As the temperature skyrockets and blue skies reappear, we welcome in a favourite for many – dress season. The ultimate in cool girl casual this Summer (and all Summers) is the shirt dress. She’s chic yet effortless, as well as promising easy breezy, sweat-free styling. Think of the shirt dress as a trans-seasonal layering opportunity for those who prefer a capsule wardrobe – it’s certainly a style staple and not dictated by trends which promises it will be a worthwhile purchase. And better yet, in Summer you can banish tights to the back of your wardrobe and embrace the bare leg life!
If you’re stumped on how to style a shirt dress, you’ve come to the right place. No shirt dress outfit has to be the same, as its versatile design means it can be styled in many ways. Layer up with a sweater vest or chunky knit in Winter or keep it simple with sandals and minimal gold jewellery for sunshine-friendly details. Off somewhere nice? Elevate your look for dressier occasions with high heels and a blazer or keep it casual with tights and boots or a pair of white trainers (which looks especially laidback in the Summer). Essentially, if you’re in doubt, the shirt dress has the answers to any of your dress code qualms.
For ultimate comfort, opt for lightweight materials like cotton or linen for your shirt dress. They’ll keep you cool in the sunshine and the floaty silhouette allows for a sweat-free Summer. Go bare legged with your sandal of choice for a casual day out or choose a stylish wedge to add some glamour to your look. This feels especially chic for an evening on vacation whether you’re out on the town or heading out for dinner. It can be difficult staying cool and comfortable in the office when various dress codes are in place. That’s why we recommend a shirt dress which always works brilliantly for a summer workwear look! Style with a blazer and a heeled shoe or ballet pump to ensure you’ll be looking primed and professional this season.
In Winter, the more coverage the better! That’s why a long-sleeved or midi length style shirt dress works perfectly for the colder months. Tights will be your best friend whether you go for a classic opaque pair or a fun printed pair to add some character to your look. The best part of a shirt dress in Winter is the ability to layer up! Throw on your favourite knits or cardigans for an ultra-cosy and chic vibe. Layer on knitted vests for a preppy look, or keep it chic with an oversized sweater draped over the top with the shirt dress collar peeking out. Complete the look with woolly accessories like a hat and scarf for that snuggly feeling all season long.
Most conveniently, shirt dresses work with almost every type of shoe which makes it the perfect piece to dress up and down so you can wear it at different occasions. White trainers work for a casual day out especially if you’re going to be on your feet a lot. If your office dress code is more relaxed, trainers and a shirt dress offer a laidback yet stylish look for the workplace. Fancy something smarter for the office? Try a chunky heel or a slip-on loafer for a refined look. Out on the town? No matter your evening plans, grab a knee-high boot for this Winter to ensure ultimate style and sophistication (as well as an extra layer). A shirt dress is the ultimate wardrobe and suitcase winner, that works hard year in and year out! With so many styling options available, the versatility of this piece makes it an essential in your outfit roster this season and into the next. Whilst a white shirt dress is the classic shade to go for, check out the other shades available which will add some colour to your wardrobe if you fancy something that pops! Hopefully you feel inspired to pick up a shirt dress of your own that you can style however you like that works seasonally whilst still being as comfortable as possible.
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