20 May 2017

How To Wear The Shirtdress

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The shirtdress has been around forever and it is the one dress I need right now.

The shirtdress is one of those dresses that works with so much, goes anywhere and saves the day mid-season. Another “what will I wear when I don’t know what to wear” masterpiece. I have been having a lot of those days recently and I have been searching for something new and different to wear. I love my suits and black pants/ blouse “uniform” but I need a break. Not forever, it will be only for a moment. The tailored and I are soul mates.

The shirtdress is it.

Here is the trick,

I don’t think we need to spend a fortune on a good shirtdress, as there are plenty available this season that look fabulous and will do the same job as many of their expensive counterparts. Let’s save our powder for an accessory or two. Good investment strategy, right?

How do you wear the shirtdress?

Whether to wear straight or full, whether to wear belted or not depends a lot on shape and size.

I like both styles but generally steer away from a belt as I feel it cuts me in two. I am short waisted so that’s my reasoning. If you are fortunate enough to have a long torso then believe in a good belt, it can be a magical accessory. Remember Diane Keaton in, Because I Said So? She was the master of the shirtdress and wide belt. Most outfits in this film were based on this style. Of course in true Keaton form, she rocked it.

Flats and sneakers look right with the shirtdress.

Mules are still top of my list and my Stan Smith’s never get a break. Mules look super cute with the shirtdress and the style elongates the leg and refines the ankle. Loafers don’t work as well for me with this style of dress, although the fuller the skirt the better they look. Ballet flats or pointed toes work beautifully and let’s not forget the kitten heel. The kitten heel with pointed toes are featured everywhere, with or without backs. I’m very happy about this as what is prettier than a kitten heel and a pointy toe?

Some layer the shirtdress over pants.

I am too short for that but if you are tall, it’s a great look. What I do layer is a leather jacket or shorter style coat, not so much the blazer style. The duster jacket and 3/4 style coat is another good layering option. Layers, like belts need consideration. After so many fashion forays I pretty much know what I can and can’t get away with and when I go against the grain I never feel right.

The shirtdress; it’s a must. xv

The Shirtdress: Don’t Refrain

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I have always loved the shirt dress. Once I would have worn it with a belt, but these days it’s definitely minus the belt. I think it happened about the same time as elasticised waists came into my life!!


I so enjoy your daily writing, Vicki. Love a classic shirt dress! Like you, I am short waisted so belting is not an option. But I did recently buy a great shirt dress to wear unbuttoned over slim jeans. A classic look that never goes out of style.
Our family is going to spend the weekend at a resort in Carlsbad, California for our Liesel’s 8 th birthday {!} and the shirt dress will also become a poolside cover up. Happy weekend to you.

B Nightengale

Yes!! the pointy toe, kitten heel mule is my all time favorite. I have two pair, a mock croc leather and a calf hair leopard print, that I’ve worn and loved for a decade.
And, the shirt dress has been my uniform for about four Summers, now.
I love your email!
I find my sensible, traditional/classic ‘with a splash of current’ sense of style to be validated and confirmed here. Lady-like, natural, and feminine will never go out of style for me. And you inform this rural West Texas born girl in her late 50’s with the most wonderful French influence and charm.
Thank you,


I must have missed the memo that shirt dresses were trending. I love a shirt dress with a belt cinching in the waist.

Marion Fraser

Love your writing. ..Lobe all the ideas. The call back the past
Your posts let’s me makes me happy. Thank you.

Anita Rivera

And I was just about to buy one the other day; I should have bought it since I think it will come in very hand during my summer vacation days! I’m running out today to get not just one, but a few! I think I can swing a belt since I have a long torso! Awesome, Vicki. Thank you!


I love shirtdresses ! My favorite one ever was navy blue with short sleeves and buttoned down the front and it just always looked good. I need to go find a new one ..or two :)


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