Ivory Linen Shirt Dress: Wrinkles As Part of the Charm

27th June

Jacket with linen dress shirt

Do you have to be model thin to wear a shirt dress? When I saw this ivory linen shirt dress in the store, I loved the look so much that I stubbornly ignored all those voices in my head that were telling me, “What are you thinking? This dress is not the cut for you!”

White linen shirt dress

Sometimes you have to disregard fashion rules and follow your heart. I’m so glad I did with this dress. Yes, I am a pear shape. And yes, clothing that cinches at the waist is generally the most flattering for my body type.

But, hey! Even if the dress ends up taking a rectangular shape, I get regular exercise. And this short hem puts the focus on my legs. Heels, of course, give me an extra boost in the flattery department.

This dress, by the way, is perfectly in keeping with my vow to wear brighter and more light-colored clothing. I still love black, of course. But it does have a way of blending into the cityscape.

White has the opposite effect. It glows. It attracts attention. I find that it takes a little more courage for me to wear it – kind of like donning a hat. It pushes me to be a little more social. Not such a bad thing!

White shirt dress and blue handbag

Wearing this clean, summery color can also make me a bit nervous about keeping it white. That is, especially when I am drinking a green smoothie or red wine. I managed to wear this a full day so far without incident. And even if I hadn’t, we have a great dry cleaner in Seattle.

The fact that this dress is made of linen also made me apprehensive at first. I mentioned to my husband that it would get wrinkled within an hour of putting it on. His answer caused me to instantly cut the tags off and commit to it. He said, “Well, isn’t that part of the charm of that fabric?” Well, yes!

Side view of white linen shirt dress

I wore: Theory dress / Helmut Lang blazer / Gifted French scarf / Prada sunglasses / Stuart Weitzman sandals

xo, janea

26 COMMENTS

26 responses to “Ivory Linen Shirt Dress: Wrinkles As Part of the Charm”

  1. Anouk says:

    Great shirt dress!

    ANOUK

  2. Yvonne says:

    You have lovely legs and this shirt dress is very flattering on you. I do love the jacket with it and the sandals just make it a bit more special! Lovely details and the little inject of colour with the bag is very nice.
    xo Yvonne
    http://www.aproposh.com

  3. Nancy Baten says:

    I think it looks great on you! And the blazer is very stylish to wear with the shirt dress.

  4. Paola Lauretano says:

    A shirt dress with a blazer? Such a super stylish idea!!!
    And I love the pop of color from your YSL bag!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

  5. Vanessa says:

    Janea,
    This dress is definitely the cut for you, it looks amazing! I love how you paired it with a neck scarf! The details of this outfit are so cute!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa
    http://www.whatwouldvwear.com/

  6. Alyssa says:

    I love it, simply chic 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  7. Gemma says:

    I think the dress looks amazing on you! You did right to break your rules 🙂

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  8. Hadasah Love | Style To Love says:

    So awesome! Love everything about this look!
    Much love, Hadasah
    http://www.styletolove.com

  9. Courtney Violet Bentley says:

    This is an extremely nice white dress on you!

    Courtney Bentley || http://www.starsystemz.com

  10. Dominique says:

    Gorgeous hunny and I am obsessed with your electric blue bag! xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

  11. Monica . Mes Voyages à Paris says:

    Woww!! Amazing outfit!! So chic!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    NEW POST: MES VOYAGES A PARIS

  12. Ashley says:

    Sometimes you just gotta roll with the wrinkles, haha! I love this shirt dress on you, lady- such a cool + clean look!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  13. Amy-Anne Williams says:

    This whole outfit is so gorgeous, it all works really well.

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant


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