What’s your preference? Drinking tea with a piece of cake in front of the television? Teeing off at your favorite golf course? Neither? Then may I suggest a different T: The T-Shirt Dress.

T-Shirt dresses are the perfect choice of dress as they combine comfort and style for an on the go look that is quick to put together.


A shirtdress is a style of dress that borrows details from a man’s shirt, generally with buttons up the front and long sleeves that button at the wrist. Often, these dresses are made up of crisp fabrics including cotton and silk, much like a men’s dress shirt. Enter the T-Shirt dress, a variation of the original shirtdress.

T-Shirt Dress Fun Fact: T-Shirt dresses began being produced in the 1960s, and are simply an elongated version of a T-Shirt.

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T-Shirt dresses can be dressed up or down, depending on the shoes and jewelry that you use to accessorize. You can turn a sporty T-Shirt dress, worn with tennis shoes or sandals, into a chic T-Shirt dress by adding a belt around the waist, taking off your sensible shoes and sliding your feet into high heels. Or, better yet, cover your feet with knee high boots or thigh high boots. Okay, ankle boots look fantastic too.

T-Shirt Dress Fun Fact: Since most T-Shirt dresses are typically cut without a seam at the waist, these dresses often have a looser fit. This makes the T-Shirt dress an ideal clothing choice when your dinner includes an overflowing buffet table or youre stuck in sticky, hot, humid weather.

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Shirtdress Fun Fact: Shirtdresses were at one time called “shirtwaist dresses” when they first became fashionable during the 1950s. The 1950s version of the shirtdress was launched as part of Christian Dior’s post-World War II “new look” couture designs. Your shirt is too long, you say? Why let a good shirt go to waste? Wear it as a dress for great fashion taste.


I suppose I should be wearing a T-Shirt dress as I write this post, but I’m not. I did, however, buy a darling T-Shirt dress last week (black and white stripes) that I will definitely get my money’s worth out of in the summer months. Bring it on summer. I love the long, warm, wonderful days of summer.

Even in sweltering heat, you’ll never look a mess wearing a T-Shirt dress.

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“Would you like to get together for tea?”
“I”m a diet coke girl myself, but I’ll still join you. I’ll wear the T!”

Now that’s my idea of a grand T-time!


Always look your best in a T-Shirt dress! Cool, confident, classy!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

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