Three Dress Styles You Need This Season | Part 2: The Shirt Dress

“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination…”

DRESS: French Connection {similar here} | WEDGES: Target LIPSTICK: Lime Crime in CENTRIFUSCHIA  {exact match} | SUNGLASSES: Cambodia markets | HAIR FLOWER: Lovisa {similar here

Wear it to work, or play. The shirt dress is such a versatile piece that you can totally justify having one (or three) in your wardrobe. They’ve been around forever, and you can purchase them pretty much anywhere, but that is why the shirt dress is perfect for Summer. It’s classic, feminine and well cut, and can be worn on pretty much any occasion. A typical shirt dress involves buttons all the way from head to toe, but being me I went for a more feminine version, featuring a full skirt and blouse type top.

This dress has been worn to work on more than one occasion, I took it away with me on a holiday down south as it is appropriate for day and night and my little sister even borrowed it Christmas Day as it can be dressed up with the right accessories to suit a more formal occasion. Have I sold you yet?


I actually found this French Connection piece at an op shop! Tags still on and retailing for $79.95 I scored my shirt dress for a tiny $20. Op shopping is the perfect way to keep up with fast fashion as you can find pretty much anything when thrifting, just remember to be open minded. I was initially drawn to the floral print. I love my florals and they never really go out of style. What I liked most though was the darker colour scheme, making the dress perfect for both day and night, depending on accessories of course. I knew I’d be able to wear the dress almost everywhere, and it had to come home with me. The midi length is very in this season, and the full skirt is perfect for hiding any lumps and bumps post festive season! It also features pockets, which can come in very handy as we all know. The most versatile part of a shirt dress is the buttons. Depending on your mood you can button or unbutton as many buttons as you like, to create different looks. Wearing your shirt dress to work? Button it all the way up to the neck. Heading out for a wine with friends? Loosen that neckline. Chesty? Add a singlet underneath for modesty and comfort. See, there is definitely more than one way to wear a shirt dress! 

I paired my dress with my old faithful Target wedges. I’ve had these shoes for over a year now but I just can’t part with them. Tan pretty much goes with anything and adds a more casual element to the look. A wedge is also a lot easier to walk in (especially if you’re heading out for a few drinks). Seeing as I was shooting this look in the middle of the South West bush near a church built in the 1800’s I knew I needed a stable shoe to walk on the gravel, but you could wear any kind of heel, sandal or flat with this kind of frock. A black ankle strap heel would look fabulous to dress it up, or if you’re keeping it casual a thin strapped flat sandal would also work. 


Accessories wise, a printed dress pretty much speaks for itself, and we all know the saying “less is more”. Playing on the floral element I went for a bright pink hair flower to bring the outfit together, and to add a feature to my up-do. If you’re not a hair flower fan, a Summer hat would also look gorgeous with a shirt dress, or keep it casual with a swipe of a lipstick and some sexy tresses. 

If you’ve not yet been sold on the shirt dress, and need a little bit more convincing on why this versatile piece needs to live in your wardrobe, check out how a few of my favourite bloggers have styled this look. Sonia Styling shows us how to style a shirt dress for work, Vanessa at Style and Shenanigans has a whole list of where you can find shirt dress styles from less to luxe and my girl Nezuki has tips for layering shirt dresses to give them that glam feel. If you have any hot tips on where to find the classic piece at great prices throw me a comment. I love a good bargain and I’m pretty sure I could fit another shirt dress or two in my wardrobe!


Are you a fan of the shirt dress? Do you wear them for work or play, or both?

E x 

Photo Love: Little Sister


  1. That is a lovely dress, and a great opshop bargain! 🙂

    I love shirt dresses, although I always have to try them on as they aren’t always a good fit on me. But I do have a few magical ones in my wardrobe that I adore 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

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