Shirt dresses for women are commonly seen as a relatively new fashion trend, with giant t-shirt dresses and the boyfriend shirt look also emerging simultaneously. However, shirt dresses have a far longer history than you might expect; we explore a bit of this history and some of the available options below.

The Development of Women’s Shirtdresses

The earliest shirt dresses, then known as shirtwaist dresses (a precursor to what we now call a blouse), appeared during the Victorian era, when contemporary ladies sought out apparel that was less ornate and more masculine. In terms of practicality, a dress that buttoned down the front instead of the back meant that no assistance was required to dress oneself, allowing for a more independent lifestyle. However, the shirt dress for women came into its own during World War I, when ladies needed practical clothing that was easy to change into while still being recognizable as ‘womenswear’ During the 1940s, the shirt dress was more generally referred to as a house coat or house dress and was worn daily by women of all social classes. From a longer, more feminine skirt in the 1950s to famous shoulder pads and long sleeves in the 1980s, the shirt dress evolved during the subsequent decades.


Shirtdresses For the Fashionable Wardrobe

Now, shirt dresses span a wide range of styles, from the giant T-shirt dress to the boyfriend shirt. There is a shirt dress for you, whether you prefer a feminine, flowy silhouette or you’re all about the power suit. Among our present choices, we offer:

Our white lace midi dress has the mobility of a shirt dress but is cut on the bias to flatter your figure. The lace detailing is crisp yet delicate, making this ideal for both hot summer days and cocktails on the patio.

Midi Dress of White Lace

Our palm pattern smock blouse is ideal for bringing out your inner hippy and staying cool when the weather heats up. With a button-down front and long sleeves, this shirt dress would look wonderful worn over skinny jeans or just with a pair of sandals for a paddle on a warm day, the tropical print being right on trend for the season.

large shirt with blue and pink stripes.

Our large blue and pink striped shirt will bring out your inner tomboy. Perfect for the office with jeans and sturdy loafers or combine with strappy shoes for a contrasting look. Contrasting pastel hues are a wardrobe essential this season, and what better way to wear them than in a shirt dress?


Check through our choices of dresses, shirts, and oversized tops to get the look that will make you feel both comfortable and stylish as you follow in the footsteps of generations of women who have opted for a shirt dress.


Shirt dresses are the ideal day-to-night garment for women. They are the perfect option to go from the office to the bar. You can dress up or down these fashionable designs for every event, making them a wardrobe must. For a basic and classy style, shop for blue or white midi dresses. Cute flower and polka-dot prints can be used to mix things up. Long shirt dresses and oversized denim dresses are ideal for layering over jeans or leggings on weekends spent lounging. With these trendy looks, button-up shirts are no longer dull. Goddiva offers a vast selection of fashions from renowned manufacturers.


Andy Stephen

Andy Stephen

Goddiva, is a UK based womenswear online brand. We deliver sensational women’s clothing and are well known for our flawless occasion maxi dresses, jaw dropping bridesmaids dresses

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