10 highly wearable shirtdresses


Shirtdresses can be hard. Too many of them are narrow, and tough on those with a tummy, hips, or a backside of substance. But good ones are worth seeking out, because they look so crisp on scorching days. I like when they’re a touch flowy, or at least flowier on the lower half. They’re more feminine that way too. Here is a classic example of an old-style shirtwaist dress, only loosened up a bit for comfort.

There is a very subtle striping on this one that I’m crazy for.

You would never know this is a plus option based on what the model looks like, so I am forced to point it out. I like the blue a lot, and think it’s quite office-appropriate.

The light stripes here are so summery and appealing.

dress you couldn’t help but feel feminine in.

I think I’ve shown this Universal Standard dress before, but it is just so good.

A classic black version, and very well-priced.

Red and blue stripes are always a favorite of mine, and the fabric is feather-light.

This is wait-listed in many sizes—it’s part of a collab between Teresa Maccapani Missoni and plus size retailers Eloquii—but it is so pretty I had to include it.

Another striped number, with a nice, roomy cut.

Things I bought, things I want


I’ve been doing a bit more buying than wanting lately, starting with this pretty Iro blouse, which I’ve had my eye on for ages. I finally went to their store on Broome Street the other day to check it out, and it was on sale, and how much do we love when that happens?

This is very pretty, don’t you think?  It’s about as femme as I go.

I splurge on Nili Lotan pants because they fit me just right and really flatter, and am wearing my new camo pants as I type: I usually don’t like pants with a print, but camo reads neutral to me in a funny way. I wouldn’t get too crazy with the top here, and wear mine with a crisp white button-down.

And now, on to that I have yet to acquire: I just think these sweatpants are really snappy.

A cute, simple-as-can-be floral skirt I wish I’d found in time for last week’s roundup.

I like that this dress is boho around the edges but still kind of polished.

And another dress, this one priced nicely under $100. I like the cute ties at the shoulder and the deeply plunging neckline. UPDATE: Looks like you guys sold this dress out.

Just the simplest skirts I could find


I have such a tough time finding good skirts, and I don’t understand why. I like them classic, without too much going on, and that’s where I run into trouble: they’ve all got something tricky happening at the waist, or they poof out too much unflatteringly, or the hem is severely bi-level or some such business. Is anybody with me here? I’d give a lot for more in the way of this simple tomato-red A-line number from Tibi.

On the plus front, I found this denim pleated skirt, which seems quite sweet.

I love a silky slip skirt—dress it down with a simple white tee.

A touch of laciness here, but not too much.

Just a brilliant genius green, and a very pretty cut.

This pull-on skirt from Everlane just seems so appealingly easy.

This has a little asymmetry at the hem, so technically it’s a touch tricky, but I’m including it because it looks so wearable.

One of you sent me a tip that Oak—purveyors of all things black and downtown-y and 90s-ish—offers plus sizes, and that’s where I found this perfectly versatile number.



Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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