Shirt Meet Dress

posted on: 9/12/2012

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{Dress: Zara | Shoes: Similar | Clutch: Similar }

I've always been a fan of the shirtdress. It just feels classy, you know? But the act of finding one that isn't too short for me is next to impossible. Until it dawned on me the other day in the fitting room: "Kendi, size up. Extra room and extra length; it's win-win." How has it taken me this long to figure that out? Sometimes it scares me that I'm allowed to have a style blog.

101 comments:

  1. Adorable! I love shirt dresses too :)

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  2. Looking really great! I love this shirt dress!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  3. Oh, duh....I never even thought of that.  Genius!  I run into the same issue..way waaaay too short.

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  4. This dress is UBER cute. It would even be cute layered with a skirt over it, or a chambray shirt (a style girls favorite).

    xoxo Jessica
    www.mystylevita.com

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  5. Glad you found one that fits. Its going to be a beautiful relationship!
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  6. I love that dress! I finally got my first shirt dress the other day, shocking I know! The color if it is great :)
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  7. I've been blog stalking you for a while and I just wanted to say that I love you and your wit brightens my day, especially when I sneak a read at work!

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  8. Wow, I have never thought of that! I always feel that shirt dresses are WAY to short. Thank you! 

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  9. Adore the shirt dress and love how you added pops of a bright blue with it.
    beijos,
    Tiffany

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  10. Um, totally stealing this idea...and we can always add a belt if there's too much fabric around the middle, right?  Genius! :)

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  11. This is why I also wear maternity clothes... Win-win-win. Where did you get the B necklace? So adorable... 

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  12. I love shirtdresses as well.  I love how you popped the cobalt color w/your accessories.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  13. Very cute!  Now where's that sock bun tutorial you promised?

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  14. I just posted a shirt-dress outfit at my blog last Monday, so I was glad to see that you like them too. If you have a chance come take a look!

    Monica from Fashion Koketi

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  15. I wish sizing up worked for me. Tends to just turn from dress ----> blanket
    Love this dress, though! Looks amazing on you.

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  16. Love the dress!!

    Asher
    http://www.thriftylittlepretties.blogspot.com

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  17. Love the pattern!

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  18. You look so easy breezy! Maybe you should be a Cover Girl. Can't say I've ever had a problem with dresses and skirts being too short - except at H&M because that place is made for toddlers.

    Sarah's Real Life

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  19. I'm loving shirt dresses. You look put together but still are comfy and breezy. This is a great look on you.

    Gigi xoxx
    http://takecareofmebeautifully.blogspot.com

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  20. How tall are you, Kendi?  I've been buying bigger sizes for more length for ages (I'm looking at you, Forever21).  I'm just curious for my own sake - if stuff fits you, maybe it'll fit me, too!  

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  21. It's funny how sometimes you don't realize things until you ACTUALLY realize them. lol Yes I used realize twice in the same sentence....so sue me.
    I love the color of the shirtdress, it's definitely appropriate for Fall. I am totally loving anything maroon or wine colored these days. HOORAY for FAll!

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  22. Kendi - What MASCARA do you use? Your eyelashes look fab!! :-)

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  23. I like the shirt dress too but really, why ARE they so short? That's the reason I haven't gotten one.  And I'm afraid to size up because I don't want to look like I'm wearing a bag...haha. Oh well, this one looks good on you! 
    ~Jessica
    www.jeansandateacup.blogspot.com

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  24. Your dress looks light and comfy and that's all I need. You were right to size up its never comfortable to be wearing a too short dress.

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  25. This shirt dress looks great on you! but i understand what you mean, I was thinking maybe zara makes their shirt dresses very short, it's the same for me. I can't wear them like a dress, and even one size up doesn't make a change... And for me the little cuts on the sides are a bigger problem, they are so "high" that I haven't found yet a shirt dress at zara... 

    xxx Anita

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  26. Amazing, as always.  I think I need to invest in a shirt dress after seeing this post.  You just look so flawless!

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  27. My sock bun yesterday was a disaster. Yours always look gorgeous! I'm still waiting for my tutorial....

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  28. i love me a good shirt dress!! you look gorgeous!

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  29. Adorable outfit (as always)!  What kind of watch do you have?  I love it

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  30. I'm 5'9". My problem is that I have a long torso AND long legs. That's a double whammy when it comes to finding the right length of things. Oh and I always buy the largest size at places like Forever21 and H&M. Size is just a number. :)

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  31. I use Maybelline Falsies. It's a game changer. 

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  32. Love the pop of color!

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  33. Love the shirtdress it's a great choice.

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  34. You're lucky you're thin enough and tall enough to make this work. I think on me this would make me look a bit like an especially squat chunky oompa loompa. Give me a shirt dress that has a great belt and you take the oompa loompa right out of the equation. 

    Bisous
    Suzanne
    http://bisous.typepad.com/bisous/

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  35. Love the pop of color and that Shirt Dress is so cute!!! Loving the look!

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  36. It doesn't even look like you sized up, it looks like a loose, flow-y shirt dress. I love shirtdresses for the same reason and because they are so comfy. 

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  37. I love this dress!! Looks great on you!

    sincerelysk.blogspot.com

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  38.  The shirt dress is the best solution to those days where I want to roll out of bed and not think! I always get compliments on that style!
    adoredlife.blogspot.com

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  39. I struggle to pull these off, but it looks adorable on you! Great color and print.

    Kristin
    www.dressedandfed.com

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  40. I have been practicing the same sizing method lately.  It's great - I can eat anything.

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  41. the dress is amazing..both classy and stylish!

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  42. This dress looks fabulous on you and the color is perfect for fall!


















    Moody Girl

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  43. Perfect dress! I am yet to find one. 

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  44. perfection! and you have a blog bc you tell us these things!! :) 

    xox P

    phiphisblog.com

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  45. love it, it looks like it is super comfortable!

    http://www.counttofour.com

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  46. I really love love that dress. I need to go to Zara right now and hopefully they have it in my size. Perfect colour combination by the way to.
    Love your style
    kayleigh http://thewayiwanderlust.blogspot.com.au

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  47. I have the same problem as you and I never thought of sizing up either! I'm going to try it next time. Hopefully I have the same luck as you!

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  48. Cute look! Loving the pop of blue! Those pumps are too fun!

    xx
    giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  49.  I love how the shoes and bag match!

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  50. love how you brought the shoes and bag together, great color combo!

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  51. Brilliant. Going on my list for January! You look extra gorgeous today, friend!

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  52. I adore the print and the shape of your dress :)
    xo Jenniferhttp://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  53. Noelia Barboza GonzálezSeptember 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Gorgeous dress!  I love your combination with blue accessories! http://vidadecoloresbynoelia.blogspot.com/

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  54. Love this look -- especially the blue shoes with this dress! Classy, classy. 

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  55. I really want a shirt dress too! They're perfect for the fall... I love the color of yours

    Joyce@
    Sip-n-wear.blogspot.com

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  56. Great color pallette, I wouldn't have thought of putting those two together! Genius as always 
    <3 

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  57. love the look--where is the necklace from?

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  58. I totally agree about the class factor; you can't go wrong. And I love the blue pumps! Such a great contrast.

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  59. That dress is dope!!!  I love it paired with the pop of cobalt as well!!!

    7eventh Letterwww.whatsmoreimportantthanfashion.com

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  60. Too funny!  I would love a shirtdress but they always don't look good on me.  I feel like the look like tents on me.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  61. You resemble Garance Dore in that next to last picture. Very beautiful.

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  62. You can't see or hear it, but I'm giving this ensemble (including your little bunny on top) a standing ovation!! Whooooo!

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  63. That dress is gorgeous! Love the color on you - one of my favorite fall shades. I don't think I've tried to size up in them; I'll definitely have to try that because I often have that same problem!

    xo,
    Morgan
    seemomogo.blogspot.com

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  64. Love this look! I thought about getting shirtdresses.. I think the way you styled it looks perfect! :)

    xo - Sheila

    http://sheislovely1.blogspot.com

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  65. LOVE shirt dresses!! They're so easy to wear~ (: Love the pattern on yours!

    -theresa
    collaredblouse.blogspot.com

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  66. Great dress!  I've never thought of that either...must try.
    xo, amy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  67. Love the shirt dress!  In fact, I just bought it.  Thanks for the inspiration!

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  68. you're so pretty! cute bun and lovely outfit <3

    xoxohttp://nadyagita.blogspot.com

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  69. I love the shirt dress! The style, cut and of course the wearer are perfet together. ;)

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  70. Can I just say that I'm kind of (and by kind of I mean really, really) obsessed with you? Is that weird? Yes? Oh well. 
    Okay, leaving now. 
    xo
    Olivia
    http://www.wanderlust-and-such.blogspot.com 

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  71. I love shirt dresses! I just found one at a thrift store that was from a NY designer and was in perfect condition! It is a great summer chic look

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  72. Love this!  The blue accessories are perfect. 

    xoxo
    CK
    http://loveyourclothesloveyourself.com

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  73. Kendi, I have the same issue because I'm tall. Have you checked the plus size shirt dresses currently at Target? They're belted too which helps make the larger size look intentional haha. you look great!!

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  74. a dress in my fav color! super cute! <3

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  75. I hate that smaller sizes usually means shorter lengths. We are all different! As a technical designer, this bothers me. Great idea about sizing up! Pocket of Presh

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  76. I absolutely love this look...so chic and simple1

    xoxo
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
    http://poorlittleitgirl.com

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  77. Love that you added some royal blue make the tunic look so much fun!! Hugs XOXO Fe
    Lauest.com

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  78. Haha, I totally relate...I'm not a mini skirt girl and have so much trouble finding dresses that are long enough for the office.  I often upsize!!!  This dress is super cute with the roomy fit, def a win :)

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  79. Haha love this look. And good tip about the upsize. Keeping that in mind next time I look for one. 

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  80. This is such a cute shirtdress! The color and brings are amazing! :D It is indeed classy! :D

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  81. You look so cute. And I love your shoes and clutch!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee 

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  82. Easy, breezy, beautiful :)

    http://perpetuallycaroline.blogspot.com

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  83. OMG! I've been going through the same too-shirt issue with shirt dresses! Thanks for the tip, now maybe I'll find an appropriate dress! And that dress is lovely by the way, love that pattern.
    kendrrat
    kendrrat.blogspot.com

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  84. Such a cute shirtdress!

    http://www.natinlove.com?cm=1

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  85. Amy @ The Savvy KitchenSeptember 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Just discovered your blog...love it!

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  86. Love this color combo! 
    -Tiffany
    http://stylesidebar.blogspot.com/ 

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  87. I wasn't so sure about this color, but I love it here with the bold blues and the subtle pattern. 

    -Erin-
    http://onetwosummer.blogspot.com/

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  88. yourfaceislikethesunshineSeptember 13, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Hi Kendi!  Do you mind sharing where you found your necklace?  Looove.

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  89. I struggled to find a shirt dress I like too. This one works really great. I'll keep hunting.
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  90. Love the initial necklace :)
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  91. Love this shirt dress on you! I have the same one in navy, I'll have to try it with purple accessories and do a reverse of what you have here! :)

    AwayFromTheBlue.blogspot.com.au

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  92. where did you get that watch! aaaah so pretty! 

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  93. nice shoes, but i don't think the dress flatters your figure..

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  94. Ive got the same bag! Love Hobo(:
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  95. So cute!!!
    Xx


    http://kendra-genevieve-rose.blogspot.com

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  96. I LOVE all the different shades of blue in this outfit!

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