Searching For…White Shirtdress

As soon as I ordered the Gingham Sandals with the Ankle Wraps I knew I wanted a white shirtdress to wear with them. Now, I have the J.Crew Short-Sleeve Shirtdress but I wanted something more structured as well as flattering. The J.Crew white shirtdress is too short for the sandals, which has a 3 5/8 inch heel. I liked the Michael Kors white dress but the arms looked like they might run a little tight.

I found a few dresses at TheRealReal but not in my size. The Ralph Lauren dress was sleeveless and eyelet, making it too Summery. So, what did I find?

The Sophia Shirt Dress from Boden and it was on sale. I ordered the white in an 8 Regular. It is a perfect fit! It’s a little stretchy but not too much. It has cap sleeves and is a fit-and-flare style with the length hitting me just at the knee. Perfect!


You can see the pockets on the white shirtdress dress and I am wearing nude-colored undergarments. I think this works instead of finding a slip to wear under the skirt portion.


The most surprising and best part of the dress are the reverse buttons. I don’t know what the official name is but basically, the dress buttons to the inside and outside. This is especially helpful at the waist and bust where gaping can happen.


And, to tag along with the shirtdress, I found the cutest booties. They style is very reminiscent of my Rag & Bone Newbury Booties (TheRealReal in Leopard). I love the Leopard calf-hair on these and the stacked 3 1/2 inch heel. There’s a low-heeled bootie if you prefer that instead. I am usually a 7/37 but Boden suggested I order a size 38. They fit a little loose in the toe box but I am pretty sure I bought the right size. I will be wearing socks with these so that will help make them more snug.


The zippers are on both sides of the bootie, in case you need a wider space to get your foot in.




Through tonight you can take 20% off at Boden. That will decrease to 15% on Friday and 10% Saturday and Sunday. If you have an account you should see a code or prices automatically updated to reflect the discount.


  1. marianne
    September 8, 2016 / 2:49 pm


    Love the dress on you…..How does it run— I am always nervous buying overseas. I think I would be a size 8 as well, I also have the J Crew shirtdress, I bought the M and had to have to top taken it. Let me knwo



    • audreybella
      September 8, 2016 / 4:00 pm

      Marianne – This runs TTS. I am pretty consistently a size 8 in J Crew dresses and the 8 Regular is perfect. I found I’m an 8 or Medium in Boden too. There’s also a Chambray version which I think I’ll be purchasing. Best of all, both of those colors/options are $48!

      • audreybella
        September 8, 2016 / 4:13 pm

        Oh darn! The price went up a little on the white dress. It’s $59 now.

  2. Tati
    September 8, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    We’re on a similar wavelength, girl! After I retired a pretty, sleeveless, eyelet white dress from the Gap this past summer, I was on the hunt for a white dress that would show off my tan. Didn’t find anything that I loved, but I am loving the simplicity of your white dress here — I love how it can be dressed up in different ways, with different belts or shoes. Boden has such nice quality pieces. You look so darn cute!

    • audreybella
      September 8, 2016 / 4:02 pm

      Tati – There are a few different colors on sale but the white and Chambray are $48 each…really great deals, IMO. And there are plenty of sizes available. Boden runs TTS for me. I really do love the way the buttons are set up. If one happens to come undone, you are not fully exposed!

      • audreybella
        September 8, 2016 / 4:14 pm

        They did a switcheroo, or I was seeing things, but the white dress is $59 and the chambray is $48.