To get a grunge-inspired look, wear one of the plaid shirt dresses with either a pair of ripped jeans or cutout leggings and some sneakers. You can also pair a plaid shirt dress with some distressed jeans, cowboy boots, a braided belt, and a cowboy hat for a westen-inspied look. For a menswear-inspired look, pair one of the vertical striped shirt dresses with some tailored pants, oxford shoes, a necktie, and a fedora hat. Provide contrast with a dotted shirt dress by pairing it with some argyle tights. You can also get this contrast with a gingham shirt dress and a pair of floral print tights. For the office, wear a long or short-sleeved solid colored shirt dress with some tailored pants and stiletto shoes. For a vintage vibe, wear a ruffled or frilly shirt dress with a pair of lace tights, a bow headband, a pearl bracelet, and some ballet flats. When it gets really cold, you can layer one of the sleeveless shirt dresses over a sweater like you would with a jumper. Pair the sweater and sleeveless shirt dress with some thick tights and slouch boots. If you plan on lounging around at an indoor pool this fall, any of these shirt dresses can be used as a stylish swimsuit cover-up. For a fun fall style, wear any shirt dress with a pair of denim legggings or skinny jeans and some peep-toe booties. To look like you just rolled out of bed and threw on your boyfriend's (or fiance's or husband's) clothes, wear a plaid, vertical striped, or solid shirt dress (without any girly details) with a pair of boyfriend jeans and sneakers. You can also style your hair in a loose ponytail or messy bun to follow suit. If you get a shirt dress that isn't already cinched at the waist, you may wish to add a belt to it. If you have any of your own ideas for styling a shirt dress, let me know.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Shirting The Issue
With plaid and ripped denim being big trends right now, it's clear that the 1990's grunge look is back in a big way. What else would fit in with the grunge trend? How about shirt dresses? A shirt dress is a button-down dress that will often have a collar, cuffed sleeves, and/or pockets as well. A lot of the styles of shirt dresses I've seen have a plaid or vertical stripe pattern. The more girly styles may have a polka dot print or other feminine details like ruffles. I've also found some shirt dresses with more modified details such cinching at the waist (to help define the waistline). I even managed to dig up some sleeveless shirt dresses that you can layer or wear on a warmer day. I like this trend because it is the perfect mix of femininity and menswear-inspired details. Plus, I love any throwback to the 90's since that's where all my childhood memories are. If you think this trend sounds like fun, take a look at some of my shirt dress finds below.