What's smart enough for the office yet cool enough for days off? Meet your new summer "go-to"- the shirt-dress. Here are ten tips to help you find the perfect-for-you cut and how to wear it.
1. Choose a dress with a defined waist that nips you in at the middle to disguise wide hips. A roomy A-line silhouette offers a forgiving fit around the waist.
2. To downplay broad shoulders try a sleeveless version of the shirt-dress.
3. A simple V-neck or a few buttons left unfastened near the neckline is most flattering for the large busted woman. When it comes to fabric, 100 percent cotton, silk or linen is less likely to gap between buttons than something stretchy.
4. Below-the-belt pockets can make you look heavier.
5. Prints, ruffles, pleats or any three dimensional details enhance a boyish frame. Cinched styles are especially great if the skirt area has some fullness to create curves.
6. To downplay a tummy bulge choose a flowy shirt-dress with a relaxed waistband or a belt-less, tailored cut in a crisp fabric that stands away from the body and doesn't cling to the stomach.
7. If you are tall, look for a long length. A statuesque figure can pull off those '50s inspired below-the-knee hemlines. Make sure the belt sits at your natural waistline, not awkwardly pulled around your rib cage.
8. Trade out the boring fabric belt that comes with most shirt-dresses. Boost your style quotient by cinching on a striking linen or woven alternative.
9. Modernize the look of a vintage shirt-dress with bangles and flats for work. Team up with espadrille sandals and a cross-body bag for the weekend.
10. Since a shirt-dress is often worn with the top couple of buttons undone, a necklace makes the ideal accessory. You can go large or small depending on the vibe of the dress.
Shirt-dresses are easy one piece dressing. Don't take them too seriously. No pearls, pumps of sparkle. Remember it's meant to be a casual look!
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