The shirtdress is a classic silhouette, but it’s having a moment, as we say. I’ve been seeing beautiful shirtdresses in cotton, linen and blends this spring, but it has taken me a while to find one that is just right for me. Many of them seem to be too short for my 5’8″ frame. But today I’m sharing a great shirtdress from L.L.Bean and two completely different ways to wear it. Let me know which is your favorite.
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Just in case you’re not sure, a shirtdress (or shirt dress, both are acceptable spellings) is a dress with a collar and buttons in the style of a men’s button-up shirt, typically cut without a seam at the waist. Generally they are made from cotton, cotton blends, linen or linen blends, and occasionally you’ll see one in a beautiful silk. The classic silhouette combined with these natural fiber fabrics makes for a truly versatile dress.
My L.L.Bean plaid shirtdress is a lightly textured cotton slub fabric, but very soft. It fits true to size; I’m wearing a misses Medium. And it’s also available in petite and plus sizes. And the dress comes in two other solids and one additional print, but I’m crazy for this blue, green and white plaid. It works perfectly with the colors in my wardrobe.
The First Way to Wear Your Shirtdress
I’ve completed my one-and-done outfit with nude sandals, some simple jewelry and a woven tote. These sandals are extremely comfortable, by the way – so soft across the top of the foot. They fit true to size, come in other colors and are currently marked down 25%. I love them so much I purchased them in black, too.
Of course the most instinctive way to wear a shirtdress is as a dress. You can wear it with the sash that usually comes with these dresses or swap in a belt. I forgot to take mine along with me to the photo shoot, but I can highly recommend these simple and inexpensive belts for dresses like these.
But then you can also leave off the sash or belt altogether for a straight silhouette. Styling your shirtdress this way will help conceal a tummy, but still look very chic and feminine. I’m seeing a lot of shirtdresses modeled this way in fact.
A Second Way to Wear a Shirtdress
I love filling my closet with truly versatile pieces. And a shirtdress definitely provides you with options, specifically if your dress buttons all the way down the front. Especially if it’s still a little too chilly where you live to bare your legs, you can enjoy wearing your shirtdress as a completer piece for a jeans or pants and tee or tank.
One of the reasons I gravitated to this particular shirtdress is because I knew it would look amazing with simple blue jeans (same jeans/not the exact wash) and a tank in one of its featured colors. I have this yellow tank in my closet from last year, but it now comes in a beautiful soft green that would work beautifully here, too.
Wearing a shirtdress open over jeans and a top is a great way to minimize wide hips or completely hide your derrière. With a simple and loose front tuck of your top, adding this sweeping completer piece also helps create the illusion of a more defined waistline.
You actually can also wear a shirtdress as a swimsuit coverup if you have the pieces that coordinate. So it’s a great dress option when you’re packing for a vacation.
I’ve linked everything I’m showing today in the captions of some of the photos above and in the shopping widget below. I’m also sharing a few other pretty shirtdresses that have caught my eye recently. Some of these are too short for me, but they may work for you. Thanks so much for stopping in. Let me know which is your favorite way to wear a shirtdress.
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This year I’ve tried to take special note of any mentions of clothing in the Bible as I read it each day. This past week I came across Isaiah 61:10 in a devotional book I sometimes read and I was immediately struck by this verse. I love the picture painted of being dressed in the garments of salvation and a robe of righteousness. Where do you suppose we get such clothes? There’s only One who can give us these eternal and most beautiful garments – the One who paid for them, the Lord Jesus Christ.
And the scripture in Isaiah says He has clothed us in these garments in the same way a groom puts on a turban. A groom wears a special turban that sets him apart from all others. We are also wrapped in a robe of righteousness in the same way a bride adorns herself with her jewels. I know most brides choose their jewels because they are beautiful, but also meaningful. And quite often a groom will give his bride a special piece of jewelry to complete her wedding day ensemble. As you reflect on these pictures from Scripture today, what are your thoughts? Share them here or simply with the Lord.
I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, My soul will be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a groom puts on a turban, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. ~ Isaiah 61:10