Why shirtdresses are the ultimate wardrobe staple

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Chloe Mac Donnell
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For her Royal Ascot debut, Meghan Markle chose to wear a white shirt-style dress from Givenchy. The couture button-front collared dress featured subtle floral embroidery and by choosing the brand, Markle further cemented her loyalty with Givenchy’s creative director, Clare Waight Keller, who designed her wedding dress. Waight Keller also designed the dress she wore for her first public engagement afterwards. 

And while this was the first time we’ve seen the newlywed opt for a shirtdress, we reckon it’s not going to be the last. After all, shirtdresses are pretty foolproof, and tick a number of style boxes. Easy to wear? Tick. Comfortable to sit in all day? Tick, tick. Ability to take you from boardroom to bar? Tick, tick, tick. From linen to silk, midi to maxi, the right shirtdress can easily become the hardest working item in your wardrobe.

And with the Meghan Markle effect in full-swing, it won’t be long before you’re spotting a lot more white shirtdresses on your commute. Shop our edit of the best highstreet versions below to get ahead of the trend…

Stretch-cotton poplin shirt dress, £750, Burberry at Net-a-Porter 

Linen blend shirt dress, £34.90, Uniqlo 

Point-collar striped cotton shirtdress, £280, ASCENO at Matches Fashion 

Fort exaggerated-panel satin-crepe dress, £595, Joseph at Matches Fashion 

Oversized ruffled cotton maxi dress, £900, Cecilie Bahnsen at Net-a-Porter 

White tie shirt dress, £17.99, New Look 

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