Spring transition is easier with a roomy shirt dress

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Last Updated on June 19, 2023 by Kristen

Spring is weird this year, as it often is, at least it is in California. Hot one day, chilly the next. We thought we were done with rain and here it is in the forecast again. I won’t complain because I’m thrilled we’re out of the drought, and that there’s no global pandemic. But it can be a challenge to figure out what to wear.

On the bright side, it’s the perfect opportunity to keep a shirtdress in regular rotation. Get a little creative and this versatile piece will become the workhorse of your wardrobe: wear it as a duster or jacket, layer it over a sleeveless dress, or wear it on its own. It’s one of those pieces you’ll grab over and over.

It’s also the perfect transitional piece. Wear it now as a duster (like I did above with my Ganni denim dress—this one is sold out but here’s a similar one, oh and here’s another really cute one), and wear it later on its own to a graduation or wedding. Throw it on over jeans and a t-shirt when it gets cool in the evenings.

Play with length—you can wear a shorter dress over a longer one (or pants) like I did above, you can try two dresses the same length, or you can pair a longer shirt dress with a shorter dress underneath.

I know shopping can be annoying and who has time—besides weirdos like me who actually kind of love shopping. So I did the work for you. Here are a bunch of shirt dresses in a variety of colors, patterns, fabrics, and price points. I hope you find one you love!

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