For effortless, utilitarian dressing, you can’t beat the no-nonsense long, lean lines of a shirt dress. Here are my top picks for shirt dresses under $50 for 2011:
1. Merona Women’s Knit Shirt Dress with Pockets, $19.99, at Target.com
A simple, understated yet elegant, button down jersey shirt dress with a drawstring belt, short rolled up sleeves, two buttoned breast pockets and collared neckline in moss olive, Geneva blue and black
2. Merona Women’s Shirtdress – Gray Chambray, $24.99, at Target.com
In a woven chambray, above the knee, button down shirt dress with a tie belt, long sleeves with tie straps and buttoned cuffs, pointed collar neckline, two front buttoned breast pockets and two hip pockets, in grey chambray.
3. DKNY Jeans Missy Military Dress, $39.50, at 6pm.com
I love the description that DKNY has given for their military inspired shirt dress in the color “petroleum” that says, “Fight the good fight and trump all opposition when you don the DKNY Jeans™ merciless military dress!” The details are equally impressive: snap front closure, four snap button flap pockets, three-Quarter length sleeves with D-ring and snap button closure to wear above elbow and corded utility belt. It’s very much like a utilitarian safari jacket dress!
4.Jeans Black Chambray Shirt Dress, $44.75, at 6pm.com
This is a very well made button-down shirt dress by Calvin Klein in a dark gray chambray, rather than true black. It features a pointed collar, pintuck accents on the front and back, a shirttail hem and a button and tab long sleeves with a rollable cuff. I would pair it with a slim red belt for added interest.
5. Lands’ End Women's Regular Long Sleeve Poplin Button-front Shirtdress, $39.99, at Landsend.com
This Lands’ End snazzy knee-length, slim shirt dress comes in a glossy cotton poplin, with button-down closure, two button-flap chest pockets and two onseam side pockets. Pair it with an interesting belt and perhaps a scarf and you’ve got a complete outfit!
Whether you’re going for a long boyfriend shirt look or perhaps a utility-cum-safari look, shirt dresses offer an effortless chic! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you check these and other shirt dress options out there.