If there is one thing every working woman needs, it is a shirt dress. Better yet, she has a few! Shirt dresses are a great professional, stylish and practical workwear option. They are incredibly comfortable and versatile, and work well in all seasons. They also make a great base to your outfit, and we will get into more detail on styling options in this blog so that your shirt dress style is absolutely flawless every wear.

Basic styling tips

When styling your shirt dress, treat it as the canvas of your outfit. Focus on the fit and feel and build out your own personal style with how you accessorise it. You can’t go wrong with basic styling additions – things as simple as a nice hair do, makeup, jewellery, shoes and other accessories that puts your personal style at centre stage.

With so many options for pockets and sleeves, shirt dresses are great trans-seasonal pieces and offer so much functionality. For a Spring or Summer look, add jewellery and fresh makeup. We love a coloured lip that accentuates your accessories and feminine energy. In Winter and Autumn, layer your shirtdress with coats, blazers and scarves. They look great with a stocking underneath and a closed-toe shoe.

Out of office style

Best of all, the humble shirtdress is versatile enough that it works for out-of-office occasions too. Wear it out to dinner for a chic night look, or style casually with sandals and relaxed hair and make-up for an easy breezy weekend look.

For any expecting mums, a shirtdress is a great piece to have in your maternity work wardrobe. Because of their comfort and ease of movement, you will find this to be one of your most reached for items in your wardrobe. The comfort doesn’t compromise on style, and you’ll be looking chic and stylish right up until baby is born.

Take care of your favourite work dress

Caring for your shirt dress is easy as pie, which makes this winning wardrobe piece even more of a hit. Simply wash on a cool delicate cycle with similar colours (and turned inside out). Dry flat in a shady spot and give it a quick press with the iron before wearing. Always keep your shirt dress hung up in your wardrobe on a hanger and try not fold or crease unnecessarily. You can get your shirt dress dry cleaned if you have a particularly tough stain, but it isn’t a requirement to only dry clean.

At Olive and Brown, our shirt dresses form part of our custom range. Every piece has been designed specifically with comfort in mind, which is why they are crafted from a cotton sateen fabric with 3% elastane, which gives a nicely tailored fit that sits comfortably on the body allowing for ease of movement. They are also fully customisable, which means you get to choose your sleeve length, and pocket options. You will be reaching for this classic piece time and time again, and we are so excited to see you work wardrobe expand when you introduce a shirt dress to it.