Chic Summer Shirtdress for Work and Play

A post about shirtdresses and ways to style them prompted an email from a reader who asked if it was o.k. to wear a shirtdress to work in summer?

It just so happens that I recently bought a shirtdress that I’ve been wearing to business meetings and after-hours too. Here’s a look at my new summer shirtdress.

Lavender striped shirtdress

Pinstripes shirtdresses are everywhere this summer. You’ve probably seen the casually smart looking blue embroidered shirtdress I wore to the rewardStyle conference, or the sassy ruched, ruffle hem one I often wear on weekends. Well, it seems as though this trend has really taken a hold of me because I bought another!

Lavender Striped ruched shirtdress

This one is a beautiful light purple, which makes it feel new and different. This dress is by Vince Camuto and features a button-up front with adorable ruching.

Lavender striped shirtdress collar

One of the reasons I love shirtdresses like this is that they are so crisp and sophisticated looking, especially when you turn up the collar. This is like a men’s shirt, but with a very feminine twist. Do you see those beautiful buttons? They’re so dainty. My pretty earrings are sold out but here are similar ones by Kendra Scott

Lavender Striped shirtdress with white bag

Here’s a look a the beautiful ruching which is like origami folds. This is a great work dress because it has corporate air to it, but it’s nice and light for summer and very feminine at the same time. Plus the purple is so fashion-forward.

white coach purse

My white coach bag picks up on the stripes and makes them pop. On a side note- love this bag. It’s the perfect size for me and that gold hardware is just my style.

suede wedge sandals -blush

And these soft taupe/blush sandals blend right in. I like a slide in summer. It’s more relaxed than a heel.

purple striped shirtdress

There’s my cute summer shirtdress for work or play look!

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