I must confess, I seem to have a slight obsession with blue and white stripes during the summer months, particularly blue and white striped shirt dresses – and I don’t think that I’m alone.
The stores are awash with all manner of clothing in blue and white stripes, from dresses, to shirts, skirts and trousers.
But for the purposes of this post, I’m concentrating on blue and white striped shirt dresses, for as well as blue and white stripes, shirt dresses are where it’s at this season.
I saw this blue and white striped and embroidered tunic Zara (£39.99) on a lady at an event that I went to in London last week. The event was with the shoe brand, Ecco and she had paired it with some of their trainers. She looked so cool! Luckily they had them in our local store when I went and had a quick look on Monday, so I decided that it was meant to be.
Blue and white Marley shirt dress Baukjen (£129)
This Baukjen dress is another of my favourites. Blue and white stripes are so fresh and with a sleeve, a midi length and a collar, they feel cool, smart and covered but not frumpy all at the same time. Yesterday I had two meetings and event at school and it saw me right through the day without me feeling either over, or under, dressed for anything that I was up to.
Blue and white striped midi shirt dress Warehouse (£35)
Of course you don’t have to wear your scruffiest trainers with such a lovely dress but sadly I have “misplaced” my favourite ones so these old Stan Smiths had to do. I’m slightly concerned that the face wipe that I used to give them a quick clean did a really good job on them. Heaven’s knows what they do to my face though. I’m really looking forward to wearing with tan sandals though, as well as my metallic wedges.
Blue and white striped chevron dress warehouse (£49)
With its chevron stripes, this blue and white striped dress from Warehouse (above) has a slightly different take on things. Stripes are a great way of keeping the eye on the move and not honing in on any particular area. If the higher neckline is not for you, the shirt dresses offer a great opportunity of creating a more flattering neckline, just by undoing a couple of buttons.
Blue and white striped shirt dress Zara (£29.99)
I love the really laid back feel of this shirt dress, with its rolled up sleeves and opened collar. Unbutton a few of the buttons at the bottom of the dress too, to reveal a flash of leg.
Think of all the ways to style a dress like these – with trainers, summer sandals, flip flops or heels. By a silky one, a short one, a midi one or a full length one. Add a layer of necklaces, a statement necklace or huge earrings. Button up the neckline and go demure for work, open the neckline if it suits you better, swap the belt, roll up the sleeves, undo some of the bottom buttons, hec turn the whole thing around and wear it back to front if you fancy it (remember Celine Dion and THAT shirt)? But add a blue and white striped shirt dress to your wardrobe this summer and you won’t regret it.