The Shirt Dress: A Summer Work Style Staple

A couple years ago, I taught a summer class for the first time in a while, so I had to fashion a summer work style.  Most of my sheaths, my typical teaching uniform, are too warm for the summer.  Besides, I wanted my summer look to be more casual, but still professional.  

I discovered that teaching on sizzling hot summer days was much easier in a cool shirt dress.  My favorite one at that time was Gap’s military-inspired shirt dress. It had such cool features like a drawstring waist and a sexy shirttail hem that I purchased it in three colors.

Since warmer days are here again, it’s time for the shirt dresses to come on out.  My favorite khaki dress gets a spring 2012 update in today’s post.  It’s layered over a stripe tank and paired with bright accessories.

Belt—The Limited
Shoes—Max Studio via Marshalls
Earrings—Kendra Scott ‘Danielle’ (turquoise)
Bangle—Amrita Singh via Gilt (similar)
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx (similar)
Sunglasses—Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom Rack

Shop shirt dresses:

Gap, Forever 21

Day Dresses by Gap
Day Dresses by Forever 21



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  1. April 10, 2012 / 3:07 pm

    I really like shirt dresses, can never have too many.

  2. Shantile
    April 10, 2012 / 6:22 pm

    Really like the shirt dress. I have been looking for a few of my own the ones I have found have been a little short for my taste but I am still on the hunt.

    • April 11, 2012 / 2:58 pm

      Thanks! What's up with the short short skirts and dresses everywhere? I like the newer ones from the Gap, but a couple of them are short on me, and I'm only 5'4".

  3. April 10, 2012 / 11:10 pm

    I have this exact dress…but it just doesn't fit me very well. You look cute!

    • April 11, 2012 / 3:00 pm

      Oh no, Kish. You know, this dress was tricky for me too. I usually can wear the smallest sizes in Gap dresses, but in this one, I bought size medium and it worked best.

  4. April 11, 2012 / 12:22 am

    Lovely!! You just inspired me to rock my blue striped Gap shirtdress soon!! :)) great style!!


    • April 11, 2012 / 3:00 pm

      Cool! A blue striped shirt dress sounds amazing too. I need one of those 🙂

  5. Lisa Walter
    April 11, 2012 / 3:18 am

    I'm so glad you posted this; Im teaching this summer and I'm thinking about my wardrobe and stressing. I don't like to wear casual to teach in, the building I'll be in can get pretty warm in the summertime….love the shirtdress idea! Although my legs are super white and I'm a bit self-conscious about showing them!

    • April 11, 2012 / 3:08 pm

      Perfect timing, Lisa! I've seen a few very chic and longer shirt dresses in off-price stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx. There's a a popular one by Evan Piccone that keeps appearing in Marshalls. Here's a photo from my "In the Field with EOS" album on Facebook. .

    • Lisa Walter
      April 12, 2012 / 12:01 am

      I wasn't able to get the link you posted to come up…but am going to check out your Facebook site and try to find it! Also going to find some time this summer to read some of the research articles by the author you mentioned!

    • April 11, 2012 / 3:09 pm

      Thanks, Mica! They are quite popular right now…most stores are carrying at least one style.

  6. April 11, 2012 / 6:52 pm

    SUCH a chic look…I'm obsessed! You look absolutely fabulous…thanks so much for the love!!


  7. July 19, 2012 / 4:58 am

    Love this outfit, head to toe! Love your hair like this too – very edgy and hot!