10 highly wearable shirtdresses

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Shirtdresses can be hard. Too many of them are narrow, and tough on those with a tummy, hips, or a backside of substance. But good ones are worth seeking out, because they look so crisp on scorching days. I like when they’re a touch flowy, or at least flowier on the lower half. They’re more feminine that way too. Here is a classic example of an old-style shirtwaist dress, only loosened up a bit for comfort.

There is a very subtle striping on this one that I’m crazy for.

You would never know this is a plus option based on what the model looks like, so I am forced to point it out. I like the blue a lot, and think it’s quite office-appropriate.

The light stripes here are so summery and appealing.

dress you couldn’t help but feel feminine in.

I think I’ve shown this Universal Standard dress before, but it is just so good.

A classic black version, and very well-priced.

Red and blue stripes are always a favorite of mine, and the fabric is feather-light.

This is wait-listed in many sizes—it’s part of a collab between Teresa Maccapani Missoni and plus size retailers Eloquii—but it is so pretty I had to include it.

Another striped number, with a nice, roomy cut.

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    Jenn
    16 Jun 2017
    7:22am

    Do you have any suggestions for shirt dresses with structure? I can’t really wear flimsy fabric around my hips and mid-section and have been looking for shirt dresses that can smooth out those areas (maybe with a little spandex?) I owned two about 10 years ago and wore them to shreds!

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      jenny
      16 Jun 2017
      10:30am

      I also need shirt dresses (actually most clothes) with structure. Also, Kim, any suggestions for an a-line denim skirt? I’m completely striking out!

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        emilyhallnyc
        16 Jun 2017
        11:54am

        I have an a-line denim skirt from APC that I love, but it’s a few years old. But it seems like something they might still carry.

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        Mary Alice
        16 Jun 2017
        12:02pm

        Mother jeans had a great A-line denim skirt last year. Might be worth a look.

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        KimFrance
        16 Jun 2017
        12:10pm

        I’ve been trying to round up enough decent A-line (or at least not straight pencil) denim skirts for a post, and there just aren’t a lot around. I might end up just doing a very short post on them because there are so few.

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        Jana
        16 Jun 2017
        12:56pm

        Andrea Linett (FOK–friend of Kim) linked to a cool APC A-line denim skirt just the other day on her blog. Hope it’s OK if I provide the link….

        https://www.iwanttobeher.com/top-5-tamara-schlesinger-photographer/

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    Cher
    16 Jun 2017
    9:29am

    I want to thank you for continuing to feature plus size options. It is great to be included in the conversation!

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      KimFrance
      16 Jun 2017
      11:30am

      My pleasure, Cher!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    16 Jun 2017
    10:54am

    I love loose, flowy shirt dresses for the tummy-covering factor. Thanks for hearing us, Kim, and consistently adding larger sizes to your picks! 😘

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    Mary Alice
    16 Jun 2017
    12:00pm

    I’ve heard of boyfriend jeans and boyfriend blazers, but I have to admit I’ve never come across a boyfriend dress.
    Love them all, btw!

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    suz
    17 Jun 2017
    12:20am

    That first one is just perfect – similar to what I used to find in vintage options. Out of my $ range, but nice to know someone is making a basic flattering dress. With a waist!

    Universal standard seems to design for actual women. Love that dress.

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    Heather H
    20 Jun 2017
    10:14pm

    Lady you are NAILING the plus size options!!!

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