1 Acne Studios lash poplin shirt dress | $370 at Shopbop
2 Jenni Kayne striped shirt dress | $295 at Shopbop
3 Current/Elliot The Lilly dress | $210 after GRECHEN15 code for 15% off at Hampden Clothing
4 Steven Alan drop waist shirt dress | $265 at Steven Alan
5 DKNY wrap shirtdress | $255 at Shopbop
6 Zara poplin shirtdress | $59 at Zara
7 Sophie Hulme suiting blazer dress | $990 at The Dreslyn
As I was getting my hair cut last week chatting with my stylist, I mentioned that I’m an emotional dresser. She asked me what that meant. I told her that I gauge my mood every day to see what kind of silhouette I feel like wearing: slouchy, fitted, structured, short, or long…is that high maintenance? Does that preclude having a “uniform?” Questions for another day…Moving on…
Even though I stick to a pretty strict, neutral color palette, I do like to play with proportion and shape, so I have quite a few different types of things I can wear. Generally, I prefer fitted or drapey over structured, but when I do want structured, I want a shirt dress. They’re easy, chic, and look put-together, and you don’t even have to do anything, just throw it on. Of course, some are more structured or dressy than others, and some are definitely more casual, but I would say that a shirt dress can generally do double-duty if you choose well.
I have a few shirt dresses – my most recent James Perse shirt dress (seen on me here, buy here), black silk dress by Madewell, and a chambray dress by H&M. Of course, I am anxiously awaiting the Everlane chambray shirt dress, because it has pockets.
How do you feel about shirt dresses? do you prefer them over fitted or more slouchy styles? or not? what’s your favorite shirt dress? how many do you have?
Even more of my favorite shirt dresses….