A six-year-old Banana Republic shirtdress hangs in my closet. It saw the sunlight three times…maybe. For some reason I could never bring myself to toss it. Thank God, because the white shirtdress is backâ€”in big, big way. The New York Times even cited it as springâ€™s first true hit. And why not? The outfit is so easy and versatile. Chunky belt or thin chain belt. Four-inch heels or flats. Layered or alone. Big, bold accessories or simple fine jewelry. Sexy or refined. Edgy or classic. Wear it as you please â€™cause itâ€™ll work.
Derek Lam presents a crisp, chic, and just-feminine-enough look with this no-button deep neckline and slightly flared skirt ($1,290). Find it at eLUXURY.com. An alternative from Jones New York ($139) has a slim summer style that wonâ€™t break the bank. Find it at Nordstrom.com. Shoshannaâ€™s belted eyelet dress ($319) at eDressMe.com accentuates female curves by focusing on the waistline. To shake it up a bit, here are two unique styles with Chinese collars, both perfect for a casual day out: Marc by Marc Jacobsâ€™s Gemma Sateen shirtdress ($348) and the Chambray dress from Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent ($196). Find both at ShopBop.com. If only we could get them all.