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Outfit Formula #13: The Tee Shirt Dress

Outfit Formula #13: The Tee Shirt Dress

Tee shirt dresses are where it’s at. They are the perfect throw-on piece for mild and warm weather days working from home, running errands, and traveling.

If you hate shortsthrow on a tee shirt dress.

If you need an alternative to capris (please!)throw on a tee shirt dress.

If you want to be comfortable and not sacrifice being cute – throw on a tee shirt dress.

So today, the tee shirt dress is the center of our 13th (Lucky 13!)  Outfit Formula. 

The Tee Shirt Dress

What’s great about the tee shirt dress, aside from it’s versatility, is that it’s wildly affordable. Could you spend 100s of dollars? I guess, but why would you?

Today’s featured dress is this Crewneck Maxi Dress, from Amazon’s Daily Ritual brand for just under $30.  

I’m featuring a long length, but you can wear a length that works for you. They have lots of other options, like this one that hits above the knee

Another option, in all sizes is this one from Old Navy, in regular, petite, and tall in sizes XXS – 4X. It’s an extra 30% off today, so the price is similar to the one featured above. 

Between stores like Old Navy, H&M and Amazon you have endless options. 


Below is the Basic Formula to focus on: 

And here it is brought to life two ways:


Black maxi crewneck dress with either a denim jacket, straw hat, tan crossbody, and tan sandals or a red and back striped sweater, black crossbody, white sneakers and gold hoops


Crewneck Maxi Dress, $29 | Denim Jacket, $118 |  Sweater, $40 | Sandal, $152 |  Sneaker, $120 |  Tan bag, $199 | Crossbody, $90 | Straw Hat, $39 | Hoops, $14

Let’s start with the sweater. 

We talk a lot about why layers are important, mainly because they add interest. But the challenge in warm weather is that you start to shed those outfit-finishing layers. 

Good news is  there’s a new trend, that’s reminiscent of the 80’s, where you throw a sweater over your shoulder, with no real intention of wearing it. 

So here, I added this black and white stripe sweater, another affordable Amazon find. All you do is fold the neckline of the sweater under, and lay it on your shoulder with the sleeves hanging in front.

Then, the white sneakers I keep going back to, the NIKE Air Force 1 Shadow Sneaker. These are really cool. I like the all white, dimensional details and extra sporty feel.

For a bag, I have the first of two deals on Marc Jacob bags, starting with this simple black cross body for $90, marked down from $225

And, because I love them,  my favorite Amazon hoops.

Moving over, grab your denim jacket. 

The kids over on TikTok are trying to tell us that denim jackets are out and I would like you to ignore them.

They’re not, they are a timeless wardrobe essential. 

And here, it works so well.

In this look, I’m using this J.Crew Classic light wash jacket, available in XXS – 3X. It’s a fantastic option if you need a new one. 

For the bag, another Marc Jacobs deal, this one is a  crossbody in a gorgeous tan for $200, marked down from $300.

You have a lot of shoe options here.

I’m featuring these Tory Burch Miller Sandals because they are also marked down at Nordstrom. Sizes are getting limited. 

Alternatively, you can wear these dupes that we featured yesterday, available at DSW for under $50.

But any flat and comfortable sandal will look great. 

And if you’re like me, and love a hat, J.Crew has a pretty option for under $40

Don’t miss our other formulas, you can see us work our way to 52 here.

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Outfit Formula #13: The Tee Shirt Dress

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Friday 10th of June 2022

I have been doing the t-shirt dress layered under a linen button down shirt. Shirt is unbuttoned, sleeves rolled, tied at the waist. I have a big chest, short torso and carry weight in the middle, and this combo is super flattering and slimming on me. Comfy too!

Andrea Kennedy

Wednesday 21st of September 2022

@Rachel, I love your idea because I have the same type of body proportions and I have a T-shirt dress that I haven’t known what to do with. Sounds like a solution to me!

Megan Kristel

Friday 10th of June 2022

Love that. Thanks for sharing.


Tuesday 19th of April 2022

Thank you for reminding us to ignore the kids on TikTok about denim jackets! They ARE classic & timeless!! Anyway, why take fashion advice from anyone who currently wears high-waisted mom jeans and scrunchies when we’ve been there & done that & know better? I’m still traumatized by some my pics from back in the day when I wore these things, as well as those hideous banana clips (lawdy-LAWD)!

Tracy Gray

Thursday 24th of March 2022

I love the tee shirt dress and many of my friends wear them and look great. But for me I can never find the right one that fits me and looks good. So I’m going to try again with your suggestions. Thank you!!! Im hopeful! Also I love throwing a sweater over the shoulders.

Beth Crawford

Thursday 24th of March 2022

I love this series ! I am very interested in the dress, have you tried it yourself? I just wonder if it runs true to size. I’m a solid 16, apple shape and I am concerned if it will cling in my tummy area.


Thursday 24th of March 2022

You are speaking my love language with a tee shirt dress! I live in dresses in the summer here in humid NC :) And I absolutely agree with Jessica that the Outfit Formula series is the BEST!

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