Styling a Denim Shirt Dress, over 40.

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Denim shirt dresses are everywhere at the moment, aren't they?

{In the online world anyway}

Every blogger worth their salt seems to have a shirt dress in their arsenal, and there is no denying that they look great wearing them!

But...
What about in real life?
How many denim shirt dress wearers do you see on a normal day?

A few?
Not many?
Well, I can honestly say that I do not remember seeing anyone I know wearing a denim shirt dress.
Ever.
How sad is that?

I wonder why nobody (in my experience) seems to be wearing the humble shirt dress.

They are not uncomfortable or impractical.
They are easy to wear.
They go with (almost) any style of footwear, and can be accessorised easily.
What is not to love?
Hmmm...

Is it the fact that a good fit is hard to find?
Is is because they tend to be on the short side?
Is it the stiffness of the fabric?
Are we all too used to stretchy jersey or skinny jeans?
It really is a mystery to me!

Fake Fabulous | Denim shirt dress, Cream cotton cardigan, pearls Lace boots.,

10 things to think about when wearing a denim shirtdress, at any age.

  1. Make sure your dress fits. Gaping buttons, or sloppy shoulders, don't work. If you have a larger bust, avoid breast pockets like the plague. If you are on the hippy side, find a dress with a more roomy lower half. 
  2. Forget about 'smartening up' your dress. A denim shirt dress is one thing...Casual. Embrace it, and have fun.
  3. Ditch the self-tie belt (that comes with it) and add something in leather or suede. Coloured and patterned belts look great too.
  4. If you have long sleeves on your shirt dress, try rolling them up a little. This stops the dress looking too overwhelming, and adds a cool vibe.
  5. You can easily feminise your look (if you want to) by adding a more delicate necklace(s) or some interesting fabrics... like lace.
  6. Toughening up the denim is easy, too. Adding boots (or trainers), leather or chunky accessories looks great.
  7. If the dress feels too short (they often are) wear opaques or good quality sheer tights. 
  8. If you still can't bear the thought of your knees out, try wearing your dress with skinny jeans (in a high contrast denim, like white or black) or slim fitting capri trousers... this is a chic look!
  9. Get more wear out of your denim shirt dress by using it as an over-shirt or jacket (duster).
  10. Take care with your shoes. Overly 'ladylike' footwear can frump-ify your shirtdress in an instant!
Fake Fabulous | Denim shirt dress, Cream cotton cardigan, pearls Lace boots.,

This denim shirt dress has a small pattern all over it, which made it stand out from the crowd (for me) and give off a summery feel.

I bought it online from one of those sites that sells overstock.
All of the original labels were supposed to be removed but, it is easy to recognise as M&S.
A decent quality for an excellent price.

The lighter pattern gives a fresher feel to the dress, and it softer to wear than some of the heavier denims.

I wanted to add the feeling  of even more lightness, so I reached for my lace boots.
These lace boots are my go-to shoe for comfort, and just enough personality.
They are a perfect all-day shoe!

{See how I styled them Here, with bright orange tightsHere, with a Christmas jumper and Here, with pyjamas!}

Fake Fabulous | Denim shirt dress, Cream cotton cardigan, pearls Lace boots.,

I ditched the self-tie belt (that came with the dress) and added a navy, plaited, suede one for that much needed shape.
A long cotton cardigan provided coverage (and warmth) and some layered pearl necklaces finished things off perfectly!

Fake Fabulous | Denim shirt dress, Cream cotton cardigan, pearls Lace boots.,

Do you see denim shirt dress wearers in your daily life?
Are you one of them?
Please share in the comments...or contact me.
I love reading your thoughts!

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23 comments

  1. That's a gorgeous denim dress- and I love the print, it's different to anything else I've seen! Jane X

    http://arthursmum.com

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    1. Thank you Jane. That is what caught my eye. A plain one would be more versitile but this one is a little more interesting. :oD XXX

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  2. Okay girl---how'd you know I just bought one too!! But mine is plain denim (and it hangs quite a bit longer on me since I'm vertically challenged!!)
    Those shoes are wonderful! It's totally yin/yang--casual/yet lacey!
    I think dumping the self belt that comes with dresses, is one of the smartest things I've learned by blogging---they usually don't add much to the item, and other belts can be so much more interesting!
    And you didn't introduce your four legged friend---he/she is such a good poser!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Haha Jodie! We are on the same (style) page again :oD . Thank you.
      XXX
      P.S That is Jake...he is the scruffiest mutt in Scotland!

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  3. I also recently bought a "new" denim shirt dress. I say new because I just put the one I've had for the last 20 years in the donation bag.
    I really think the denim shirt dress is a versatile classic! I also think they look good on every body and have an ageless appeal as well. That said, I guess I have to agree that I don't see them that often... Since I retired almost 5 years ago I'm not observing a lot of women colleagues like I used to so that accounts for some of the deficit.
    I love the way you styled yours Samantha. Those booties are the cutest and I love the way the lace and pearls provide the unexpected contrast to the casual feel of the denim.

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    1. Thank you Judy. Odd isn't it? They are in every shop, look cool, are easy to wear... yet I never see them! Are they hanging in wardrobes unloved? I am glad you wear yours regularly. XXX

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  4. I also recently bought a "new" denim shirt dress. I say new because I just put the one I've had for the last 20 years in the donation bag.
    I really think the denim shirt dress is a versatile classic! I also think they look good on every body and have an ageless appeal as well. That said, I guess I have to agree that I don't see them that often... Since I retired almost 5 years ago I'm not observing a lot of women colleagues like I used to so that accounts for some of the deficit.
    I love the way you styled yours Samantha. Those booties are the cutest and I love the way the lace and pearls provide the unexpected contrast to the casual feel of the denim.

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  5. I think they are harder to do well than they should be - cut is really important (my denim dress from Next got quickly discarded as, once I started wearing it, I realised it pulled in quite a funny way. Also, really boring over 40 comment - they don't wash very well (sorry! Hope nobody has nodded off...)

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    1. Hahaha, Yes Sam. You are right. They don't really wash well and are a pain to iron....not an over 40 comment at all, or boring....(well maybe to some :oP)... but a very important point! Maybe they are all lurking in the bottom of people's washing baskets or ironing piles? XXX

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  6. I also have (and wear) a denim shirt dress - coincidentally also by M&S. Mine is quite short, or I am too tall, so wearing it is definitely for the winter. But, it is easy to wear, and great with boots. I am wondering whether a lighter weight shirt dress would fill a hole in my summer wardrobe!

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    1. You can never be too tall Rachel! The dress is to blame for any hemline issues :oP. A lighter weight dress is perfect for the summer. I hope you find one suitable. XXX

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  7. Well, take a look at my post from last Friday!great shoes btw.
    http://www.nancysfashionstyle.com/2016/06/03/

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  8. Love how you styled this dress . I love denim dresses and those shoes are fabulous 😍

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  9. I haven't got a shirt dress.... I had a white one, but burst out of it.
    This one of yours looks fun. You are wearing exactly the right footwear with it. Very good.
    Greetje

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    1. Thank you Greetje...shoes can be really tricky can't they? I am glad you approve of these! XXX

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    2. I have a taste for very classic pumps. And as you say: old fashioned shoes break an outfit. Because of my taste it is hard for me to find modern shoes which I like. Doing my utmost though.

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  10. Yes, it seems true that we all have one, hahhahaha, but you have the perfect legs to parade yours, I had to carry an angel with mine, hahhahha
    Thank you for your visit and comment.
    Such a joy.
    Besossssssssss

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  11. Such a great observation Samantha, as I've not seen anyone in real life wearing one of these in a long time. It's a really cute little dress with a lovely print and it suits your figure. I'm not sure if I could carry it off as I'm too busty and even sometimes feel an hourglass figure doesn't suit that buttoned up look. I always end up need to pin the gaps together around the bust area. Your lace boots are ideal to wear with this today. Lovely styling x
    Anna

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    1. Gape is awful, isn't it Anna?
      This dress has a backwards set of buttons in between the top buttons (my leopard jumpsuit has them too). They are quite fiddly but a genius idea for anyone prone to the gape. Maybe the breast pockets would be more problematic? They do tend to boost that area a little!
      I remember a friend of mine demonstrating (in a changing room, years ago) why she never wore breast pockets.....wowzers!! I hadn't realised what a talented dresser she was. A size 10 figure but with a 32JJ bust and you would never have guessed. She used to laugh at my teeny bras. :oD XXX

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