The Most Sophisticated Shirt Dresses You’ll Wear on Repeat

A universally flattering dress shape in classic to bold prints at every price point.
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There’s a lot to love about a shirt dress.

It has all the ease of a dress, and it also offers a bit more structure and baked-in details that bring the polish (collar, button-down, waist-tie).

A shirt dress can look casual on the weekends with sneakers or flat sandals, it works in an office setting when you add wedges and a tote (even topped with a blazer), and it can be a fantastic pick for going out on cooler summer evenings.

We happen to love them all equally—traditional styles made in menswear-inspired fabrics, solid colors, and print versions. Best of all, there’s a shirtdress for every body shape—and we’ve rounded up our favorites.

Eloquii. Sophisticated and easy. We love the side slits, long sleeves with the optionality to roll to ¾, wide belt, and classic shirt collar. Insider Tip: Many sizes are on a waitlist, but Eloquii is great at notifying customers of a restock, which they do frequently. Comes in two colors.

Eloquii Maxi Shirtdress

Boden. Our editor's first words when seeing this dress were, “This is just a great dress.” Flattering fit and flare silhouette with a slit that’s just the right height and pleats make this shirt dress a little bit different (in the best way possible). The best part? It comes in petite and standard sizing (up to 22) in two colors.

Boden Pleated Skirt Shirt Dress

Boden. This sold-out dress is finally restocked (hallelujah!). We love the modern take on a paisley print. Throw in a classic shape, wide belt, and print that is flattering on all shapes? We love it. Comes in petite and standard sizes up to 22.

Boden Tiered Cotton Maxi Shirt Dress

Birds of Paradis. When we look for minis, we care about shape, balance, and—of course—length. So what are the details we love? Stylistically, the flounced skirt, stand-up collar, and V-neck are incredibly flattering, while the long sleeves create a nice balance for a mini. Top it off with a self-tie waist, and you’ve got a great shirt dress for grown-up women.

Birds of Paradis Yulia Cotton Tie-Waist Shirtdress

Vineyard Vines. It doesn’t get more wearable than this. We love the waist-defining tie that covers exactly where you want it to. For something simple and classic in a crisp linen-cotton blend, this is your dress.

Vineyard Vines Tie Front Linen & Cotton Midi Shirtdress

Farm Rio. It’s totally bold, but the colors work. The front tie (buyer’s note, it is not a full belt) provides just the right midsection coverage while seamlessly integrating its vibrant colors. For an evening fête or an elevated midday event, there is no doubt this piece will earn you compliments (and without sacrificing comfort!).

Farm Rio Mixed-Print Shirt Dress

Xirena. A crisp cotton dress with a flattering deep V-neck, spread collar, and—our favorite—side seam pockets. In classic pencil stripe, this dress will never go out of style. We love the green, but it also comes in an equally soft purple and blue.

Xirena Clover Stripe Marlowe Dress

Marina Rinaldi. A bold asymmetric print in earthy colors exudes modernity for those who favor dramatic or urban looks (comes in two prints, and both are great). The length is fabulous as are the side slits and ¾ sleeves.

Marina Rinaldi Cotton Poplin Shirt Dress

Brochu Walker. Brochu Walker takes its materials and fabrication seriously. This is a beautiful but easy-to-wear shirtdress with details for those who love them including pre-rolled and tacked sleeves, a button front placket, and a removable belt. The best part? An elasticized back waist that accommodates real bodies. Timeless? Absolutely.

Brochu Walker The Fia Belted Dress

Apiece Apart. When our editors consider investment pieces, we look for brands with impeccable fabrics and details that matter. Made in India, the Oro dress is a stand-out. A stunning print with seams in all the right places. The viscose material and self-tie waist give this dress a soft, feminine look while its relaxed cut shape is perfectly forgiving.

Apiece Apart Oro Maxi Shirt Dress

Adam Lippes. Only one size left of this stunner (medium), but we just had to include it for the woman who wants to invest in a stand-out piece. The modernity of this dress will make it a wardrobe staple for years to come. A mid-weight, cotton-silk blend dress. Despite little to no stretch (the silk), it is cut for a loose fit.

Adam Lippes Printed Cotton And Silk-Blend Midi Dress

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