Staples: Five reasons we love the shirt dress

13 Jul

Five reasons we love shirt dresses.

  1. The shape. The shape of a shirt dress highlights the waist, flatters multiple body types and opens up at the neck to draw attention to your face.
  2. Shirt dresses are timeless. From Office Pretty favorite Jackie O in the 1950’s to our own colleagues today, shirt dresses are a feminine favorite.
  3. You can dress a shirt dress up or down. When paired with strappy shoes, you can wear a shirt dress to brunch. When paired with pumps and sophisticated accessories, you can wear a shirt dress to a business meeting.
  4. They are easy. Oh so easy. No need to find a matching top or belt. A shirt dress is a single piece outfit — we like the simplicity of that.
  5. The length. The conservative length of most shirt dresses makes them perfect for the office.
  6. (And our bonus reason) Tom Cruise wore one. Kind of.
Are you looking for a shirt dress of your own? You don’t have to stop with basic black. Below we’re featuring some our favorites shirt dresses from around the web – in prints, colors and modern cuts.
  • Target Merona Print, $24.99: The print is fun and the price is right!
  • Lands End Pintuck Shirt dress, $49.99 (online exclusive sale): This chambray is a Casual Friday winner.
  • Anthropologie Lenox Shirt dress, $268: This takes the cake as my favorite shirt dress. The cut is unexpected, modern and still flattering.
  • Steven Alan Katherine Dress, $400: The quintessential shirt dress. The classic cut and button detail and make this a winning dress for years to come. (Pssst… Look closely because this dress is plaid, not black.)
  • Lauren by Ralph Lauren Linen Shirt dress, $189: This dress is linen, so it’s cool for the summer and it’s petite, so the waist and length will be the perfect length if you’re petite.
  • Max and Cleo Ruffle Front Shirt dress, $138: With the funky print, cool colors and ruffled neckline, this is a trendy take on the classic.

4 Responses to “Staples: Five reasons we love the shirt dress”

  1. Lisa July 13, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Where can I find the basic black one pictured in the post (left most photo)?

    • Admin July 13, 2011 at 10:01 am #

      Warning: The black dress featured here is a dream dress by Jason Wu. What does that mean you may ask? It means it costs mega bucks. You can see all the dresses in our collage here –

      For a more pocket book friendly black shirt dress, check out the Ralph Lauren linen version in the post above. Here is a link to the non-petite version –

      If you like something basic, try this version from Tahari – It’s on sale for $57.

      For a dressier version, check out this ruffled shirt dress from White House Black Market –

      We also love the classic shape of this Calvin Klein version – It’s also on sale for $99

  2. Beth July 13, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    I really enjoyed the post today and the Tom Cruise video was one of my favorite past movies!


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