Trend Report: How To Wear A Shirt Dress For Summer

We’re suckers for a timeless dress, and admittedly the shirt dress is one of our all-time favorites. Aside from the fact that it’s a regular amongst tastemakers like Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad and Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller, it’s warm-weather friendly and works for every style type, making it a true closet keeper.

​Scroll through for 12 examples of how to wear the shirt dress this summer, and treat yourself to one with the shopping section at the end!

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Who: Leigh Lezark
    ​Style Tip: Try a shirt dress with sharp lines, and pair it with a structured black purse, and heeled ankle boots.

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Pacheco,

    Who: Ali Larter
    ​Style Tip: For a weekend outfit worthy of praise, wrap a belt around your shirt dress, toss a boho bag over your shoulders, and finish the look with a pair of suede ankle booties!

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    PHOTO: The Blonde Salad

    Who: Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad
    Style Tip: If you’re attending a music festival this summer, why not give your look some polish like Ferragni’s with NO. 21’s Embellished Shirt Dress ($252)?

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    PHOTO: Preen by Thorton Bregazzi

    Preen Pre-Fall 2014
    ​Style Tip: Embrace your inner romantic, and go for a flowy, white shirt dress. Finish the look with loose waves, lipstick, and thin-strap sandals.

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Who: Margaret Zhang of Shine By Three
    Style Tip: We’re having a total tomboy moment, which is why this sneakers and shirt dress combo is topping our list of must-try looks this summer.

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    PHOTO: A.L.C.

    A.L.C. Pre-Fall 2014
    ​Style Tip: Our love for minimal style is well documented, which is why we’re swooning over this delightfully simple iteration of the shirt dress. Pair yours with loafers and you’re as good as gold!

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    Who: Shala Monroque
    Style Tip: Treat your shirt dress like a blank canvas, and accessorize with playful pieces like an oversized pearl necklace, Olympia Le Tan clutch, and strappy sandals.

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    PHOTO: Prabal Gurung

    Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2014
    ​Style Tip: Pick a shirt dress in a pastel hue, and button it all of the way up. For extra appeal, layer a thin, long-sleeved shirt underneath and accessorize with cool-girl boots.

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Who: Tamu McPherson of All The Pretty Birds
    ​Style Tip: Pair a sleeveless shirt dress with espadrilles and a bright necklace for a laidback, beachy vibe.

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    Avante Garde

    PHOTO: Thakoon Addition

    Thakoon Addition Spring 2014
    ​Style Tip: Wear a pair of Bermuda shorts under your shirt dress, and unbutton the dress up to the waist for a unique styling look.

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    Fashion Forward

    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Who: Leandra Medine of Man Repeller
    ​Style Tip: If you’re feeling adventurous, pair a mini shirt dress with a chunky choker and sky-high heels for a street style-inspired ensemble.


    Scroll down to shop our favorite shirt dresses for summer!



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    10 Crosby Derek Lam Shirt Dress ($277)
    ​We spotted Kate Bosworth in a similar dress recently, giving us more than enough reason to pick one up for ourselves!

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    Wren Contrast Chambray Shirt Dress ($175)
    ​We’re totally digging the two tones on this short-sleeve shirt dress!

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    Chinti and Parker Schoolgirl Linen and Cotton-Blend Chambray Dress ($270)
    ​Just imagine how charming this chambray shirt dress would look with a high ponytail and slip-on sneakers!

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    MSGM Embellished Cotton Poplin & Ottoman Dress ($1160)
    ​We’ll be the first ones to say it: we’d definitely feel like the coolest girl at the party in this embellished shirt dress.

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    Suno Pleated Shirt Dress ($695)
    ​This is the perfect work-to-drinks transitional dress!

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    Steven Alan New Classic Shirtdress ($107)
    ​This cheerful, striped dress would make any girl look like an instant babe.

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    Sophie Hulme Gold Chain Cotton Shirt Dress ($403)
    ​Invest in a crisp, white shirt dress and you’ll thank yourself for years to come.

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    Zara Poplin Shirtdress ($40)
    ​Call us crazy, but this dress makes us want to book a jungle safari, stat.

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    Anthropologie Scattered Curves Shirt Dress ($178)
    ​Just try not to feel more feminine in this pink printed dress!

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    Reformation Kenya Dress ($218)
    ​We present: our dream vacation dress.

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