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Chambray Shirt Dresses Make Buttoning Up Look Casual-Cool

Now that the weather is starting to warm up (or at least, I’m hoping it will stay that way sometime soon!), daytime dresses are starting to become more and more of a wardrobe must-have. Shirt dresses are a great transition piece, not only as we creep from spring to summer, but also for their work-to-play dual functionality. Wear them over tights or leggings with your favorite pair of flats or boots while we wait for this spring breeze to burn off into summer, then eventually transition into showing off your bare legs (as long as the style isn’t too short, of course!) with some platform wedges or summer booties. I’m loving chambray specifically because it’s got that breezy spring feel that’s casually cute, but still manages to look crisp and neat, in a stylish girl-next-door sort of way. Stock up on some layered jewelry and maybe a contrasting belt to add shape and you’ve got yourself a versatile spring-to-summer staple!

From left to right: Calvin Klein Chambray Shirtdress, Wrangler Chambray Shirt Dress, Boyfriend/Girlfriend Boyfriend Shirtdress, and Juicy Couture Denim Shirt Dress.

Denim Goes Upscale With These Chic Summer Dresses

I’m aware that the idea of a denim dress sounds like a rejected fad from the 80s not worthy of reviving, or something horrendous your mother used to dress you up in for Picture Day at school… but this season’s denim dresses are nothing to scoff at! Chambray, stretch denim, and a variety of light and dark washes makes the material more versatile than ever for a slew of different dress styles, from body-con and bustier to even cowled-neck and cocktail! Chic details like sweet ruffles and exposed zippers make the look anything but dated and transform the traditionally casual fabric to something unexpectedly upscale!

I love the versatility of this Anlo Ruffle Neck Dress, available at Nordstrom — its ability to be easily dressed up or down, depending on the use of some strategic summer accessories, make it the perfect summer buy. It would be the perfect dress to rock at a 4th of July barbecue with a pair of cork wedges! For a sexier night-out look, the Nanette Lepore Bell Dive Dress hugs the body in all the right ways and adds visual interest with an exposed zipper down the front. Whether casual or dressy, this season’s dresses are bound to change your perception of denim!

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