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Rock a shirtdress
August 24, 2014, 1:18 pm

The shirtdress—celebs and models do it, and friends, you can, too. Here are six things you need to know about how to wear this casual yet classically chic hybrid look.

 The right height: Anywhere from mid-thigh to just above the knee is the ideal length for a shirtdress. Too short and it looks like you forgot your pants—any longer and it's a nightgown from another century.  If you decide to pair the shirtdress over leggings, it should reach to your mid-thigh.  And above all, keep the fabric crisp and casual so it looks flattering.

Fit depends entirely on your figure: If you are curvy, it's generally most flattering to wear a nicely tailored shirtdress, possibly even belted. If you have a long and lean physique, then a straighter, boxier cut is a fun and fresh take on the style. Yes, petite women can rock the shirtdress too. Just keep the fabric light to maintain movement and have fun with your accessories. If you're trying to lengthen your body, make sure you opt for a monochromatic shirtdress—it's more favourable.

Keep it light: Chambray or cotton are great for a casual look while silks and chiffon are a little more dressed up. You can even play with some bold patterned shirtdresses. Have fun with the shirtdress you have chosen as it is a lot like a pair of jeans. It's simple enough that your accessories can really create the look. If you want to go for an ‘I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-look-this-cute’ vibe, then slip on flat boots or booties with your casual shirtdress. If you want something more stylized then wear a spectacular statement heel. The shoe of the summer season is a pointed pump. If you're going to invest, go for an ultra-sharp stiletto or how about metallic sling backs, they're so very pretty and modern.

The new ladylike look: Many shirtdresses have a delicate, feminine vibe that keeps up with the ladylike trend. To channel the lady look, choose shirtdresses that have volume and structure, which you can then modernize with fab jewelry. Or preferably, it may be best for newcomers to this trend to wear a simple shirtdress with clean lines and light colors which are easier to style. However, your fear shouldn’t stop you from experimenting with brighter hues like bright green or turquoise.

Streamlined shirtdresses would also work for you if you have the body that is suited for the high-waisted style in blue or black. Thin belts in complementary or contrasting colors would balance the shirtdress's feminine flair nicely. The classic route is a good way to go with a printed shirtdress in your wardrobe that you may beautify easily with heels and pretty jewelry.

Accessories: You can do so much with the shirtdress. Anything from a ball cap, fedora and sneakers to pointed heels and a great big bag and sunglasses. Just don’t overdo it. A large part of why the shirtdress is so fantastic is its effortless simplicity. If you are going for a simple look, grab a scarf that compliments your shirtdress. A scarf in a bright color is more versatile than you would think! It pairs nicely with conservative hues and pieces, and looks chic with grey. A bright scarf can also make a fashion statement when worn with a bright floral print.



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