Shirt Dresses Are Having a Moment

Suddenly there are so many of these easy, versatile dresses around, and while they used to be kind of a conservative choice, a shirt dress looks kind of cool now. They make great (not to mention easy) “office” (Zoom?) pieces, and work most of the year, depending on how you style them — slides in the summer, ankle or knee boots come winter. This silky Mango number in snake print is fun and can get super dressy if you need it too (also, check out the poppy fun red).

I love Gap’s awning-striped version,which just feels really clean and fresh.  I would probably wear it with some wedge clogs like these .

Here’s a chic tie-front one from Vince in a cool celery shade, that would slide so easily into fall.

Cos’s “Technical” dress has a front side tie to make it a little more interesting, and it’s also a perfect year-round piece.

This one is so crisp and classic with a men’s style shirt tail hem, and is now 50% off!

Gap’s khaki style could be worn over a floral dress like this as a sort of duster, too.

Xirena’s simple-sexy navy dress buttons all the way down so you can show a little leg if you so choose. Just add a skinny belt and you’re good to go.

I love the almost Victorian feel of H&M’s 100% cotton crisp white dress (now under $50!)

This one is on the shorter side, so I would wear it unbuttoned with the sleeves rolled up as a coverup or maybe even over skinny jeans.

A.P.C.’s cotton dress would also be really good with a thin leather belt.

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  1. Love this post!
    I live in shirt dresses all summer, its my work uniform.
    I buy them whenever I see them because they are not always easy to find. Since they never go out of style, I have a few that I’ve worn for at least 10 years!

  2. Oh-I don’t know about some of these. I like a shirt dress that looks more dress than shirt. Otherwise, I feel like I end up looking like I forgot my pants or I just escaped from a 1940s women prison. The Xirena number is my favorite.

  3. Totally agree. A good shirtdress is a treasure! I in particular like one with a little shaping at the waist, because I’m pretty straight up-and-down and can use any little help I can get. (Belts look terrible one me!)

  4. I am breastfeeding and so have a newfound appreciation for shirt dresses (and any decent-looking clothing that allows access; I did not anticipate this sartorial aspect of being a mother!) They often look so much frumpier on me then the models though… thinking about trying the COS one. Thank you Andrea!

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