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The heatwave is HERE, but what to wear? For staying cool in the sizzling summer rays while still maintaining your air of chic, nothing is more weather and wardrobe appropriate than a crisp shirt dress. From classic boyfriend shirts to button-throughs with directional detailing, there’s a multitude to choose from — just make sure you pick one that’s oversized, with bags of room to breathe. Without further ado, here are three shirt dresses for minimalist cool no matter the budget.


Sometimes a plain white shirt is just that — a little bit plain. So, enter this from ASOS DESIGN. With its boxy silhouette, the classic shirt is updated with a cutesy feminine frill. Wear with anything (from sneakers to sandals) and team it with jeans on cooler days. This is your "buy now, wear forever" shirt.

ASOS DESIGN peplum mini shirt dress, $32


The toothpaste stripe just got a whole load more stylish, with this oversized shirt from ASOS WHITE. Asymmetric ruching down the front adds a bit of shape, while the A-line-style skirt provides a sleek touch. Perfect for when the boyfriend shirt feels a little too boyfriend.


ASOS WHITE shirt dress in stripe, $103

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Trust the Scandinavians to master the shirt dress. This aqua stripe, shift-like midi from one of our favorite Copenhagen-based labels, Mads Noorgard, is just the ticket for sunny day outfit dilemmas. With side splits, a tie-back fastening and cool capped sleeves, this dress is one you’ll never tire of wearing.


Mads Norgaard stripe shirt dress, $198