Monday, October 17, 2011

The Shirt-dress

Like every other women, I fully support spending hours in front of the mirror, trying on clothes and figuring out the right combination of layers to put together the perfect outfit. Of course, there is also something wholly gratifying about the other end of the spectrum - throwing something on and heading out the door. Shirt dresses are the perfect piece to seal this deal.
Shirt-dresses are such an effortlessly cool trend. It's an item that can be worn in the summer with wedges and a straw hat or in the Fall with riding boots and a cardigan. In the Winter time you can add tights and a faux fur vest or jacket - depending on how cold it is - and you are ready to go.
The classic shirt-dress has such a timeless silhouette, it can go from work to play instantaneously with the swap of accessories. With the addition of a belt, it will complement our womanly curves and roll up the sleeves to give yourself that casual, cool and laid-back sort of attitude. 
I paired this outfit with my tall-shafted riding boots to complete this simple look. These boots have a low wedge heel which adds a feminine touch to my otherwise plain ensemble. Every time I wear these riding boots I have the notion of jumping on a horse and galloping away. Sadly there were no adult-horse riding events nearby. But my children had quite a blast riding on their horses at our Annual Local Autumn Festival ;)
I love this trend because the base of this look is a piece of cake - any long shirt will do. If you don't have your own long shirt than you can borrow a big shirt from your boyfriend, husband, father's closet. [Men have the best plaid shirts so take your pick ladies] Just make sure you take full advantage of the simple foundation by adding accessories that show off your personal taste. I hope this entry will give you ladies creative ideas for tackling any simple long shirt, have fun!

[Outfit]
Cardigan :: Banana Republic
Shirt-dress :: Old Navy
Boots :: Steve Madden Intyce
Bag :: LV Neverfull
Earrings :: Gift
Necklace used as bracelet :: Swapped

Thanks for reading!


49 comments:

  1. very cute shirt dress, I love it with the boots, your kids are so cute!

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  2. Shirt dresses are sooo versatile. I love how you've styled yours with those awesome boots! How cute are your kiddies!

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  3. I like your shirt dress! It looks great with your shoes :)

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  4. I love shirt dresses cuz there's so many ways to style it up :) The boots are amazing, I love the colour. And your kids are so adorable, they looked like they had a blast at the festival.


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  5. lovely outfit! you look gorgeous! sooo love your kids!!! beautiful children, you're so blessed to have them!!!

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  6. Love this look on you! Those boots go perfectly with the shirt dress. Looking gorgeous, darling!

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  7. Love this look with the boots, you are always so stylish but effortless! Your kids are adorable!!!!

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  8. You have such great style! I know I keep repeating myself, but you do! I love this shirt dress. The colors are amazing, style is great and those riding boots pair well with it. Your children are adorable. This is a beautiful and FUN post! Great pics girl and thank you for all of your lovely comments. I look forward to talking to you more. ((HUG))
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  9. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Love those boots, Thu. And I can't believe you have not just a child, but CHILDREN. You look SOO young! Must have found the fountain of youth. Hehe. :)

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  10. I so wish that shirt dresses look as good on me as they do on you! They look like crap on me. You, however, look adorable!! I love the plaid.

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  11. You look great,love your dress mix with the boots.Your kids are beautiful just like you.Very nice post!! Kisses from www.stylepicture.blogspot.com

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  12. LOVE shirt dresses, so comfortable and easy to layer in the fall! Your boots are adorable with that one. And your kids are such cuties!!

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  13. adorable dress!

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  14. I love your stylish boots and your children are so adorable!

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  15. yes, I love shirtdresses for the same reason - just so easy to throw on and go! You styled this one perfectly!

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  16. LOVE the shirt dress!!! You look sooo cute in it...the boots are the perfect shade:)


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  17. You did a fantastic job styling this dress! These are some of my favorite photos of you and also your kids are cute! I think you could pull off a leather shell! Just try it out and see ;)

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  18. I love how you styled the dress simple and just let it shine :) And I love the color of those boots!
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  19. the shirt dress is awesome. i love it. you look so good. i have one similar, but it's really red. i also love how your kids are on a pony i love it. makes me want to bring my kid to the pumpkin patch now

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  20. That dress looks great paired with those boots!

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  21. Love how you paired your shirt dress with those riding boots! And your kids look super cute on their horses :)

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  22. You have a really chic yet cute style. I am glad that I stumbled onto your blog, it is great.

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  23. can I just say you have an amazing body after having 2 kids..I would to have that if I ever had kids in the future! This is a really cute outfit!

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  24. Gosh! I'd have a lot of fun riding horses too.

    I love the throwon casual look. I want to look nice but I don't want to spend a ton of time every morning. Guess we can spend a bit more time buying items and then throw them on?

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  25. such a cutie! x

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  26. wow cute shirt dress! love the colour <3

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  27. Don't you just love those days when your outfit "comes to you". you throw it on and it looks good!! Those days are the best :D
    I love this look, especially the boots and handbag :D

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  28. oh look at your girl....so country chic!!
    I love the plaid shirt dress paired with the gorgeous boots!!
    your kids look great on their horses!! this ain't no pony ride! they are naturals!

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  29. I so love your dress! I am totally into checks right now! Cute kids! <3<3

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  30. wow, you look so young in this picture!! I swear I have the same cardigan as you!!! http://www.styledecorum.com/

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  31. I LOVE shirtdresses too! And I have a very similar red, white & blue checked one! :)

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  32. You look gorgeous. I love the colour of your shirt dress and it goes so well with your cardigan. Pretty colours"

    Sarah
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  33. Thats EXACTLY why I like dresses FULL.STOP lol. You can just whip them on and ta-da! You're done =) They're oh so comfy too. teehee.

    You and your fam look like yall had ana mazing time out there! You seem like such a lovely lady ^_^

    Eeli

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  34. have that neverful too love your outfit :)

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  35. You’re wonderful in these photos, I like you style!
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  36. I feel like I need to go out and grab me a shirt dress! Was this a dress you bought or did you turn a man's shirt into a dress? Nice post, thanks.

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  37. I want something with checked pattern in those colors! I had one many years ago, don't know where it it now, lost it when I moved, sigh...

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  38. Super cute outfit! I love the boots!

    Erica
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  39. LOVE this look! This is a perfect outfit and love the boots.

    Your little ones are sooooo CUTE!

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  40. Aren't the boots great? I have the same pair and I just polished out all the scratches and scuffs from last season. ;-)

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  41. Your plaid dress from old navy is a score! Looks fantastic with your cognac boots :)


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  42. Love the boots! oh so much! great blog!

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  43. how CUTE are you?!?! i loveee it!, been looking for a plaid dress for a very long time already!!

    xo's

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  44. hooray for horses and plaid!! :) your hair is so pretty!
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  45. p.s. noticed on your profile that you are in law school... so is my brother! :) hope it's going well for ya!

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  46. SO fun. Love this look!

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  47. Love the boots--how do you like them? I was already looking into purchasing those same ones!

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