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Bid a Fond Farewell to Public School-Era DKNY With This Striped Shirt Dress

The Striped Shirt Dress: A Warm-Weather
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* Classic grey and white striped shirting
* Wrap-around sash at waist
* Last collection from Public School duo for DKNY

Hit the refresh button on your spring wardrobe with a few key updates, like a perfected piece of menswear-inspired shirting. Elongated into a crisp, striped shirtdress and wrapped with a sash, DKNY’s grey-and-white take is a wardrobe MVP that’s polished without being stuffy; fashion-conscious without the pretension.

striped shirt dress

Following the words of label founder/fashion grande dame Donna Karan, “Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable,” this deceptively simple piece does just that. What could be basic becomes distinct, like a belt cut long enough to wrap around the waist to almost origami-like effect. The practical and desirable elements Karan espoused intersect with carefully considered details like an asymmetric shirt tail style hem and fold-over collar.

As for balancing comfort with luxe? It’s long been the calling card of co-creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, DKNY’s out-going designers. Making their mark with their innovative, elevated streetwear brand Public School, they were already well-versed in making clothes that felt good and looked good, bringing that magic with them during their tenure at DNKY. With shake-ups at the label late last year, they’ve since moved on, but this last delivery of spring wares still bears their distinctive cool — yet another reason this dress needs to go straight from the site and into your closet.

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