Shirt Dress 1 (As a Duster)

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

Shirt Dress for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: As a Duster

Quote of the day: “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled” – Plutarch

As we search through our closet each day, we may see the same item over and over but only think of it in one capacity. That’s why I love reading other women’s fashion blogs—I get ideas to try on a clothing item that I had not thought of myself. Such is the case with the shirt dress. I wish I could give credit to which blogger I first saw wear their dress like this, but alas, I blame my bad memory on my advanced age–ha ha (see, getting older does have it’s advantages!) Of course the definition of a duster is a full length coat without buttons—but that’s getting too detailed. Basically since most shirt dresses have buttons down the entire front portion, why not unbutton them and wear it as a coat or cardigan? I wasn’t sure this would work with mom’s dress since her’s is flared in the skirt, but I think it looks fine. All three of us have worn these dresses “normally” on the blog at one time or another. The links are below.

 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: I wore my shirt dress here in a post about how to let leggings help out a “too short” item! Thus since my dress is somewhat on the shorter side, I’m loving it as a lightweight covering.

Dress: Trina Turk (similar here)~~Pants: The Limited (here)~~Top: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Shoes: Old Navy (here)~~Necklace: (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

60’s Outfit: Previously, Nancy wore this dress with her leopard booties here. The belt that came with it, is not exactly wonderful, so again, another great reason to wear it opened.

Dress: WomAn (similar here)~~Pants: Chicos (similar here)~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar here)~~Necklace: (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 wore this same dress in one of our very first posts featuring the fur vest here. Since we went with a blue column of color in the shirt & pants, we used other colors for the shoes & accessories!

Dress: Philippe Marcel (similar here)~~Pants: Talbots-thrifted (similar here)~~Top: (similar here)~~Shoes: 9 West (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: I knitted it (similar here)

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It’s that time of the week again—Katherine’s corner is continuing her “Between the Lines” series featuring bloggers ages 50 and up. Every one of these bloggers would so appreciate any time you might have to read and comment on their hard work. My turn will be next Tuesday, May 17th!! Part four can be found here.
If you don’t happen to have a shirt dress already in your closet, here’s some fun options:

  • Anna Marcus

    Love you “duster”, Jodie and your mom looks great in blue and white

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Anna!!

  • I totally agree. Sometimes you just need a new perspective. Would love if you can link up to

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for reading Rania—I added my link to your link -up….thanks for the invite!

  • Ahhhh I thought about wearing a dress this way just the other day but wasn’t positive about how it looked… LOVE the style validation here! ;P I like yours and your mom’s best, but all three of you pull it off very nicely. Checking out the dresses you found! #FridayFrivolity

    • Jodie Filogomo

      So, did you wear it that way? I bet no one would even realize it is really a dress—unless they are a fashion blogger!!
      Thanks for reading Sarah!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Really great job on styling the dress as a duster, Jodie! I really like all three looks!

    – Sherry

  • Wow, you all look great. I’ve always liked the long duster look and wearing a shirt-dress as a topper is a great way to achieve the look without adding a lot of bulk. I showed a similar look at the beginning of Spring.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re right about the bulk Rena!! And I looked back at your post—-I especially think the denim shirt dresses work well with this concept—as you’ve shown!

  • I really love this idea! I will have to give this a try as it is so fun to remix our wardrobe in unexpected ways. Each of you are wearing this very well. Your mom looks beautiful in this pretty shade of blue. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!! I think finding other ways to wear our “normal” pieces makes me feel very economical—ha ha!

  • I need to get some shirt dresses to wear like this! I never thought of it before because I rarely wear dresses. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It really does make the piece more versatile…then you could have a dress for just in case, yet wear it more often!! Thanks for commenting and tweeting!!

  • What a good idea, I have a couple shirt dresses.. but gosh they wrinkle so easily! I love this idea as a duster and you all look great. Love the print on yours and the blue outfit really stands out as well with the shirtdress.

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!

    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wrinkles are quite annoying—they must have cotton or linen in them? I used to stress about the wrinkles in my linen pants, but then I decided my body has wrinkles, so why not my clothing….ha ha!
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  • A Grand Journey

    I am glad I came across this post. I have a jean dress that I hardly ever wear that has buttons all the way down the front. Now I am excited to wear it as a “duster” or a long jacket. Looking forward to it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m so glad too!!
      That’s exactly how I felt when I first saw the idea, since my shirt dress is somewhat short on me!!
      Thanks so much for letting me know!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, I am amazed at how you come up with all these different outfits. These are all very chic! Love the colors on your “duster” and how you pulled it together with your necklace. Nancy is rockin’ the neutral colors and your mom…I love the shoes an jewelry. Each outfit is so put together! Thanks for more inspiration! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a nice comment, Amy—thanks!
      Let’s just say sometimes I get lucky—ha ha. Then there are the posts, I look at an outfit and go “huh??”!!!
      It’s all good, right?

  • LOVE this! You are all seriously rocking this look. I especially like your Mom with the column of colour.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Suzanne—mom loves a monochromatic look, so she was actually okay with this….except she’s not a fan of ankle pants—she keeps telling me they are too short!!

  • dan

    It seems that a shirt dress is a very versatile piece, Jodie! I will try to wear mine as a duster… yours works perfectly !
    Meeting smart ladies is exactly what I like most of blogging!! 🙂
    Nancy’s and your mom’s outfits are very cute too …

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dan!! I agree with you—getting entirely different perspectives on clothing and style (among other things) is the fun about the blogging world!!

  • How smart! I have thought about wearing a dress this way but have never actually tried it. Seeing it on you ladies makes me think I must!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle—I must admit I wasn’t quite sure at first either…but it’s really no different than a long cardigan!! Thanks for the comments!!

  • ADA

    You are ALL rocking those shirtdresses as duster coats over your pants, ladies. I absolutely love the purple+pink patterned shirtdress you have on Jodie and those pretty Old Navy sandals. Don’t forget to linkup tomorrow, pretty lady!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ada—It makes it fun to change it up, don’t you think!! See you tomorrow!!

  • Stevie Turner

    I like shirt dresses; they cover a multitude of sins!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ha ha–unfortunately most of my “sins” are on my face (scars, unruly hair!!).

      • Stevie Turner

        Snap. I have an unruly mass of curly hair and scars on my face and neck from various major operations. Who cares? I’m still alive and kicking!

        • Jodie Filogomo


  • All look great! Really loving the print of yours 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara!!

  • Dusters 1, 2 and 3 NAILED, Jodie. I think this has to be one of my favourite stylings of yours – just as Sheela has said. Multi tasking garments is wear it’s at!
    Great minds think alike. I’ve just bought a shirt dress in the sale to wear exactly as a duster! I think they’re brilliant for that transition from Spring to Summer.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It does seem quite sensible to wear it this way—especially if you’re travelling (why take a jacket and a dress when the shirt dress is a 2 for 1?)! Funny how I never thought of it myself!! But I’m loving it!!
      Thanks for appreciating it—-can’t wait to see yours (soon?)!!!

  • Love love love your look! I also have a shirtdress I plan on wearing as a duster, but it will have to wait until fall. The color scheme and weight of it is too much for the warm weather we are finally having.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yah, yah…rub it in about the hot weather—it’s finally getting somewhat warm here, but not warm enough for the pool (like I saw you at yesterday on FB)!! Just a little jealous!!
      Can’t wait to see your shirtdress!!

  • So absolutely one of my fave styling posts from you yet, Jodie!! I love multi-tasking garments, not only major bang for the buck but it does help make life a little easier for busy women 🙂 I think the best look is Nancy’s. Just look at her rocking those funky capri jogger pants LOVE LOVE

    • Oh and the dusters/shirts are awesome too. Forgot to mention that GRIN

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How nice Sheela—Nancy’ll be glad to hear that—I’m pretty sure this is one of those series that she didn’t quite agree with (a little too crazy, you know?). But really, she doesn’t need a tan overcoat when she has this!!
      We used to travel quite a bit, so I was always appreciating items that could be versatile!!
      Glad you liked it!!

      • She looks so cool. I would very happily wear the precise same pieces, as she did, with ankle boots or high heeled clogs 🙂 and I was just typing an email to you when it went poof. Oy. Let me retype.

  • I think dusters look great on all ages. It was certainly a style that was popular in older age and I think “young” people are just catching on…

    xx Falasha

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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Falasha!! What you said got me thinking….it could be because the longer jackets/vests are being shown again—great insight!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Great idea especially for those days when I am not feeling especially svelte.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can so relate Bernadette—your comment did make me laugh!!!

  • I love wardrobe pieces that serve in more than one capacity. Well done and you ladies look fabulous!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Stephanae…I love those kind of pieces too—especially when I go travelling!!

  • Cathy Skelly

    Great idea! I am going to give it a try.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’d definitely even work for a work outfit, don’t you think? It’s just like a long cardigan?

  • I’ve never thought to wear my shirt dresses open, but it’s definitely a great idea, and a good way to increase the wearability of your closet.

    Chic on the Cheap

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly what I thought when I saw this on others! And I hit my head and said “I could’ve had a V-8” (are you too young for that reference? Ha ha!!

  • This works well for all the outfits, I never thought to do it before. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It definitely is a fun lighter weight covering than a normal coat!! Thanks for always giving your input Gemma!!

  • It’s a fabulous idea that I keep meaning to try myself and always forget about!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know….if I don’t write it down or do it right away—it’s gone—-ugh!! Thanks for reading Amy…I appreciate it!

  • I love how you’ve styled this long shirt as a duster! I need to try this too!

    cute & little

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kileen—it certainly does make the dress more versatile!!

  • I have been wanting to do this as well and I love all three looks. Like you, I can’t remember where I first saw it, but fell in love with the idea. I think moms is my favorite though because I love the slight flare detail!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m so glad you like the flare detail…I wasn’t sure if it would look strange to others!!

  • Lorena Lorena

    You 3 totally pulled it of ! It’s something you can get away with in cooler weather. Here we’re transitioning from summer to rainy season. That’s as cold as it gets.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ahhh…so you rarely need a cover up Lorena!! Are you lucky enough not to have crazy air conditioning at the stores and restaurants? I feel like I have to make sure I have a sweater or jacket everywhere I go in the warmer months!!

  • Laura

    I think these all work well as dusters! And it is something to consider when buying a shirtdress. I only have a shirtdress with buttons to my waist so I can’t do this, but I will be keeping this in mind when buying a shirtdress in the future!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I saw those kinds of shirt dresses when I was looking on shopstyle—and I’d probably like them better so I wouldn’t feel so exposed when I sit down!! But on the other side of the coin, then I couldn’t wear it like this, huh? Thanks for reading Laura!!