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

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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: