Essential Antwerp Shirt Dress + Style With a Smile Link Up

August 11, 2020
Essential Antwerp Shirt Dress

Loose, flowing clothes are the order of the day when it’s hot and humid. Yesterday I featured a new maxi dress from Twisted Wunder that’s perfect for holidays and garden parties…or maybe just relaxing in the garden with a glass of something cold. When it comes to more office-appropriate options for Summer I don’t think you can go far wrong with a shirt dress. They offer enough coverage without the need to add layers, plus they’re super comfortable.

The polka dot print and cute cherry motif of this Essential Antwerp shirt dress instantly caught my eye

Although I have quite a few shirt dresses, I can never resist adding another one to my collection if the print really grabs me. The polka dot print and cute cherry motif of this Essential Antwerp shirt dress instantly caught my eye. I saw it listed on eBay for a very reasonable price – £35 brand new with tags. For such a good quality brand I thought that was a bargain!

The pyjama style piping and flared sleeves are lovely details that give it a luxurious feel, as does the soft fabric. Even though the fit is loose, it does tend to gape at the top button. I suppose I could pin it or wear a vest underneath and leave it open. Alternatively, I could also wear it as a duster jacket over jeans and a T-shirt.

Essential Antwerp Shirt Dress

The cherries steered me towards red accessories, although I think blue or bright green would look great too. My bag is by LaBante, and is completely vegan . Some faux leather bags are made using animal-derived glue but LaBante bags and purses are both vegan and ethical. They are made with recycled materials – the interiors are made from reclaimed plastic bottles, whilst the outers are made with vegetable by-products. When I lost my beloved Vivienne Westwood purse on a night out I replaced it with one from LaBante. I bought this bag brand new on eBay for £25 – the RRP is £89.99 so another bargain!

Essential Antwerp Shirt Dress


Essential Antwerp Shirt Dress
LaBante vegan leather red bag
Essential Antwerp polks dot Shirt Dress
Essential Antwerp Shirt polka dot Dress. LaBante vegan leather red bag
Essential Antwerp Shirt Dress
Zara beaded cherry earrings

I’m totally addicted to bold and quirky jewellery!

These fun cherry earrings from Zara are perfect for this dress with its embroidered cherry motif. Recently, Zara had a fabulous collection of fruity jewellery made with seed beads, but it looks like it has been discontinued. I’ve found several other options which I’ve included in the widget. I also bought some lemon earrings when I ordered these…I’m totally addicted to bold and quirky jewellery! My favourite themes are animals and fruit 🙂

Do you love fun and unusual jewellery too or do you prefer classic styles?

Zara beaded cherry earrings
Essential Antwerp Shirt Dress
Essential Antwerp Shirt Dress
Essential Antwerp Shirt Dress
Essential Antwerp Shirt Dress

Essential Antwerp dress (from eBay) | Lotus shoes (old) | LaBante Kensington bag (from eBay) | Zara earrings (similar) | Emilio Pucci sunglasses | Les Nereides necklace

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38 responses to “Essential Antwerp Shirt Dress + Style With a Smile Link Up”

  1. Love this shirt dress on you! The fabric also makes it look so chic and effortless. And- for me, it’s those earring s that add the final magic touch- how cute!! Have a great week xx

  2. Isobel says:

    ❤️❤️❤️ love the earrings!!!!!

  3. Hi Emma
    I love the cherry earrings! I am wearing lemon earrings today! Those are so cute too and perfect with your cherry/polka dot dress. I love the wider sleeve and shirt dress style. I have a number of shirtdresses I enjoy wearing too.
    Have a great week!
    jess xx

  4. mireille says:

    Fun earrings! I have a hard time passing up cute sandals when they are on sale but am trying to to buy something unless I can see myself really wearing it a lot.

  5. Ashley says:

    What a dreamy polka dot number! I love it on you, babe!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  6. Laurie says:

    I’ve never thought to look for new items on Ebay. Duh! I’m going for a search! The dress looks great on Emma xx

  7. Katie says:

    What a fun shirtdress! I also love the cherry earrings! Thanks for hosting and have a great week!


  8. Nancy says:

    Essential Antwerp is a beautiful brand but it runs a bit small doesn’t it. It’s a lovely dress, I also love the cherry detail. Zara has fantastic earrings and necklaces!

  9. I love this fun dress! The polka dots and cherry details are so cute. Thanks for the feature and link up!

  10. Gentry says:

    This dress is so happy & fun with the polka dot print-and i love all the red accessories you paired back to it! So cute!!

  11. You look great in this shirt dress – I love the print – the cherry earrings finish the look off perfectly. I love a browse on ebay.
    Alison xx

  12. Jacqui Berry says:

    I love shirt dresses, they always look so comfortable. Love how you’ve finished yours off with pops of red! Nice one Emma. x Jacqui

  13. Lizzie says:

    Such a gorgeous dress! You have the cutest style!


  14. Cheryl Shops says:

    I went to Antwerp once—the city is very chic but definitely a little quirky too, just like your dress! Love the cherries and pops of red too!
    Cheryl Shops |

  15. Those cherry earrings are the cutest accessory for this dress! I love the vintage type vibe of the polka dots and cherries!

  16. Darlene says:

    I love the pop of red accessories with the blue dots. So cute. And those adorable cherry earrings are the final touch of fun!!

    xx Darlene

  17. Grace says:

    Your earrings are so cute!! And you’re so right that loose dresses like this one are perfect for hotter days. I really want to expand my collection of flowy and easy items because I definitely have too few!

    Miles of smiles,

  18. Lovely says:

    Love the cherry dress, so retro!


  19. I love polka dots and I love a shirt dress so this is perfect! It looks comfortable for a summer day and still so chic.

  20. Gail says:

    I adore cherries in jewellery and clothes, so your earrings and shirt dress are really floating my boat! I nearly made fruit the subject of our next Style Not Age Challenge!

  21. Joi @InMyJoi says:

    Love, love, love a good shirtdress Emma!!! Your earrings are too cute!

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