Four Ways to Wear a Shirt Dress


Four Ways to Wear a Shirt Dress

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Shirt dresses have been in style for several years now, and they won’t be going out of style any time soon! They're really a nice option because they are effortless to throw on, but with the right accessories and accompaniments, can be made into an entirely different look every time you wear them. Sartorial versatility at its finest, shirt dresses are an awesome option for a carefree look not short on style.

Here are four ways to make the most of this great look:

1) Bare-legged with ballet flats.

Perfect for summer, wearing a simple shirt dress with ballet flats and going bare-legged will keep you feeling cool and light all day long. This outfit takes approximately two minutes to put together and it can look positively adorable. It’s a great laid-back look for the beach or if you’re spending a few days at the cabin.

Make this look a little fancier if you’re in the city by pairing it with large, statement earrings, a sweet clutch purse, and big hair. That’s right: let your hair down! Think big bouncy curls or waves, or let it just spill over your shoulders naturally to add some balance to this look.

2) Over tights with heeled pumps.

Another simple look, but a bit more evening-appropriate, this outfit will really turn heads. Choose a solid-coloured shirt dress to wear over black tights with high heels or kitten heels for giving the illusion that your legs go on and on, and pair with some gold or silver bangle bracelets.

3) Belted at the waist.

Depending on the length of the shirt dress (and whether you wear it over leggings), you can absolutely wear this outfit to the workplace. Choose a fun, bold pattern for your shirt dress, and match it with a wide belt to create tons of dimension to your look.

You can also downplay this look if you like by choosing a two-toned shirt dress and using a skinny belt to break up your frame.

4) With jeans (or your favourite pants or shorts).

Shirt dresses are made to be worn year-round, but if you live in a colder climate, you probably don’t want to walk around bare-legged in the winter! Instead, throw your shirt dress on over a pair of jeans for a relaxed weekend style (choose a slouchy bag and some simple boots to complete the look).

Not into jeans? Your shirt dress can be worn over any pair of pants or leggings. Choose your favourite and go for it! If the weather is warmer, wearing a pair of shorts under your shirt dress is a really cute look, too. Having a pair of shorts peeking out from under the hem of your shirt dress gives the look a flirty edge, and it also makes it much easier to go for a bike ride or enjoy a picnic during warmer seasons!

How will you wear your shirt dress this season?

Sagan is a professional editor, writer, and social media strategist. She's been blogging for more than six years and has worked with clients across the globe. Sagan loves fashion and defines her own style as "classically pretty." Find out more about her at

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