Have you Ever Tried Layering a Skirt over your Shirt Dress?

Shirt dresses for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's

Have You Ever Tried Layering a Skirt over Your Shirt Dress?

Quote of the day: “Don’t retouch my wrinkles in the photograph, I would not want it to be thought that I had lived for all these years without having anything to show for it.” The Queen

Once I get an idea in my head, then my creative juices go wild. Or many of you might think “the woman has gone crazy.” And it’s probably true. But I was thinking about when we wore a longer skirt over a dress (see the post here) so your dress actually looked like a top! And I thought why not wear a skirt over your shirt dress but let the hem hang out—almost like a lace extender in a dress version. (Did you see the lace extender posts? The last one was here).

This concept could be too far outside the norm for your comfort, but if you like uniqueness, it might be for you! Besides, we layer tops without a second thought, why not bottoms? Just think of it as another way to wear a skirt that may be much too short by itself (this could also work with a non shirt dress)! The first idea of trying different approaches to the shirt dress was as a duster (here—and you can also see the links to when we wore the dress “normally”).

Shirt dresses for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's  Shirt dresses for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's

50’s Outfit: Since my dress is relatively short to begin with, I found a skirt that unzips up the sides. It may look kooky, but I actually like this version. My shirt dress tends to open in the front, especially when you sit down which can show too much. Therefore this skirt covers that front slit area. Or you could say that the skirt makes it more modest!

Dress: Trina Turk (similar here)~~Skirt: Tobi (similar here)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Shirt dresses for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's  Shirt dresses for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's

60’s Outfit: Since Nancy is short waisted, she doesn’t love having her tops “tucked” in. To counter act that look, I had her throw on a vest on top! Having this additional layer was also helpful since we were surprised by a spring snowstorm when we took these photos!

Dress:WomAn (similar here)~~Skirt:The Limited (similar here)~~Vest: Eucalyptus (similar here–only $20)~~Shoes: BCBG (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Shirt dresses for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's  Shirt dresses for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's

70’s Outfit: Mom didn’t really have a short skirt in her closet. So, I had her roll up the waistband of this one a couple of times. Then we added a belt on top of the waistband to hold it in place!

Dress: Philippe Marcel (similar here)~~Skirt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Shoes: Candies (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Using your shirt dress as a piece that you layer over, may not be your first thought! But I think in some cases it really can work! You should try it and let me know!

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So if you do see a fabulous skirt you’d love to buy, but you’re worried it might be too short or revealing—this trick could be all the enabling you need:

  • PetiteOver40

    Since seeing your posts this week, I am looking at shirt dresses and skirts with new eyes. I haven’t quite figured out how to combine them, but you have given me ideas!

    – Sherry

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ve been anxiously awaiting a new fashion post from you—I realize that you have many, many things on your plate right now—but just to let you know, I miss your posts!!
      Thanks for being so positive about mine!!

      • PetiteOver40

        Thank you for being such a great cheerleader for me, Jodie! I’ve missed posting! I’m researching the 1930s now and sketching out ideas for future posts, but I haven’t had a chance to pull it all together. Our collab, by the way, is at the top of my list to get done when I’m back in Seattle! Just have to take the photos and then write my ideas into a cohesive post. I really appreciate you!!

        • Jodie Filogomo


  • I’m very intrigued by this concept and I may take a stab at it myself in the future. If I do, I will be sure to give you credit for the idea.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It certainly is different. This wasn’t my favorite post, but I still love the idea—I would think with the right colors & silhouettes, that it could work?

  • Happinessatmidlife

    I have not tried this look and think you ladies rocked it! The opening of the zipper on your skirt is unexpected and fun.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!



    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for being so nice Alice—it wasn’t my favorite post—but if you don’t try something, you’ll never know, right?

  • Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Such a creative idea! I love layering clothes in unexpected ways! Opens up so many possibilities…

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I still love the idea of layering our skirts…I just don’t think this shows it in the best light—but I’ll keep trying!!

  • Dawn Lucy

    I haven’t tried this yet. Now I feel inspired! 😀

    Thanks for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!


    Dawn Lucy


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It sounded better in my head, since I don’t think our outfits are that fab. But I still hold out hope, that somehow the theory could work….Thanks for not calling me cuckoo!!

  • Thank you for sharing.AdoringDresses.com.au

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course…thank you for reading!!!

  • Anna Parkes

    So inventive of you Jodie! I’d never have thought of this one. I’m not sure I will be following suit, but I applaud your creative mind yet again x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Inventive—definitely a good term and so much nicer than failure!! But it’d be so boring if we always wore the same thing the same way, right?

      • Anna Parkes

        You’re so right. We owe it to ourselves to keep being creative, which you certainly are x

  • Love how the pink pops through the open zips on your outfit Jodie, great post! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma—it’s definitely not my favorite look, but I’m glad I tried it!

  • I would have never thought of this. Very unique!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is unique Michelle—probably not my favorite post, but definitely not one you see everyday, right?

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    I think all the looks are great and I NEVER would have thought of putting a skirt over the dress. Love Nancy’s vest & pin!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cathy!! Of course you wouldn’t have thought of this—you’re normal—ha ha! I knew it was a little crazy when I thought of it, but I still wanted to go with it. I’m really intrigued by the layering of the bottoms, since we do it with our tops all the time!! I really appreciate your commenting—even if you hadn’t liked it!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Hi Jodie! As I mentioned elsewhere, I hadn’t thought about layering like this, but I love the idea! Your blog always inspires me!

    – Sherry


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sherry—sometimes inspiring you of “what not to do”—ha ha! I think it could work better with the right pieces. And to tell the truth, the misses always make me want to find a way to make them work!! Kind of like with recipes—when it doesn’t turn out good, I always want to make it again to see if I can fix it. Yet if it turns out great the first time, then I feel no challenge!! Like I said, call me crazy!!!

      • PetiteOver40

        Then I’m crazy too because I’m the same way. I always want to figure out what I did wrong when something doesn’t go right. But I still like the idea here. I think you’re onto something!

        • Jodie Filogomo


  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Wow, I love this idea! I have a chambray shirt dress I should try this out with some of my skirts!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love the idea…and maybe with the right pieces it could look better? Somehow it just didn’t turn out as fantastic as I imagined—oh well!!

  • Lorena Lorena

    Quite a challenge Jodie !
    Loving your mom’s take on it.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Challenge—what a great word for it!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Mother Daughter

    This is a Nah from me. lol Not a look I care for but that happens a lot with fashion. We would all dress a like if we didn’t think different

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re exactly right with that sentiment….and even I’m not the hugest fan of how these came out—but I love the idea of it. Besides the hits wouldn’t look as good if there weren’t any misses, right?
      Thanks so much for your input!!

  • Of all three looks, I like yours the best. Not sure this is something I would ever try. Did it feel bulky to you? That’s my concern.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s really a good question, Darlene—for my experience—it didn’t feel strange at all. Looking at the pix, I wish we’d put Nancy in a different skirt—but I think this was the best I could do with her wardrobe. I also remembered that I did this with a black skirt under a dress for mom here: http://bit.ly/1QeLYEH. —and she said it felt normal.
      I’m not sure I’ll do this a ton, but it kinda reminds me of the pants under a dress posts I’ve seen on other blogger’s sites.
      I really welcome the thoughts—even when you think I’m loco!!!

  • Absolutely, yeahhhh. Love layering and you do it so well, my three QUEENS of style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a great response Sacramento!! Thanks so much!!

  • Queen of Rods

    What a clever idea, Jodie! I think that your skirt and dress lend the best to this concept, although the other two looks are cute as well.
    I really like the larger photos…the detail is so much more visible 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Janet—I’m not sure how often this style will get used—although I’ve had mom put a black straight skirt under a tunic to make it longer—so maybe in certain cases, right?
      I’m glad you like the larger pictures—okay, so I’ll always make them so…thanks so much for the counsel—I can’t tell you how much it helps to get feedback! I’m thinking I’ll do a 3 collage of jewelry/details under the outfit picture for each of us—it won’t start until probably mid June. But since you’re now my go-to for guidance, you’ll have to let me know what you think!!

  • RedTagChicLA

    This is such a chic style idea – thanks for the inspo Jodie!

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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hey Rebecca!! I loved your Marilyn inspired tee on your blog, but I actually just won 2 contests sponsored by JTV, so i didn’t even enter the one on your site, thinking it wouldn’t be fair if I won another!! Funny, huh?
      Thanks for not laughing at this styling idea—my husband just rolled his eyes when he read the post, so I thought most people would feel the same way!