How to Wear an Oversized Shirt Dress: Tips for Every Body Type

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The Oversized Shirt Dress: Your Ultimate Guide to Styling This Versatile Trend

The oversized shirt dress has become a fashion staple in recent years, offering the perfect combination of comfort and style. This versatile wardrobe essential can be dressed up or down for any occasion, making it a go-to choice for fashion-savvy individuals. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore what makes the oversized shirt dress so popular, provide expert styling tips, and showcase some of the best options available at Brumano.

What is an Oversized Shirt Dress?

An oversized shirt dress is essentially an elongated button-down shirt worn as a dress. Key characteristics include:

  • Loose, relaxed fit
  • Falls at or above the knee
  • Usually has a collar and button front
  • Made of lightweight, breathable fabric like cotton or linen

Oversized shirt dresses come in various colors and prints, from classic white to bold patterns. Their flowy silhouette makes them an easy, effortless choice for everyday wear.

Why We Love the Oversized Shirt Dress

There are many reasons why the oversized shirt dress has become a fashion favorite:

  1. Comfort: The relaxed fit allows for easy movement and breathability, making it feel like you're wearing a comfy nightshirt or borrowed boyfriend shirt.
  2. Versatility: Dress it up with heels and accessories for a night out, or dress it down with sneakers for a casual weekend look. The styling possibilities are endless.
  3. Flattering: The loose silhouette skims over curves and problem areas, creating a feminine shape that looks good on various body types.
  4. Effortless Style: Just throw it on and go! An oversized shirt dress is a one-and-done outfit that always looks chic with minimal effort required.

How to Style an Oversized Shirt Dress

One of the best things about an oversized shirt dress is its adaptability. Here are five stylish ways to wear this piece:

1. With Sneakers

For a casual daytime look, pair your oversized shirt dress with crisp white sneakers. This combo is perfect for running errands or meeting friends for lunch.

White Structured Formal Shirt

We love this look with our White Structured Formal Shirt. The relaxed fit is ideal for an effortless weekend style.

2. Belted

Create some shape by adding a belt to cinch in the waist of your oversized shirt dress. A thin leather belt or even a silk scarf works well to add polish for the office or a dinner date.

Dark Grey Melange Waistcoat

The Dark Grey Melange Waistcoat would look great belted over a crisp white shirt dress for a figure-flattering effect.

3. Over Pants

For cooler weather, try layering your oversized shirt dress over straight-leg pants or skinny jeans. Treat it like a long tunic top for an updated take on suiting separates.

Light Blue Micro Modal Slimfit Casual Jeans

A light-colored shirt dress would pair perfectly over our Light Blue Micro Modal Slimfit Casual Jeans. Tuck in the front for added polish.

4. Accessorized

Elevate your oversized shirt dress with thoughtful accessories. A long pendant necklace, statement earrings, or sleek bangles are all chic choices.

Lime Yellow Pique Casual Tipped polo

For a pop of color, layer some fun jewelry over our Lime Yellow Pique Casual Tipped Polo worn as a dress.

5. Layered for Fall

As temperatures drop, layer your shirt dress with tights, a turtleneck, a cozy sweater or structured blazer, and boots for an autumn-approved look.

Burgundy Wool Bomber Jacket

On chilly days, top off your shirt dress with our Burgundy Wool Bomber Jacket for a stylish layered outfit.

Oversized Shirt Dresses for Every Occasion

An oversized shirt dress can work for many different occasions. Here's how to choose the right one:

Occasion What to Look For Our Pick
Work Crisp fabrics like cotton or poplin, traditional colors like white or blue Light Blue Formal Button Down Shirt With Collar Detailing
Weekend Soft, casual materials like chambray or flannel, relaxed fit Blue Large Checkered Half Sleeve Shirt
Evening Out Elevated materials like silk or sheer fabrics, embellishments or special details Pecan Brown Corduroy Shirt
Vacation Lightweight, breathable fabrics like linen or cotton voile, tropical prints Brown Cotton/Linen Checkered Shirt

Styling Tips for Every Body Type

The oversized shirt dress trend can look amazing on many different body types. Here are some tips for finding the most flattering fit:

  • Petite: Look for above-the-knee lengths and structured details to define your shape without overwhelming a small frame.
  • Tall: Take advantage of your height with midi or maxi lengths. Tall women can also pull off exaggerated oversized silhouettes.
  • Curvy: An oversized fit skims over curves beautifully. Define your waist with a belt or look for styles with waist-defining details.
  • Boyish: Create the illusion of curves with styling tricks like half-tucking or rolling up the sleeves of a voluminous shirt dress.

At Brumano, we offer a range of sizes and fits so you can find the perfect shirt dress for your unique figure.

How to Care for Your Oversized Shirt Dress

To keep your shirt dress looking its best, follow these easy care tips:

  1. Always check the care label, as instructions vary based on fabric. Many are machine washable but some require dry cleaning.
  2. Steam or iron after washing to maintain a crisp, polished look. Use appropriate heat settings for the fabric.
  3. Hang your shirt dress to maintain its shape and avoid annoying wrinkles and creases.
  4. Address any stains right away by blotting with cold water or treating with a stain remover before laundering.

With proper care, your oversized shirt dress will stay in great condition wear after wear.

Where to Shop the Best Oversized Shirt Dresses

Brumano offers a curated selection of high-quality, stylish oversized shirt dresses and other wardrobe essentials for the modern man. Some top picks from our collection include:

Blue Printed Cotton Linen Shirt The Blue Printed Cotton Linen Shirt has a relaxed fit ideal for wearing as a casual shirt dress.

Sky Blue Jacquard Cotton/Linen Shirt The light and breezy Sky Blue Jacquard Cotton/Linen Shirt is perfect for laid-back summer style.

Blue Indigo Dyed Shirt With Cutaway Collar The unique dyeing process gives the Blue Indigo Dyed Shirt With Cutaway Collar a one-of-a-kind gradient that stands out.

Browse our full collections of casual shirts and formal shirts to find more oversized options you can wear as dresses. Complete your look with our curated assortment of trousers, jackets, waistcoats, and accessories.

Oversized Shirt Dress FAQs

What shoes look best with an oversized shirt dress?

The beauty of an oversized shirt dress is that it can be paired with many different shoe styles:

  • Sneakers for a casual, sporty look
  • Ankle boots or loafers for a smart daytime outfit
  • Heels or statement flats for a dressier evening ensemble

The key is to balance proportions and choose footwear that suits the overall vibe you're going for.

Can I wear an oversized shirt dress if I'm petite?

Absolutely! Petite women can rock an oversized shirt dress by looking for styles that hit above the knee and have some defined structure, like a nipped-in waist or belted detail. Avoid getting overwhelmed by too much fabric by choosing a length and fit that works for your smaller frame.

How do I style an oversized shirt dress for the office?

An oversized shirt dress can work for the office when styled with polished pieces. Look for structured fabrics like crisp cotton poplin in traditional colors like white or light blue. Belt the dress to define your waist, and add a tailored blazer for a professional touch. Sleek loafers or pumps complete the look.

What accessories look best with an oversized shirt dress?

An oversized shirt dress is the perfect blank canvas to have fun with accessories:

  • Layer on long necklaces or lariats
  • Cinch your waist with a statement belt
  • Add a colorful silk scarf around your neck or in your hair
  • Throw on some bangles or a stack of rings
  • Complete the look with bold sunglasses or a chic hat

Mix and match accessories to make the look your own!


The oversized shirt dress is a versatile wardrobe MVP that deserves a place in every fashion-lover's closet. At Brumano, we offer a carefully curated selection of high-quality shirt dresses and coordinating pieces in a variety of styles and fits to suit every body and aesthetic.

Whether you're dressing your shirt dress up for a night out with heels and sparkly accessories, or going casual with sneakers and a denim jacket, you can't go wrong with this effortless essential. Use our expert styling tips to create fresh looks, and don't forget to book mark this ultimate guide for future reference!

Visit Brumano to shop our entire collection and find your new favorite shirt dress. For more men's fashion advice and inspiration, check out our Blog. Happy shopping and styling!