Wearing a Shirt Dress Over a Top

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

Wearing a Shirt Dress Over a Top

Quote of the day: “I’m not interested in being perfect when I’m older. I’m interested in having a narrative. It’s the narrative that’s really the most beautiful thing about women.” Jodie Foster

After our last post about wearing your shirt dress under a skirt (here), this post idea may seem much more tame and sane!! Since a shirt dress has buttons, I figured we could wear our dress like a jacket on the top portion. Then the skirt area could still be buttoned and intact.

Since the shirt is mostly covered by the dress, you could actually wear almost any kind of top. Both mom & I have on tank tops, but Nancy is wearing a tunic! Heck, you could even sport a crop top and not show off your mid drift.  The first in this series was unbuttoning the dress fully and wearing it as a “jacket” (here-along with the links to check out when we wore the same dresses the original way).

Shirt dress 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: See what I mean about the dress being pretty darn short? I may try to add another button at the bottom too!

Dress: Trina Turk (similar here)~~Cardigan: J. Jill (similar here)~~Top: Guess (similar here)~~Shoes: Simply Vera (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Watch: (similar here)

Shirt dress 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: The nice thing about Nancy’s dress is that her side slits are very shallow. The belt that came with it is the same color, so we added her red one instead for pizzazz.

Dress: WomAn (similar here)~~Tunic:Carolyn Tayler (similar here)~~Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar here)~~Belt: (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

70’s Outfit: For mom’s outfit, we tucked in the collar and upper button panel to be able to see the tank top better! Since the fabric is a heavier weight material, it stayed nicely.

Dress: Philippe Marcel (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here or here both in different colors)~~Top: St. John’s Bay (similar here)~~Shoes: Dana Buchman (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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So go ahead and buy those cute spaghetti strapped tops and still not worry about your bra strap showing with this method!!

  • Love the layers with your shirtdress! Very J.Crew 😉
    – Ana Luiza
    Northwest Blonde

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ana—I love that analogy!

  • Great styling trick! I can use this inspiration in my latest shirt dress outfit! Perfect timing


    • Jodie Filogomo

      How fab Michelle!! I can’t wait to see it! Thanks so much for reading!

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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Marilyn—I’ve put the Thursday Favorite things on my link list, so hopefully I’ll remember!! I appreciate your invite!

  • I love all of these looks. I especially love your mom’s scarf and outfit. So pretty!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Shelbee—I think her outfit is my favorite also!!

  • PetiteOver40

    You all look fabulous! Another great idea for layering, Jodie!

    – Sherry

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sherry—this one was definitely more realistic!!

  • All beautiful as always, and I think your mom looks especially fab in white. xox


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I agree Patti—mom’s is probably my favorite of these because the belt & scarf liven it up so much!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  • My favourite of the shirt dress posts, you all look lovely. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • Cute! I always love unique ways of layering, a great way to add extra visual interest to any outfit!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Right? It seems so boring to wear an item by itself sometimes!!! Thanks for reading Tara!!

  • I love the create ways you’ve temporarily altered items to fit the look (like rolling under your mother’s collar). This series has been full of great ideas.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rena!!

  • I love the dresses with the tops underneath! Great idea!

    Off to check out the other ways you styled the shirt dresses…

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Andrea!

  • Love all three of these looks…great job!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene—I definitely liked these better than the last one. Although we originally had Nancy wearing her leopard heels—-she got mixed up during our photo shoot, though and put on these mules! But it’s all good (it might have been too much animal print?)

  • Queen of Rods

    I really like your mom’s scarf and belt together…print mixing again? And as for your short dress….you have the legs for it, might as well show them off 🙂 I love the sweater with the dress; nice color. I like the idea of leaving the top of the dress unbuttoned. It gives the illusion of a fuller chest for those of us who could use a little better balance between chest and hips 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Shhh—don’t tell mom that it’s print mixing—I figure if I don’t point it out, she’ll not rebel against it!!
      LOL about the illusion of a fuller chest. This could also be a trick if the shirt portion always wants to gap open!!!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    What a clever idea, girl! Love adding the belts to all of them, rather than letting them hang straight. I may have to look for a shirt dress (I actually don’t own one), so I can try all these different things. Thanks for more inspiration! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Funny thing is the three of us have had these dresses for a long time, but I never thought them that versatile until putting this together. It really got me thinking about many items in my closet—I bet if I worked at different variations or combinations—most things would have more appeal??
      Thanks so much for stopping by and giving your opinions, Amy!!