21 Summer-Worthy Plus Size Shirtdresses

by Mariah Carrillo

Is there any garment that better epitomizes the carefree charm of summer dressing than the easygoing plus size shirtdress? This style is a great way to stay cool and comfortable in warm weather while still looking polished and put together — an enviable combination for any closet. Plus, the shirtdress is wildly versatile; whether you love funky prints and a flirty, full-skirted silhouette, or you prefer a more subdued, minimal design, there's likely a piece out there that will suit your preferences.

I love the shirtdress because it doesn't require a lot of fussing to look good. Whether I'm looking for a simple, pack-able vacation dress, or I just want to feel relaxed but chic at my nine-to-five, I know I can throw on one simple item for an instant casual outfit that still looks intentional.

I'm super excited to see all the cute, unique shirtdress designs currently available in plus sizes. From statement prints to plaid tunics to minimalist midis, there's an amazing selection of options to choose from, so you can express your individual style with ease. So, if you love a stylish casual look that's warm-weather approved, look no further than these 21 fabulous designs that will make summer style a breeze.

1. Good Enough To Eat

It's An Inspired Taste Dress, Sizes XS - 4X, $119.99, Modcloth

If you regularly Instagram your breakfast, know the difference between arugula and endive, and consider Julia Child your patron saint, this veggie-print shirtdress is for you. This polished yet playful piece will take you from the grower's market to your favorite farm-to-table restaurant with ease.

2. Handcrafted Minimalism

Patton Dress, One Size Plus, $255, Hackwith Design House

This oversized shirtdress is created by hand in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the kind of quality craftsmanship and attention to detail that signal an heirloom in the making. Subtle but lovely details like a soft, washed stone shade, cuffed sleeves, and self-tie make this understated piece an instant classic.

3. The Pleasures Of Plaid

Sleeveless Plaid Shirt Dress, Sizes 0X - 4X, $54, Maurices

The perfect easygoing essential for summer road trips, this plaid mini livens up a simple shape with a classic campground print and a peekaboo back detail. You'll feel ready for any adventure when you look this good.

4. Sweet Sunshine

Contrast Banded Poplin Shirt Dress, Sizes XS - 6X, $54.95, Eshakti

For a crisp, cheerful look that's office-approved, this sunny yellow dress from Eshakti will have you covered. The breathable poplin construction should keep you cool, and the tailored shape is polished perfection.

5. The Oxford Reborn

Tie-Waist Oxford Shirt Dress, Sizes 14 - 24, $89.90, Eloquii

An updated, feminine spin on a menswear classic, this Oxford-inspired shirtdress is breezy perfection, from the faux-sleeve tie-waist, to the crisp blue and white stripe pattern. Show off sun-kissed shoulders with the strappy, sleeveless design.

6. Floral Finesse

Floral Sleeveless Shirt Dress, Sizes 14 - 24, $41, ASOS

For a take on florals that's anything but frilly, try this sleeveless shirtdress from ASOS Curve. With a slim, fitted shape and a charcoal gray shade that offsets the sweetness of the print, this style is an unexpectedly sophisticated take on the flower-print sundress.

7. Tomboy Tunic

Naos Tunic, Sizes 10 - 24, $91, Carmakoma

Show off a boyish sense of style with an oversized plaid tunic for a modern take on casual dressing. Chest pockets and a buttoned collar add a little extra interest.

8. Femme Fantastic

The Dannielle Shirt Dress, Sizes 14 - 24, $149.99, Addition Elle

Embrace your inner girly-girl with this pink confection from Nicolette Mason's Addition Elle collab. Featuring a mesh bodice, lace skirt, and satin details, this sweet shirtdress will have you looking at the world through rose-colored glasses.

9. Polished Pinstripes

Fit And Flare Pinstripe Shirt Dress, Sizes 14 - 24, $99.90, Eloquii

For a buttoned-up look that's far from boring, this tailored pinstripe dress will take you from work to play with a quick change of accessories. Forgo suit dressing in favor of a lighter look for a fresh take on office style.

10. Bare-Shouldered Bliss

Off-The-Shoulder Sundress, Sizes 12 - 24, $52, ASOS

Feel the sun on your skin in this subtly nautical off-the-shoulder shirtdress. Crisp blue and white stripes keep the sexy shape casual and fresh.

11. Great Lengths

Slinky Midi Dress, Sizes 12 - 20, $51, Missguided

Keep it sleek in a pale gray midi with button-front detailing. This piece is sexy enough to wear out on the town, but sophisticated enough for work.

12. Totally Twirl-Worthy

Shirt Dress By Christian Siriano, Sizes 10 - 28, $128, Lane Bryant

If you love ladylike dressing with a retro vibe, then you'll absolutely adore this piece from Christian Siriano's recent collaboration with Lane Bryant. A subtle jacquard fabric, mesh inserts, and bell sleeves update a classic style for maximum femme fabulousness.

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13. Indigo Blue

Indigo Chambray Shirt Dress, Sizes XS - 6X, $64.95, Eshakti

What do you get when you mix a classic shirtdress style with easy, iconic chambray? A chic and casual staple you'll wear forever.

14. Feminine Flounce

Poplin Shirt Dress With Flounce, Sizes 14 - 28, $110.90, Eloquii

From the rich, wine shade to the pretty gathered hem, this ladylike shirtdress has everything a romantic heart could desire. Wear it for an afternoon of meetings or out on a date; with this stylish design, you can't go wrong.

15. Check It Out

Shirt Dress In Sketchy Check Print, Sizes 12 - 24, $57, ASOS

Looking good just got easier with this relaxed, checked shirtdress that will go equally well with sneakers or heels. Roll up the sleeves for just the right dose of slouchy cool.

16. Fresh Linen

Linen Shirt Dress, Sizes 14 - 24, $95, Addition Elle

Beat the heat in the quintessential summer fabric. This simple but versatile style will provide a polished foundation for countless warm-weather outfits.

17. On The Dot

Summer School Cool Dress, Sizes XS - 4X, $59.99 Modcloth

You'll feel undeniably adorable in this dotted navy gem of a dress with a short, flouncy skirt, ruched sleeves, and a fitted, tie-back waist. Plus, it has pockets. You're welcome.

18. Light Layers

Striped Tie-Front Shirt Dress, Sizes 14 - 28, $99.90, Eloquii

Soft, sheer, and simple, this tie-front tunic is the ideal warm weather layering solution. This feather-light design will have you feeling fresh as a summer breeze.

19. The Swing Of Things

Michel Studio Swing Dress With Tie, Sizes 14 - 24, $120, Addition Elle

A graphic stripe print brings some bold edge to an easy shape. Cinch the waist of this sharp shirtdress with the included tie belt, or leave it loose for a more dramatic shape.

20. Hip To Be Square

Silk Blue Shirt Dress, Sizes 1X - 3X, $190, Jibri

Go luxe with pure silk in a mod square print. The shorter length is great for showing off your legs.

21. White On White

Button Down Lace Inset Shirt Dress, Sizes 14 - 24, $89.90, Eloquii

A little lace goes a long way on this crisp, clean shirtdress. You'll enjoy the way this piece injects just the right amount of effortless feminine style into your wardrobe.

Whatever your style, a great shirtdress is an easy way to upgrade your casual outfit routine. From relaxed basics to feminine frills, you'll love the effortless chicness this piece adds to your wardrobe.

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