The shirt dresses every woman should own

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Whether you want to go casual in denim or luxed-up in a to-die-for silky number

Shirt dresses are no longer limited to just workwear and this season, the long-time sartorial staple has had something of a cool-girl makeover and looks set to take centre stage in your wardrobe.

Maxi, midi, mini – any length goes when it comes to investing in your trans-seasonal hero.

We’re favouring all things striped and boyish for everywhere from the weekend to the office, but should you fancy something really feminine and versatile, go for something printed or oversized that can be worn both on its own, and tucked neatly into your favourite new-season denim buys.

Styling-wise, those savvy street style stars have taught us a thing or two about making our shirt dresses really go the distance.Whether it’s with heels and a printed clutch for the evenings or a denim jacket and boots for the weekend, there are endless styling possibilities with these wardrobe staples.

Take your cue from the runways, and particularly designers like Calvin Klein, Comme des Garçons and Vetements, and opt for a sporty spin by styling a midi dress with trainers. Another way to get maximum mileage out of this year-round favourite is to take your cue from the front rows and try layering with a pair of printed cigarette pants and heels: it’s all about wearing dresses over trousers again after all.

Those feeling brave might want to try a crop top over a crisp white shirt (a look favoured by everyone form street style stars to catwalks supers), and make sure to mix and match prints and colour ways. Deck chair stripes are particularly big this season.

Or, keep your look classic and wear over some ankle-grazing jeans, pointed pumps and a bag as versatile as the dress – a cross-body bag.

Scroll down to shop our edit of the best shirt dresses that every woman should own.

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