How to Style a Shirt Dress for Two Seasons
A shirt dress is a great staple for any wardrobe and any style. But the question is, what’s the best way to wear it?
Today I’m showing you two looks with the same shirt dress, and how I style each look for a different season. As summer is quickly coming to an end, and the stores are filling up with the latest looks for fall, anything you are purchasing right now should be a good layering piece for the coming months.
I recently got this beautiful floral shirt dress from Bauh Designs, where the founder & designer, Oleksandra Baukh handmakes everything on her site. She is based out of Seattle, Washington and believes women should be able to be comfortable, while still looking chic. I was so excited to work with her because as a mom and a fashion blogger- I’m all about comfort while still looking cute & chic, and with the seasons changing soon, it inspired me to show you the best ways to wear it for this season, and the upcoming fall.
Styling a Shirt Dress for Spring/Summer
Shirt Dress // Wedges // Sunglasses // Handbag // Necklace // Bracelet
How is summer already halfway done? The days are already getting shorter but the sun and heat are still full force here in Virginia, so as I mentioned earlier, the clothes I’m purchasing now need to be clothes that I can wear now and in the fall. When I saw this dress on Bauh Designs, I knew it would be a classic piece that I could keep forever and style so many different ways. At the same time, it’s bold and fun which is a must for me!
First of all – about this shirt dress. It’s from Bauh Designs and the quality is excellent. The material isn’t thick and bulky like you might expect it to be, it’s actually really well made and very lightweight. My favorite part about it other than the beautiful fabric, is the fact that Oleksandra (the designer) was able to make it custom to my size. I’m so not the typical size and clothes often swallow me when going for a non-fitted look, but the length is perfect and the pleats near the waistline are simply perfect. I love that it was made in the US and made by hand… You will not be disappointed with her products!
Styling this dress for spring or summer, I would leave it unbelted. The heat is intense here and fitted clothing in the middle of the summer isn’t always the comfiest. I paired it with some simple jewelry that can still hold it’s own against this bold printed dress, but without clashing with it. The necklace and cuff bracelet are from the new fall collection from Kendra Scott. Shout out to the amazing Richmond, VA team for sending me these beautiful and classic pieces! To finish off this super easy look were some sunglasses that matched my jewelry (these are $12 from Dottie Couture & if you use ‘ATB15’ you can get 15% off!) and the cutest and most comfortable wedges ever and matching bag both in a neutral nude color. Seriously guys – its that easy and looks so effortless!
Styling a Shirt Dress for Fall
Ugg Heeled Boots // Cardigan (purchased in Tan, Olive & Black)
As soon as the temps start to drop, I go for a neutral, comfortable and warm cardigan, like this one from the Nsale. I ended up snagging it in three colors, because it’s a great layering piece an the neutral colors will go with so many things, like this shirt dress! Since I’m wearing a cardigan, I wanted the dress to be a little more fitted to avoid any extra bulkiness, so i added a thin, solid belt to cinch in at the waist.
You could opt for boots like these Ugg Suede boots (and yes they have the fur lining inside!) or even a cute pair of booties and the same neutral handbag. These are two totally different looks, but both are functional, comfortable and super chic. Which one of these looks is your favorite? How would you style this fun shirt dress?
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You looking gorgeous in all these photos! Love the shirt dress!
xO – Steph
Thanks babe!! I loved how they turned out, hence the 95 pictures I uploaded haha
You look fab in this shirt dress! Love it esp with the cardi!
Thank you! So glad I picked up this cardi in a few colors, so versitle!
What a great transition dress! And that pink wall with it, everyone needs to find a wall like that! Love the KS bracelet, too. That sounds like an awesome company!
Yes this wall should be in every city! It’s so fun! It’s actually the side of a hair studio haha
This post is perfect! First, I love all of the details and how colorful everything is. It’s literally making me want to go throw on something bright! Second, both looks are perfect for transitioning into fall! Love it!
xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com
Yes! Bright colors are so fun! Thanks girl I’m glad you liked it!
Such a cute dress! I love how you styled it!! I’m also obsessed with that pink wall!!!
xo Kelsey | http://www.chasingcinderellablog.com
Thanks girl!! You’re so sweet!
I love both looks but the one for fall is just ADORABLE!! Love the sweater.
Thank you!!! I can’t wait to actually wear it that way! It was so hot shooting that look lol
Love how these shots turned out! The dress popped so perfectly against the wall 🙂 My favorite part are the pockets! Seriously, anything with pockets makes my life!
Stephanie | drunkonvogue.com
Yes pockets all the way!! 🙂 and a great photographer helps too hehe
Love, the two ways that you styled this dress! It is literally perfect! You look absolutely gorgeous! Anything with floral print and pockets has me SOLD! xo
Ruthie you are the sweetest person ever! This dress would look Uhhh amazingggg on you!!!
Loving this dress both ways! You look amazing in it. Hugs, Kait
PS: The pink wall is way too cute.
Aw thank you!! That means a lot! Have a great day!
Seriously can’t get enough of this dress and this pink wall!
Xo, Hales | http://www.sincerelyhales.com
Thanks pretty girl! Isn’t it so fun!
Love the styling! Those shoes in the first look are amazing!
Thank you!! These shoes are definitely my favorite purchase of the season!
So beautiful!!! I love this dress on you. It is perfect with your tan too. And, I need that KS cuff bracelet in my life!! I love it.
Thanks!! 🙂 you can have my tan, i got it at sun tan city haha
I loved this shirtdress when I saw it on IG and I’m loving it all over again. The print is so vibrant and I love the loose fit. You styled it perfectly for both summer and fall. Also, loving that pink background. You are absolutely stunning! Xoxo
Thank you Gail! This dress would look so gorgeous on you!!
What a pretty look! I love how you layered it with the sweater to transition it to fall! xo Jana
Thanks girl! Feels so weird that fall is not too far away!!
love the fun print of the dress and how you styled this for fall!
Thanks!! It was like 90*+ shooting this ha but worth it!
I absolutely love love love your first look!! Those shoes are everything and I’ve been eyeing that Kendra Scott cuff bracelet for ages now! <3
Ah I’m not sure I would have had the courage to purchase this bracelet but I actually love it and wear it with so many more things than I thought I’d be able too! I love it!
Love how you styled that shirt dress! For fall and summer!
Thank you so much!
Love how you transitioned this! Super cute look!
Thank you! So sweet!