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From polished and playful to ultra glam, it’s time to reconsider the humble shirt dress.

By Lindsay Samson 

August 24, 2022

When it comes to the shirtdress, we’re hard-pressed to think of an occasion for which it’s not right. It’s an always-flattering piece that can handle a full day’s work and an after-hours al fresco dinner. The garment exudes an unmatched casual elegance and, depending on what you pair it with, can equally present as the epitome of summertime ease or that of polished formality. So, whether you’re putting together a nighttime look that pops or simply looking for something that presents endless styling options, let our selection of shirtdresses guide your way. 

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1.

Mesh Mini Shirtdress

By Lisa Folawiyo


With an air of stylish exuberance and the designer's signature artisanal embroidery, Lisa Folawiyo's Mesh Mini Shirtdress is a show-stopping cotton statement piece that's sure to prove an enduring wardrobe classic. Featuring a flattering cinched waist, flared cuffs, and a curved hem, the artisanal creation's subtle silhouette and flowing fit render it surprisingly easy to pull off. Pair with Folawiyo's Lucky mesh pants for a simple yet striking layered ensemble.

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Ijeoma Shirtdress

by Emmy Kasbit


Inject a bit of sunshine into your everyday life with the Ijeoma shirtdress by Emmy Kasbit. Cut from traditional handwoven Akwete and embellished with a motif of iron bars, the vibrantly hued piece delivers on the kind of sharp tailoring the Nigerian brand is known for. Its classic wrap silhouette and elongated, bell-shaped sleeves offer an exceedingly sharp and chic aesthetic. Team with a minimalist heel and handbag for a look perfectly suited for a day at the office; or a sophisticated soirée.

3.

Grey 3-In-1 ShirtDress

by IAMISIGO


With its drop waist, generous full skirt, and roomy, deconstructed silhouette, this handcrafted style from IAMISIGO is both avant-garde and highly wearable, serving as the ultimate sartorial ode to artisanship. It's an unfussy addition to a stylish, modern wardrobe. The super-comfortable hand-dyed, breathable garment exudes an air of laid-back cool. Its billowing, soft cotton form makes it the perfect piece in which to beat the heat.

4.

White Fulani Embroidered ShirtDress

by Babayo


A great shirtdress is integral to your weekday and weekend wardrobe, and Babayo’s Fulani Embroidered style offers this versatility in spades. Rendered in crisp white cotton, with intricate multicolored detailing; it is handcrafted using traditional embroidery techniques. Its sleek, slightly oversized fit makes it an undemanding daytime-wear champion. Combine it with chunky gold jewelry and a pair of barely-there stiletto sandals for a look that will take you wherever you need to go.

Ijeoma Shirt Dress
Ijeoma Shirt Dress
Ijeoma Shirt Dress
Ijeoma Shirt Dress
Ijeoma Shirt Dress

Emmy Kasbit

Ijeoma Shirt Dress

$425
White Fulani Embroidered Shirt Dress
White Fulani Embroidered Shirt Dress
White Fulani Embroidered Shirt Dress
White Fulani Embroidered Shirt Dress

Babayo

White Fulani Embroidered Shirt Dress

$284
Grey 3-In-1 Shirt Dress
Grey 3-In-1 Shirt Dress
Grey 3-In-1 Shirt Dress
Grey 3-In-1 Shirt Dress
Grey 3-In-1 Shirt Dress

IAMISIGO

Grey 3-In-1 Shirt Dress

$413
Mesh Mini Shirt Dress
Mesh Mini Shirt Dress
Mesh Mini Shirt Dress
Mesh Mini Shirt Dress
Mesh Mini Shirt Dress

Lisa Folawiyo

Mesh Mini Shirt Dress

$341

5.

Orie ShirtDress

by Cynthia Abila


Made-to-order from pure silk, outlined with a playful fringe, and punctuated with hand-sewn inscriptions, the visual impact of Cynthia Abila’s Orie Shirtdress makes it a reliable throw-on-and-go wardrobe must-have. Depending on how you style it, the garment can go from relaxed and informal, to the epitome of nighttime elegance in a flash. But it’s the unexpectedly complementary orange and brown tones of this unconventionally designed garment that take center stage. The traditional button-down style provides the same ease of wear as a classic shirt.

6.

Casj Vol 2 Orange Heart ShirtDress

by Orange Culture


Part of a limited edition collection from the cult Nigerian brand, Orange Culture's Orange Heart Shirtdress offers a much-desired balance of both comfort and style. Made from ethically and sustainably sourced chiffon and tie-dyed by hand using the traditional Adire method, the piece's versatility transcends the seasons and bridges the gap between smart-casual dress codes while also offering up enough suave for more formal occasions.

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Osagie ShirtDress

by Fruché


An irreverent take on the classic white button-down, Fruché's effortlessly elegant Osagie Shirtdress is a head-turning alternative to the traditional LBD. Crafted from cotton and featuring hand-draped folds across its front, it exemplifies the Nigerian brand's inclination toward the unconventional. It's just the piece to stylishly take on a cocktail party or a night on the town. Pair it with striped statement mules and a sophisticated clutch for a glammed-up take on modern minimalism.

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3-in-1 Shirtdress

by IAMISIGO


Crafted from hand-dyed upcycled cotton, this eye-catching piece from IAMISIGO is an innovative spin on the classic shirtdress. A 3-in-1 wardrobe wonder created by sewing together three shirts, this dress is just the thing to deliver a touch of artisanal glamor to your everyday look. With its dramatic silhouette, button fastening, and asymmetric detailing, it offers a functional and contemporary aesthetic with ease. 

Casj Vol 2 Orange Heart Shirt Dress
Casj Vol 2 Orange Heart Shirt Dress
Casj Vol 2 Orange Heart Shirt Dress
Casj Vol 2 Orange Heart Shirt Dress
Casj Vol 2 Orange Heart Shirt Dress
Casj Vol 2 Orange Heart Shirt Dress
Casj Vol 2 Orange Heart Shirt Dress
Casj Vol 2 Orange Heart Shirt Dress
Casj Vol 2 Orange Heart Shirt Dress
Casj Vol 2 Orange Heart Shirt Dress

Orange Culture

Casj Vol 2 Orange Heart Shirt Dress

$120
Orie Shirt Dress
Orie Shirt Dress
Orie Shirt Dress
Orie Shirt Dress
Orie Shirt Dress
Orie Shirt Dress
Orie Shirt Dress
Orie Shirt Dress

Cynthia Abila

Orie Shirt Dress

$400
Multicolor Osagie Shirt Dress
Multicolor Osagie Shirt Dress
Multicolor Osagie Shirt Dress

Fruché

Multicolor Osagie Shirt Dress

$450
3-in-1 Shirt Dress
3-in-1 Shirt Dress
3-in-1 Shirt Dress
3-in-1 Shirt Dress
3-in-1 Shirt Dress

IAMISIGO

3-in-1 Shirt Dress

$413

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9.

Mandevo ShirtDress

by Taibo Bacar


It would seem that chic daytime pajama sets continue to reign as streetwear staples and the deliciously luxe touches of feather trimming and diamanté embellishments on Taibo Bacar’s Mandevo Shirtdress proves why. Crafted from a flowy, unrestrictive silk sateen, the garment spells indulgence in capital letters. When worn with a pair of sky-high stilettos, understated gold hoops, or silver drop earrings, it confers a practical elegance that can’t be beaten.

10.

Reiko ShirtDress

by Studio 189


A simple, modern, and accessible shirtdress, this garment by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah's Studio 189 is a summer staple that looks just as good during the chilliest days of the year. It's a perfect day-to-evening dress—a smart and versatile purchase that gives off an elevated yet casual vibe. Made from fabric handwoven by local artisans, this understated maxi dress is ideal layered underneath a great coat or dressed up with a heel for the evening. The addition of a statement earring or colorful purse provides a flawless finish.

Reiko Shirt Dress
Reiko Shirt Dress
Reiko Shirt Dress
Reiko Shirt Dress

Studio 189

Reiko Shirt Dress

$425
Red Mandevo Shirt Dress
Red Mandevo Shirt Dress
Red Mandevo Shirt Dress

Taibo Bacar

Red Mandevo Shirt Dress

$289