YES YOU CAN: Look sharp in a shirtdress

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how to look sharp in a shirtdress.

Truth be told, I used to see shirtdresses as far too high maintenance in the crease department. However, the recent slew of stylish offerings from the high street has changed my mind. There are more (crease-resistant) fabrics on offer alongside classic cotton, and silhouettes have become more exciting – from billowing sleeves to slinky pieces that won’t look out of place at a black-tie event.

Jasper Conran shirtdress
Fitted and flattering in bold stripes: £220, jasperconran.com
Palmer Harding shirt dresses
Wear as a shirt with tailored trousers or solo as a mini. Striped shirtdress, £545, white shirtdress, £525, trousers, £315, palmerharding.com
Calvin Klein sportswear shirtdress
A super-slick evening look at Calvin Klein sportswear