The Shirt Dress

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The sequence of events that led to me acquiring this dress went a little something like this:

1. Visit all time favourite blog, Buy Now Blog Later, and see the lovely Laura in a gorgeous light grey shirt dress. Experience dress envy.

2. Go on shopping trip to Leeds with my sister and casually enter Topshop. The first thing to catch my eye was this dress, on the tallest mannequin right in the middle of the store. That's a sign if ever there was one, right?

3. Exclaim, a little too loudly, 'THAT'S LAURA'S DRESS IN RED!!!' and rush over to hunt for my size, totally oblivious to the strange looks I'm getting from other shoppers.

Less than a week later I'm proudly wearing it out and about, and looking pretty happy about it.

OOTD featuring red Topshop shirt dress

Dress - Topshop, Jacket - Warehouse, Bag - Zara, Shoes - H&M, Sunglasses - River Island

OOTD featuring red Topshop shirt dress

There's something a little bit special about this dress. It looks almost boring on the hanger and as though it's going to hang on your body like a sack, yet somehow the cut and substantial fabric make it super-flattering when worn. It looks and kind of feels like silk, though it's actually 100% viscose which obviously makes it a lot more affordable. 

You can dress it up or down quite easily. I've gone for a casual-ish look here, but I still felt nice enough in it to wear it out to dinner with my husband for our anniversary last weekend. (In case anyone is interested, we went back to The Old Weighing Room, which I talked about here. It wasn't really our intention to go back again so soon, but it was booked long before we were invited to the family lunch there, and after some discussion we decided not to change the reservation as we were both so curious to see what the evening menu was like. I'm happy to report the food was delicious - definitely a level up from Sunday lunch!)

Here's the look sans jacket.

OOTD featuring red Topshop shirt dress

OOTD featuring red Topshop shirt dress

OOTD featuring red Topshop shirt dress

I really love the length of this dress, and the stepped hem. It's so easy and comfortable to wear. It's also available in a few different colours. I've seen a bold striped version and a khaki as well as this one and the pale grey. I'm very tempted to pick up another as it's such a versatile piece. I'm going to Mallorca in September and I can see myself wearing this to death there.

OOTD featuring red Topshop shirt dress

OOTD featuring red Topshop shirt dress

£36 for this gem of a dress? Nice one Topshop!

Are you a fan of shirt dresses?

Kate x
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31 comments

  1. This style and colour really suits you Kate! I never seem to gravitate towards red but I love the sound of the material and shirt dresses are so easy to wear in the Summer. I have a denim one from River Island that I'm wearing non stop!

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

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    1. Thanks Hanh! I love a denim shirt dress too - classic! x

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  2. the dress is so cute and I love also shoes...

    new post
    FASHIONBYJEJE

    have a good day
    kiss

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  3. Love this dress! It does look very comfortable and easy to wear. And the colour is lovely for Summer! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Thanks Dagmara, I love it too! x

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  4. Amazing post dear!

    www.bloglovin.com/blogs/printed-sea-3880191

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  5. Dang it, now I am having dress envy after reading this post! That is a seriously pretty shirt dress and I can totally see why it may look a little boring on the hanger. Love that you paired it with a leather jacket, what a trendy and chic look.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thanks Shireen! It really is a great dress. x

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    1. Tell me about it! This certainly wasn't the first time and I doubt it will be the last! x

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  7. Beautiful dress, I love the bold color for summer. Definitely need this one in my wardrobe!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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    1. This dress is what they call a no-brainer, for sure! x

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  8. Really lovely dress! You look so pretty in it :) xx

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  9. Very cute dress! Love that it's casual, but still elegant with the drapey material.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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    1. That's what I love about it too - makes it so versatile! x

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  10. Looks great on you...seriously considering buying both of these dresses thanks to you and Laura...my bank balance will not thank you! hahaha!

    Lis x

    www.elisabethrilatt.com

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    1. Well I still want Laura's.... and now I can't stop thinking about the khaki one. I might need to quit reading other people's blogs soon because I just want what everyone else has got! x

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  11. Eep! I LOVE shirt dresses and this one is completely stunning! I adore the red, but I've been trying to incorporate more khaki into my wardrobe so it may just have t happen ;)

    Style Sunrise☀

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    x

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    1. The khaki one is lovely - I'm eyeing it up myself! x

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  12. Found your blog through Laura - BNBL. I got addicted instantly... Now going through old posts. You have such lovely style...

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    1. Aw, thank you so much. I'm happy you found me! x

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  13. Love red+black combo, the pics are amaizing!
    kisses...


    Zapatos Rojos

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    1. Thank you, though I guess my husband should take the credit for the photos! x

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  14. omg....You are fabulous in here! And you are my fave fashion blogger ;) but thanks for a new love!
    That dress, I am just dying. I usually feel frumpy in them, but you have convinced me I need it!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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