Fashion & Style

Why it’s time to dust off your shirt dress – and the best ones to buy now

The stand-out looks at last month’s Cannes Film Festival were, for the first time in decades, not glittering red carpet gowns. Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman – arguably the film industry’s leading ladies – were instead enamoured with the art of getting dressed up for day; showcasing specifically the easy, breezy shirt dress. 

Comfortable, chic and versatile, the humble shirt dress has regained the glamorous status that it once held in the 1950s, when it was a symbol for pin-up housewives leading seemingly perfect lives. Beyond the Riviera, it’s been revived by new brands like Co/Mun and Draper James that are committed to reinventing its shape. Anyone harbouring an old shirt dress can also give theirs a new lease of life by switching the original buttons for statement ones, or re-dying to rectify any former whites that are now yellow and faded.

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