StylePile Magazine

It's easy, it's classic, and it's refined - a shirtdress is one of the few pieces that is truly a  closet workhorse. This staple can take you from a cubicle to happy hour to a hot date with a simple swap of accessories. This season the basic shirt dress received a high fashion treatment with designers like Altuzarra  and Rebecca Minkoff reimagining the classic shape with asymmetric hemlines, thigh high slits and dropped waists. We have shortlisted few of the buttoned-up frocks that are challenging us to kick up our dress game this spring:

Window Pane Shirtdress (Rs.1495; Koovs.com):
This grid print shirtdress with its combo action needs little else to make it a knockout. The nipped in waist covertly injects a feminine vibe into this creation making it equally suited for office hours as for museum hopping on the weekends. Just add ankle strap heels during the week and switch to loafers for your off-duty jaunts. 

Black Shirt Dress (Rs.1499; Myntra.com):
This black maxi length shirtdress is neither too dainty nor too delicate with just enough ‘statement’ to it. The monochrome frock will look equally chic paired with wedges and tote for a daytime stroll or dressed up with heels and a moto jacket for a night out. To up the glam quotient even further - leave the top and bottom of the dress unbuttoned

Zara Dress (Rs. 3990):
When it comes to keeping it casual, the denim shirt dress is the perfect example of a go-to piece that will look just as good layered as it will on its own. For a weekend outfit worthy of praise, wrap a thin belt around your shirtdress, toss a boho bag over your shoulders and finish the look with a pair of suede ankle booties. 

Masaba For Stylista Dress (Rs. 3160; Myntra.com):
The quirky print of this Masaba dress with contrasting yellow tones will brighten up even the groggiest of mornings. Go bold and elevate the entire look with a pair hot pink pumps. 

Forever 21 Dress (Rs. 1380):
We are swooning over this delightfully simple iteration of the shirtdress. The sharp cut and uneven hemline give this otherwise straightforward piece a dramatic spin. A highly versatile blank canvas, this shirt dress can look polished and work appropriate with a black blazer and pointy toe flats and can be turned it into a fun evening alternative with a pair of thick platform heels and a chunky choker necklace. 

Mango Leather Dress (Rs.14900):
If the traditional button-up frock feels a just a little bit too tame for your taste then we suggest giving this mod boxy silhouette from Mango a try. Create a total tomboy moment with a pair of platform espadrilles or give it a slight feminine twist with wooden platforms and a sleek cuff. 

 

This season’s most popular shoe style is enticing, powerful and statement making. Usher in spring’s free spirited mood with the deity derived sandal of the season - The Roman sandals - it’s the warm weather’s answer to the thigh-high boot of winters.

While we love the idea of strappy sandals for hot days, let’s be honest these steppers aren’t the most easy to pull off. But what they lack in practicality, they more than make up for it in mystique. Reimagined in glam metallics and eye-catching patterns with sleek accents and unexpected details, this season's version is a little more sophisticated than their ancient counterpart. And they look good with everything from boho dresses to denim minis . So whether you are looking for a pair to elevate the edge or to match the feminine charms of your ensemble, we have shortlisted the coolest iterations of this bohemian staple: 

No Doubt Gladiator Heels (Rs.4000; Koovs.com):
A shoe that is as powerful as its pretty. Tame the extra tall gladiator sandal with an everyday denim jacket thrown over a flowy dress or use them to temper the sex appeal of your favorite LBD.

Forever 21 Sandals (Rs.1800 approx):
A simple lace-up style in a pretty berry hue is more fashionista than festival-goer. Pair them with an off shoulder romantic dress for day at the beach or wear them with a crisp shirtdress for a cool pool party look. 

Zara Roman Sandals (Rs.7990):
These knee grazing barely there stunners from Zara have your stems covered for the season. Not only do they go with just about every dress and skirt in your closet, they also have the power to add instant polish to your beat-up denim cutoffs. 

Aldo Sandals (Rs.5400):
Representing both glam and gladiator, this sandal has enough attitude to match your pedicure. Try them with a super short shift dress to keep the statement shoes in the limelight.

Steve Madden (Rs. 4799; Myntra.com):
If the traditional gladiator has too many straps and too much hardware for your demure taste, try out this more sophisticated, low-key flat sandal instead. The snakeskin adds a bit of drama to the lower profile and will make your lazy-weekend outfit look infinitely cooler.

Mango Sandals (Rs. 2290):
With a flat walkable sole, these sandals are as practical as they are head turning. Wear them with a thigh high slit maxi dress to make you look and feel like a total goddess. 

If there has been one common thread in most of the Spring 2015 collections, it’s a strong 70’s undercurrent which means flared silhouettes, bohemian prints and suede. Spotted on spring runways from Gucci to Jason Wu to Altuzarra, the soft and delicate fabric has surfaced as the most surprising trend of the season.

What makes the trend even more of a head turner are the myriad of colors and silhouettes. Designers took full advantage of the luxe power of the material and played with soft and decadent colors. Another reason to champion the return of this lush fabric is its unparalleled ability to make anything look more expensive and  of course that it’s not really a season specific fabric. We have shortlisted few of our favorite suede pieces to help you point in the right direction. 

Suede Jacket (Rs. 8999; Fashionara.com):
This short suede jacket leverages soft, buttery suede in the chicest way possible. The silhouette is structured, fitted, and sporty and with its  inviting shade of green it makes for a cheerful spring topper.

Bag (Rs. 1895; Koovs.com):
This suede bag with its fringe trim has scooped up two of the most stylish trends of the swinging 70’s. The rich emerald hue color blocked with a solid black proves that all good things come in small packages. 

Vans Sneakers (Rs. 3999; Jabong.com):
Get a swing of suede in your look with a pair of slip-on sneakers. You can never go wrong with easy comfy footwear especially in an unexpected hue like citrusy neon.

Mango Skirt (Rs. 4590):
As winter moves into spring, suede skirt is an ideal transitional piece. This mini skirt in a neutral navy hue is a great way to add a subtle seventies nod to any outfit. 

Forever 21 Jacket (Rs. 1980):
This faux-suede topper brings the '70s straight to 2015. With its cascading silhouette, sorbet hue and butter-soft fabric, this is one-piece shortcut to nailing this season’s retro mood.

Zara Dress (Rs. 9990):
A suede dress is a unique and easy way to add texture to any ensemble. This Zara dress will pair perfectly with a cotton blazer for the day and gladiator sandals will make for a va-va-voom after hours look.

If there is one sure-fire way to keep your ensemble slim and sleek this season - it’s the pencil skirt. This week, we embraced the pencil skirt as far more than an office staple and gave the ultra feminine classic a new lease on life. A black pencil skirt can be sophisticated still playful making it great for both day and nighttime affairs. Another bonus with a skirt like this is that it's hardly season-specific. The silhouette lends itself just as easily to tights and ankle boots as it does to bare legs and your favorite heels. So no matter what the weather or where you're headed our next few looks will prove that this is a smart investment for your work wardrobe and beyond:

Zara Skirt (Rs. 2990): The  subtle slit makes this Zara skirt just sexy enough to get away with during the day and just punctuate with your highest heels to temper the sultry factor for the evening.

1) Take note of this sleek, well-executed way of dressing up a casual combo. Transform the black slim skirt into something far more modern feeling by topping it with a soft grey tee and finishing with a pair of ankle strap pumps. Sometimes, less is really more.

Zara Skirt (Rs. 2990)

Mango Top (Rs. 1490)

Aldo Ankle Strap Heels (Rs. 6000)

Gold Bracelet (Rs. 343; Myntra.com)

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2) Black and white are the chicest neutrals in any working woman’s wardrobe. Get the best of both worlds with this sharp look that is both office appropriate and cocktail ready. For a polished finish tote a bowling bag and don a pair of fierce heels.

Zara Skirt (Rs. 2990)

Mango Blouse (Rs. 2990)

Forever New Heels (Rs. 1095)

Zara Bowling Bag (Rs. 3990)

Flying Machine Shades (Rs. 1299; Jabong.com)

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3) We are obsessed with this preppy take on the lady-like skirt. The juxtaposition of the classic sailor stripes with a fitted skirt is proof that you can build an outfit up from the basics.  Paired with classic nude slingbacks and a cross body bag - the key is simple accessorizing.

Zara Skirt (Rs. 2990)

Zara T-Shirt (Rs. 990)

Charles & Keith Slingbacks (Rs.5999)

Mango Bag (Rs. 3490)
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4) This look proves that all black doesn’t have to be boring. Pair an explosive mix of office appropriate piece - the pencil skirt with a bombshell cropped top to give the silhouette a bold edge. For a real walk on the wild side, punctuate the look with leopard print pumps. 

Zara Skirt (Rs. 2990)

Crop Top (Rs. 895; Koovs.com)

Steve Madden Pumps (Rs. 6399; Myntra.com)

Weekday mornings can be rough, especially after you pulled a late night at work or at a friend’s cocktail party. Between the mad rush to get your morning shot of caffeine to and to look the least bit presentable for that 9 am meeting, the last thing you want is to spend those precious morning moments staring at your closet figuring out what to wear to work. The ever-so-trusty throw-on-and-go dress is our answer to those stressful dressing dilemmas. We have scoured the web for the best dresses on the market that are as professional as they are chic.

Zara Dress (Rs. 3990):
Just when you thought stripes on stripes couldn't work outside of the weekend, Zara brings an artsy upgrade to the classic sailor stripes. The varied size and angle of the stripes makes it a universally flattering on everyone.

Eaven Dress (Rs. 1699; Myntra.com):
This Little black dress feels business-y enough for the 9-to-5 grind but a fun fit-and-flare shape along with the contrasting red band will inject some fashion fun into your work closet.

French Connection Dress (Rs. 7999):
If your scheduled day requires an on-trend outfit that'll impress everyone you pass, then consider this sorbet hued dress. It’s a textbook work dress with demure neckline, knee-length hem, simple color palette with an asymmetrical twist. 

Forever 21 Dress (Rs. 1800):
Cement your cool girl office status by opting for this trendy color block dress. It’s like wearing a chic skirt and top combo without having to fret over the pairing. 

Ax Paris Dress (Rs. 3000; Koovs.com):
This dress is a proof that work dresses can be printed, colorful and happy. Turn up the saturation on those spring florals and pair it with a contrasting floral blazer or add a sharp solid colored one to keep things more conservative. 

Mango Contrast Trim Dress (Rs. 5590):
The easy silhouette and black piping is what makes this style a winner. Wear it with booties and an oversized work clutch to dress like a boss.

Wrap Dress (Rs. 1550; TheClosetLable.com):
Ensure a good week by stepping out in a super stylish look. The bold hue of this wrap style is a statement on its. own.

Elle Dress (Rs. 2699; Jabong.com):
This dress will make you look sophisticated with minimal effort. Well placed stripes at the bodice make the simple silhouette of this dress feel suddenly high-concept.