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Accessories That Make Your Shirt Dress Look Chic

What is it about the shirt dress that is so appealing? Is it because the image of a woman wearing a men’s shirt conjures postcoital images? After all, doesn’t the emergence of a woman wearing a shirt belonging to her male partner from a bedroom indicate an omitted sex scene? Was it Jane Fonda emerging from an interrupted six days from a suite at the Plaza Hotel in “Barefoot in the Park” that made the style so desirable?

Woman in shirt dress

A “shirtdress” is a dress which borrows details of a man’s shirt such as a button front, collar, or cuffed sleeves. Because they are usually but without a seam at the waist, they often rely on a belt for definition. However, when it comes to accessorizing a shirtwaist, there are vast options for additions.

History of the Shirt Dress
Shirtdresses became fashionable in the 1950’s when Christian Dior launched his “New Look” line of couture designs. These early versions featured a full skirt supported by a crinoline. They were often characterized by a notched collar and elbow length cuffed sleeves. The T-shirt dress is a variation on the original shirtdress and first gained popularity in the 1960’s.

Accessories for the Shirt Dress

Belts
The greatest accessory for emphasizing the female waist, the belt is a crucial component in shirtdress fashion. Belts are available in chain, ribbon, beaded, or leather styles and complement a multitude of outfits. They are especially important in completing the look of a shirtdress because, in many cases, they are the only way to define the waist as most shirt dresses feature no seam at the waistline. Consider a bow belt for an ultra feminine look.

Belt

Bolster
Hats, fascinators, shoes, and bags. They can change your look from day to night. Whether you choose a baseball cap or elaborate fascinator, sneakers or stiletto pumps, a shirtdress can take them all on. You can use a shirtdress as a light jacket in the summer over a pretty summer dress, Keep it fun and casual with high top sneakers and incorporate feminine accessories to remain stylish.

Layers
There are several options when it comes to layering your shirtdress. You can keep it open and add an underskirt that hits right above or below the hemline to vary the fullness of the skirt. You can also use it as a jacket and experiment with proportions underneath or over. For a real head turner, consider a bustier underneath a flouncy, silky dress, adding tough rocker accessories like cowboy boots, chain belts and sunglasses.

Other Options
When it comes to shirtdress style, the options are almost unlimited. Button all the way up for a preppy look or all the way down for some sexy dishevelment. Belts can be made of any materials, and suitable shoe styles are endless. When choosing the ideal shirtdress, remember less is more. Try and avoid distracting ruffles and attached belts and make sure the buttons go all the way down. Extra touches will limit the versatility of the piece.

Woman in shirt

Also, you might want to take the following into consideration:

Quality
Don’t skimp on fabric. Make sure the garment is durable and breathable and that buttons and seams are well sewn. Look for a specimen that is easy to care for and will last a long time.

Fit
Make sure your shirtdress is comfortable and not too tight. Look for simplicity in style and make sure you feel great when you put it on and can wear it with confidence.

Application
Make sure it will work with the pieces already in your closet. You don’t want your purchase to require more purchases.

Tell us about how you accessorize your shirtdress! We want to hear about your personal style!

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Showing Off Your Cleavage

Some women have no qualms about wearing impossibly low-cut tops and baring it all for everyone to see, but many are more reserved when it comes to cleavage. Showing off cleavage can make you feel incredibly feminine and sexy, but if you expose too much, you may also feel a bit uncomfortable. Below, find out some tricks to tastefully showing off your cleavage.

Lace dress

Try Lace
For those who want to be very modest, a lace top can be the perfect fit. Looking for a lace-yoked shirt or a top with a sheer panel is one of the most conservative ways you can show off your cleavage. Wearing clothing such as this is less about blatantly baring your breasts and more about hinting at the cleavage underneath these thin fabrics.

Use Some Accessories
Adding a few accessories to your upper half can be a great way to call attention to your cleavage without having to show too much off. You can wear any type of jewelry that you like from dainty and delicate to chunky statement pieces. Experts recommend that if you want to show off your cleavage, try a necklace that reaches the very top of your cleavage (or as close as you can get) and to find a necklace that sparkles. Anytime your necklace catches the light, your cleavage will get the attention you want.

Button up blouse

Wear a Button Up Blouse
Button ups are an easy and customizable way for your to show off your cleavage. These tops can take you easily from the office to the evening by adjusting a few buttons here and there. Pair your button up with a lacy silk camisole for added femininity or just choose a bra with great support to help you display your cleavage in a tasteful manner.

Balance Your Skin With Fabric
If you are wearing a shirt that is low-cut, it’s important to balance out the amount of skin you show with fabric. For instance, if you are wearing a top that has a very low scoop or square neckline, be sure to pair with more fabric elsewhere. You want to draw attention to your cleavage, while keeping the rest of your look subtle and covered. Low-cut tops with sleeves are perfect for achieving this look, but you can also pair a short-sleeved top with more conservative bottoms like a midi or maxi skirt.

Plunging neckline

Try a Plunging Neckline
This is for the most daring and adventurous ladies that want to show off their cleavage. Plunging necklines are a staple on the red carpet, but you can definitely work the look yourself by following a few rules. First, this look is very dramatic, so pick the right occasion to rock a plunging neckline. New Year’s Eve parties or a glam girls’ night out are perfect occasions for this dress. Work? Not so much. Also, be sure to remember the earlier rule about balancing out your neckline with fabric. Some celebrities wear dresses with plunging necklines that are floor-length and have long sleeves.

No matter what size you are working with, there are ways for your to tastefully show off your cleavage. Remember that when showing off your cleavage, you want to focus on that area of your body only, so keep the rest of your clothing simple and modest for the most modern look.

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