GOACA classics: the shirt dress

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It’s not too surprising—given how prominently button-down shirts figure in my uniform—that these dresses become a key component of my wardrobe once it’s warm enough for them. I’m primarily attracted to their ease of wear, but I also like the fact that you slip one on and immediately look pulled-together. This denim dress comes in a lot of other colors, but I kind of love the washed-out grey.

A cute linen number in the palest of pale pinks.

This is actually a popover dress, but close enough, right? I like that it’s got a subtle, flattering A-shape.

This linen option has a safari-ish feel.

OK, I think this dress is over-styled to a ridiculous degree here, but if squint you can see that it’s pretty adorable.

From Veronica Beard, a sophisticated choice with a sweet self-belt.

This is flowy-er than your average shirt dress, something that I view as a plus.

Such a cute, graphic striped dress that’s longer than I usually think works in this category, but somehow it does.

The rolled sleeves and oversized pocket on this dress are cool touches.

This striped linen choice would beautifully double as a beach cover-up.

This gingham dress is so spiff, and well-priced too.

The cap sleeves here are more flattering than straight-up sleeveless.

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    Betsy Palmer
    5 Apr 2022
    9:05am

    Thanks. I will check around. We have 2 stores locally who carry some of their items but as you can imagine, they are gone in a flash. Oh to live in a major retail market.

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    Margaret
    5 Apr 2022
    2:02pm

    My old Home Ec teacher from 1973 must be spinning in her grave like a rotisserie chicken as she looks down from heaven upon a $400 cotton shirtdress with hanging threads on the hem.

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    Jenny
    4 Apr 2022
    6:48pm

    Frank and Eileen is a B corp, meaning they adhere to higher-than-industry-norm standards around labor & environmental impact. That would certainly have an impact on their costs and possibly their prices.

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    grldchz
    4 Apr 2022
    8:16pm

    That Frank and Eileen gray dress looks great, but looks loooooong. The model in the picture is 5’9″ and it’s hitting below her knee. I’m 5’6″ and fear how low it would hit me. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.

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    LeighTX
    5 Apr 2022
    10:09am

    I love a shirt dress, and these are all so tempting! The Faherty one is my favorite, it looks like it would be so cool despite the long sleeve.

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    Betsy Palmer
    4 Apr 2022
    12:45pm

    I love Frank and Eileen but don’t think I can do $400 for a denim dress. I have their denim shirt and it is yummy so maybe…

    Is it just me or are prices getting even higher?

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      Mamavalveeta03
      4 Apr 2022
      2:13pm

      I love the Frank & Eileen dresses – and Betsy, you can frequently find their items on-sale if you search. I’m partial to the pink linen by Monrow. I’m a big fan of the brand’s tees.

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    cw
    4 Apr 2022
    1:57pm

    Both Frank and Eileens are outstanding as is the Polo Ralph Lauren. Here’s a question: Shirt tale hems on shirt dresses look peculiar on me. They make me look frumpy in a super unattractive way (not that frumpy is ever attractive). Even length hem shirt dresses do not have the same effect. No doubt I could answer this question if I were an artist and therefore skilled in perspectives or a clothing designer skilled in body shapes and sizes, but it’s something that has always puzzled me. And, yes, Betsy Palmer, I agree I think clothing prices have risen.

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      Betsy Palmer
      4 Apr 2022
      2:02pm

      I wonder if sometimes it’s the depth (?) of the curve? This one is shallow which I think is more forgiving on me at least. If it is too deep and straight I think it can make me top heavy. Glad I’m not the only one thinking that prices have skyrocketed for decent design and materials.

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    Gleaming the Cube
    4 Apr 2022
    5:38pm

    I am very tempted by that popover one from Nordstrom– at least it is a more affordable option!
    I read something recently– but of course cannot remember where– about rising clothing prices. Maybe tacked onto something about how Chanel has raised prices three times on their bags in the last year or so? My memory might be faulty, but the explanation was that apparently the rich have a lot of money so luxury brands figure they might raise prices because people are very willing to pay more right now. I haven’t been shopping for Chanel, but I have been in the market for a pair of better yet basic black shoes. In essence, shoes that I can resole, wear for a decade, and feel put together when I wear. Basically, nicer and more stylish than Clark’s? So I budgeted around $300-$450, and in a moment of thinking I would splurge, thought maybe this is a time to finally get some brogues from Church’s? Either I don’t remember how much nice(r) shoes cost, but a pair of brogues from Church’s is now over $1,000. I swear they were about $500 a few years ago, unless that was the price in GBP or really good sale prices.

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