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As Seen In - Belted Shirt Dress

As Seen In is a feature that highlights how to recreate an outfit or specific item from a recent publication with pre-loved pieces. Having updated, on-trend style is achievable without always shopping new. Shopping secondhand is better for your budget, kinder to the earth, and awesome for creating a unique personal style. This month's item is the belted shirt dress featured in "Best Dressed" from the April 2019 issue of Real Simple. The dresses pictured offer options from solids to stripes, to florals and geometric prints.

These range in price from $90-$498. I certainly agree with the sub-heading, "A built-in belt adds shape and makes you feel put-together without even trying," but I had no trouble finding pre-loved options that cost a fraction of the price! Of course I would encourage you to shop this classic style from your closet first, but if you're looking to add one to your wardrobe there are so many good used options. While I can't share the inventory from your local thrift or consignment shops, I bet they have several in stock to choose from. I did find a dozen options on thredUP just to give you a sample of the styles and pricing you can snag secondhand.

It may sound strange coming from someone whose job it is to help women with their wardrobe, but I don't like telling women what they have to own. I want my clients to own and wear what they feel amazing in vs. what is on a "Must Have" list. That being said, having a shirt dress in your closet is NOT a bad idea. For anyone. Depending on the finishing details and the fabric, a shirt dress is one of the most flattering and versatile items you can wear. It is awesome for newly pregnant, postpartum, and nursing mamas too. Here are a few options for styling this super functional item that you can and should pick up secondhand. All selections are also from thredUP. Casual: Add a hands-free cross body bag and white lace up or slip on sneakers for time with the family.

Dressy Casual: For a Sunday brunch choose a flat or wedge espadrille sandal and a beautiful woven or leather tote.

Polished: Shirt dresses go to work with neutral heels and a fitted blazer (that doesn't have to be basic black).

I hope it's really clear that a shirt dress can work for lots of personal styles, lots of body types, and lots of occasions. If you have one in your closet that's not seeing a lot of action I hope the styling suggestions here help you find new ways to take her for a spin. And of course, if you're looking for a "new" one, I hope you'll consider a new-to-you beauty. Have one you love - what are its best features? Looking for one to love - what details are you hoping to find? #asseenin #styling #dresses #onepiecethreeways

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