“Murder, She Wrote” Series 1 – Episode 4
“Hooray for Homicide”
(Post 2 of 2)
There are many things I never really considered having in my closet before starting this blog: bow neck blouses, silk scarves, pearl necklaces… just to mention a few!
Now I have another item to add to my list: shirtdresses.
According to Wikipedia, a shirtdress is “a style of dress which borrows details from a man’s shirt. These can include a collar, a button front or cuffed sleeves. Often made up in crisp fabrics like cotton or silk, much like a men’s dress shirt would be. Button fronts and a forgiving fit make this a flattering look for most body types.”
Shirtdresses became popular in the 1950s, launched as part of Christian Dior’s post-World War II “New Look” couture designs.
They virtually never vanished from the radar, as you can still quite easily find them on the high street, however for some reason I never really considered them a staple to my wardrobe. No surprise there, as I am learning as the days go by, but I needed a place where to start, and once again Jessica proved to be an invaluable source of inspiration.
In this episode, Jessica wears three different shirtdresses, accessorizing them with a pretty hat, peeptoes and pearls.
I really like how these dresses are casual enough to go out and about during the day but have the potential to become elegant with the addition of the right accessories .
At the beginning of the episode, Jessica is seen wearing a pastel dress with a pretty print.
The shirtdresses I found have different patterns, but I chose them because I think they have the same simple and yet very girly vibe.
I find particularly pretty this cream dress with multicolour triangles available at Fashion Union and this short-sleeved flowery dress by People Tree, whilst Uniqlo goes for clean cut with its version of the flower shirtdress, available also in green and pink.
If you would rather go for a more whimsical print, I like this sleeveless clocks-and-atoms-patterned dress available at House of Fraser, this sleeveless horse-patterned dress available at Zalando, and this geometrical dress by Zara.
Later in the episode, to sneak into the film studios without being noticed, Jessica blends in with a group of tourists, hiding behind a floppy hat.
There are so many pretty blue shirtdresses out there that I actually had a hard time to pick just a few.
Uniqlo chooses simplicity as their usual for their one, New Look prefers to go sleeveless and to add a bit more flare to the skirt, Asos adds a pretty white detailing on the shoulders, and ModCloth uses a very cute cat-pattern.
As a final touch to blend in with the tourist crowd, Jessica carries a beach bag, like this one available at Asos.
EDIT: Thanks to Michelle, here is Jessica’s original tote bag in all her glory!
Made by L.L.Bean, “They’re made in Maine, where the show was set and they’re a staple on the east coast.”. Thank you so much Michelle! :) :)
And what about this pink shirtdress… did we not see it somewhere else already?
Yes, this is the dress that Jessica wore in the last episode at her niece’s wedding!
This proves my point: shirtdresses are great because they can be as casual or elegant as you wish, according to the accessories you match them with.
For all the beautiful vintage pink striped dresses please see the previous post, otherwise you might want to go for the high street with this bright pink dress by Top Shop or this simple one available at Uniqlo.
This time Jessica chose to accessorize with her usual Coach leather bag, regular pearls only (instead than pairing them with red pearls as she did for the wedding) and a pretty pair of peeptoes shoes, like these adorable vintage Bruno Magli by Etsy seller MinxouriVintage, these nude heels available at New Look or these slingback by Wallis.
Jessica uses the same peeptoe shoes for this other summery outfit.
It’s not a shirtdress, this time, but it still looks really lovely on her.
The white pencil skirt is quite easy to find, but I personally like this vintage one available at Rokit, this one available at John Lewis and this one by Kohl’s.