with colleagues, on a day that might end with an impromptu rendezvous (remember that cutie you met last weekend at the beach), dressing with style and elegance to carry you through all these events is key to fully embracing the excitement this playful season brings. For these reasons, right now, there is no better closet staple then the shirtdress.

Timeless, chic and without a doubt trending, the shirtdress is like a shirt, but it’s a dress. Usually buttoned-down in the front like your boyfriend’s oxford, it is oversized and has more length. This summer’s must-have staple is effortless yet has the perfect amount of lady boss charm to pack a big punch of style. The best part about these mostly one-size-fits-all frocks is that they work well with nearly every style sensibility. For example, if you want to tap into your fiercely chic feminine side, try rocking a shirtdress with a sick pair of stilettos and a choker necklace, and voila you have yourself a Sharon Stone meets Game Of Thrones vibe. Perhaps you are looking to channel regal elegance, in which case slip into some mules and tie a silk Hermes scarf around your neck or wrist. If you are just feeling too cool for school, then cinch the dress at the waist with a thin belt and throw on a pair of those good ole Stan Smiths, and you’ll be ready to kick it with swag no matter what your vibe. Regardless what frame of mind, this crisp and simple sheath will look perfectly put together without all the fuss.

So when considering those upcoming parties with unclear dress codes, or days that go from work to play, forget about trying to coordinate tops and bottoms– the shirtdress will take the guesswork out of the equation and give you that stylish edge to start your day right!

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The Reformation- Kenya Dress

Intermix- Marissa Webb Magdalena Sleeveless Maxi Dres

Revolve Clothing- Micah Cohen Oversized Shirtdress In Black Chambray

Bloomingdales- Burberry Brit Livia Safari Shirtdress

Bergdorf Goodman- Helmut Lang Sleeveless Poplin Belted Shirtdress

Net A Porter- Equipment/Teagan Washed Silk Shirtdress

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