My Perfect Shirtdress from Everlane
I finally found the perfect shirtdress from Everlane; one of my favorite sustainable brands. Of all the great mysteries in life the most pressing when entering the working world, besides what to pack for lunch and am I grossly incompetent, is: Can I wear this to work? With dress codes erring on the side of more casual and less business, most items I own can be worn to work without too many sideways glances. I happen to work somewhere that doesn't reserve jeans as a Friday only treat. Before stepping foot into an office, I imagined every working person wearing suits, dresses or other smart but, let's be real, uncomfortable clothes you want to rip off after leaving the building. I wasn't completely wrong.
In a more formal office, even during the summer, I saw people wearing suits daily. The one item that served as the perfect crossover piece from the office to the real world was the shirtdress. The perfect one for me remained elusive with other contenders only fitting one half of my body, usually the smaller top half, or being too sheer or uncomfortable. On accident, I stumbled across the Everlane cotton two pocket shirt dress and thought, sure I can give that a try. The oversized fit and the opaque fabric seemed too good to be true but I was ready to take a chance. Everlane hasn't let me down yet with their awesome high rise denim, shirts and sandals. I only recently tried wearing this as a true shirtdress since I bought it forever ago in January. The recent warm weather had me searching my closet for a dress that could stand up to the formidable spring winds but still be breathable and comfortable. For me, I've found my perfect shirtdress.
The fit, arguably the most important thing, is great. Since my hips always cause problems when sizing for dresses I made sure to order the correct size to accommodate them. This made the whole dress run oversized but I always err on the over versus under sized. With a belt, you get the quintessential ease and comfort all shirtdresses try to exude with a defined waist. Then if you decide later you don't want anyone to know your shape or need some extra breathing room, remove the belt and luxuriate in the excess fabric and mobility of the shirtdress cocoon. This dress fits nicely into the Everlane aesthetic of minimal and basic without being boring. I like that it has a few design extras most other shirtdresses don't.
Another great aspect is the fabric, cotton, which is comfortable, doesn't lose its shape and can be worn unbuttoned as a lightweight jacket. For the spring or summer this will keep you from freezing in AC heavy stores, offices or restaurants. I forgot to talk about the pockets, which is madness. There are four and they are all functional. Two on the chest and two at hip level where you can hide snacks and your hands. I am a lover of pockets and these only sweeten the deal for this being my favorite shirtdress of all time. The sleeve length is a tiny bit short, I have long-ish arms, but with all the other positives I can overlook this one slight negative. My de facto approach to most button down sleeves is rolling or pushing them up so it almost doesn't matter what length the sleeves are.
I've finally found my version of this adult wardrobe stable. Unfortunately, this dress is sold out online for everyone who was late to the party but since I snagged the black, which goes with everything, I probably don't need another color. Fingers crossed if you like it that it will come back in stock.