The versatile shirt dress

Hey! How have you been? I had been a little tied up all this while and could not come up with a new fashion related blog post. I apologise if I have made you wait long. This afternoon I had to go for a meeting by evening and then rush for a casual dinner with friends.I was in a dilemma whether I should wear my formal dress and carry a summer dress along or return home, change and scoot for the dinner. Suddenly, an idea struck me – What if I wore the same outfit for both occasions varying the look with accessories and add-ons. I picked a navy striped shirt dress by People as the base piece.

I am glad I had to clear my closet when I moved apartments.  I have been doing a little bit of shopping in-between to refresh some of my closet basics. Since I love affordable shopping, I had stepped into the People store and picked few summer outfits. This navy stripped shirt dress happened to be very basic and casual, yet it was ideal for an informal business meeting. In my opinion, shirt dresses are one of those pieces that everyone needs in their closet. You can either accessorise them or play it simple. I have kept it simple as its summer and I want to feel free and relaxed in an outfit I wear. This particular dress has a great little waist cinching tie that has the most flattering silhouette. Shirt dresses are great to go hopping for meetings or even for a brunch. Put it on and you are ready to go. It’s so simple and modern.

For the meeting, I have clubbed my shirt dress with tan pointy toe pumps by forever 21 and Baggit women tanned laptop bag. This bag is my life saver. It not only helps me to carry my laptop in a stylish way but also has great storage capacity for other handy stuff like make-up, charger, power-bank, etc. This bag helped me to carry my favourite white sneakers for the dinner outfit as well.

For the casual dinner, I paired the shirt dress with my all time favourite white Puma sneakers. And I was done. Isn’t it effortless yet dapper? I love how a simple can give flawless look when paired correctly. I am in love with stripes – be it, nautical, pin or vertical. It might come across as a little basic but is always a classic pattern that returns in trend few seasons apart. I love the way this shirt dress is easy to pull off and  look effortless. This lightweight shirt dress is simply perfect for a brunch. You could add to the look with your favourite sunglasses. I got the pictures clicked after I was done with the meeting. It was dark and I chose to skip sunglasses for the shoot. Keeping with the summer theme, I splashed Davidoff Cool Water EDT which has perfect fruity mild fragrance. I let my hair loose since it was an informal occasion.

The whole concept is that when you are out for the day and have to attend multiple events in varied settings, you do not need to carry different outfits for each occasion. Play around with accessories, your hair and glasses and you can pull off different looks matching with unique settings.

So, for all you lovely ladies who are looking to cleanse your closet with a fresh piece, I would highly recommend a summery, lightweight shirt dress.

Until next time. Keep in pace with my closet diary. Cheers to life and womanhood 🙂


What I wore

White sneakers by Puma

Dress by People

Pumps by Forever 21

White handbag by Guess

Laptop handbag by Baggit

Watch by Seiko


Photo by: Candid Snaps


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I am a fashion, lifestyle and beauty enthusiast based in Bangalore, India. Through this blog, I share my take on fashion that is easy, would look good on anyone and chic – of course, without burning a hole in your pockets.

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