One of the big trends in dresses this year is the shirt dress. Although it can take a few forms, a shirt dress is an elongated shirt.
My favorite version of this style is the button down, like the one pictured to the left. What makes these little beauties wonderful, is you can open them up and wear them as a long vest or keep them buttoned and wear them as a dress. The versatility of style gives you more bang for your buck.
The high low hemlines (shorter in front and longer in back) are still popular, giving these dresses some interest at the bottom. It’s trendy right now to wear a “shoe boot” style shoe with dresses. I’m not fond of the heaviness of an actual shoe boot with a dress, but there are many styles of open toed sandals that mimic the look of a shoe boot without feeling so bulky and weighty on the foot. The one the model is wearing in the picture above is a good example of this. We have similar styles in the store that accomplish this same look, like the ones pictured here from Yellowbox. Don’t hesitate to wear suede in the summer.
The other style of shirt dress is a pullover style. Again, it looks like an elongated collared shirt, but it doesn’t open up with buttons and thereby can’t be worn as a vest.
This style is usually offered as a mini dress, making it harder for everyone to wear. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing a short dress, don’t hesitate to add skinny ankle jeans or even leggings with this style. It will still look just as cute.
Again, you will want to pair this style of shirt dress with a “shoe boot” sandal to keep it really trendy. Otherwise, a great flip flop and hat could make this the perfect summer run around town look. It would also be a wonderful vacation item, as you could use it as a dress and swimming suit cover up.
It’s snowing here today, but writing about these dresses makes me long for warm summer days. I know they are just around the corner! Give one of these styles a try this year. I think you will love how you look!