Learn the 4th of July Shirt Dress Formula

As you’ve probably noticed, I tend to gravitate towards dresses more than anything. That’s because a good dress is an outfit unto itself! Little thinking or effort is required to pull together a look. Plus, dresses naturally have a feminine vibe, which I love.

In the summer, for casual affairs, a shirt dress is my go-to style. The embodiment of summer casual chic, these dresses are easy to wear, plus usually easy on the budget. When I found this one from Madewell, it was love at first sight. The swing shape makes this frock even more effortless on those hot summer days.

Bonus: With most shirt dresses being white or blue, these pieces lend themselves well to becoming a part of your Fourth of July outfit!

So, this fashion formula goes a little something like this:

Shirt Dress + Sneakers + Aviators + Clutch = Frugal Fourth of July Look

Keep scrolling to shop the fashion formula…

Shop the Shirt Dress Formula

Each exact piece I’m wearing costs less than $200! But just in case you’d like to tweak the outfit, here are some options for each piece of the formula. Mix and match as you please. In any case, you have a winning equation!

My Exact Look

Madewell shirt dress (less than $100 here) | Converse sneakers (less than $100 here) | Anthropologie cuff (less than $50 here) | Clare V clutch (less than $200 here) | Ray-Bay aviators (less than $200 here) | OPI nail polish (here) | Nars jungle red lipstick (here)

The Shirt Dress

The Sneakers

The Aviators

The Clutch


I love this formula, as it is one that any of us could easily replicate. Which pieces would you pick to recreate the formula? I’d love to know! Have a great day.


Photos by Maritere Rice 


  1. Love this look! Those kicks are fabulous. xo Julie

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Julie! 🙂

  2. Jane says:

    Love this super fun casual chic!
    xo, Jane

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Jane! It’s fun to go super casual sometimes. 🙂

  3. Vanessa says:

    Happy Wednesday, lovely! YOU look incredible! Seriously love stopping by your blog!
    I truly hope this day is as beautiful as you are, stunning lady!
    Sending you much love!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    1. Carrie says:

      So appreciated, Miss Vanessa! Xo –

  4. Ally says:

    Love the summery street style look and the bag and Converses work great together!

    Xo Ally


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Ally! A bit of a happy surprise, as I was wanting red Converse, but couldn’t find them in my size. In the end, I love the blue.

  5. Liz Lizo says:

    I love this outfit, especially the shoes and the clutch! This is the perfect outfit inspiration for the 4th of July.

    – Liz

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Liz! I appreciate you stopping by.

  6. jenessa says:

    Love this post, especially the shoes!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, J! I see we are on the same Converse page. 🙂

  7. Jess says:

    I love a good shirt dress too. This one is super cute, love the way that you styled it.

    Mimi & Chichi

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Jess!

  8. Sheri says:

    HI Carrie,
    What a fun post! I love it when you feature Madewell!

    I hope you are doing well.


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Sheri! Madewell has been knocking it out of the park with some great pieces.

  9. Jessica says:

    I’m obsessing over this quirky outfit! I love everything about it! It’s pretty and really cute.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Jessica! Quirky I am. Ha.

      Have a great day.

  10. Laura says:

    Absolutely adorable! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah thanks so much for stopping by, Laura!

  11. Liz says:

    I adore this look. It is fun and casual, yet super cute and put together. I don’t like wearing shorts so I’m all about easy dresses in the summer. Thanks for the inspiration!


    1. Carrie says:

      I’m more of a dress person too, Liz!

      Have a great day.

  12. 365hangers says:

    This could easily be our favorite 4th of July look so far. So chic and simple and perfect for any type of party. Adore!!

    xx 365Hangers

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah that means a lot coming from y’all! Thanks so much. Have a great day.

  13. Madison says:

    I’ve been looking for the perfect shirt dress and you helped me find it! Love your blog<3 You have such great style!


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Madison! I really like it. Such an easy shape to wear in those hot summer months.

  14. sarah says:

    Hi Carrie!!

    I’ve been thinking a lot about my fourth of July look (as it’s right around the corner now) and a shirt dress is such a great option! Plus, the casual sneakers make it totally perfect for any and all outdoor activities! Thanks for the inspiration!



    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Sarah! I really appreciate those comments, especially coming from you. 🙂

      Hope you’re having a great week!

  15. Maya says:

    It’s so simple, that’s why it’s also so lovely. I bet it’s also light so perfect for celebration. You look good in blue.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Maya! It is lightweight. And the way it falls away from the body keeps it extra cool.

      Have a great day!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Alyssa!

  16. Monic Sutter says:

    I love all the red white and blue in the last couple of posts !

    Simply Sutter

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, thanks for noticing, Monic! 😉

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