The new post-Corona world is definitely not the same as it used to be before. The pandemic has altered the way we look at things. And the world of fashion is no exception. Though, the fashion critics and acclaimed fashion voices of the world are going all gung ho over the idea of ‘revenge dressing’, the truth also lies in the fact that people are perennially looking for outfits that are chic but extremely comfortable. Also, the focus is big on sustainable fashion and versatility in the piece of any garment. If you cannot re-wear it and style it a million ways, then it is not worthy of making a way to your wardrobe. Owing to their high levels of fluidity, style and ease, kaftans and shirt dresses have amassed newfound popularity in the last couple of years.
A shirt dress is the easiest piece of clothing you can have in your wardrobe. Not in a mood to pull on denim or pants or not feeling like sporting a feminine dress? It is time to slip into a shirt dress. The garment is so versatile that it can take you from summers to winters with the right amount of layering. The dress has no typical rules attached to it. One may wear it for the work-from-home hours (of course it looks all formal on the top while you glare into your zoom meeting), go out for grocery shopping, wear it to a brunch or style it up a bit and even wear it for a dinner night.
With people realizing the importance of saving money and not splurging on clothes that rest longer in the wardrobe than see the light of the day, a shirt dress makes for a perfect style statement.
How to Style Your Shirt Dress for That Glam Avatar?
If you are someone who is too lazy to brainstorm on styling any outfit, a shirt dress should be your favourite pick. Even if you do not accessorize it at all, it still looks ravishing; effortless style as we may like to call it. Also, it qualifies well to be a fluid piece of clothing as it can be as easy a fit as you want, rather it does not have any fit at all. So, you are all free to put on a few inches or reduce, it would hardly be visible at all through your shirt dress.
1. Styling Shirt Dress with a Belt
This is the easiest and the most classic way to style a shirt dress. Clinching your waistline with a belt is sure to give a lot of structure to your dress and enhance the fit. Whether you are vertically short or elongated, horizontally broad or lean, do not think twice before wrapping a belt around your shirt dress. Also, when it comes to the style of the belt, you can choose anything from a broad belt to a sleek one, totally depending upon the style of your shirt. Though, our personal favourite remains a slim belt as a broad belt does not really flatter all the body types. A slim belt accentuates the whole look and adds to the grace of the outfit.
2. Styling Shirt Dress with a Pouch Bag
It is fun to carry a stylish bag or a clutch with a shirt dress. But when the outfit itself is so effortless and allows you the freedom of movement, why bear the hassle of carrying a bag. A waist bag, pouch bag or belt bag, whatever you may choose to call it, elevates the whole look to another level. Just wear a basic shirt dress, throw in some neck chains, wear your bag belt at the waist and put on a cool pair of sneakers. And yes, do not forget to add on your most stylish pair of sunglasses. There is no place in the world wherein this look won’t get you all the eyeballs and firmly establish you as an invincible style queen.
3. Styling Shirt Dress with a Cap or a Hat
A shirt dress is quite chic in itself, but when clubbed with pockets and a hat or a cap, the coolness quotient just rises to another level. This sporty look is ideal for running errands, strolling in the park, a lunch date with your girlies or a long drive with your partner in life.
4. Styling Shirt Dress with Denim
Wearing a pair of denim or pants under your shirt dress isn’t a sign of your coyness, but goes on to exhibit another level of styling sense. On the days you feel like giving your outfit another look or just feel like wearing a loose-fitted shirt dress and high stilettoes, just throw in a pair of denim or black pants in between. So classy is this look, that it can be worn to any high-end party or even a formal event. Even if the whole silhouette is ill-fitted and doesn’t accentuate your curves, it is absolutely fine. It carries such an international appeal, that there is no reason to complain. The best accessories to complement this look are an elegant watch and a few stacked-up bracelets and you shall be good to rock.
5. Styling Shirt Dress with Stockings
It is a pity for the fashion fatales in us that not many girls experiment with fishnet stockings with shirt dress as much as the look features on international ramps. Depending upon the occasion, you can style your shirt dress with a basic stocking or a jeweled stocking. The amalgamation of the casual vibe of the shirt dress with the glamorous appeal of the stocking is what creates all the magic for this look. The only aspect to consider it is not pairing it up with a pair of sneakers. Wear your pencil, kitten or pump heels with this look and let the femme fatale in you set the fashion scene on fire.
6. Styling Shirt Dress with a Corset or a Bralette
This look has not been explored as much as it should have been. Of all the celebrities, we can only vaguely recall Deepika Padukone wearing a long white shirt with denim and a black bralette once. Well, if you divas out there wish to look edgy and super glamorous, this is the look for you. There is not too much effort that goes into it, but that is your sure shot way to look like a fashion goddess every time you sport a shirt dress with a corset. Though most of the time, a white shirt dress works well as a blank canvas, we encourage you to move beyond the predictable pairing of a white shirt with a black bralette. Play around with prints, colours and stripes. Pick a striped shirt dress for example or maybe pair a coloured corset with a denim dress. The sky is the limit when it comes to styling a shirt dress.
7. Long Shirt Dresses
Long shirt dresses are good to go all by themselves as well. Even if you feel tempted to wrap around a belt, steer clear of the thought. Nothing spells an easy-breezy, cool look like a long shirt dress with sneakers or platform heels and a sexy accessory to complete the look.
8. Styling Shirt Dress with a Sweater, Blazer or an Overcoat
Do not hide your shirt dresses in your summer closet. They can be the most integral component of your layering regime in winters. Well, to think of it, what can look sexier than the combination of a shirt dress with long boots? Put on a sweater, a blazer or a coat and exude all the glam vibes in the winter season.
9. Styling Shirt Dress with Another Dress
Well, we bet that most of you would not have ever tried this look or rather not even fathomed of wearing one. But believe in us, you will receive hoards of compliments on your innovative styling sensibilities once you do so. The only thing to keep in mind is to pick the right length and style of the dress and the shirt dress. The ideal combination is to have both of them long with the shirt dress peeking through the other one at the ends. In case you manage to nail the look, it is going to be one of the high points of your dressing game.
10. Denim Shirt Dress
Oh, how a denim shirt dress oozes oomph, we can’t even tell in words. Leave a denim dress all to its own. No matter what you style it with, it is always going to stand out and make an ‘avante-garde’ statement, and we are not even exaggerating. If you still haven’t done yourself the good service of buying a denim shirt dress, please do the favour as soon you are done with this post. Buy a super-classy denim dress for yourself.
Always bear in mind – too much accessorizing never served much good. Even with a shirt dress, just stick to maybe one or at the most 2 pieces of accessorizing. Do not overdo it. Just wear the look with panache and you are all good to go.