Elegant shirt dresses that nip and skim in all the right places

Versatile, flattering and effortlessly stylish, make a shirt dress your wardrobe staple this year...
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  • Sometimes we're surprised that great poetry hasn't been penned in honour of the shirt dress. It's both versatile and chic. You can wear a good one with sandals and spangly jewellery in warmer months, and with chunky tights and boots when the weather cools. And if you're one of those people that likes to do a cost per wear analysis, a shirt dress is usually a pretty savvy wardrobe addition.

    However you prefer to wear your shirt dress, it’s not just it’s adaptability that makes it a great purchase. It also suits every body shape. They look great worn loose if you’re athletically built, belt them up if you have an hourglass figure, or throw one on unbuttoned over your jeans if you’re pear shaped (actually, do this anyway for a cool, unique take on the style).

    But the best feature of a shirt dress is arguably the sleeves, they’re comfortable and add flexible coverage in the right place. Simply push them up to expose as much, or as little arm as you like.

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    Basically, the shirt dress is everything we love about fashion – light enough to keep you cool, comfortable enough to wear all day and flattering enough to make you feel fabulous! And because it’s easily found in a range of colours and textures this year, it’s the hit of the season for us. You’ll find new shirt dress styles in almost every high street shop, but for ease we’ve picked our favourites so you can browse from your sofa.

    Scroll through the gallery to see our pick of stylish shirt dresses in the shops right now. Whether you need a new work style, something you can dress up in the evenings or just a simple weekend wardrobe update, our fashion team have got you covered…

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