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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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Looking Youthful Through Fashion

Stylish woman.

If you think aging is equivalent to foregoing fashion, think again. Our modern world has thrown the rules of aging out the window and embraced the motto that you are only as old as you feel. You don’t have to lose your personal sense of style just because you are getting older. Below, find our tips on looking youthful through fashion without losing your style.

Find Your Fit
One of the most important rules for dressing at any age is to dress yourself based on your specific body type, but this gets increasingly important as you age. Stylist and television personality Stacy London says, “the biggest mistake women make is wearing clothes that don’t fit the body they have right now. You have to do that in order to figure out what looks good on you.” From classic style icons like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn to modern fashion inspirations like Kate Middleton and Lauren Conrad, you will find that the number one thing that dictates their wardrobe is fit. Not only does dressing for your body increase your style factor, it can also make a huge difference in your confidence when you don’t have to constantly tug or pull at your clothes and as Stacy London advises, “…confidence is the best accessory. It can make or break an outfit.”

Woman wearing a stylish dress.

Have a Signature Item
Your signature item, whether it is a piece of actual clothing or an accessory, is all about you and what you want to convey about your style. Your signature item can help you experiment with trends and different fashions while still maintaining your own sense of style. It can be daunting to narrow down your personal style philosophy to just one piece of clothing, a single accessory or a signature look, but doing so allows you to be creative and play with trends, even some younger looking ones, while still retaining a piece that says your style is your own. Also, don’t think you have to have one single accessory or shirt for the rest of your life that is your signature, you can mix it up whenever you feel like it.

It’s All in The Details
When it comes to changing or evolving your style, many believe that the only way to do so is with a massive wardrobe overhaul. There are some major impracticalities to approaching change this way; first, you often end up overwhelmed at the magnitude of work that is cleaning out/replacing your closet and it’s not a financially sound move. You can easily keep your favorite pieces, no matter how old you get, by making some minor tweaks in how you wear them. For instance, cuffed pants, rolled sleeves on your favorite white blouse or merely tucking in your shirt can have a massive impact on your overall look. Aging does not mean that you have to get rid of every item of clothing in favor of something more “age appropriate,” it simply means that now is a good time to be creative with your favorite pieces.

By no means does aging mean you have to sacrifice style and there are no set rules as to what “older” women should wear anymore. If you focus on cultivating your personal style by using a signature item, remembering to pay attention to the details and above all else, to wear clothes that fit properly, you can wear what you want when you want.

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