Would You Wear It- Shirtdress

Would You Wear It- Shirtdress

Happy Saturday ladies and welcome to the weekend. Our temps should be cooling down a bit which is a welcome relief because triple digits are not my idea of fun. We have more unpacking to do but things are on hold until the new flooring arrives. There’s not much point in filling up cabinets that will need to be emptied and moved so the new carpet and flooring can be installed.

It’s time for would you wear it with my friend Pam. Each week we share a mannequin and ask if our readers would wear what’s on the mannequin. We hope you will explain why you would or wouldn’t wear what it is wearing.

I’ve been on the hunt for color this week and ran across this dress.


So tell me, ladies, would you wear this shirtdress? Please explain why or why not.

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Now let’s go see what Pam’s mannequin is wearing here.

Thanks for reading and have a fun weekend

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  1. August 17, 2019 / 4:11 am

    No I don’t wear dresses at all! I do wear a lot of hot pink color, and I do love those sneakers!

    • Judy
      August 17, 2019 / 9:40 am

      Love the color! Length is ok. Bow at waist is too big for me. Sleeves look too unstructured. I would wear sandals with this. Too dressy for tennis shoes!

  2. Martha
    August 17, 2019 / 4:19 am

    I wouldn’t wear a shirt dress. I love the look but they always make me look heavier and kinda dumpy. Cute on Meghan Markle…me, not so much.

  3. Linda P
    August 17, 2019 / 4:21 am

    Probably not. The skirt looks a little full, and I think I would be lost in all of the fabric. Also, button up bodices are problematic for my full bust. If I did wear it, I would change out the belt.

  4. Joni
    August 17, 2019 / 4:21 am

    No I wouldn’t! I am pretty petite and this would just overwhelm me!

  5. Roberta
    August 17, 2019 / 4:25 am

    I think the bow and the gathering at the waist add to much volume to an area that is already to thick. The color is quite fabulous, however!

  6. Shari
    August 17, 2019 / 4:27 am

    I’ve been hoping to find a shirt dress for travel…not this one! The sleeves ate too flared…trendy? I want one to be a classic..also the big flared sash is a detractor! Not good on my waistline. I love that fuchsia, just not here!

  7. Betty (SC)
    August 17, 2019 / 4:36 am

    No, not this dress. To my eye, the sporty collar does not mix well with the more feminine sash belt and full skirt. And the color is just too loud and a bit much for a “whole” dress…. a more subdued color would be prettier for a sporty dress. The overall look is not a winner, but a rounded no-collar (think V or crew neck) would be better with the sash belt and full skirt here. Skip the sneaks, and add a nude low-heeled sandal. There’s hope, but needs modifications!

  8. Mary
    August 17, 2019 / 4:42 am

    Not for me. The sleeves and the skirt are too full. I like hot pink in small doses, not an entire dress. I might wear the sneakers in black or navy. I don’t wear white shoes.

  9. Linda
    August 17, 2019 / 4:43 am

    I love shirtwaist dresses, and pink is my color. I would swap the fabric belt for leather.

  10. Leslie
    August 17, 2019 / 4:54 am

    I like the colour and the wide sash at the waist but since I am 5 ft. tall I think the dress would overwhelm me. I think it would great on a taller person.

  11. Laurie
    August 17, 2019 / 5:22 am

    This is super cute. I love the style and color of this dress. It has a very wearable casual vibe. I’d style it with sneakers. I may go try this on! I don’t usually wear colors this intense, so I’ll have to see how it looks on me.

  12. Debbi
    August 17, 2019 / 5:27 am

    Since most comments have said no so far, I will say yes. I agree with Laurie. I love that this is A line. I do wear them since I like collars and am petite. Thanks for the link – I will probably buy this one.

  13. Vitaline
    August 17, 2019 / 5:36 am

    Yes! I love dresses and the fuller skirt. I love the style and color…

  14. Sondra
    August 17, 2019 / 5:38 am

    No, I would not wear it. I’m petite and this would overwhelm me, but….with that said….I DO like shirt dresses on other, taller women. I wish I could wear them. No sure about this particular color….I LOVE color but this might be a little too bright…..like a neon sign!

  15. Robin
    August 17, 2019 / 5:44 am

    I like the color but belted dresses with full skirts don’t work on me, my waist is too big and my rear is too flat.

  16. Sue
    August 17, 2019 / 5:48 am

    Love Love Love. The style, length, color, and tie at the side! I am tall, slim and still have a waist and know shirtwaist dresses flatter me. This style hasn’t been available for years and I’m happy to see it come around again. I checked on store reviews. My only concern, since it is all cotton, would be the quality of the fabric. I would not want to have to iron all that fabric. Some of the reviews mention the fabric is thin and some colors would require a slip. The price is $118…although I love the dress I wouldn’t spend that much on this dress.

    • Terri
      August 17, 2019 / 7:24 am

      I just bought a short-sleeve animal print shirtdress very similar in style to the one above, it came from Target, and it was only $27.99. You might want to check it out.

  17. Roxanne
    August 17, 2019 / 6:14 am

    Oh my goodness, I love that color and would definitely wear it! I would prefer the sleeves to not be quite so voluminous though. Maybe it’s a Southern thing, but we wear a lot of color. No all black for us, it’s too darn hot! Who wants to look like they are going to a funeral plus the older I get, the more black seems too severe for our complexions. In fact at a funeral yesterday, the departed loved pink and green so that is what most attendees wore in her honor. She was a Lilly Pulitzer, St. John’s knits beautiful lady right up to the end at age 87.

    • Jennifer
      August 18, 2019 / 9:40 am

      I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend, Roxanne

  18. Kathryn Cunningham
    August 17, 2019 / 6:26 am

    I like the dress and color at first look. Too much volume for me. I’m a petite. I love wearing a shirt dress. Maybe a little shorter and not quite as full.

  19. Bea
    August 17, 2019 / 6:31 am

    A resounding yes! But perhaps in a softer colour. I am 5’3 , 130 lbs and have an hour shaped figure. I have been searching for this style for years! I have a long neck so I would pop the collar to frame my face. The flared sleeves balance out the fuller skirt. I would keep the sash exactly as is since it would cinch my waist but still would give that longer vertical line creating the illusion of more height.

    Some nice earrings and a nude shoe and I would be good to go,

    • Jennifer
      August 18, 2019 / 9:39 am

      It does sound perfect for you Bea.

  20. PatB
    August 17, 2019 / 6:37 am

    Love the colour and shirt dresses. But would I wear it? I have worn dresses all summer, even sleeveless, and mostly cotton or linen. My favourite go to has been my sleeveless, denim shirt dress I bought from Talbots 2 years ago. I always feel comfortable, put together and it travels well. Good luck with your new home.

  21. Cindy
    August 17, 2019 / 6:47 am

    I love the color! I feel like there is lots of fabric on this dress, though. Between the wide sleeves and the full skirt, it would add more pounds than I need. If it was more tailored, I would try it on.

  22. Dawn
    August 17, 2019 / 7:26 am

    I like the dress, but not in hot pink….a color I like in small doses. Since I’m tall and thin the dress would be flattering in a different color. Like the sneakers!

  23. Eileen
    August 17, 2019 / 7:48 am

    Yes! As a pear shape, this style works well, I just bought one in black from Ralph Lauren last year. I cut 6” off the hem, to hit my knees, actually I’m cutting all the midis to my knees, works better for me. The light weight cotton is perfect if the quality is there. For travel it was great, drying fast, and versatile to wear, and no sun burnt shoulders. The picture is deceiving, the sleeves aren’t that wide in real life. The pink color is pretty, but when it’s hot, I prefer, a cooler color, like blue, just me.

    • Jennifer
      August 18, 2019 / 9:38 am

      I can see this dress looking fabulous on you!

  24. Scarlett
    August 17, 2019 / 7:52 am

    Yes! Love the color, shape and material.

  25. Diane B
    August 17, 2019 / 7:57 am

    I do like the dress, and would wear it. The sleeves are long enough and full enough that my arms would have some breathing room. I would undo another button at the neck and fold back the collar to form a longer V. For a change up I might use another belt, perhaps more structured. The colour does not scare me as I do wear that colour quite a bit. I would also wear a nude ballet flat or sandal to lengthen the leg. Don’t envy you one bit for the renos while living in it.

    • Jennifer
      August 18, 2019 / 9:32 am

      These reno’s are very stressful. The last home we did before we moved in.

  26. Anon
    August 17, 2019 / 8:04 am

    Gorgeous color, beautiful lines reminiscent of Chrstian Dior’s New Look. I love shirt dresses on my triangle shape, and this one is in class of its own. I would wear it, and love it!

    • Jennifer
      August 18, 2019 / 9:31 am

      It is very reminiscent of that Dior dress shape! Great observation.

  27. Beth M.
    August 17, 2019 / 8:07 am

    I’d probably replace the belt with one of my own, but I’d wear the dress. Maybe some tweaking of the sleeves; they might look better rolled up. I’d probably wish it wasn’t so bright, but on a dark fall day, a nice pop of color can be just the thing!

    • Jennifer
      August 18, 2019 / 9:30 am

      I’d change the belt too.

  28. Rose Brock
    August 17, 2019 / 8:23 am

    No I couldn’t wear this dress. At 5’1 it would be overwhelming. I do think it’s cute though. Not too sure about the color. That’s a lot of brightness.

  29. MRSBEN2
    August 17, 2019 / 8:23 am

    Don’t mind the colour nor its overall style but the sleeves would have to go as personally do not care for the cut of them at all. (i.e.: I have slender long arms; so for starters the sleeves are far too wide for my liking and I even find their length questionable (¾ length?)). The runners are cute though and yes I’d wear them for a casual look but not necessarily with this dress. -Brenda-
    P.S.: If it were sleeveless; one could always top it off with a light weight cropped jacket or pullover sweater for a cool environment, whereas IMHO the sleeves as are would present a problem if wanting to do so.

  30. Donna DOyle
    August 17, 2019 / 8:25 am

    My mother wore dresses like that 60 years ago. I would feel frumpy in that dress.

    • Jennifer
      August 18, 2019 / 9:29 am

      If it feels frumpy to you, you should avoid it like the plague.

  31. Annie
    August 17, 2019 / 8:34 am

    No, bad color for me and the style isn’t right either. The full sleeves, nipped in waist, and full skirt would make me look and feel uncomfortable. I prefer a tailored, straight or slight a-line shirt dress, with long sleeves to roll up or down depending on the weather. In a neutral linen or denim type fabric. Sleeveless would work as well as I would wear it with a weather-appropriate sweater or jacket.

  32. Katrina
    August 17, 2019 / 8:38 am

    Yes, I would wear it. It has POCKETS!!!!!!!! A big deal for me – phone in left pocket, lipstick & tissue in right. It is a great color & style, but I always remove any self-belts as they appear to match-matchy. I would wear it with a jean jacket, fun shoes, and a contrasting necklace. Or dress it up with funky pearls. Ooooohhhh, the possibilities! But anything with pockets gets my vote. Maybe in a light denim blue!! Or Kelly green!!

    • Jennifer
      August 18, 2019 / 9:27 am

      I am a huge fan of pockets too!

  33. Chris Ross
    August 17, 2019 / 8:44 am

    All day, everyday! I love the color and almost retro look!

  34. August 17, 2019 / 8:46 am

    It is really cute, but would make me look larger. I like it styled with the sneakers!

  35. Eve
    August 17, 2019 / 9:05 am

    I’d have to pass because of the intense color and wide sleeves. I like shirt dresses but I want them to be more traditional. Something I can pop a jacket or cardigan over. I’ve never worn sneakers with dresses either.

  36. Pauline
    August 17, 2019 / 9:10 am

    UGH! This one is definitely not for me! 1) the defined waist with that sash would just eccentuate my roundness in the middle; 2) the color is too loud for me….I’m 5’7′ and that would be almost 4 yards of hot pink fabric comin’ at ya!; 3) the fabric looks like a heavier poly/cotton broadcloth with an emphasis on the polyester….not enough drape and too much heat retention. The sneakers are cute but, white sneakers on a narrow size 10 foot always screams “clown shoes” to me. This look might be fine for others but, not me!

  37. beth byrd
    August 17, 2019 / 9:20 am

    I love the style, but the color is too bright for me!

    It’s a lovely dress, though, and I’m sure it would look just fantastic on any woman who can wear this color. I’d definitely wear it in navy or olive!!!

  38. Laura
    August 17, 2019 / 10:21 am

    I wouldn’t wear this. I’m busty and short-waisted, so the style would not be flattering at all. I do like it, though, and it would be pretty on someone tall and slender.

  39. August 17, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Hi Jennifer…like others I love the color and the idea of a new dress is nice, but there is just too much fabric here, or so it appears. Unless a person is quite tall and slender I don’t see it working, and not for me. I’m only 5 ft4 and I don’t see how this could work…..

  40. Becky
    August 17, 2019 / 11:10 am

    I love the color, but the fabric looks wrinkled. The high wide waistband wouldn’t be flattering to my somewhat top heavy figure.

  41. Susan McClelland
    August 17, 2019 / 11:39 am

    My favourite colour! I really like the length and I could wear it with lots of my jackets and sweaters. However, I’m tall and slim , so I would have to try it on to see if the skirt works for me. I would switch out the belt to break up the colour and accent my waist.

  42. Linda
    August 17, 2019 / 11:49 am

    In the cold winter if I could wear normal shoes, yes.

  43. annie vanderven
    August 17, 2019 / 12:03 pm

    Love that dress even for my 5ft3 frame the sleevelength is perfect for my upper arms which are not…

  44. Nancy D
    August 17, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    I actually HAD a dress very much like this, probably 30 years ago (give or take). It was a two-piece number, blouse and skirt, in a true turquoise color cotton. The skirt had a wide elasticized waist with rows of horizontal stitching, ending with a very small paper-bag effect at the top (reminiscent of the pink pants in Pam’s post), which was very pretty. Sadly, it did not project the professional look I was going for at the time (the rules are much more relaxed now), so I didn’t wear it often. But it was crisp and cool and the voluminous skirt was fun.

  45. Debbie Unruh
    August 17, 2019 / 1:08 pm

    No it looks uncomfortable to me.

  46. Elinora M.
    August 17, 2019 / 1:09 pm

    I keep wanting to like a shirtdress style, as they’ve been around forever. But, I just can’t get there. I love the color, though. (It would look hideous on me, I fear; too busty, too much “fluff” around the middle.)

  47. Sue G
    August 17, 2019 / 1:56 pm

    I would not wear it. The color is not flattering on me, the drop shoulders would make my shoulders look broader, and the fuller skirt would overwhelm my shorter length. I’m not sure if the fabric is a cotton but it seems stiff so another strike against this one. The stiffer fabric would add too much volume.

  48. Iantha
    August 17, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    I would wear the style, but would like it in a different color. I had a chambray dress similar to this in the past and loved it. Though I’m not fond of the color, accessories could really make a difference.

  49. Cyndi
    August 17, 2019 / 4:14 pm

    Shirtdress gets a big YES from me. I would need to try on that particular one to see how that length would look (but I can hem relatively well)

  50. Linda
    August 17, 2019 / 6:43 pm

    I don’t wear dresses. Too much color is overwelming on me.

  51. Darlene
    August 17, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    The color is way too bright for me. I might try it on if it was in a lighter pink. Typically, though, dresses too much below the knee, which this appears to be, only makes me look shorter and heavier.

  52. Lee Wilkinson
    August 18, 2019 / 4:59 pm

    I love this style, colour, fabric, the fabric belt, AND with the sneakers, but it would look terrible on me! It’s too bright, I’d look like a box, the sleeves stop at my widest part, the fabric would need constant care etc etc. I’d love to see it on the right person though. I would wear a belt made out of the same fabric as the dress and I’ll certainly try over our southern summer the comfortable, slightly spoofy idea of the sneakers with a feminine dress. Now to find a dress that would suit me!!

  53. Juliet
    August 21, 2019 / 7:50 pm

    I love a shirt dress and adore this particular style. But, I wouldn’t wear it because a) the color would be terrible on me and, b) I don’t like clothing that ties around the waist. xo

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