Three Ways To Wear A Shirt Dress

This modern workhorse can create a variety of different looks.

We’ve partnered with fashion and design blogger Sarah Sherman Samuel for styling tips and insights on some of her favorite pieces.

 A shirt dress is a must-have piece in my closet—I consider it a modern-day staple, and have several. There’s so much you can do with a shirt dress: I love its versatility and how easily the look can be changed entirely by adding layers and swapping out accessories.

Look 1: Add Patterned Shoes

One of the best things about a shirt dress is that it can stand on its own and make an entire outfit. The vertical stripes in this one give a nod to menswear while the design has a nice balance of masculine and feminine style. I paired it with leopard ankle boots here because mixing patterns is a fun way to add personality to a look. 


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 Look 2: Pair It With Pants

Adding jeans or leggings underneath the shirt dress—while leaving some of the buttons undone—changes the look completely and makes it ultra-urban. The studded ankle boots and distressed denim bring a little edge to the classic dress.



 Look 3: Make It Casual

An army jacket not only adds a layer of warmth, it also brings in a breezy, comfortable note. The basic black ankle boots finishes this look off to make it perfect for everyday wear.