How to wear a shirtdress this autumn
That’s me in my autumn shirtdress. When buying something new, I like to ensure that it’s versatile and timeless (it pays to remember Livia Firth’s “Will I wear it 30 times?” technique) – and that I get my money’s worth. As we live in a small London flat and I care about the planet, I try to keep my wardrobe as streamlined as possible; so new items really do have to be multi-tasking. My tip for whooping up the simple dress over jeans combo is to add a pair of fancy flats; such as, these LK Bennett orange velvet mules (company founder Linda Bennett is back at the helm and the autumn/winter 2018 collection is looking really strong). When the clocks go back, this autumn iteration will work beautifully with an overcoat or oversized blazer. Some prefer straight-leg jeans to balance out proportions – but I’m happy with a looser leg shape (and wide-leg trousers look fantastic with a coordinating frock). A shirtdress that buttons all the way down can be unbuttoned at the hem for an easy-breeziness; while this one has a tie belt and side slits to stop it feeling like I’m entangled in the bed sheets. Another variation of this seasonal shirtdress scenario is over cropped trousers (try white or an autumn colour) with a pair of ankle boots. Attention to detail is the way to optimise transitional layering.
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