So here we have an item that I don't blog about much. And I'm not sure why as we should all have at least one of these in our wardrobes.
In fact, I'm sure that most of you do. The oversized shirt. Now this is in fact ringing some bells.. if I say granddad shirt? Memories, flooding back. 80s.. over leggings, with a belt.
So I'm not advocating that sort of outfit these days but for Spring, these are a wardrobe must have. What to wear over your skinny jeans that you lived in with a chunky jumper in the Winter? Why a longline shirt of course. Not warm enough to wear just a tee - till the weather warms up again, wear a shirt. Or even layer over the tee - and under a blazer. It even doubles up as a jacket.
Into the Summer, these are perfect for flinging into your suitcase for over a swimsuit on holiday. And they'll then work for drinks in the evening as a dress with a pair of sandals.
In fact, we can include shirt dresses here as they're essentially the same thing - a long shirt or a short dress - does the same job - surely it's just semantics? Oh how I love an item of clothing that does more than one job. No justification needed - the perfect sensible purchase. Now that's not something you can say every day.
I have no idea how I've lived without one of these.
This is the one that made me think - LOVE. Actually - back pedalling - I've just realised it wasn't this one - it's the new one that's going to come in very shortly. However it's almost identical to this one.
Soho Striped Tunic from hush £75
Collarless at & Other Stories - ADORE this. Pure rock chick and oh hello leather leggings for the Spring. Genius.
Collarless Dress from & Other Stories £39
Black again and oversized satin - perfect over any sort of skinny jeans or even a straight leg. This is one definitely for the suitcase for hols.
Oversized Satin Shirt Dress from & Other Stories £65
Longerline in navy at Modern Rarity at John Lewis £150
Navy silk at Jigsaw from their A by Jigsaw Collection.
Dani Silk Shirt Dress from Jigsaw £350
Navy at M&S - longsleeve longline blouse from Indigo Collection £35
And a khaki version again £35
Khaki again and longer line at Mango £49.99
Plain white at Mango £25.99
Contrast hem at Mango £35.99
Give new life to those old black skinnies with one of these.
Cotton Shirt Dress from & Other Stories £39
Similar from Monki - printed shirt dress £30
A nude print from Suncoo £98
A brighter floral from & Other Stories £39
And finishing with stripe versions.
Pale blue stripe from Mango - cotton shirt dress £25.99
Dark navy stripe also at Mango £35.99
This is a tad "pimp my shirt dress" but that extra detail is too good not to include.
Parmiter Stripe Shirt Dress from Finery London £89
Classic black again from & Other Stories £39
AND I've just remembered I do have one. Ok so it's a tee/shirt combo from Zara that I bought earlier in the season - that's the outfit for tomorrow sorted. Ta Dah! I do definitely think a pale blue or black one is on the cards for the Summer though. I think that top of my picks would be the black silky & Other Stories one. Perfect for so many occasions - you know me - dress up dress down perfection.
Speaking of dressing up, this is from last night. Out out on a Tuesday night. Which seemed like a superb idea at the time and an amazing night it was. Friends of ours had been to France for the day and bought back oysters, champagne, wine and cheese so an impromptu party was had.
Dress - H&M
Peep toe wedge boots - Rick Owens
Leopard clutch - Tory Burch
And today, taking all the children and my niece to Bluewater. I didn't feel the best. I ate the entire belt at Yo Sushi and bought nothing.
Blush sweatshirt - Topshop
Pleated skirt - M&S
Nude ballet flats - M&S
Black Tools bag - Balenciaga
Takeaway has just arrived (yes I feel that rough - the kids are absolutely over the moon with a Thai on a Wednesday night) - well it is the holidays...
In the meantime - shirt dresses - yay or nay? I think these are the sort of things that you have for years. In fact - I bet you already have one? But is one enough...