The A-line Shirt Dress – a Modern classic

A Line Shirt Dress (1)Who said classic can’t be fun? One of my favorite go-to’s in fall apparel is a Ralph Lauren shirt dress that adds a fun twist on every traditional element to marry new and old perfectly. Everything about the features of the dress screams classic from the fit to the color but also with a universal appeal to elevate it to a timeless piece.  The cut of the dress is an A-line fit to flatter almost any figure.  A-line dresses always accentuate the waist line and gives a flirty flare in the skirt.  Nothing compares to making a woman feel fun and flirty than being able to spin out in a full shirt like this shirt dress offers.  I like to add a little more emphasis to the waist by switching out bold belt shapes and colors.  It gives a great modern update to the classic nature of the look.

The color choice is again a nod to a classic with a navy and white pinstripe. Navy is known to be a power color and paired with a dress it gives the perfect amount of balance between being colorful and being too loud.  The look is powerful but also colorful which is a pairing I love.  The pinstripes are also a great optical illusion, providing forgiveness for some problem areas and again bringing the eye to the center waist area, accentuating the cinched look.

Last but not least with the shirt dress you have a good amount of control over the va-va-voom factor you add to the dress. Any design that features buttons all the way down puts the power in the hands of the wearer as to how much or how little you want to show.  At work I stick to a pretty conservative look, but once I step away from the office I add a little flirtiness by undoing a button at the top or the bottom. It’s a great way to combine old and new and to quickly adjust the look depending on the environment.  Without question the dress has a universal appeal and turns heads for all the right reasons whenever it is out on rotation!

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