When it comes to all round comfort in the warmer months you can’t go past a simple t-shirt dress. If you’re self-isolating and want something easy and comfortable to slip on (not far from pj’s on the comfort scale), the t-shirt dress will be your best friend. But can you feel stylish in a t-shirt dress?
Absolutely. The right t-shirt dress can be chic and super versatile. Dress it down with some sandals or sneakers to give it a relaxed sporty vibe or dress it up with some heels, a jacket or ankle boots.
Great style is not about having a lot of clothes. It’s about having ‘the right’ clothes.
Because a t-shirt dress is so simple, quality and fit are crucial to ensure you don’t feel frumpy and less than your best. I’ve purchased cheap versions in the past that lost shape (and my favour) quickly, but if you find a style with a great cut and quality fabric, you’ll be wearing it for years.
A straight style looks great on curves, but if your shape is straighter, some definition at the waist will flatter along with ruching, draping and tie waist details. A flattering neckline is also key. Look for a fabric that’s good quality and thick enough not to show lumps and bumps. Most of us have a t-shirt dress in our wardrobe and this post has plenty of inspiration for how to style them.
So, let’s challenge ourselves to style our t-shirt dresses in a different way. Below I’ve styled 5 different outfits and each one has a different feel just by changing up a couple of accessories.
TIMELESS I POLISHED I MINIMAL I CHIC I SIMPLE
This textured grey t-shirt dress is minimal and timeless. The sporty sneakers and a splash of detail and the knit would look perfect tied around the waist or draped around the shoulders for a pop of colour. Ballerina flats or ankle boots would also look great, but the sneakers do add a little casual cool.
SUNGLASSES I Witchery I Catrina Chocolate Sunglasses I $55.96 On Sale . T-SHIRT DRESS I Sportscraft I Florentine Texture Dress I $112.49 On Sale . KNIT I Decjuba I Camilla Dolman Sleve Knit $69.95 On Sale . SNEAKERS I The Iconic I Sylvia White Ink $234.95 . BAG I Witchery I Tan Cross Body Bag I Last Season
SPORTY STYLE TWIST
CASUAL I COMFORTABLE I LOW MAINTENANCE I NATURAL I FRIENDLY
The sporty style twist is created with comfort as key using neutral tones and materials. This outfit is so wearable and effortless, but completely chic.
SUNGLASSES I Country Road IAviator I Last Season . T-SHIRT DRESS I Lacoste I Womens Slim Fit Core Polo Dress in Navy Blue I $97.30 On Sale . DENIM JACKET I Jeans West I Last Season . BAG I The Iconic Louenhide I Lottie Back Pack in Mocha I $69.95 On Sale . SNEAKERS I Adidas Originals I Superstar I $130
DRAMATIC STYLE TWIST
CONFIDENT I GLAMOROUS I ALLURING I CREATIVE I EDGY
To create the dramatic style twist, confidence and drama are added with edgy accessories – the smooth leather boots and jacket with their metallic details contrast with texture in the t-shirt dress.
SUNGLASSES I Country Road Aviator I Last Season . T-SHIRT DRESS I Witchery I Ribbed Jersey Dress in Barley I $119.95 . LEATHER JACKET I Last Season . BAG I The Iconic I Peta & Jain Jaz $59.95 . BOOTS I Frankie 4 I Harper Black I $294.95
PLAYFUL STYLE TWIST
GIRLY I CUTE I FUN I BOLD I ECLECTIC
The playful style twist is created with cute, quirky details. The bold colour in the t-shirt dress, the playful, vibe from the converse and the interesting cut-out detail on the tote.
SUNGLASSES I The Iconic Quay Australia IHigh Key Aviator Sunglasses I $75 . T-SHIRT DRESS I Lacoste I Womens Classic Slim Fit Polo Dress in Sierra Red I $69.50 On Sale . DENIM JACKET I Country Road I Slim Denim Jacket I $159 . BAG I The Iconic I Prene The Portsea Neoprene Tote in Light Grey Marle I $99.95 . SNEAKERS I Converse I Chuck Taylor All Star Ox in Black I $120
ROMANTIC STYLE TWIST
FEMININE I PRETTY I WHIMSICAL I PLAYFUL I SOFT
The romantic style twist is includes feminine shapes, soft colours and delicate details. The off the shoulder top ads a flirtatiousness to the look. The straw bag adds a whimsical touch and a contrast of texture.
SUNGLASSES I Country Road I Isla Sunglasses $129 . OFF THE SHOULDER TOP I Country Road I Gathered Sleeve Crepe Top On Sale $59.95 . SATIN SLIP SKIRT I Realisationpar I Naomi Skirt in Wild Things I $180 USD . BAG I Oroton I Camille Straw Satchel $449 . HEELS I Jo Mercer I Stella High Heel Sandal On Sale $99.95
REINVENT YOUR WARDROBE
If you would like to read more about using style twists to reinvent your wardrobe, check out my STYLE WORKBOOK where you can develop your ultimate personal style guide. Now you can follow your moods, twist up your style to suit and reinvent your wardrobe in numerous different ways.
With an outfit as simple as a t-shirt dress, much of how you feel will be down to how you wear it. Will you knot the dress or roll the sleeves? Should you you wear a jacket, knit or shirt for added warmth and interest? Will you wear sneakers, brogues or cute little ballerina flats or dress the look up with boots or heels? Hats and jewellery can change things up further. The t-shirt dress has endless styling options to compliment your unique style.
Own it and wear your chosen look with confidence. I’d love to see how you style your t-shirt dress in the comments below.