As you all know by now, styling outfits is something I love to do, (so much so that I studied Fashion Styling at university for three years!) so when the opportunity to take part in a project where bloggers get to style a dress with La Redoute came my way, I couldn't pass it up! The item in question was this gorgeous midi shirt dress, a simple and sophisticated staple that's right up my street, but still pushes me out of my comfort zone a little. I couldn't wait to get putting some looks together, so without further a-do, here are my five ways to wear the shirt dress!
When I say that I've been pushed out of my comfort zone a little, I was talking about the shape of the dress. This length and cut isn't something I've ever tried before as I'm always scared of making my short legs look shorter or my wide hips look wider. However, stripes are my thing, and the vertical stripes seem to lengthen my body and make me appear taller and slimmer, plus the monochrome colouring means that the dress fits perfectly in to my existing wardrobe. I'm actually pleasantly surprised at how it looks on it's own, and the addition of hard black accessories brings the whole look together.
Worn with: Handbag - Warehouse // Gladiator Sandals - River Island
002 / Smart Casual
Being so scared of wearing the dress alone made me think up ways to incorporate it in to looks that were more 'me', so I figured the length and button down fastening would make the perfect alternative to a duster jacket! I rolled up the sleeves to make it feel more feminine, and paired with ripped knee skinnies, a simple slouchy vest top and a pair of pointed heels. This is the kind of look I would wear out for dinner and drinks, as it's comfy yet looks like I've made an effort! I love this outfit and think this is how I'd probably wear the dress the most.
Worn with: Vest Top - Primark // Ripped Knee Skinnies - H&M // Heels - She Likes
003 / Laid Back
Dressing the shirt dress up proved pretty easy as it's a fairly smart item to start with, but I wanted to work it in to an outfit that was more casual and suitable for everyday. This time I reached for the boyfriend jeans, a slogan tee and my beloved yet battered Converse. I wanted the dress to feel even more like a jacket, so I rolled the sleeves back down and buttoned up the cuffs. I love the way this look turned out, and the addition of a ruck sack not only keeps this bang on trend, but also breaks up the stripes a little too.
Worn with: Excusez-Moi Tee - Whistles // Hayden Jeans - Topshop // Converse - Zalando // Rucksack - Primark
004 / Summer Sun
With Summer around the corner and a holiday coming round super fast, I wanted to see if I could work the dress in to a look suitable for the sun. A simple high neck crop top, a pair of ripped denim shorts and some comfy sandals, teamed with the dress (worn as a jacket once again) make a great look for those balmy summer evenings! I've decided that the dress will definitely be packed in my suitcase in July!
Worn with: Crop Top - Primark // Denim Shorts - Primark // Sandals - Primark // Sunglasses - Black Five
005 / Summer Workwear
For my final look, I wanted to find a way to work the dress in to my workwear wardrobe. My job is fairly office based, but in the next couple of months I'll be travelling up and down the UK a lot as part of a new promotion, and spending a lot of time in London. Being on stuffy trains and the tube means my outfits need to be light and comfortable, yet I still want to look 'put-together'. As I said earlier, the length of the dress isn't something I would usually go for, so I decided to cinch it in with a belt at the waist to draw the hem up just above the knees, then throw on a lightweight jacket and black ankle boots that I wear to death at work. I absolutely love this outfit and think this might just be my favourite of them all!
Worn with: Khaki Duster Jacket - Warehouse // Ankle Boots - ASOS // Belt - Primark
So there we have it! Five completely different looks with just one dress. I love every single outfit, and am pretty much obsessed with the shirt dress now. I like how it can be worn in so many different ways and is really versatile, whether you want something smart or casual.
Be sure to check out the La Redoute blog to see my looks alongside some seriously stylish ladies for more inspiration!
How would you have styled it? I'd love to hear your suggestions!