Shirtdresses and variations on the shirtdress


beard dress

There are a couple of straightforward shirtdresses here, but mostly I’ve chosen ones that have a little something interesting going on, like the off-center buttons and ruching on this Veronica Beard option.

ruched shirtdress

And here’s another number with ruching, which is so magically flattering when well-deployed.

birds dress

So easy and summery.

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Just a simple, well-priced choice from J. Crew.


siren dress

Such a pretty, feminine skirt on this one.

vince shirtdress

I like how this one from Vince nips in at the waist.

rust dress

A sleeveless option, for those who dare.

halogen dress

The asymmetrical hem here is right up my alley.

birds dress1

This has a very flowy, forgiving shape.

lewit dress

The corset-like structuring here is rather stealthily sexy.

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 and also quite sexy.

joie dress

Faded-out chambray looks so easy here—a great choice for weekends.

whistles dress

The A-line skirt on this one is good for those of us hippy enough to steer clear of more traditional shirtdress shapes.

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I like the stripes on stripes on stripes here.

theory dress

This silk dress from Theory looks like it would hang really nicely.

rinaldi dress

Blue and black vertical stripes = perfection.

frame dress

A very nearly maxi length for those who like their dresses on the longer side.

burch dress

The print here is retroish and a little wackadoo, in the best possible way.

floral dress

This watercolor-ish print is not my type of thing usually, but I think this is so pretty.

taylor dress

A black and white floral is graphic and appealing.

silk shirtdress

And here is the most throw-it-on-and-go of the bunch.

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6 Thoughts on Shirtdresses and variations on the shirtdress
    16 May 2018

    Ah, if only I liked dresses, the black silk by Theory would be my dress…


    16 May 2018

    I love a shirtdress: they are a lifesaver in the summer for work dressing. Wish that the gorgeous Victoria Beard ones were a bit less spendy, as I am now coveting them!


    Mary Alice
    16 May 2018

    I have to admit, I’m not much of a shirtdress person, but these are SO good! (Alas, the J.crew is backordered till August)


    17 May 2018

    thank you for all the cotton options! it’s SO hot in DC that I can’t wear silk in the summertime (June – Sept…)! I’m going to try both the Chelsea28 and the Veronica Beard just to compare them — and see if the extra $ for VB is worth it.


    18 May 2018

    I love a good shirtdress, as long as the waist has the option of being tied lower because I’m so long-waisted. But the flowy black one is perfect!


    18 May 2018

    I have the Veronica Beard one (thanks to their sample sale last year) and I love it so much – one of the most flattering dresses I own. But I do struggle with what jacket or blazer to pair with it that won’t make the off-center buttons look crazy. They get sort of wonky and less intentional looking when a jacket infringes on their space, but I wear jackets all the time.



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