Friday, September 18, 2015

How to Wear a Classic Shirt Dress

The classic shirt dress is very popular right now and I can see why.  It is universally flattering on every figure.  It is also very versatile:  you can wear it straight, cinch it in with a belt, or even leave it unbuttoned as a coat.  There are just endless outfit combinations you can create with a shirt dress.

The first time I saw the H&M shirtdress I'm wearing in the picture above was on Kat's Blog back in May.  I loved the cool and casual look she pulled off with this dress.  I wanted to buy the dress back then, but I did not because I really didn't think I needed it.

Because Kat chose the white version of this dress, she wore a tank slip underneath, and picked a lovely wide belt to accent it.  She also pulled the dress up a bit to make it shorter.  She then stylized it with a lot of gold jewelry, and an amazing pair of sandals and bag.

Then in the fall, this dress made an appearance again on Kat's Blog.  This time she styled it by leaving the dress hang loose and adding a trench coat.  She again accessorized with gold jewelry, and a fabulous bag and purse.

Well, by now I really regretted not buying this dress in the spring when I saw all the different ways I could wear it.  So I checked the H&M website, and it was not only still available, but at a great clearance price!   Believe it or not, I got this dress for only $7.00 with an Internet discount code plus $5.95 for S&H, totally only $13.66!  I guess I was happy I didn't buy it in the spring after all!

Even though I loved the dress in white, since it was now fall I decided to buy the dress in taupe for I could wear it right now, and into the colder months by just adding tights, boots, and a sweater.

The morning that I wore my dress it was very cool so I wore my classic trench coat (old) over it.

I wore a dark brown and gold beaded beaded necklace (old).

I added a braided leather leather belt I picked up at Walmart for $8.00.  I bought a size XL in the belt so I would have a lot of excess belt to do funky loops and ties with it.

I carried a leopard print clutch from Express (old), and wore a multi-strand colorful beaded bracelet.

For footwear, I wore cut-out brown booties from Payless (old)

By mid-afternoon it was in the seventies so my trench coat was no longer needed, but I still had my fedora to keep the sun out of my eyes!

The trick to wearing shirt dress is all in the accessories.  Shirt dresses are very plain, and you could easily look frumpy in one if you don't accessorize with interesting jewelry, and a great bag or shoes.  I also prefer them belted to give them more shape.

I'm very happy with my dress and the great price I got it for.  And I'm sure you will be seeing many more outfits with this dress since the color is so perfect for the colder months.  However, there is one thing about this dress that I am very disappointed in:  it wrinkles horribly easy.  I ironed it, and the minute I sat down, it had wrinkles.  By the time my day was half over, the dress was a wrinkled mess.  It was very frustrating, because I love the style and I would never have guessed by the fabric that it would wrinkle so easily.  Next time I wear it I will try some spray starch and see if it helps keep the wrinkles out.  I have no idea how Kat stayed so wrinkle free in her photographs, unless she put the dress on, then immediately stepped outside to take pictures without sitting down.

If your still interested in this dress after knowing how it wrinkles easily, it is still available for only $10.00 HERE.

Have a great day!  Amy

Linking up with these fabulous blogs HERE.


  1. Perfect dress for fall, and the color is great. I can't believe that it was only $7! Great find!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  2. Love this shirt dress!! You have accessorized it perfectly!!


  3. I love shirtdresses so much. I would love one in olive. Yours is so cute and great for Fall, also. Thanks for the other shirtdress inspirations, also.

    Have a great weekend, Amy!

  4. Great outfit. Love the color of your shirtdress. It'll be perfect for the upcoming seasons. I bet it'll look fantastic with leggings and boots.
    You really do find some fabulous deals all the time!

  5. I love this dress Amy. Such a classic.

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  6. It is popular right now, and I love the way you styled it. I have a similar olive one that I paired with a jacket recently too. So good for fall!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  7. This is one of my favorite looks on you! That color is so popular right now, too. Love the hat and clutch, too!


  8. I love this look! The color of your dress is perfect for fall! What a great find at $7!

    Doused In Pink

  9. Beautiful dress! The door is great for fall. I love the sandals and leopard clutch with it too!

  10. I love the shirt dress look! I just ordered a similar one from Banana Republic. Man I should have done this one for H&M. What a great price. xo~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

  11. I love this shirtdress! And you got an amazing deal on it. It will be super versatile for fall.
    Jeans and a Teacup

  12. What a great dress on you and what a great deal! I always hate shipping but when you are paying a fair price for a dress then it's not so bad. Can't wait to see how else you style this pretty dress.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.



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