A Guide To The Shirt Dress And It’s Evolution

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When you think of a shirt dress, you’ll be forgiven to be feeling a bit uninspired. But for a style that remained in our hearts for over a century, don’t be too quick to overlook the power of the shirt dress. Think utility, think versatile, think comfort. Piqued your interest yet? Thought as much. Because when it comes to style AND comfort, the shirt dress has it in bags.

Our guide to shirt dresses is here to show you that there’s more to the style than just the style you wear when you need to put a wash on.

What Is A Shirt Dress?

A shirt dress is a longer version of a traditional shirt, but exclusively worn as a dress. What makes a shirt dress distinctive is its button-down front and collar. They also tend to be a looser fit.

History Of The Shirt Dress


History of the shirt dress

Types Of Shirt Dresses

If there’s something we can all agree on, it’s how easy a shirt dress is to just throw on and go. Not so easy is choosing which style works best for you. 

There are four popular types of shirt dresses:

  1. Long Sleeve Shirt Dresses – perfect for layering, looks great with boots, long sleeves = winter winner.
  2. Midi Shirt Dresses – ideal for petites, smart and comfortable, great for work
  3. Denim Shirt Dresses – thick fabric will keep you warm, can experiment with different denims, a classic style.
  4. Maxi Shirt Dresses – will hit you from the ankle to your toes (depending on height), gives French Riviera vibes, length adds elegance and drama.

Four different types of shirt dress

How Should A Shirt Dress Fit?

A shirt dress has quite a loose fit, often making use of belts to create definition and cinch you in around your waist. A shirt dress is intended to skim your figure, with the skirt of the dress kicking out softly to give you extra room. This means optimum comfort and room for that post lunch one-too-many sandwich bloat.

Styling a shirt dress for anywhere you go

Converted to shirt dresses yet?  Smart move, because they can be worn anywhere. But with so many choices out there, which one do you wear for what occasion?

Shirt dresses to take on holiday

Envision yourself walking around a Grecian Isle in a floaty shirt dress in white – a match made in fashion heaven, right? Now you’ve got your outfit, it’d be rude not to book a last minute getaway.

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A white shirt dress will keep you cool on holiday

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Shirt dresses to wear on a night out

It’s a given that a shirt dress can nail it time and time again for daywear. But it isn’t limited to the daylight hours. Wear a black shirt dress, cinched in at the waist with a belt along with some bold lipstick and statement boots and you’ve got yourself a night-out look.

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A black shirt dress is a perfect going out style

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Shirt dresses to wear to the office

We all love a print, and we’re guilty of falling for florals  time and time again. While there’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes it’s good to change it up a little. If your heart is forever with prints, try out a striped shirt dress for a look that will have you cheating on florals with no regrets. 

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A striped shirt dress is perfect for the workplace

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Shirt dresses to wear when catching up with friends

You can never have too many brunch outfits. A simple shirt dress with heels strikes the perfect midday-drinks outfit of dressed up, but not too dressy. This green shirt dress is just the trick. The look you need to carry you from 12pm bottomless Prosecco to the 4am taxi ride home.

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Throw on a green shirt dress for a chilled out weekend
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