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If I had to narrow down my travel wardrobe to just one dress, it would probably be a shirt dress. It’s the most versatile, comfortable, easy-to-wear outfit for travel. Find out why as I show you how to wear a shirt dress on vacation!


How to Wear a Shirt Dress

Written by: Niki Landry


I have more shirt dresses in my closet than I care to admit, and one almost always makes it into my luggage. (A denim one is currently in my bag.) This is a wardrobe staple; I’ve styled a few options to show you how to wear a shirt dress for your next trip:




Cicely Plaid Shirt Dress




Give your favorite pair of jeans a break by bringing along a denim shirt dress on your vacation. Casual and comfortable, this button-down will work with sneakers or sandals for an easy outfit.



Dress | Hat | Sneakers


For dressier occasions, cinch the waist with a belt and contrast the denim with stylish block heels. You can also wear it with tights on cold days or roll up the sleeves for a relaxed look. There are so many options for one simple dress!


Take a look at how we style a denim sleeveless shirtdress on a beach vacation!




Romwe Striped Cotton Shirtdress




Packing for your honeymoon, hitting up the Mediterranean, or just want to look incredibly chic on your next trip? Then this outfit is for you.




Hat | Dress | Bangle | Sandals


A sleeveless shirt/wrap dress combo in a beautiful coral color is perfect for the summer. The romantic silhouette is fitted at the smallest part of the waist and has a full skirt for a classic and flattering cut. I’ve styled it with scalloped sandals, simple jewelry, and a white panama hat.


Use packing cubes to pack your dresses and save space in your suitcase!




Daily Ritual Chambray Long-Sleeve Shirt Dress




The white button-down shirt is a classic piece that every woman should own. Translated into a dress, it becomes a tailored, all-in-one outfit.



Dress | Necklace | Mule


I’ve paired it with on-trend slip-on black shoes to continue the menswear-inspired look and topped it with a multi-strand necklace to add shine and texture. It would also look great with a belt at the waist and/or strappy sandals.

This outfit would work well for trips to large cities, visiting museums, or enjoying lunch with a friend. This is how to wear a shirt dress–fashion blogger style!


Shirt Dresses are the perfect Muti-purpose item to add to your functional travel capsule wardrobe. Learn more in my guide!



Mini Shirtdress with Pockets




Shirt dresses are casual enough to use as a beach dress/coverup, but also look great away from the sand.



Dress | Hat | Sandals


This split-neck, tie-waist dress in a bold blue would be a great addition to your tropical destination travel wardrobe. I paired it with strappy slides and a hat for added style and sun protection.


Here are our favorite sandals for travel!




High Low Casual Long Blouse




The classic style shirtdress has all the typical features: button-down front, rolled-up sleeves, above-the-knee length (but not too short), collar, and pocket.



Jacket | Dress | Boots


In a basic black, this dress will become a go-to choice every time you pack your bags. For a low-key look, I paired it with neutral booties and a denim jacket but you can easily dress it up with pumps and a blazer for a business look.

This versatile dress is a must-have for any wardrobe!




Splendid Women’s Shirt Dress with Fray




Look for a loose-fitting, boxy-cut shirt dress for a fresh take on the style. You can go beltless for an effortless look, or get creative with belt placement. Wear a belt lower on the hips or loose with draping fabric to easily change up your outfit.



Dress | Sandals | Earrings


A gladiator sandal in an animal print and chunky earrings keep this outfit from looking too undone.


Here are more lace-up sandals we’re in love with this season!



What are your best tips on how to wear a shirt dress? Share your thoughts below!


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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs.