10 of the best shirt dresses that are perfect for transitioning from summer to autumn

With summer looking like it’s officially ended, our wardrobes may be feeling a little outdated, and we might be keen to invest in some gorgeous transitional pieces that work for September and October, before the winter chill arrives.

Luckily, the humble shirt dress is on hand to work perfectly for this; in all sorts of styles, it’s the perfect versatile piece that works just as well for returning to the office as it does for drinks out in the evening. And it’s a silhouette that we’re all keen on, if numbers are anything to go by.

The search term ‘shirt dress’ has been so popular this year in fact that back in April it was reported that it had risen by 1,900 per cent, according to shopping app LIKEtoKNOW.it. After months of loungewear, shoppers were keen to push the leggings and jumpers aside (with glee, we might add), and look forward to more carefree days when our outfits reflected that mood.

The shirt dress is a hardworking item that never really goes out of style, thanks to its versatility, practicality and ability to adapt to current trends. Plus, shirt dresses can take on any hemline, from mini to midi to maxi, making it an accessible style for everyone.

We’ve found 10 of our favourite shirt dresses on the high street that you can wear with tights or bare legs if you’re still not ready to let go of summer. 

10 of the best shirt dresses to shop now:

Jeanette Dress in Beige, £145, Sezane

Sezane’s grown up dress will look gorgeous with some western style ankle boots and a denim jacket.

Lori Black Ditzy Rose Shirt Dress, £165, Kitri

You can always count on Kitri to bring the goods with their dress collection, and this floral style has to be one of their best yet.

Murinda Corduroy Organic Cotton Midi Shirt Dress, £79.95, Thought Clothing

All you need to know about this wardrobe staple is that it has pockets.

Violeta Dress, £218, Reformation

You truly can’t beat a crisp white shirt; mix things up this season by making it a dress. 

Lisa Cord Shirt Dress, £99, Hush

Hush’s cord offering is perfect for Autumn with its slightly weightier fabric and perfect khaki hue. 

Faux-leather shirt dress, £49.99, Mango

Another great Autumn option due to its faux leather design, this dress also comes in black. 

Printed Shirt Dress, £79, Arket

Arket’s fun monochrome buy proves shirt dresses can still be super youthful and vibrant. 

Midi shirt dress, £25, Monki

Monki’s versatile, flattering buy comes in a load of colours and prints for you to choose from, including this polka dot number. 

Tate Dress, £54 (was £91), The Odder Side

This naturally crinkled buy works like an oversized shirt, and means no iron is required. It also comes in a rust orange. 

Button Through Dress, £60, Damson Madder

We love how this psychedelic number has been styled over jeans for maximum impact.