In Blue Stripemix:
Madewell Button-Down Tunic Shirt with Pockets in white & Blue Stripemix // Size xx-small
The perfect petite shirt dress has eluded me season after season. I want it to be made of cotton poplin shirting fabric, have a straight “men’s shirt” shape to it without being too overwhelming, a pointed collar, full button placket (so it can also be worn completely unbuttoned as a top layer) and side pockets. This seems to be a rather tall order! So when I saw this tunic from Madewell with side pockets, I figured it was worth a try as a shirt dress. I ordered both the white and blue stripe (on sale!).
Blue Stripe: this is the one I like the most, both as a lover of menswear inspired blue stripes, but also because the color mades the fabric less sheer. I makes a pretty nice short dress on my height, and the side pockets are at the right spot. I wish the blue stripe pattern didn’t switch up towards the bottom, since it creates an extra horizontal line that makes it tougher to belt and style as a dress. As for sheerness, I couldn’t see my underwear lines underneath, but the outline of my legs can be seen when standing in the light. If I keep, I will wear with boyshorts underneath for extra coverage.
White: this one would be perfect if the fabric weight was thicker. Unfortunately, it is a bit too sheer to wear as a stand alone dress, and even with nude colored undies, I could see all the lines of my unmentionables. I’d say this one should either be worn with a slip, or relegated to tunic use only.
Two other options with side pockets have popped up online since I ordered which might have potential. I like the idea of the flannel version (grey), but that darn oversized fit is such a wild card:
Madewell is running a promotion right now, with 30% off an order of $200+, and 20% off an order of $100+ with code WINWIN.
The approximate measurements of size xx-small are as follows (laid flat):
Length: 31.5″ (front) 32.25″ (back)