1 Aug 2018

The Shirtdress: Classic with A Twist

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Classic works well, with a twist is even better.

A shirtdress can be so-so and a shirtdress can be fabulous.

The success of this dress comes down to the cut, the generosity of fabric and length and the way we style them.

My ideal dress is slim fitting to the waist, cinched in and then fuller towards mid-length. Depending on my mood I will button up the collar or leave a couple open and add in a necklace, think June Cleaver in “Leave It To Beaver“. This whole look is very much inspired by the fashion of the late 50’s and early 60’s.

Accessories include a cardigan and kitten heels, mules or ballerina flats. Are you picturing my inspiration?

The Shirt Dress: Classic With Twist on vickiarcher.com

When looking through the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, my thoughts turn to dresses not only because they are excellent value at sale time but also because they are a simple way to dress well. Wearing a dress and especially this style of a shirtdress makes decision making simple. Like the lace dress, a shirtdress is flattering to most, suits many situations and can look extremely up to the minute if worked in the right way.

I also do the sneaker thing with this style of dress too; they are the best way if my day is about running here and there.

The Shirt Dress: Classic With Twist on vickiarcher.com

Let’s do another This Goes With That.

The 1901 midi shirt dress in red chinois or tan tannin with these leopard ballerinas or sneaker.

Prefer a plaid, this one in multi plaid with these bow mules.

Try the pinstripes with everything.

Wear them all a la June Cleaver with the preppy cardigan or plaid blazer.

The Shirt Dress: Classic With Twist on vickiarcher.com


This shirtdress is a keeper.

I am jealous of the access US readers have to this Anniversary sale. Nordstrom offers so many brilliant brands we don’t have access to in Europe. Even though it takes me longer and I don’t have the luxury of same day service or popping into my local, I shop here and especially at sale time.

This dress caused me great confusion; tempted by the red, ordered the plaid and now contemplating the pinstripes. I’m even thinking pinstripes, plaid blazer and leopard ballerinas for a very quirky day.

I think if my mood allows it will work. xv

The Shirtdress: Classic With A Twist

stripe midi shirtdress  ||  plaid midi shirtdress  ||  plain midi shirtdress  ||  preppy cardigan  || plaid blazer

cole haan tali  bow flat ||  bow mule  ||  tory burch carlotta mule ||  cole haan sneakers

Thank you ShopStyle and Nordstrom for sponsoring “The Shirtdress: Classic With a Twist”

images “leave it to beaver” starring june cleaver

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THIS is my kind of dress for work. I can wear this style forever. It’s classic, the cut is perfect for my body type, I can wear any kind of shoe I wish (love your choices) and yeah….pretty classy.

Linda B

Oh my, so tempting!!!! I seem to be on a bit of a spending spree, but what a great dress. Also, I’ve been wavering for a few weeks about that plaid blazer. Too many choices?!


I know… lately I have been on a roll of finding good pieces… long may it last… but when something works.. it works!


We will have to agree to disagree… for me, it’s all in the way the dress is styled… and hopefully, I don’t look like “Nanny” ;) ;) ;)


Yesterday, it was high waisted jeans which I find most comfortable and have recently converted to. Now, this classic shirtdress…..I have to say, I’m a big fan of the classics!


The shirtdress is awesome !
Let’s hope more styles come back from the 50s and early 60s

Michelle à Détroit

Sold! I ordered the solid navy one. Very useful and and a great length.

Michelle à Détroit

Received the navy shirtwaist dress. It’s divine! Lovely full skirt and poplin material.


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