Best shirt dresses for women that you’ll wear over and over

The best shirt dresses are versatile, flattering and effortlessly stylish.

As far as cost-per-wear goes, the best shirt dresses are a pretty savvy addition to your closet

Easy to dress up (add a pair of fancy flats and a blazer) or dress down (add trainers and a cross body satchel) they endure in all seasons too. The ultimate solution to those frustrating “I’ve-got-a-wardrobe-full-of-clothes-but-nothing-to-wear” days. Aside from your best jeans and a trusty trench coat, few pieces have such exhaustive styling potential.

But it’s not just it’s adaptability that makes the shirt dress one of the best dresses you can buy. They also suit every body type. If you’ve got an athletic or rectangle body shape, wear loose and floaty. Add a waist-whittling belt to draw attention to your best asset if you’ve been blessed with an hourglass shape, and layer your shirt dress unbuttoned over jeans if you’re pear-shaped. Actually, do this anyway, for a fashion-forward take. 

When it comes to finding the best shirt dresses, there’s plenty of choice available. Go sleeveless for a 60s feel that’s perfectly suited for the summer months, and can be layered beneath a roll-neck when the weather turns. Long sleeves have the benefit of flexible coverage, letting you choose whether to wear them long and buttoned at the cuffs for a polished look, or push them up for a more casual take. The trusty short-sleeve offers a half-way point between both. 

As for length, a thigh-skimming mini is perfect for the beach dwelling and body confident, while the midi is a practical choice for everyday wear. It should hit around the middle of your calf or tops of your ankles depending on your height. 

To get the most out of your new purchase, choose a colour or fabric that won’t date by next season. Denim, khaki and beige are shrewd investments, as the neutral tones will go with pretty much any accessories. Same goes for black, navy and white. For something more playful, look to ditsy florals, deckchair-worthy stripes and modern geometric prints. 

Best shirt dresses - as chosen by our fashion experts