How many times have you been stuck in the dilemma of having to choose between wearing a shirt and jeans or a dress? Well fashionistas, the fashion gods have heard all your problems and constructed a cute way to solve your style dilemma at the same time by introducing the cute—shirtdress. Is it a dress? Is it a shirt? Better yet, it’s literally what you think- a shirt that is long enough to be considered a dress. And luckily it’s this season’s quickest and most stylish go-to-outfit, which means it will be a top-notch alternative for all your casual affairs. Whether you’re buying the designated style or sporting your boyfriend’s extra long shirt, these tips can help you rock a shirtdress all season long.
Here are ten easy ways to style a shirtdress:
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Lets start with the simplest method to style this little number, which is by wearing the shirtdress with no embellishments. By not layering the dress with anything on top, you allow the shirtdress to shine. The monochromatic color scheme is simply timeless. Make sure to keep it simple by wearing it with knee-high boots and a pair of sunglasses to stop the glaring sunshine. And always remember, sometimes less is more when you wear the right outfit.
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Not into showing off your legs? Wear the shirtdress over skinny jeans and add heels to keep the look streamlined. Button up the top and have the lower half of the dress dancing with the wind. Top it off with a panama hat, and strut your high fashion ensemble that would make any fashionista walking down the streets jealous.
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For a more sophisticated and polished look, pair your shirt dress with an extra layer by throwing on a sweater dress. Tie it all together with some peep toe lace up booties and a large tote to create an outfit that is elegant and ready for those Sunday morning brunches with the family.
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On a cooler day, keep your shirtdress outfit casual by layering on a denim jacket and some leather booties. Denim jackets are eternal, and they look good on top of almost everything. Add a little bit of a sparkle to the ensemble by adding some chic gold add-ons like a necklace or a few cuffs.
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Who knew shirtdresses could be great for the office? For those who are all work and no play, just layer a structured blazer and you got your self an outfit that is ready to be worn Monday-Friday. Keep it professional by wearing it with a skinny pair of denim and some cute eye-catching pumps. With how great this outfit looks, there is definitely no excuse to not look cute at the office anymore.
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Let’s just face it. Apart from a denim jacket, another go-to staple piece is a leather jacket. It toughens up what would have been a very feminine shirtdress and makes your outfit that much more gripping. Style it with some knee-high boots or a pair of bright-colored heels and you got yourself an outfit that can transition well for both day and night. Top off the entire punk-rock chic aesthetic by adding some aviator sunglasses to unite all the pieces together.
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Make good use of a crop top by wearing it over your shirtdress. The crop top almost makes your shirtdress look like a skirt. Button up the dress to the top and have the collar dangling over the extra layer to make it a high fashion and work ready combination.
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Nothing says casual like sporting your shirtdress with some canvas sneakers. Especially during the spring and summer, it’s lucrative to transition from heels to some sneakers, because no matter how jaw dropping those heels are, they not always practical for all your outdoor occasions. Make sure to add a leather belt to show off your waistline and you got yourself an outfit that is versatile and comfortable for no matter what you have planned.
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Sometimes mixing prints is a little scary since you’re constantly dealing with the daunting question, “do these two pieces clash with each other?” Well I’m here to tell you not to be afraid to mix prints. As you can see this patterned jacket looks cool with the striped shirtdress because of the similar colors. The jacket also gives the outfit the pop of color that all ensembles need during the spring.
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Lastly, as we have seen you can layer up a shirtdress in many different ways, and making sure you have the right details is essential. Sunglasses, a hat, and shoulder bag are key to looking fabulous. However, another great addition is to wear some studded oxfords to really give you a heightened sense of elegance. Best of all, they provide the comfort of a sneaker, but the grace of a fashion-forward silhouette that is much more appealing to the eye.
No matter if you’re layering up your outfit or layering down your shirtdress, these 10 style ideas are great for everyone! Which of these outfit ideas is your favorite? How do you wear a shirtdress? What kind of style tips do you want to see? Tell me in the comments.