3 Ways to Style a Shirtdress
A shirtdress is a closet staple, in my opinion. They are comfortable, can be dressed up or down, and be worn in a variety of ways. I have several in my closet but I just picked up this green striped shirtdress from H&M. I love it because it’s sooo affordable (under $35 and comes in multiple colors!). I styled it three different ways below but you could honestly style it many more ways!
Three Ways to Style a Shirtdress
Option 1: Casual with Flats or Sneakers
I tend to just throw on my shirtdresses with a pair of flats for everyday wear. I do have a 19 month old to chase around still! It’s easy and comfortable and I don’t have to think that much about it. This dress comes with a tie belt but it could be removed if you want to wear it loose.
I’m wearing it with a pair of croc mules but this dress would totally work with a pair of sneakers. The trend right now is those ugly, dad sneakers and while I don’t really like the trend I would consider styling this dress with these chunky sneakers. For some reason, I don’t mind the chunky sneakers with a shirtdress. If you aren’t into big, chunky sneakers my go-to casual sneaker is a pair of converse.
Vasic Bucket Bag
Who What Wear Collection Mules (size up)
Mejuri Necklace (get 10% off your first order through this link!)
Option 2: Unbuttoned with Jeans
One of the reasons I love shirtdresses is because they can be buttoned and unbuttoned multiple ways. For this look I chose to unbutton the dress up to my waist so I could wear a pair of jeans underneath. You could also unbutton the dress all the way and wear it as a kimono over a tee and jeans.
I added the heels for a dressier take. Since my jeans are more relaxed I didn’t want to appear “frumpy” with all the loose fabric from the dress and jeans. The nude heels help to elongate my legs and elevate the overall look.
I kept all the same accessories but you could switch out the bucket bag for a clutch to take this look into the evening!
Frank + Oak Denim
James Chan Heels
Option 3: Business Casual Mixed Prints
If you like to dress a little outside the box then I always suggest mixed prints! My mom would probably tell me that this doesn’t match but I like the combination! The reason why I think these two prints work is because they are different sizes. The plaid print on the blazer is small and the color is a neutral grey/black which compliments the larger print black/white/green stripes on the shirtdress. My tip is to pair small prints with larger prints and try to stick with a complimentary color scheme when trying to print mix.
I don’t work in an office so I’m not too familiar with dress codes but I feel like this look would work in a casual office setting. Switch out the mules for a pair of pumps and it’s definitely work appropriate!
Frank + Oak Blazer
Who What Wear Collection Mules
Shop Shirtdress Styles
Which outfit is your favorite?
Now onto Flashback Fashion Fridays! Here’s a look from last March (whaaa…it’s March already?!). It looks like it was a little chilly last year around this time too because I was able to do some layering! Woohoo! I love this Sezane knit (here’s a similar one that I’m LOVING).
I love the shirt dresses and am definitely going to have to get one. My favorite look is the one with it unbuttoned and worn over jeans. I’ve been seeing that look a lot and it’s very similar to wearing a kimono or a duster. Definitely have to get one this year. Great pictures and you photograph so well!
Love love that striped green shirtdress so much. And it is so affordable. I might have to add it to my closet since I love shirtdresses. All 3 ways you styled it are amazing but man it looks so beautiful, crisp, fresh and modern with the white jeans underneath it. Love that fancy bucket bag too. And I am considering buying those Who What Wear mules, are they comfortable?!
BTW Jessica I loved this trio of outfits so much, that as a matter of fact I featured this beautiful look on Thursday Moda today. I had a mishap posting the new post today but it is finally up. Check it out… and you are welcome! =)
Hi Ada! Thanks so much! 🙂 The mules are pretty comfortable for short periods of time. Not sure if they are great for doing a lot of walking. Since they aren’t real leather I feel like the ‘V’ can rub into your skin. But I really love the style and do wear them a lot! And thanks so much for the feature!! I hope you are having a great week!
Oh, I love shirtdresses! I totally agree on how versatile they are and I love all the ways you styled this one (which, in itself, is gorgeous!). I’m totally going to try the “open over jeans” version to work tomorrow!
Virginia | More to Mrs. E
Thanks Virginia! The jeans options is great for cooler weather too when you want to keep your legs covered! Hope you are having a great week! 🙂
Love all of the styling ideas! You are very creative!
Aww thanks so much Joling!
I love the idea of wearing a shirt dress open like a kimono! It’s such a fun way to layer, and get another way to style a dress, which can sometimes feel less versatile than separates.
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Thanks Lydia! Thanks for the awesome pics as well! 🙂
Love that dress! Looks great on you!! Thank you for offering the giveaway and I am glad to be following your blog!! Allison – email@example.com
Thanks so much Allison! Thanks for stopping by!
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Hi Deanna! You are too sweet, thank you! 🙂
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Hi! I love that shirtdress worn over jeans. It looks super chic on you! I’m a subscriber on several platforms. Is it okay to leave my twitter account name instead of my email? @velvetwhip
Hi! Thanks so much! Yes, totally ok 🙂 I just wanted to make sure I had a way to contact you. Thanks so much for entering! Have a nice Sunday!
Great! Thank you ever so much!
I just love this outfit. So comfy yet fashionable! ☕️
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Hi Dana! No problem – I totally understand! I just wanted to make sure I had a way to contact you if you win. Thanks so much for entering! Have a nice Sunday! 🙂
Thanks Jessica! Have a great Sunday! (I am infatuated with that dress lol)
I agree! A shirt dress is a wardrobe staple and love the versatility of this piece. These are all nice styling ideas and what a steal for only $35?! Thank you so much for the feature Jessica. It was a nice surprise! And I just want you to know it totally made my day. Sending lots of hugs! Happy Friday and wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!
Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com
Thanks Maureen! Hope you are having a fabulous week! 🙂
All these looks are very chic, I’d wear them all! Thanks for sharing and hosting. Jacqui Mummabstylish
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Thanks girl! 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!
I shirt dress is on my must-buy list for spring/summer this year! Great styling ideas, thanks for the inspiration!
Betsy | https://nattygal.com
Thanks Betsy! I definitely recommend a shirt dress! They are so comfy too! Have a great weekend!
What a great find for only $35!
I know, right?! You can’t beat the price and versatility! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Love these 3 shirtdress ideas. you nailed these looks.
Aww thanks so much! 🙂 Have a great weekend!
What a fun way to style one piece. I love them all.
Thanks so much Nailil! It’s a really versatile piece 🙂 Have a great weekend!
I absolutely love the dress unbuttoned over white jeans. I wouldnt have thought of that! So trying that for spring!
Aww thanks! 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!
You always have the best outfits! I just love this shirtdress and the color is amazing on you!
Aww thanks Lizzie! 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!
I love the white jeans underneath the shirt dress – fabulous! Maria
Thanks so much Maria! Have a great weekend!
Just yesterday I went to H&M and saw a shirt dress (not sure if it’s the one you’re wearing but in a different colour) and I thought “Should I?” because I see shirt dresses everywhere nowadays and I really want to get on the trend before everybody else haha I ended up not getting it because I was in a rush and was looking for a specific piece but your post got me really thinking about it.
Marta – http://www.aroundcolours.com
Cool! 🙂 H&M has a ton of shirtdress options (the one I’m wearing comes in more colors/patterns). I really love this one because it’s so comfy! I don’t think shirtdresses will ever go out of style! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
This is such a great dress! I love a shirt dress worn as a jacket over pants. So cool!
Thanks! It’s definitely a good option for when it’s cooler outside 🙂 Have a great weekend!
I can’t wait to try a shirtdress over white jeans—absolutely in love with that look!
Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net
Thank you! It’s a great option for cooler weather too! 🙂 Have a great weekend Cheryl!
I totally agree with you about shirt dresses!! I love them! I styled a similar look with a red-and-white shirtdress and white jeans. So versatile! I’m blogging from Orange County so not so far away from you in LA. Welcome!
How cool! It’s always nice to meet other SoCal bloggers! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!