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This Summer Staple Can Be Worn To The Office And Beyond

Smart casual has never been so easy.

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Smart casual is always a challenge. The art is finding the perfect balance between glam and cool: you don't want to go overboard on fancy dresses, but a plain t-shirt will demand some serious styling – not always ideal for when you want to just throw something on and call it a day. 

1) Céline (image: Vogue.com) 2) Rag & Bone (image: Vogue.com) 3) Marques' Almeida (image: Vogue.com)

Enter, the shirt dress. It's an easy item of clothing that requires little effort to pull off, but leaves an impact nonetheless. It can be worn alone with sneakers for a simple weekend look, or if you want to wear yours to work, there are many possibilities to add a little flair. Try cinching one with a belt to define your waistline, or pulling on an oversized blazer for a more formal look. Leggings and ankle booties are a sure-fire way to add depth or even – if your office is casual – layered over jeans, with bright stilettos for a pop of color. 

Obviously we are not alone in our appreciation for this summer staple. Designers have also been on board with the shirt dress trend on the runway. Among the SS17 collections, one major theme was office wear and variations of shirts inspired by women who work. Burberry and Céline presented fresh takes on the classic white shirt dress, while Rag and Bone and Alexander Wang put their own twists on blue and white button-ups. 

Check out 18 of our favorite shirt dresses to style this season: 
1/18
ASOS Cotton Shirt Dress with Oversized Cuff & Bow Detail - $58
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2/18
Pixie Market Asymmetrical Pinstripe Shirt Dress - $85
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3/18
Burberry Lace-trimmed Bib-front Cotton Shirt Dress - $918
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4/18
Pixie Market Stripe Waist Tie Long Sleeve Shirt Dress - $108
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5/18
Boohoo Plus Sarah Cut Out Detail Stripe Shirt Dress - $40
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6/18
Topshop Corset Side Shirt Dress - $75
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7/18
Storets Shirt Dress - $89
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8/18
Boohoo Star Printed Shirt Dress - $35
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9/18
Self-portrait Lace and Striped-cotton Dress - $410
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10/18
Storets Janet Eyelet Shirt Dress - $88
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11/18
Lavish Alice Twist Front Shirt Dress In Check - $91
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12/18
Forever 21 Oversized Shirt Dress - $48
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13/18
Eloquii Fringed Denim Shirt Dress - $110
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14/18
& Other Stories Cotton Shirt Dress - $55
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15/18
Front Row Shop Two-Piece Contrast Shirts Dress - $66
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16/18
River Island Plus Blue Stripe Lace Sleeve Shirt Dress - $80
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17/18
Balenciaga Striped Cotton-poplin Maxi Dress - $1,295
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18/18
Mango Stripe Shirt Dress - $ 90
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