Epically popularized by ‘Miss Honey‘ in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the 1996 movie (at least in my head), the printed shirtdress lives on as a wardrobe staple for the working woman. The feminine floral dress complimented her gentle character, as she mentored little Matilda and her big brain (btw, she grew up to be quite the dry humored tweeter…).
Even in the real world, the versatile dress is universally flattering and low maintenance. Personally, because of my straight shape, I prefer a design that is tied at the waist and weighted with slightly heavier material to create the illusion of curves. And while I love Miss Honey, I avoid the school-teacher effect by buttoning the dress all the way up and accessorizing with a two-tone patent handbag for a more modern feel. Pro tip: if you’re able to snag a patterned shirtdress that comes with a removable tie-waist (like the featured item below), then when the clock strikes 6, pull that sucker off, unbutton down to that risqué-level, swipe on a red lipstick, and voila! You’ve got your day-to-night transition. Life can be surprisingly easy sometimes.
Oh – and I’m sure you’ve noticed the stunningly artistic and high quality of the photos displayed in this post. It is the work of Tommy Vo, a dear friend and creative wizard. He is insanely talented, and after many years of friendship, I finally got the chance to witness his craft first hand, as the subject of his lens. Tommy sees textures, colors, pockets of light that are invisible to the average human. He creates an immediate comfort through his cool-guy charm, and guides your vision in ways that you didn’t know you needed – in short, this guy knows his shit and you too need to experience his unique perspective on art and life. Follow his insta here and get your fill!
Get the look: Vince Camuto / Belted Shirtdress
• Front hidden-placket closure
• Long sleeves with button cuffs
• Removable tie belt
• 100% polyester
• Machine wash cold, line dry
• $129 USD
Want more options on how / where to get or recreate this look? Drop me a comment below, and I gotchu girl.