The Shirt Dress – A Wardrobe Hero

The shirt dress is a wardrobe hero which never goes out of style but is particularly  on-trend for Spring 2020. I’ve 

Boden shirt dress

bought a couple over the past few years and they are probably the most versatile dresses in my wardrobe. They’re a particularly good option for women who prefer some tailoring to the romantic, unstructured flouncy dresses which are also popular at the moment. The shirt dress is a great transitional piece; it can be worn with sandals in Summer or layered up with tights, boots and a jumper or cardigan in colder weather. Better still, there’s a style to suit virtually everyone.


If you have an hourglass figure, wear a shirt dress with a belt to show off your waist. They often come with a matching fabric tie belt, but you can easily add a different one, say leather, to add definition and structure. If you’re a classic style personality, you’ll probably want to co-ordinate the belt to your footwear.

If you are pear-shaped, a shirt dress with a fitted bodice and fuller skirt will be perfect for you as it will show off your neat top half whilst camouflaging your hips and thighs. If you have heavy calves, a fuller skirt will make them look slimmer.

Hobbs shirt dress

If you are an apple shape and carry your weight on your tummy, you’re best treating the shirt dress as a layering piece. Go for a simple straight shape and leave it unbuttoned over a column of colour such as a slim leg trousers (apples are often blessed with long, slim legs) and a tee.


If you have a straight up and down figure or carry a little weight around your middle, leave off the belt as it will only serve to highlight this. Instead wear it loose; the straight cut will disguise your lack of curves and any camouflage a bit of a tum.

Print or plain? This very much depends on your own style personality. A Creative for example will love bold and colourful patterns whereas a City Chic will prefer something less fussy. If you’re looking for a dress with real longevity a plain, neutral colour is your best bet and can easily be updated by adding a new pair of shoes or an on-trend jacket. You can even add coloured camisole tops underneath to create different looks.

Corporate or casual? The shirt dress is perfect for both. Add a pair of heels and a blazer for a smart look. Swap out the shoes for trainers, roll up the sleeves and add a denim jacket for an easy weekend outfit. Same dress, different occasions!