T-shirt dresses are something I overlooked for far too long. They’re relaxed, comfortable, and come in breathable fabrics, making them a versatile wardrobe staple, especially for the casual vibe of summer! Cotton shirt dresses can be worn so many ways as the weather warms up—styled as a coverup poolside, with sandals on vacation, or belted for date night—but when I’m craving casual comfort my favorite is a t-shirt dress outfit with sneakers.
T-Shirt Dress Outfit with Sneakers
This pairing is a cinch to recreate, but there are a few details that will help your final look feel more polished. So let’s dive in! See below for how to style a t-shirt dress outfit with sneakers with tips on dress length, layering, sneaker selection, and accessories.
How to Style a T-Shirt Dress with Sneakers
1. Pick a Dress Length that Works for Your Height
Since I’m tall, I’m partial to maxi and midi dresses as they’re practical for busy days when I’m moving about.
If you opt for a maxi dress, look for a floor length hemline (should skim the top of the foot or the ankles) to help elongate your figure. I recently added this maxi shirt dress to my wardrobe, which has gorgeous drape that adds a touch of elegance.
Mini dresses aren’t off the table, but I find them most flattering on petites—the addition of sneakers will add a sporty look to an otherwise “twiggier” summer outfit.
2. Look for Sneakers that Pair Well
I’m one for the classics when it comes to shoes, but if you want to wear an on-trend style with this look, go for it! Either way, I recommend a low top sneaker as high tops can have a shortening effect on the legs when worn with dresses.
White sneaker brands I recommend include Veja, Golden Goose, and Common Projects. If you’re craving something brighter than a crisp white sneaker, Veja makes pretty pastel shoes and Golden Goose is known for unique colorways.
3. Layer & Accessorize
Even in peak summer, I like to have a denim jacket, blazer, or cardigan on hand for comfort in the A/C. A denim jacket is my go to when wearing a shirt dress because it can be tied around my waist if I heat up (and compliments the waistline as a bonus).
Accessorize with a woven bag and sunnies, then choose your jewelry based on the neckline of the dress. For crewneck styles, I recommend rings, earrings, or a bracelet. For v-neck, button down, and off the shoulder styles, a simple necklace will look perfect.
4. Think Outside the Box
The most common t-shirt dress and sneakers outfit combos you’ll see are a short sleeve solid or white dress with white shoes, but I encourage you to think outside the box! Shirt dresses are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, from striped button downs to floral long sleeves and pastel sleeveless.
A few non-traditional t shirt dress outfit ideas to get your style wheels turning:
- Continue the relaxed feel of this striped dress with espadrille sneakers.
- Give an elevated floral shirt dress a casual spin with coordinating white and pink sneakers.
- Go bold by pairing this blue & sage casual dress with sneakers in the same palette.
If you’re looking for t-shirt dresses and sneakers to add to your wardrobe this summer, here are a few options I have my eye on this season.