The Shirtdress: A Classic Style That Never Fails

From day to night, office to party, there’s one dress style that always works: the shirtdress. This style borrows elements from the classic men’s button-down shirt, which is why it is such an iconic and timeless look. Trends come and go but only a few styles have remained classics for decades – the shirtdress is one of them.

Shirtdresses come in a variety of looks but always with distinctive elements, including a collar and buttons down the front. Often, they also feature sleeves with cuffs. But in terms of length, colours, and patterns, the sky’s the limit! From mini to maxi, solids to loud prints, dark to bright hues, belts, pockets, and all the bells and whistles, you have endless choices when it comes to shirtdresses. Whether you’re going for a business-chic vibe for work or a more formal look for a nighttime event, this style never fails!

Ahead, take a look at some shirtdress styles from Nicola Ross’ collections.

Kate & Pippa Luca Shirt Dress AW21 - Blue Spot

Kate & Pippa Luca Shirt Dress AW21 -Nicola Ross

The Luca is the quintessential shirtdress with its front buttons, classic shirt collar, and long, cuffed sleeves. It also features a near-maxi length and a tie belt. This blue spot print looks super stylish and really makes a statement, but the Luca is also available in a wide variety of colours and prints to suit your taste. Buy now.

Kate & Pippa Capri Dress AW21 - Red/Black

Kate & Pippa Capri Dress AW21 - Red/Black- Nicola Ross

The Capri features front buttons, a tie belt, and long sleeves along with a Mandarin collar for a shirtdress look that’s slightly different than usual. You’ll turn heads thanks to the vibrant print of this red and black number, but the Capri also comes in other colours and patterns you’ll surely love. Buy now.

Lil Jen Lilly Dress – Green

Lil Jen Lilly Dress – Green- Nicola Ross

If you’re looking for something that’s a little on the flirty side, the Lilly dress is for you. It comes in an above-the-knee length with a swingy silhouette and looks perfect for a date night or party. It also has a row of buttons down the bodice and a Mandarin-style collar, plus an exuberant print that really stands out. Buy now.

Lil Jen Amelia Dress – Magenta

Lil Jen Amelia Dress – Magenta- Nicola Ross

The Amelia dress is the maxi sister of the Lilly. It also has a cute button-up detail down the front bodice along with a drawstring waist and long sleeves. The maxi length and vibrant print exude a boho vibe. Team with flats for a casual look or heels for dressier occasions. Buy now.

Joseph Ribkoff - Black Faux Leather Shirt Dress

Joseph Ribkoff - Black Faux Leather Shirt Dress- Nicola Ross

Amp up the chic factor with this faux-leather shirtdress from Joseph Ribkoff. It features a classic collar, front buttons, and a tie belt for a figure-flattering shape. Buy now.

Portofino Midi Shirt Dress, Black & Grey Print

Portofino Midi Shirt Dress, Black & Grey Print- Nicola Ross

The Portofino dress from Kate & Pippa features a tie belt, pockets, and double slits. Dress it up with heels or go casual with a pair of trainers. This style is also available in a few other prints and colours. Buy now.

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