Fashion history welcomed a new member years ago — the shirt dress — when women in movies began wearing men’s oversized shirts. This is arguably the inspiration behind what has become one of the top women’s wardrobe staples. From ladies in oversized men’s shirts to more feminine contemporary cuts, the shirt dress has had a long sartorial history seasoned with many pop culture references.
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This 2022, the reimagined shirt dress has taken a whole different route from the simple patterned styles we were once used to. Earlier variations from the 2010s and before (as lovely as they were) seemed to stick to select hues, patterns, and shapes. Today, however, this is not the case as special attention now seems to be paid to this once basic (coughs) outfit.
Bursting with vibrant colors and details, this season’s delight is proving why it is becoming a fast favorite of many style stars. From designers to celebrities, influencers to businesswomen, our Instagram feeds are showing that this trend won’t slow down any time soon.
With each woman’s individuality expressed in how she styles her shirt dress, we are witnessing a new meaning of creativity. Think edgy asymmetrical cuts, contrasting accessories, denim jackets, and biker boots, this curation will spoil you for inspiration on how to stylishly wear the shirt dress. However
Check out 25 stylish ways to rock your shirt dress like a pro…
The mini approach
Style tip: This season, be anything but boring with how you style your shirt dress. An easy way is to include some interesting details in your outfit to add a good vibe. Take a cue from Nimi Nwofor‘s dress and sew on a different fabric to an otherwise plain outfit.
Style tip: Regardless of the style, you’d realize that boots are a great complement to shirt dresses. Whether thigh-high boots, ankle, or knee-length, each adds its own unique flair to your ensemble. Pair with a chic bag to seal the deal.
Style tip: Elevate a basic white shirt dress with rich textures. You can wear a printed headwrap tie that matches your handbag if you’re aiming for a fancy look like McKenzie Caldwell-Pope.
Style tip: Vibrate in monochrome with dramatic heels, a chic purse, and corresponding sunglasses. This option isn’t only stylish but also fun.
Style tip: A big pouch purse is a chic way to add some coziness to a structured mini leather shirt dress. Finish your look with dainty sandals to play up the chic appeal.
Style tip: If you’re in for some edginess, pull out your combat boots and layer a basic shirt with pieces that elevate it effortlessly.
The midi/maxi slay
Style tip: A winning look is beyond your outfit and accessories and also includes your hair and makeup. Therefore, when styling your shirt dress, endeavor to keep all aspects in mind in order to achieve a well-coordinated look.
Style tip: One of the easiest ways to hop on any fashion trend is to work it into a monochrome look. However, you can make things even more exciting by playing around with two tones. Let Rutie inspire you to match your dress with your purse and your shoes with your hat. Otherwise, allow your creativity to guide you.
Style tip: When styling asymmetrical shirt dresses, it’s important to keep the rest of your ensemble toned down as the dress has enough elements to impress the eye and mind.
Style tip: Shirt dresses come in various types of fabrics — from thick to lightweight. A genius way to add some structure to an otherwise “light” outfit is to pair it with structured pants like cargo.
Style tip: This is the season of color so go wild in embodying this with your outfit. Think bold, colorful prints paired with even more colorful shoes and bag.
Style tip: Extra, extra, read all about it! There’s no better way to design a contemporary shirt dress than with the use of details that embody the fashion spirit of the times.
Style tip: Add some drama to an otherwise simple look with oversized sunglasses. The bigger, the better.
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