The "Dress" Shirt

Boss Black Shirt
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The "Dress" Shirt

01 of 07

WHY WE LOVE IT

WHY WE LOVE IT
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It's a mystery why so many designers chose to riff on the crisp white shirt. But all their tucking, knotting, perforating, draping, wrapping and layering yielded refreshingly inventive yet accessible pieces. Equally fascinating? None of it looks like menswear.

HOW TO WEAR IT
If it's a shirt, you don't have to tuck it in. But counter the "nurse" effect with a short skirt or unique sleeve. If it's more of a dress, go for draping and volume, or add on an "apron" skirt. Keep accessories white (except for shoes), and add light blush and nude or pale pink lips to avoid looking washed out.

Photos: (left to right) Altuzarra, Jil Sander, Jason Wu, Lanvin

02 of 07

Comptoir des Cotonniers Shirt

Comptoir des Cotonniers Shirt
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Cotton, $135; 212-460-5289.

03 of 07

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Dress

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Dress
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Cotton dress (sold with belt not shown), $159; ralphlauren.com.

04 of 07

Thomas Pink Shirt

Thomas Pink Shirt
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Cotton, $185; thomas pink.com.

05 of 07

Sportmax Shirt

Sportmax Shirt
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Cotton poplin with silk, $325; 212-674-1817.

06 of 07

Pure DKNY Dress

Pure DKNY Dress
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Cotton, $245; at select DKNY stores.

07 of 07

Boss Black Shirt

Boss Black Shirt
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Cotton-polyester, $250; at Hugo Boss.

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