How You'll Wear Your Summer Dress in Approximately Two Weeks' Time

By now you're no doubt well versed in the slip dress–over-tee layering phenomenon of summer 2016 (and at some major point during the '90s), but there's a group of girls who now have big plans for your shirt dresses too. In order to segue your other favourite frocks into newness and the new season, you'll need to get layering on the bottom half instead: Jeans, meet shirt dress.

There are many forms this look is taking on the streets: Whether a blue ticker-striped knotted number over flares and flats or a more serious tunic piled onto the raw-hemmed denim you've been wearing all year long, it's basically September's answer to feeling like you're holding onto the holiday months, but still not giving into the complete cosiness of autumn. 

Ready to give it a try? Scroll down to see our three favourite versions of the dress-over-jeans combination—and shop a few key pieces in case your wardrobe isn't bursting with these staples already.


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Style Notes: Street style photographer Sandra Semburg got the memo: Her striped Céline shirt dress perfectly matches the blue of her jeans and the white of her Nicholas Kirkwood loafers. The tie-waist also helps define her silhouette, which makes this one very clever outfit indeed.


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Style Notes: Perhaps you're less of a button-down girl but still want to get in on this layered look. Then opt for something billowing and romantic, ground it with sawn-off denim and black accessories, et voilà!


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Style Notes: For a more artisanal take on the idea (for this is nothing if not reminiscent of that art-teacher vibe), opt for loose-fitting separates and get creative on the accessorising front.

Will you try this layering technique out? For more outfit updates, see the 27 strongest look from Copenhagen Fashion Week.

Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the editor in chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was hired to launch a UK sister site and social channels, localise content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 15 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times and, among many others.

Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy toddler and highly Instagrammable cat.