Safari Dress Chic

I’ve probably owned about 6 Safari style dresses in my life starting with a cute brown one with a matching belt that my mom bought me in grade 3, right up to a tan Torch Burch shirtdress I’m wearing in this photo here which was taken a few years ago.

Safari Dress

A button up shirt dress is one of the most popular types of safari style clothing for women.

I’ve had Safari dresses in linen, cotton and silk. I’ve had them in colors like tan, orange, and white. I’ve had  them with buttons, zippers, rope belts, leather belts, and in mini and maxi lengths.

Why do I keep on going back to this same fashion look?…Because it works. It’s crisp and fresh like a classic trenchcoat, the shirtdress style suits my body and it’s so easy and comfy to wear. This summer the Safari dress is as popular as ever – How do you wear it?   Details – Look for dresses with

    • Roll tab sleeves for a sporty look
    • Antiqued brass buttons
    • Sporty zippers for a modern update on this look
    • Neutrals like taupe, tan, brown, olive, black, white
    • Navy is a soft version of black and look great over 40

  • Sporty colors like orange and gold can work too
  • If a safari dress you like is too short, wear it with black leggings.

The Shoes 

  • A natural wedge in rope or cork is a natural fit for Safari Style
  • Strappy sandals with chunky high heels work with the safari vibe
  • Flat gladiator sandals in brown, tan or gold are perfect too is you prefer no heel.

The Bag

  • Nothing formal. Soft and slouchy is good or a casual, sporty tote
  • A cross shoulder strap also works
  • This is the perfect dress for a backpack style bag
  • Leather or canvas looks right with this jungle adventurer style

The Jewelry

  • Statement necklaces that look tribal – big stones, rough metallic finish
  • Dangly earrings with rough, imperfect colored beads and hammered metals
  • Chunky and ethnic style metal cuffs and rope bracelets

Dresses like this are just one type of safari clothes. There are many more wardrobe pieces you can combine to create this look. Check out these safari inspired outfits.



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  1. Lesley Handyside says:

    Any of those dresses shown as well as what you are sporting looks good on you! This style can be smart or casual. I would wear any of those to work and look better dressed than most of the team during summer. What happens to people’s brain during the summer months? Flip flops, halter necks or shorts in a professional environment……are you serious?

    • Hi Lesley,
      Good point. Casual work dress is one thing, but in the summer some women dress like they are going to the beach instead of work. It’s important to maintain a professional appearance throughout the year. First impressions do count when you are meeting clients or in contact with the public, and the way you dress also affects your attitude and productivity. Cheers, Deborah

  2. I bought a safari style olive green vest that I thought I’d love but I’m having trouble working it into an outfit. I guess a simple white tank might be good but I’ll have to buy one as I never seem to wear simple white tanks. It’s so hot here most of the year that I don’t layer much (which is why I thought maybe a vest would work). I do own white t-shirts (fitted). And I think I might wear it in fall with a long sleeve white or black T – but any other suggestions for a very warm weather outfit featuring the vest?

    • Hi Kelly,
      I would like to see a photo of the vest to see the style. Is it a little bit boxy? If so, that might be why it is hard to put something with it.
      Send in a photo and I will give you some ideas!