In our current summer-autumn hiatus, I find deciding what to wear can be a little hit and miss, but I’ve found this classic shirt dress to be the perfect transitional piece. Loose and light, it’s also really easy to layer up as the weather grows cooler.
I wore this beautiful Outsider dress for the majority of my holiday in France this summer, thrown over a bikini for lunch, and then later out for dinner with a red lip. Now, come September it’s proving itself to be even more versatile.
I love the subtly feminine feel that comes from the fitted cut at the top, which then gives way into the high-low skirt. I’ve layered it over jeans on days where it’s been cooler but recently the sun’s intermittent appearances means I’ve been going bare legged and wearing it underneath dresses and jumpers.
This is probably my favourite way to wear it; here I’ve paired it with a vintage chequered dress and Birkenstocks, and a classic Brereton top and black ankle boots. The shirtdress is made from high-quality organic cotton responsibly sourced in India and aside from the great social and environmental benefits of the organic farming process, the material itself contains no harsh chemicals and on a purely selfish note, feels incredibly soft and luxurious to wear.
The dress is now definitely a go-to fixture in my wardrobe. Although I do love a white shirt-dress, I actually think black is an easier colour to wear all year round, and also more fitting come evening; cue the many more outings...
Enjoy 15% off this and all Outsider's organic cotton styles this month as part of the Soil Association's Organic September. Just use code ORGANIC at the checkout.
*Rachael Cooney blogs at A Sustainable Thread.*
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