Shirt Meet Dress


{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.

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  1. Kate Harvey says:

    Adorable! I love shirt dresses too 🙂

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  2. Natali Karppinen says:

    Looking really great! I love this shirt dress!

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  3. Rachel says:

    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

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  5. Amy Welch says:

    Glad you found one that fits. Its going to be a beautiful relationship!

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  6. Closet Fashionista says:

    I love that dress! I finally got my first shirt dress the other day, shocking I know! The color if it is great 🙂

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  7. Danielle Lewis says:

    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. Jaclyn says:

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

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  9. Tiffany M says:

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

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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.

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  13. Jesssica says:

    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. amber0517 says:

    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. Asher says:
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  17. miranda porto says:

    Love the pattern!

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  18. Sarah H. says:

    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. ilovepurses84 says:

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

    Gigi xoxx

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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. Jessica says:

    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. Samara says:

    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! 

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  24. Rosely says:

    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. Anita says:

    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. Lauren says:

    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. Brianna Hughes says:

    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. Julie says:

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

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  30. Kendi Lea says:

    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. Kendi Lea says:

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

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  32. Christina Storm says:

    Love the pop of color!

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  33. Sarah says:

    Love the shirtdress it's a great choice.

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  34. suzanne says:

    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. 


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  35. Abbey says:


    Along Abbey Road

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  36. Janae Holmes says:

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

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  37. anto says:

    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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  38. Sara says:

    I love this dress!! Looks great on you!

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  39. Alissa Futhey says:

     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!

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  40. Kristin says:

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


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  41. Gina says:

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

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  42. Andrea says:

    the dress is amazing..both classy and stylish!

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

    Moody Girl

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

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  45. phiphi says:

    perfection! and you have a blog bc you tell us these things!! 🙂 

    xox P

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

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  47. kayleigh maryon says:

    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

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  48. Papersidewalks says:

    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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  49. GiovannaPacini says:

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


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  50.  I love how the shoes and bag match!

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  51. Michaela says:

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

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  52. Caitlin says:

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

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  53. Seekingstyleblog says:

    I adore the print and the shape of your dress 🙂
    xo Jennifer

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  54. Noelia Barboza González says:

    Gorgeous dress!  I love your combination with blue accessories!

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  55. Emily says:

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

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  56. Joyce says:

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


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

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  58. Kirby says:

    love the look–where is the necklace from?

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  59. Leah says:

    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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  60. 7eventh Letter says:

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


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  61. Happinessatmidlife says:

    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.


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  62. Erin says:

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

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  63. Lola says:

    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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  64. Morgan Liti says:

    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!


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  65. Sheislovely says:

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

    xo – Sheila

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  66. jfr says:

    you look very pretty

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  67. TheresaTran says:

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


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  68. XeanaFashion says:

    Amazing shirt dress!


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  69. Great dress!  I've never thought of that either…must try.
    xo, amy

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  70. Anna S. says:

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

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  71. Nadyagita says:

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


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  72. Cheryl says:

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

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  73. 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. 

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  74. Brittany says:

    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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  75. Christy Kelsey says:

    Love this!  The blue accessories are perfect. 


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  76. Stephanie Mikule says:

    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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  77. Is your necklace John Wind?

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  78. lizette vigo says:

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

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  79. Natalie says:

    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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  80. Cathy Anderson says:

    I absolutely love this look…so chic and simple1

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

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  81. Fernanyi Montero says:

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

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  82. Jupe_Cambria says:

    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

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  83. Carli says:

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

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  84. Cassandra Too says:

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

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee 

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  86. Caroline L. says:

    Easy, breezy, beautiful 🙂

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  87. Kendrrat says:

    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.

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  88. Nat says:

    Such a cute shirtdress!

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  89. Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen says:

    Just discovered your blog…love it!

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  90. Tiffany Arrott says:

    Love this color combo! 

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


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  92. yourfaceislikethesunshine says:

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

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  93. I struggled to find a shirt dress I like too. This one works really great. I'll keep hunting.

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  94. Rocks Paper Metal says:

    Love the initial necklace 🙂

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  95. Loved the dress. Looks awesome!!

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  96. Mica says:

    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! 🙂

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  97. cptbutter says:

    where did you get that watch! aaaah so pretty! 

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  98. Christina says:

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

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  99. Gloria says:

    Ive got the same bag! Love Hobo(:

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  101. jessica blanche says:

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

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