S/S16 Womenswear KeyTrends : The Shirtdress

With a new season comes the excitement of new trends to experiment with from minimalistic tailored looks to 90’s inspired pieces and many more in between.

One item that has become one of the key pieces for this season is the Shirtdress. The Shirtdress is an iconic hybrid bringing the classic masculine shirt and the feminine dressinto one item.

The Shirtdress became prominent in fashion in the 1950’s with Christian Dior even showcasing them in his post world war II, new look, couture designs. Since then the shirt dress has come along way.

The Spring Summer 16 catwalks proved how shirtdresses are still not shying away from attention. Different fashion designers have placed their own unique twist on the classic item.

Dolce & Gabanna injected some fun into it’s shirtdress focusing on bold retro stripes and embroidery. While Sportsmax took a minimal approach focusing on a crisp white tailored style.


Topshop Unique focused on the classic Pinstripe, working the borrowed from the boys look perfectly.  Striped variations were also prominent at Joseph, yet had a much sleeker and modernised take on it.

The shirtdress has many variations and this season seems to be focused on longer maxi lengths, prominent collars and long length sleeves.  In addition, looser shapes are key yet the femininity of the fitted waist shape remains prevalent.

The great thing about this item is that there is a style to suit any shape, size and age from a printed approach to a more minimalistic classic take.I think what brings so much appeal to shirt dresses is how easily they can be styled.

It’s the ultimate versatile piece that can be dressed for a smart or casual occasion which makes it an essential item for any wardrobe.

The highstreet has shown its love for the shirtdress just as much as the catwalks and here are some different ones that will sway you to own a shirtdress if that hasn’t happened yet.


The Striped Shirtdress, Zara - £44.99

The Striped Shirtdress, Zara - £44.99



You can never go wrong with a classic stripe pattern. This pinstripe one is great proof of that. Simplistic, chic and elegant. This one focuses on longer lengths and is perfect for workwear. The vertical pattern of this always does wonders on petite women. Paired with simple block healed pumps for an ultimate trendy look.





This crisp white number makes it a great essential for summer. It provides the perfect opportunity to style with bolder accessories or just play it safe with neutral shades. The drop hem also gives it a different approach to the trend. Paired with your favourite summer sandals or even trainers for a tailored yet laid back look.



The Maxi Shirtdress, Mango - £59.99

The Maxi Shirtdress, Mango - £59.99

The Minimalistic Shirtdress, Asos - £38

The Minimalistic Shirtdress, Asos - £38


The Maxi Shirtdress

Longer lengths are everywhere this season which makes this such a great investment piece. The utility inspired piece is perfect for everyday wear. Styled with simple sandals, its fuss free and also makes a great transitional piece. This could also be worn unbuttoned over an outfit to almost appear like a duster coat showing the versatility in it.



Catherine Brejska

Fashion Writer for MSinclair Design