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A great staple item to have in your wardrobe at any time of the year is the classic shirt dress.

A great staple item to have in your wardrobe at any time of the year is the classic shirt dress.

It is so versatile that it will serve a style purpose for almost any occasion!

From patterned to plain, short to mid-length, waist-buttoned to full-buttoned, belted or fitted . . . the choice is yours. This week we pick one humble shirt dress and show you five different ways to wear this wonderful creation!

A sure-fire winning style is to keep things plain and simple. Less is more so simply choose a plain camisole to pop underneath your shirt dress and accessorize with a chic belt and bag, alongside minimal jewellery.

If you want to keep cool on holiday or at home, simply don your favourite pair of teeny hotpants, a cool cotton vest and open up that dress! Keep feet comfortable with easy-to-wear flip flops and away you go!

Head down the beach for some sunshine in your itzy bitzy bikini, a wide brimmed sun hat and that all important beach bag! Cover up when it gets too hot with your trusty shirt dress!

For a casual evening look, pull on some cropped trousers and a simply chic T-shirt. Slip into heels and pull that shirt dress on but keep the waist open with this season's must-have waist belt.

If its glam you want then the shirt dress can live up to that too! Pick some colour contrasting underwear and leave the top of the dress open just a little (enough for a peek of that underwear!). Killer heels and saucy ankle sox will turn you into a real queen of the night!

Words and pictures by Sally AdamsThanks to AM model Samantha Gunn and to Fleet Street where we took our pictures

Fit for every occasion . . . red print shirt dress £70 Modstrom at Skirt, cropped trousers £35, blue beads £6, both from Oasis, T-shirt £35 from FCUK, mustard beads £12 from Topshop.

SMART MOVE . . . same dress, black cami £35, FCUK, patent belt £10, red bangle £9, black leather bag £65, all at Oasis.

ACCESSORIES . . . silk scarves £10 each at Topshop, pearl necklace £15, thin bangles £8 each, thick bangle £10, all at FCUK, green beads £6 at Oasis.

SHORTS STORY . . . same dress, shorts £10 from Topshop, crochet top £32.50, necklace £12, bracelet £10, all from FCUK, flip flops £17.99 from Office.

BEACH COVER . . . same dress, blue halter neck bikini set £24, print belt £5, sunhat £18, leather bag £55, all at Topshop.

SOCK IT TO 'EM . . . same dress, bra £12, bracelets £20 each, necklace £12, charm bracelet £12, socks £3, all at Topshop, pearls £15 from FCUK, grey heels £89.99, Post Mistress at Office, belt - stylist's own.

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