Why we love the shirt dress.
At Mondo Kaos, we have always loved the shirt dress. It is a classic design that does all the best for the female figure, and therefore the shirt dress can pretty much be worn by women of all body types. The shirt dress is therefore also one of the dresses that we always have in stock in plus size. Some models up to sizes 2xl, 3xl, 4xl and 5xl. The shirt dress is also a very versatile dress that can be worn for a lot of different occasions depending on how it is styled.
The shirt dress has been part of the woman's wardrobe for many decades, and here we will get a little more into the history of this beautiful piece of clothing.
The history of the shirt dress.
In Europe, fashion in the first half of the 40s was characterized by rations and restrictions, and this forced housewives as well as designers to be creative with the clothing. Pga. that at this time there were restrictions on how much material could be used for e.g. a dress, designs became simpler and not least shorter than seen in the 30s. It was here that the shirt dress really became a popular design. The design was composed of a shirt and a skirt, hence the name. Originally the name was “shirtwaist dress” and this describes the shirt with the marked waist. In the early 40's, the shirt dress was a typical everyday dress used for housework and to run errands. It was a practical dress, most often with pockets, short sleeves and an a-line skirt, and then the shirt dress was most often in natural materials such as cotton or rayon in different colors and prints. One of the most typical is the floral shirt dress and the polka dot shirt dress but also the solid color shirt dress was popular. As with all other designs from this time, there was a focus on the female figure, and therefore the shirt dress was also marked at the waist either with just a waist seam or most often also with a belt. The belt could be either a regular belt or a tie belt. There were two versions of the shirt dress, namely the one where it is buttoned down to the waist by 4-6 buttons (here there is usually a zipper on the side), or the other where there are buttons all the way down through the dress. The collar most often had a “Peter Pan” collar or a more pointed shirt collar that went down the V-neckline, and the bottom was always in A-line.
In 1947 Christian Dior came with his Couture collection and here a new and "finer" shirt dress was part of the collection. The restrictions had been lifted and this could be seen in the new designs which had been upgraded to a lower part with a full swing skirt which was worn with a petticoat underneath. This design often had elbow-length sleeves with cuffs and with a collar as well as a belt. This 50s shirt dress became a staple of many women's wardrobes in the 50's, where designers like Anne Fogarty also became known for their versions of this style. From Heart OF Haute we have a very beautiful black shirt dress (sometimes also available in red and navy blue) which is incredibly similar to the one that Dior joined his Couture collection in 1947. See it here!
Styling your shirt dress.
The shirt dress is very versatile and can today be used for many different occasions depending on how you style it.
A shirt dress is usable both summer and winter. In the summer, it is nice with a pair of sandals or a pair of flat shoes from Charlie Stone, and possibly a scarf neck or in the hair for a 50s look. In winter, your shirt dress can be styled with a waist-cut cardigan e.g. The Ice Skater cardigan from Emmy Design, a pair of thick socks and Mary Jane shoes from Lola Ramona or Nordic Shoepeople or a pair of boots from Miss L Fire.
Should it be worn for evening use, it is nice with a pair of thin socks with nails from What Katie Did, and a pair of pumps from Miss L Fire.
See all our shirt dresses in our store in Copenhagen.
We always have a good selection of shirt dresses in different colors and prints in stock both here on our webshop and in the store in Copenhagen N. Here on the webshop you can browse and see what we have in stock of shirt dresses right now, but do you have the opportunity to look past our store in Copenhagen we would recommend you this. In the shop, Stine, Kirstine, Line and Cecilie all work as passionate dress lovers, and they will do everything they can to help you find the perfect shirt dress.
Do you have any questions regarding our shirt dresses?
At Mondo Kaos, our first priority is always happy customers. If you have any questions, anything, about our shirt dresses or other clothing, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can meet us every weekday on 60 95 11 36 in the period 10: 00-18: 00 - however, on busy days it can be difficult for us to answer the phone, as we are usually busy taking care of the customers who visit us in the store. Therefore, it will be an advantage to write your question to firstname.lastname@example.org where we strive to answer within a weekday.