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The Shirting Solution

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The classic Oxford men's shirt inspires designers to create a delightful array of shirts and dresses, from playful to polished. They're a welcome alternative to clingy tops in the hot months.

In stripes or solids, these pieces come in cooling fabrics and loose or A-line silhouettes. What a chic essential for work and play!

On the runways, we see:

Boss by Hugo Boss Designer Jason Wu has a thing for tuxedo dressing. Here's a chic variation on the look. Love the sheer sleeve!

Tory Burch Classic blue-and-white shirting stripes get an unexpected upgrade with colorful embroidery at Tory Burch.

Tomas Maier A smock-like shirt in pink cotton Oxford cloth pairs beautifully with an easy A-line skirt at Tomas Maier.

Brock Collection A collarless shirt in mannish stripes provides the perfect complement to feminine florals at Brock Collection.

Ralph Lauren A collared shirtdress in a crisp white cotton/silk blend looks Riviera-ready. The lace-up neckline adds a natty nautical touch.

When shopping:

Have fun with the trend! Designers love to play with menswear elements and you should too. We're drawn to the pleated bib (tuxedo inspired) on this Ralph Lauren cotton shirt; the boys' prep school vibe of the British Public School cotton poplin top; and the tradition meets bold embroidery of the Tory Burch striped Oxford.

Mix with flair You can combine a boxy shirt with a slim pant or pencil skirt; or, with a tie or belt, create a classic silhouette with a skirt that flares.

Delight in the dresses We love collecting these designs from Dunn, Charlier, Equipment, Kors, Mischka and Halston. Tell us these dresses aren't flattering!

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