Welcome to the latest instalment of Luxe to Less, a popular post around these parts where I curate a range of different price points/options for a particular wardrobe staple.
Last week I kicked off a four week series on Winter dresses. It began with printed dresses and this week, it’s all about the shirt dress. I’ll cover knit and party/work dresses next.
Shirt dresses are fast becoming a modern fashion favourite, popping up across all seasons. Sleeveless and short sleeved versions were certainly trending in Spring and I for one am pleased to see this versatile style being carried over to Autumn/Winter.
1. Long Sleeve Shirt Dress in Olive, $69 from Target; 2. Elizabeth Dipped Hem Shirt Dress, $99.95 from Forever New; 3. Adventure Check Shirt Dress, $99.95 from Sportsgirl; 4. Tie Shirt Waist Dress, $109.95 from Sportsgirl; 5. Drop Pocket Shirt Dress, $129.95 from Witchery; 6. Long Sleeve Shirt Dress,^ was $129.95, now on sale for $79.95, from French Connection; 7. Charlie Pleated Yoke Dress,^ $149 from Bohemian Traders; 8. Dark Denim Shirt Dress, $149.95 from Witchery.
As you can see from the selection above, there are a few stand out trends in shirt dresses at the moment:
– a longer, dressier, unbelted shift style, like (5) and (6), which works well for work and dressy do’s;
– the more traditional belted style (1, 2 and 4) which is a versatile smart casual option; and
– the more casual, straight version in plaid (3 and 6) and denim (8).
I love a shirt dress (I’ve waxed lyrical about them previously here) as the button detailing creates some interest and gives you some choice about your neckline – whether buttoned right up or showing some decolletage.
A shirt dress is also a great option for anyone breastfeeding too.
So how to style your shirt dress this Winter?
1. Tights and boots are always a good idea – any of these shirt dresses would look great with a pair of opaque tights and boots, as I’m wearing below.
Above, I’m wearing the Flannel Shirt Dress by Country Road, which is now back in stock in most sizes. It’s a generous cut as I’m wearing a size 10 and it’s still roomy. It’s made from a good mid weight fabric too which is perfect for milder Winter days here in Melbourne.
2. Take off the belt – even if you generally gravitate to belted or waisted styles (as I do as they suit me), don’t be afraid to take off the belt to create a different, perhaps more casual, straight fit too. Throw on a pair of trainers and you’ve got yourself a very comfortable every day outfit.
3. Pump it Up – Dressier styles also work well with a heeled pump for work and are perfect for a Friday work to work drinks scenario.
4. Layer Up – In cold weather, don’t be afraid to layer up your shirt dress with a long sleeved tee or a fine knit turtleneck underneath or a faux fur vest or chunky cardigan on top for extra warmth.
5. Change it Up – replace the fabric belt with a leather one to create a different look.
For more shirt dress options, check out this fab post on Winter dresses by Beach Style Mum here. For inspiration and ideas for styling a chambray shirt dress, join in the Style It Project with Kimba Likes.
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Are you a fan of the shirt dress? Which frock is your pick? Is there a shirt dress in your wardrobe?