Nailing the balance between androgynous appeal and feminine flair, shirtdresses have always been the summer season’s no-questions-asked staple. Structured yet fluid, demure yet romantic, shirtdresses make for a stealthy way to bank on comfort without compromising your sartorial quotient — and you need to own at least one.

Yes, donning the classic white shirtdress is the fool-proof move to champion the transitional look — but here’s our off the beaten path suggestion: Put the basics to rest and stock up on bold risk-takers for a change. Recently, bad gal Rihanna did just that by repurposing Juun.J‘s oversized menswear shirt as a killer dress, cinched in at the waist with a translucent Maison Margiela PVC belt. She also put the off-the-shoulder trend to the test and proved why she’s the epitome of effortless sophistication.

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Rihanna wore Juun.J’s menswear shirt, cinched in with a clear Maison Margiela PVC belt. (Photo: Getty)

Still not convinced? Whether it sports mismatched sleeves or asymmetrical hemlines, here are 6 unorthodox shirtdresses that will change your mind and make their way into your wardrobe rotation this season.

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Balenciaga's striped cotton shirtdress

Looking to Morocco’s free-flowing shirtdresses for inspiration, Balenciaga’s gandoura-influenced dress features striking red stripes and a comfy silhouette borrowed from menswear. But as much as we appreciate the ease of the laid-back drape, the dress’ off-kilter sleeve length is the main attraction.

S$1,850, Balenciaga

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Jacquemus' Ecru La Robe Santon shirtdress

A designer we’re keeping tabs on, Jacquemus is a young French label that rose to instant stardom with its boundary-pushing sculptural creations. Armed with ballooning sleeves that are larger than life, this shirtdress is one of the season’s must-buy chart-toppers.

S$530 (US$384), Jacquemus

3
Joseph's Eli slit-cuff striped cotton shirt dress

Suited for the modern-day girlbosses, Joseph’s tonal-blue shirtdress features a languid silhouette that easily glides from day to night without a hitch. Its elbow-length slits on the sleeves lend a chic cape-like feel.

S$1,025, Joseph

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Acne Studios' Debra shirtdress

At first glance, Acne Studios’ shirtdress comes off as an oversized basic any plain Jane would own — but upon closer inspection, asymmetrical hemlines and intentionally apparent pocket stitching position it as a structured statement maker.

S$530 (US$385), Acne Studios

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Burberry's pintucked herringbone cotton and faille shirtdress

This season, the bigger your sleeves are, the better. Debuted on Burberry‘s see-now-buy-now February 2017 runway, this shirtdress’ voluminous faille-trimmed gigot sleeves are inspired by English artist Henry Moore’s characteristic use of curves.

S$1,693 (US$1,288), Burberry

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Maison Margiela's striped cotton shirtdress

Cult label Maison Margiela is known to break the rules of fashion — often creating an ingeniously cool effect, as with this deconstructed dress. Two pieces of shirts were stitched together, with the sleeves of the bottom shirt wrapping around the other for a belted, ’90s-casual effect.

S$1,749, Maison Margiela