One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman's dress with a seam at the waist, its bodice incorporating a collar and button fastening in the style of a shirt.
- ‘Do not give us shirt or raglan sleeves, or ‘shirtwaister’ styles with blousy tops, or flared or pleated skirts in boring patterns.’
- ‘Instead, putting on my best pink shirtwaister and a brave smile, I actually played the record before heading off on my birthday treat.’
- ‘No, the way to wear this summer's flat shoes is with crisp A-line skirts, shirtwaister dresses and narrow trousers.’
- ‘She was later to be seen in his most celebrated creation, the ultra - suede shirtwaister, a huge hit in 1972.’
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