Celebrities agree: It’s the summer of the shirt dress

This summertime trend is right on the button.

Shirt dresses are having a serious moment in Hollywood right now, with Anne Hathaway’s viral Gap maxi recently flying off shelves in record time and Katie Holmes making the case for styling the collared classic as a lightweight layer last week.

Available at a wide range of price points — Hathaway’s limited-edition look retailed for just $158, while Holmes’ Banana Republic version can be yours for $160 — the shirt dress is also endlessly versatile, pairing just as well with flat sandals and a straw hat for a beach day as with heels and a belt for the office. (You could even pull an Annie H. and pile on the precious jewels for an evening affair.)

Essentially the more polished and put-together alternative to the casual T-shirt dress, these button-up styles come in countless lengths, fabrics, colors and cuts, so you’re sure to find one that fits your style and climate this summer. Below, shop a selection of our favorites.


While Hathaway’s Gap dress sold out in a flash, this still-in-stock Exquise number features the same flattering, feminine darting at the waist — and over 100 glowing customer reviews to boot.

Abercrombie & Fitch Short-Sleeve Midi Shirt Dress
Abercrombie & Fitch

Ditto on this chic design from Abercrombie, which comes in two color options.

J.Crew Elena Shirt Dress

Thanks to the smocking and adjustable tie detail at the waist, this everyday essential is perfect for playing up an hourglass figure (or just faking one).

Banana Republic Poplin Maxi Shirt Dress
Banana Republic

While Katie Holmes styled hers open as a coat over a tank top and trousers, this maxi can be easily dressed up with a statement belt and jewelry.

Simkhai Alex Pleated Cutout Dress

How cool are those waist cutouts?

Reformation Moira Dress

The flirty bubble skirt on this LBD makes it a great pick for date night.

Gap Organic Cotton Stripe Mini Shirt Dress

You can’t go wrong with classic blue-and-white stripes.

Good American Poplin Shirt Dress
Good American

We love how this red-hot fitted mini (also available in white) can be worn either buttoned all the up or unbuttoned and pulled down for a sultry off-the-shoulder look.

Free People Constance Shirt Dress

The lacy details on this option are so feminine.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Tie Front Shirt Dress

‘Tis the season for linen — and that front tie is just so flattering.

Universal Thread Long Sleeve Cinch Waist Maxi Shirt Dress

The elasticized waist makes summer dressing a (literal) cinch.

Madewell Button-Front Mini Shirt Dress

It doesn’t get easier or breezier than this airy mini.

Toccin Fiona Tie Waist Shirt Dress

Business up top, party on the bottom! The striped skirt and sash make this Toccin design perfect for a cocktail party.

Everlane The Daytripper Shirt Dress

Nobody does well-made basics like Everlane, so it’s no surprise the brand makes some of the best shirt dresses on the market.

Aritzia Wilfred Eleta Linen Dress

This breezy beauty is just begging to be worn to the beach.