Patterned Shirt Dress

 houston silk dress

Paper Crown Silk Dress c/o Gambita  /  Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote  /  ASSETS tights  /  Sam Edelman Felicia Flats  /  Blu Bijoux earrings  /  MAC Lipstick in “Angel”

As a petite woman, the thought of wearing a shirt dress scares me. The entire concept of a shirt dress is a dress that fits more like a shirt, meaning it’s loose and comfortable with the sophisticated button-up style of most blouses. However, when you’re skinny and short, items like this can totally overwhelm your frame. Luckily, there are a handful of designers out there that cater to petite women, including my new favorite, Gambita.

Gambita is an online retailer created to sell clothes exclusively for petite women. Can I get an Amen? I’ve been waiting to find a store like this forever, and I’m so grateful to Brenna for introducing me to Caroline’s awesome shop and business venture.

paper crown dress

This Paper Crown silk dress fits like a dream. It’s incredibly comfortable, yet still dressy enough for work. My office is business-casual, meaning that a cute shirt dress and tights are more on the dressy end of the spectrum. I decided to belt my shirt dress to emphasize my waist and elongate my frame- someone all petite women should try.

To finish off the dress, I added some black tights (it’s chilly here in NJ!), my go-to Longchamp work bag and a pair of Sam Edelman flats I just invested in. They are super comfortable so far, so let’s pray no blisters form!

gambita style dress

Are you a fan of shirt dresses? If you’re petite, how do you wear them? 

P.S.  Use the discount code “Gambita4LifeUnsweetened” for 25% off your order at checkout. Look out for another fun look from Gambita next week!


  1. I love shirt dresses and this pattern is great for one! It lets you dress it up or wear more casual. I love your flats but it would probably also look really cute with boots!

  2. Really pretty dress – looks great on you! I haven’t tried a shirt dress yet, but I really like this one. Glad you found a pair of flats!

  3. You are precious in this dress!!! Glad you finally found a site that caters only to petite sizes. I wish I could wear it!! 🙂 Fingers crossed for no blisters!!

  4. that dress is gorgeous! i’m wearing a shirtdress right now with almost the exact same combo you have — belt, black tights & black shoes. they’re so easy, esp. for work.

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