Layering Light, Part III: Summer Styling Options for Shirt Dresses

Shirt dresses are summer staples for me because the lightweight ones are cool and effortlessly chic.  I own about five of them that have to get me through the entire summer season, so I’m always exploring new styling options.

In today’s Looking Back, Looking Forward, I’m layering light again to give my one of my favorite shirt dresses—a chambray, military-inspired number—a new look.

Dress—Gap (Old Navy alternative), Shirt—The Limited,
Belt—Ann Taylor (similar), Shoes—Tahari via Nordstrom (similar)

The shirt layered under the dress is The Limited sleeveless peter pan shirt.
I purchased it for $8  during the huge sale at The Limited last week.

Let’s take a quick look back at how I’ve been layering light to restyle other shirt dresses recently.

Original post (L to R):  1. High-Low: Anthropologie Four Corner Shirtdress,
2. The Shirt Dress: A Summer Work Style Staple, 3. Layering Light


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  1. July 18, 2012 / 3:11 pm

    Will def try this in the Fall and winter months.

    • July 27, 2012 / 2:24 pm

      For sure! We can really play around with this in the fall.

  2. Anonymous
    July 18, 2012 / 5:48 pm

    Love all of these looks

  3. July 18, 2012 / 6:56 pm

    i will be trying this in the fall! i love the pop of color the shirt adds, too!

    • July 27, 2012 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks! This shirt was so much easier to layer because it's sleeveless too. I loved that.

  4. July 19, 2012 / 8:21 pm

    I have similar black shirt dress that I need to play up with layers. Great Ideas!

    • July 27, 2012 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks, Nae! I can't wait to see how you rock it in the fall.

    • July 27, 2012 / 2:42 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Vanessa. I'll definitely come check out your spot.

    • July 27, 2012 / 2:43 pm

      I appreciate your feedback as always! I look forward to your looks!