Shirtdresses for Effortless Style


Last week a client of mine told me she was looking for some shirtdresses because she wanted something that she could just throw on with a pair of shoes and wear to work.  Shirtdresses have an appeal for the reason because they look finished without a lot of effort or layers;  perfect for warm weather.  I also love the ladylike elegance of shirtdresses and the fact that the cinched waist can create an hourglass figure without being too confining.

Shirtdresses for spring

The good news is that shirtdresses are everywhere this spring at all price points.  Doing a little of shopping for my client there were plenty to choose from.  If you are looking for some styles yourself, check out my outfits below along with some additional dresses at the end of this post.

Outfit #1


This cotton shirtdress from Theory is the epitome of what many women think about when they consider a crisp look.  I styled it with a fun pair of polka dot t-strap heels, a coral crossbody bag from Matt & Nat, soft pink Dee Berkley drop earrings, and a link bracelet from J. Crew.

Outfit #2


This shirtdress from Reiss has more of a safari feel and the color is perfect for those with warm skin tones.  I styled this dress with a pair of Vince Camuto open toe booties, Rebecca Minkoff hobo, tortoise hoop earrings from Lauren Ralph Lauren, and printed scarf from Akris Punto.

Outfit #3


While often known for being crisp and sharp, you will also be seeing a lot of drapier shirtdresses in the stores this spring, like this one from Banana Republic.  Not a fan of prints?  No problem.  There are plenty of solid styles out there like this one, too.  I styled this dress with a pair of block heels from Marc Fisher (block heels are all the rage right now), a soft blue bag from Brahmin, and teardrop earrings in the same blue shade from Monica Vinader.

Ready to shop for some shirtdresses?

Are you ready to add this dress style to your wardrobe?  Check out these additional styles.

  • Patricia

    You certainly offer a diverse range of prices! My eyebrows shot thru my hairline as I looked at the price for the Akris shirtdress. $1,190 for a cotton dress. Fortunately for my eyebrows, heart and wallet, the rest were quite reasonably priced.
    I’m a fan of self belted dresses so I can adjust where the waistline goes. I’m full on top and sewn in waistlines wind up right under the girls.

    • I always try to include a diverse range of prices. I have quite a few clients who do buy Akris Punto and others who don’t. I hope you found a style that works for your budget and style!

  • Pat

    Great tips on how to wear shirt dresses, Bridgette! I love the column look and ease of a dress at least nine months of the year (where I live). Styles and fabrics are so diverse this spring, thanks for the introduction.

    We’ve been on spring holiday so I’m busy reading, catching up. I like your new website banner and your longer hair!,

    A faithful fan,

    • Thanks Pat! You seem to be the only one who noticed I changed my logo and slightly altered the color of my website, or at least the only one to mention it. I hope you had a nice holiday!

  • Keri

    Nice post as we head toward spring, thank you!
    I’m eagerly waiting to see your next client purchases post- those are my favorite!
    And I like your longer hair too. It’s amazing how it always looks so perfect!

    • Hi Keri! You’re so sweet to say my hair looks perfect! I totally see it differently, but I really appreciate hearing this! I always say that I don’t have good hair I have a good hairstylist.
      Client season is starting to get busy now. It’s always super quiet in January and February making it tougher to post things. But I already have a lot of client appointments booked so expect to see a post in April.