How To Style A White Shirtdress Outfit for Women Over 50 High Low

Almost as important as that little black dress in your wardrobe is owning a little white dress. And one of the most versatile styles for spring and summer is the white shirtdress. It’s the dress version of our favorite wardrobe essential, the white button down shirt. It creates a blank canvas for accessories while it keeps you crisp and cool in the warmer months of the year. I put together this accessory-loaded white shirtdress outfit for women over 50 and styled it high low.

What is High Low Styling?

You can wear this outfit with all high-end (and high-priced) designer fashion, or get a similar look with low-priced pieces. Or you can also mix up the high and low fashion for what is known as high low styling. I’m showing you the high-end version of  this outfit on the left and the low-priced version on the right. This is a good way to pick and choose which pieces you like best from both sides. I recommend mixing in at least one high-end piece, and your entire outfit will be elevated.

Why You Need a White Shirtdress

Here are good reasons to add a white shirt dress to your wardrobe for spring and summer.


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1. A white shirtdress is flattering! A shirt collar is universally flattering on most women and can be adjusted to have a more open V with the buttons. It also has long sleeves (that women over 50 love) and the cotton fabric is not clingy. When belted, it softly defines your waistline and figure.

2. It’s versatile. A white shirtdress can be worn multiple ways. You can choose to cinch it with a variety of belts, wear it with a colorful scarf, or you can wear it open over a t-shirt and jeans or a slim t-shirt dress, like a jacket. It is also a wonderful vacation piece because it can be worn as a chic swimsuit cover-up and you can dress it up or down. Wear a white shirtdress casually with flat sandals or dress it up with metallic high heel mules and shiny gold or even sparkly crystal jewelry.

3. It’s cool and comfortable. The lightweight woven fabric (usually in a cotton or cotton blend) is comfortable in the warm weather months. The long sleeves cover you from sun exposure and the loose fit is easy to wear. And since it is a dress, it’s a one and done fashion item! Just slip one on with a pair of shoes or sandals and you are ready for your day.

White Shirtdress Outfit for Women Over 50

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Here is a stylish way to wear a white shirt dress! Add a belt to give it a fitted and polished look, slip on some easy-to-walk-in sandals, grab a straw handbag and don’t forget your shades. And you have options to style it high and low.

The White Shirtdress

There is a huge variety of shirtdress styles available, but a basic style like this Joseph Montague belted pleated cotton-poplin shirt dress for $645 is a good investment piece. It has stylish puff sleeves and comes with a self belt. The long midi length makes is easy-to-wear, too. However Nordstrom offers this Oversize Three-Quarter Sleeve Shirtdress, so you can get the look for less.

The Waist-Defining Belt

Add some shape and definition to your waistline with an interesting belt in canvas and leather trim. This Valentino Garavani Sculpture VLogo Monogram Canvas Belt for $670 is amazing. This belt is one to collect and wear all year round as well as for years to come. But if you want a more affordable option, this Ann Taylor Woven Straw Trouser Belt will do the trick for $74.50.

The Flat Black Slingback Sandals

These Marni Crisscross Slingback Flat Sandals for $690 are worth every penny because you can also wear them with pants, jeans, skirts, shorts and other dresses all summer long. This comfortable style is sought after by many women who are shoe collectors, especially in black! But leave it to Steve Madden for offering a somewhat similar design for a lot less cash. These Steve Madden Mona Sandals are only $89.95.

The Straw Handbag

Another summer wardrobe essential is a small straw handbag! Thecrème de la crème is this Valentino Garavani Medium Roman Stud Faux Raffia Bag. It is truly amazing with its gold rockstuds, top handle, chain shoulderstrap and beautifully woven raffia for $3,550. But if amazing designer work-of-art handbags are not your thing, this KE-US Straw Women Crossbody Bag from Walmart is only $11.84! (Well, the color is the same at least.)

The Oval Frame Sunglasses

A universally flattering sunglasses shape that is trending this season is the oval frame. These Celine Eyewear oval-frame acetate sunglasses in black are perfection for $420. Not as drool-worthy, but for a lot less cash, you can pick up these Frye 53mm Oval Sunglasses for only

Shop The White Shirtdress Outfit High and Low


Joseph Montague Belted Pleated Cotton-poplin Shirt Dress, $645

Valentino Garavani Sculpture VLogo Monogram Canvas Belt, $670

Marni Crisscross Slingback Flat Sandals, $690

Valentino Garavani Medium Roman Stud Faux Raffia Bag, $3,550

Celine Eyewear Oval-frame Acetate Sunglasses, $420

Total High-End Outfit: $5,975


Nordstrom Oversize Three-Quarter Sleeve Shirtdress, $89

Ann Taylor Woven Straw Trouser Belt, $74.50

Steve Madden Mona Sandal, $89.95

KE-US Fashion Straw Women Crossbody Bag, $11.84

Frye 53mm Oval Sunglasses

Total Low-Priced Outfit: $333.29

Do you want a white shirtdress for spring and summer? How would you style it, high or low?

Carol Calacci

You may also like to read Style This Comfortable Travel Outfit for Women Over 50 High or Low and How to Style An Easter Dress Outfit for Women Over 50 High or Low

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