Let’s talk about shirtdresses, one of my favourite fashion outfit pieces. It’s a shirt with a desire to be a dress, how wonderful! Shirtdresses are one of the most versatile items. They can be elegant and sophisticated, casual and comfortable, and even fun and flirty. About every woman with any body shape can find a shirtdress that flatters, thins and slims.
Shirtdresses and Curves
Shirtdresses are ideal for women seeking to accentuate their curves. Depending on your body shape you can use either a thin or a thick belt to accentuate your waist. Furthermore, by placing the belt on the thinnest part of your waist, you can create the illusion of a waist or emphases it, thus slimming and thinning your figure and elongating your silhouette.
Women, who would like to enhance their curves, can also take advantages of pockets, ruffles, and other accessories that will aid create the illusion of fuller curves. Shirtdresses will fuller skirts will also accentuate the curves, and so will shirtdresses with prints and patterns.
Reducing the Appearance of Problematic Areas
Shirtdresses can hide various problematic areas and thin the body. For example, women who would like to reduce the appearance of their bust can purchase shirtdresses with V-necks, avoid thick belts and select shirtdresses with cotton, linen, and silk fabrics that flatter the body and elegantly follow curves.
Pear-shaped women should also look for dresses that define the waist, and have buttons only on the top half of the dress, so as to not emphasise the hips and thighs even further. An A-line shirtdress will cover the hips, while the buttons will accent the top half, widening the chest, balancing out the figure. Dresses that are simple, without any additional pockets, ruffles or fluff around the hips and thighs are recommended to thin the silhouette.
Loosely draped shirtdresses and shirtdresses with flowing and relaxed waistbands with a thicker fabric that stands at a distance from the fuller more problematic areas, can also slim the figure, particularly the stomach area. Conversely, fabrics that are stretchy and thin will cling to the figure, exposing your tummy area – belts are also to be avoided to lessen exposure and avoid accent to the stomach area.
Now that we have discussed what shirtdresses can do for some of the most common problematic areas, let’s dive into how to make your shirtdress stand out.
Accessorising for the Occasion
The right accessories can take a shirtdress from a simple casual look to one that is more elegant. Simple necklace pieces are recommended for shirtdresses as not to overwhelm the look. On the other hand chunkier bracelets and cuffs, including larger earrings can compliment and complete the look, making the dress more sophisticated or fun. Of course, always match your chosen jewellery and accessories with your body shape.
Let’s not forget about scarfs, leggings and even skinny jeans. All these accessories can drastically change your shirtdress. Remember to experiment and dress based on your mood or personal style.
When it comes to dresses, shoes oftentimes make a greater impact on the way the dress is seen than any other accessory or layering; the same applies to shirtdresses. The right shoes can take your dress from casual to formal. For example, ballet flats, or simple sandals are great for everyday casual wear, while heels and dressy flats work perfectly for more formal nights and events. Shirtdresses even look great with ankle boots for the cooler weather.
Picking the right jacket, blazer or cardigan is also essential as these fashion outfit pieces, if not chosen carefully, can overwhelm the look and undo all your hard matching and styling.
Again, when in doubt, choose items that are simple, flatter your body shape and thin your figure.