If "effortless style" is a mantra you chant daily while standing in front of your closet, you're probably already familiar with the power of the shirtdress. Sublimely simple, a crisp, tailored shirtdress makes you look polished no matter what you pair with it — flats and a cardigan, pumps and a blazer, or sandals and a bikini. (Yes, it's that versatile.)
If your spring wardrobe is currently a little lacking in the instant-style department, head over to Hysteria to catch the tail end of a trunk show for Bell by Alicia Bell. After starting with custom shirts for ladies, the designer has branched out into button-up and knit dresses, and we're already lusting after a few of each kind. We think they'd be perfect for work and weekend, especially if your spring pastimes include picnics, leisurely bike rides, and the occasional boat ride. And if they don't? One of these frocks will fix that.
Where: Hysteria, 125 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria; 703-548-1615.
Photo: Via Alicia Bell