Trending Now: The Shirt Dress - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Trending Now: The Shirt Dress



Hello Ladies,

The shirt dress. An amazing invention. Basically there was a woman out there whose nightie was in the laundry, put on her hubby’s button down, and said, “wow is this comfortable!” I think I need to make a dress out of this! I decided  that I try something new that I do not own, but seems utterly comfortable, and versatile.







Dress: H&M, Scarf: Charming Charlie,Bag: Louis Vuitton Speedy, Shoes: ( i have them in black too: Payless!) JORD watch c/o rose face/ KOA wood

No. Really. Let’s talk history! Now, if your eyes roll to the back of your head, as you once did in middle school when a teacher of yours said the same thing, I promise, it won’t be that way.  I find it interesting the history of garments and how some came to be.

According to Wikipedia>

Shirt dresses were sometimes called “shirtwaist dresses” when they first became fashionable during the 1950s. The 1950s version of the shirtdress was launched as part of Christian Dior‘s post–World War II “New Look” couture designs, with a full skirt held up by wearing a crinoline.[1] They often featured a notched collar, and elbow-length sleeves with cuffs. More informal versions of the shirtdress, made of cotton, but retaining the full skirt and collar, became a staple part of many women’s wardrobes during the 1950s, with designers such as Anne Fogarty becoming known for their versions of this style.[2] A 1957 issue of Life magazine includes a photo of a typical cotton shirtdress selling for $25 in New York City.[3]

A variation of the original shirtdress is the “T-shirt dress”. T-Shirt dresses began being produced in the 1960s, and are simply an elongated version of a T-shirt.[4]

Version of a 1940s Shirt dress.


I love pastels and also jewel tones, but now and again find that I love earthy tones such as olive, browns, rust, gold,  bronze etc. With this look, I went with a shirt dress from H&M, a crepe material in an olive khaki color I could see with bronze and brown, as well as other tones. Perfect with my JORD watch. I paired it with sparkly copper and gold tone jeweled earrings wrapped the belt around the back first, then the front for more shape, and added rust/tan fringe wedge sandals, and this cognac bag. One thing I noticed is, if taking pictures with a shirtdress, is that if you LOVE to iron, then this dress is for you! It is made of a crepe material, and I know this along with linen can be notorious for wrinkles, just the way it is!

I do like to try new things, and as I have always said, comfort is key and this does not disappoint!

Hope you enjoyed a bit of history today! Class dismissed!!

Enjoy the weekend,

Jess XO

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  • heatherwyancko
    Posted at 09:10h, 21 July Reply

    Are those heels?!?!?! Love the shoes, Jess! Actually, I love this whole look!
    Heather Wyancko

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:18h, 21 July Reply

      Thank you Heather, they are only a 1 inch wedge. I wish I culd wear a heel sometimes.Glad you like this look. I actually thought of your style when I got the shirtdress.

  • citrinejenifer
    Posted at 08:01h, 20 July Reply

    Lovely look! You have made me reminded of few shirtdresses in my closet. They would look pretty for my next summer outing. Thanks for sharing tons of info on shirtdress. It is good to know what you wear has already been there with good remarks.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:17h, 20 July Reply

      Sure! Glad you enjoyed it , I like to include the history of fashion when i can. They are so easy to wear. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for TH Tuesday link up, jess xx

  • Downtown Demure
    Posted at 20:12h, 19 July Reply

    Another gorgeous look, Jess! I need those shoes and that dress in my life…

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:08h, 19 July Reply

      Thanks ! HM is where i got the dress, super inexpensive, and I bougt 2 pairs of the shoes in different color. I apprecaite it, and look forward to seeing you on Turning Heads Tueaday! xx

  • Bread and Roses Vintage
    Posted at 12:27h, 19 July Reply

    Love this look! I am a HUGE fan of the shirt dress — I have often read that they are “universally flattering,” which may be an exaggeration, but they certainly are versatile and work with a lot of different shapes and sizes. I have several shirt dresses in my closet and am always drawn to them when shopping. They just feel easy to wear and seem to look elegant, which you certainly do here!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:30h, 19 July Reply

      Thank you so much! They are certainly versatile,lots of ways to dress them up and down. I love researching and writing out the history of garments when I can as well. Love vintage stylings, I would love for you to join in on my weekly hosted fashion linkup party, Turning Heads Tuesdays. There are so many different women, and styles it is fun to get to know new bloggers. Just show up and link up 2-3 posts if you like. I would love to have you there! thank you for the comments xx

  • Ada
    Posted at 10:06h, 19 July Reply

    I am a huge fan of shirt-dresses. I love yours – absolutely! The color and style are gorgeous. It looks great with those cognac fringe sandals and leopard scarf. =)

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:10h, 19 July Reply

      Thank you Ada! They can be a pain to iron, but I do love the ease, and would like to also add some bronze or gold bracelet with it. Hope your Sunday is great! xx

  • Petite Silver Vixen (@petitevix)
    Posted at 07:18h, 19 July Reply

    As always great accessories. You chose the perfect scarf as it just gives a little lift to the shirt dress turning it into a very chic casual look (sometimes I find shirt dresses can veer to the utiliarian look, if that makes sense). Looks fabulous on you and the colours work so well with your complexion. Sadly, I’m with Patti. The style just doesn’t suit my hourglass figure so I just admire them on other people!

  • Ron maynosz
    Posted at 06:34h, 18 July Reply

    Loved it. Like learning something new everyday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:26h, 18 July Reply

      Thanks Mr Maynosz! haha. Glad you liked it, and the dress is fun and comfortable, it really is about accessorizing! xx

  • laura
    Posted at 04:29h, 18 July Reply

    perfect shots!! love this outfit combo, also the bag is stunning!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:21h, 18 July Reply

      Thank you Laura, I do like my handbags 🙂 x

  • Jill James
    Posted at 02:49h, 18 July Reply

    I rather like this shirt dress on you, even though it is a departure from your usual floral or lace. Sometimes comfort just wins out.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:20h, 18 July Reply

      Thank you Jill, it is fun to try different things! xx

  • Candace
    Posted at 16:59h, 17 July Reply

    cuteee dress! and your red hair is gorgeous by the way. I love H&M!! always such cute clothes and great deals, too!
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:32h, 18 July Reply

      Thank you Candice, hope you join in next week for Turning Heads Tuesday too. I bought it in 2 different colors as the price was so low. Thank you to re: my hair. Enjoy the weekend. xx

  • asallows
    Posted at 14:37h, 17 July Reply

    I love shirt dresses! They’re so simple and comfy. The scarf you added to this outfit is great and I love the colour of the dress!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:38h, 17 July Reply

      Thanks so much! I am trying new things and you are so right, comfort is key!! Enjoy your weekend xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 12:54h, 17 July Reply

    Great look on you Jess, I love the shoes ( and have the same ones!) This is a classic look, but you updated it with great style. Loved the history, but I liked your version of events the most! 🙂
    xx, Elle

  • Katie D (Hello Katie Girl)
    Posted at 11:29h, 17 July Reply

    You look gorgeous as usual! I love how the dress, scarf and bag all compliment one another. Thanks for sharing the history of the shirt dress! I love learning about the history of fashion.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:27h, 17 July Reply

      Thank you Katie! Glad you like a different look for me. I too, like learning the history of things. enjoy your weekend xx

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 10:10h, 17 July Reply

    Amazing outfit! Love that dress and how you accessorized it.

  • Patti
    Posted at 07:43h, 17 July Reply

    This style just doesn’t flatter me – but you wear it beautifully. Your wood watch looks great with the dress! xox

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:31h, 17 July Reply

      Are you sure Patti? Thank you, I wanted to try something new, and love it but wow does it wrinkle easily!! Enjoy your Weekend xx

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