Sprucing up the shirtdress.
Making it fancy, schmancy, but still wearable.
I struggled with this month’s theme, shirtdresses. I truly did, Dee. Can’t lie. And I don’t even know why that was so because I used to wear them. All the time. Perhaps the operative words, “used to” were a telling means to explain my conundrum. Conversely, my mental block made no sense whatsoever given (1) the frequency with which shirtdresses had permeated my wardrobe in the past; and (2) their undeniable mega “slay” factor.
In my 20s, I practically lived in shirtdresses all the work week long. Mostly in jersey so I didn’t have to iron them and mainly in blacks or browns. Yes, I spent over three decades decked out primarily in black, channeling Mama Rei and bringing out The Crow in me. As such, one would think I would’ve had an easy peasy time pulling together a look based on a button-down garment but that was not the case, my friends.
T I M E T O S H I R T U P
Fact: I almost purchased five different shirtdresses for the #fab40s. Fact: I already own two shirtdresses, one brand new, and because of that (as well as the added expenses of settling Eve into her new apartment, love you boo), I refrained from clicking the Buy Now button. Fact: I was so flustered by the theme that I couldn’t even assemble my outfit until the 19th, and even then, just before heading out for our photo shoot.
Faced with two shirtdresses on hand, one in white, the other olive green, I had to choose.
In truth, I was leaning towards the olive piece and simply because I hadn’t yet worn it (tags still merrily hanging from its collar) but I felt it was just a little too dark/heavy for August.
Once I settled on the actual star piece, I knew how I wanted to present it.
Somewhat classic but still infused with my signature rock n roll somethin’ somethin’ extra. In this case, the shirtdress with its crisp high collar is indeed immensely Grace Kelly-esque. However, when buttoned only to the extent of maintaining one’s (bare minimal) modesty and then paired with ripped camo jeans, it’s instantly transformed into something a pop diva would wear. Perhaps for brunch with Gaultier to review designs for our collaboration, or a meeting to discuss world domination. Or to have a discreet private viewing of their latest collection in the nearby Bvlgari atelier. Sipping rosé as tattoos on wrists and hands peek out discreetly.
At least, that’s how I see it GRIN
Despite the haste with which things came together, I think it went well. I think.
I rather like the very blatant juxtaposition between my shirt(dress) and my scruffy skinnies. Very much me, very much unapologetically flamboyant.
Come see what my ladies did in sprucing up their shirtdresses!!
Dee, Dee Sayz
They say that (at times) less is more, and in Dee’s case, truer words have not been spoken. She’s letting the classic lines of her blue shirtdress speak for itself, whilst adding some equally elegant brown leather accessories to the mix. Well done, lady.
Jennie, A Pocketful Of Polka Dots
I can’t say which has caught my attention more. The fact that Jenny had the genius idea to convert her shirtdress into something utterly completely transitional for Fall OR that divine backdrop she chose which is ever so reminiscent of Rome.
Suzy, Suzy Turner
Sporty Spice. Hands down. Pure funk with that sassy animal print number, which is then infused with major dollops of street cred by virtue of her fire engine red kicks, Suzy is channeling her inner pop diva on vacay vibe.
Shelbee, Shelbee On The Edge
Who else thinks Shelbee could give the greatest showman a run for his money? The flamboyance and visual exuberance of her outfit this month is supreme eye candy, bar none. Such a fun rendition of how (else) to wear a shirtdress.
Daenel, Living Outside The Stacks
And then there’s me.
Completely dripping with sweat in these photos. You have NO idea how many beads of sweat are dotting my forehead and my upper lip in these photos.
Would you say a shirtdress is your friend?
Until next time friends, slay.
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pp/s all photos by Eve