Forever a classic, the shirt dress is one of those flattering wardrobe workhorse pieces that can be styled up or down and worn for just about any occasion. Effortless, yet put together, it’s no wonder it’s one of my favorite pieces to style. Today’s dress works double duty, as it combines the versatility of the LBD with effortless shirt dress styling; it’s truly a piece almost every woman can wear; for work, play or evening.
About Today’s Dress
I have a few shirt dresses in my wardrobe, pieces I’ve styled many a time for you here on AskSuzanneBell.com. Today’s classic black shirtdress (HERE) is new addition, and was kindly gifted to me c/o Bess & George, along with the sparkly navy and gold halter wrap top which I’ve styled for the second half of today’s Style Post. I love the classic styling and a longer length (YAY!) of this particular dress. The length, color, and the ability to wear the sleeves rolled up or down makes it easy to wear from day until night. On sizing, I found it to run TTS (I am wearing a small here). I like the flowy fit, how it skims the hip, and does not hug in the rear.
About Bess and George
As a style blogger, I’m regularly asked to review products and/or share these items on my Social Media channels, and to be honest, the majority of these requests I graciously turn down. I will only accept a gifted piece if I think you all might have an interest in hearing about it and I would wear it myself. If you follow me on a regular basis, you know it’s a rare occasion that I collaborate with a clothing label, and when I do, know that all content and opinions here on AskSuzanneBell.com are entirely my own. So when Bess and George reached out to me, I agreed to check out their selection of tops as I know many women (myself included) struggle to find flattering tops for everyday wear. I discovered that Bess & George is an Austin-based, women-owned apparel company focused on creating flattering, stylish, high-quality clothing that makes it easier for busy women to get dressed. I noticed that they use strategic ruching (love!) and faux wrapping with their wrap tops (see how I style the Sparkling Ribbed Halter Top at the bottom of today’s post), both of which appealed to me. Designed and made in Austin, Texas, you can read more about Bess and George by visiting their website, BessandGeorge.com.
10 Outfit Ideas For Styling The Not-So-Basic Black Shirtdress
- The easiest outfit? Pop it over your head and off you go!
- Try adding a belt!
- Pair her with boots, booties, sandals, flats or sneakers. Add tights for warmth. To see how I style a shirtdress in the warmer months, visit Effortless Style Over 40: The Chambray Shirtdress (HERE).
- Tied at the waist, over a slip or sun dress
- Unbuttoned and worn open – as a topper
- As a swim cover-up
- As a tunic over leggings
- Belted or not, over a pair of black trousers
- Try wearing it as a tunic (belted or not), over a pair of jeans. For more inspiration on this type of look, visit How to Pull Off Wearing a Dress with Jeans (HERE)
- Layered under a vest for interest, warmth, and texture.
Everyday Tops for Any Occassion
Do you find it a challenge to locate tops to wear for everyday? What impressed me most about Bess and George tops is the use of ruching and faux wrapping. These are details I look for in tops, as they soften those areas we may not want exposed. The top I am wearing today even has a wee bit of elastic gathering under the arm which prevents the dreaded open arm bra exposure and the longer length banded bottom can be tucked in or out. The strategic ruching makes these tops flattering on many body types. The wrap top is available in a long sleeve, and 3/4 sleeve version. If you would like to browse all of Bess and George tops, link (HERE).
Outfit Details: Wrap Top, in navy, also in gold | c/o Bess & George | Flare Jeans | Hudson ‘mia’ (HERE) | Blazer | Veronica Beard (thrifted) | SIMILAR (HERE) (HERE) | Booties | Donald Pliner | SIMILAR (HERE) | Sunnies | Kate Spade (on sale under $100 HERE)
Meet Erin and Jen, co-founders of Bess and George
When Jen (a management consultant) and Erin (an attorney) first met, they felt an instant camaraderie. Both had families and careers, but they felt like something was missing — that this phase of life, although busy and exciting, was also really isolating. Working, managing households, and driving carpool left them little time for their supportive community of women friends.
Jen and Erin’s own experiences eventually spawned the idea to build a community for women feeling similar angst about this new life stage. They often joked about having nothing to wear, avoiding stores their daughters frequent, and acquiring the rare “decent shirt” in multiple colors. These struggles led them to the idea that perhaps THIS was the community: other women who felt trapped by shopping options designed for women younger or older, whose once-reliable brands now offered cheaply made, fast-fashion clothes that required too much trying on and tailoring.
With further research (and lots of support from their team of family and friends), Jen and Erin solidified their mission and jumped into the adventure of improving the closets of women like themselves. They combined their business experience, their passion for fit and style, and their tenacity and founded Bess & George. Today, Jen handles the strategic direction and Erin supervises the community engagement. They work together on product development, inspired by the growing community of women they love. And they still both do a lot of driving.
A Special Offer From Bess & George: Bess & George is offering AskSuzanneBell Followers 20% off your entire purchase with promo code, ‘SUZANNEANDBG‘. Promo code is good thru through February 14th! To shop, visit the Bess & George Website at https://bessandgeorge.com
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