Buy now, wear later: the shirt dress

Baukjen-SS16A silky, floaty sleeveless dress with side-splits might not be the obvious choice for a cold, blustery Yorkshire day I grant you but bear with me on this. Let’s just focus on that colour for now and dream about the blue skies and even bluer seas that are in our future. Better days are coming and they are called spring breaks and summer holidays. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut back to the here and now and I have to keep reminding myself to be patient and that it is only February after all. The influx of beautiful spring/summer clothing is starting to get me twitchy and the weather gods are taking the mick (bright, warm sunshine is currently streaming through my window, yet there’s still a smattering of snow on the ground from last night).

So here’s the thing. As with my last ‘Buy now, wear later’ post, you need to play the long game with items like this dress. Yes, it looks diaphanous but it’s not as flimsy as it first appears and when worn layered up with a long sleeved top and tights, it’s warmer than you think.

Outfit details: Dress: c/o Baukjen / Polo neck: Boden / Bag: past season (similar here) / Jacket: bought in Palma (similar here) / Boots: past season (similar here).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe longer length makes it tricky to match your coat so go for a shorter jacket, if you’ll take my advice. Ankle or even higher boots work well too but make sure they have a little bit of a heel – the smarter feel of this dress demands it, especially in winter I think (plus y’know, boots are warmer). More importantly, I reckon this dress is pretty flexible and could work well for the office or even a night out (I wore it here for a lunch date and it felt neither over nor under dressed).

Now come summer of course it’ll be a totally different story. The slightly longer length suits me down to the ground on days when I want to get my legs out but still feel relaxed and will look great with flats: sandals, sliders, maybe even the new Gucci-style slip-on loafer?

Okay, enough dress talk now. I’ll just add that if you like the look of that blue fabric (it’s sort of a bright navy, which I love), then Baukjen has also done a lovely culotte-style jumpsuit in it, which would also see you right through the season.

Roll on summer!



Alice //

Gorgeous dress, I love a good shirt dress and the colour on this one is beautiful. I imagine it’d be fab for spring, and on balmy summer nights… x

Mel Wiggins //

Oh so beautiful. This is my current colour crush too – that blue *heart eyes*! You wear it so well with your colouring and I love that you are so flipping trendy you can just drape that leather jacket over your shoulders like a boss!. xo

Kathryn //

Ha! Thanks Mel. I only ‘drape’ for the purposes of outfit posts usually just so you can see more of the outfit itself but yes let’s pretend I’m a superhero with my cape! xx

Jess @ Along Came Cherry //

It looks great on you! I could never pull of something this length as I’m not very tall and have really short legs which are out of proportion to the rest of my body so basically any kind of skirt of dress looks ridiculous on me! x

Kathryn //

Yes I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to wear stuff like this (might need to book a holiday to Greece or somewhere) xx

Lori //

Love the colour blue and definitely think you’re rocking it with the grey long sleeved top! I’ve been twitchy for a spring wardrobe, bring on the sun 🙂 x

Laura //

I absolutely love this shirt dress – especially the navy shade – suits you so much and paired up with the jacket – such stylish mama


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