Finally! Everlane has finally made a shirtdress made for us short gals! And when Everlane gets it right, man oh man do they get it right! Their cotton collarless belted shirt dress is the kind of shirt dress I've been looking for. The dress looked so promising I ordered both color variations (solid navy and the striped white and blue), and also tried it in two different sizes to see which one would fit better.
First the striped version in a size 4:
I love that this dress cuts above the knees, unlike the majority of Everlane's shirt dresses (actually I think this might be one of the shortest ones they've ever made). I also love that it's belted, so the shirt dress doesn't look like a tent on me (also unlike the majority of Everlane's shirt dresses). And last but not least, the sleeve length is perfect for my chicken wings (aka triceps). Oh, and it has pockets. This is without a doubt my most favorite dress from Everlane to date. It's simple but works for so many occasions, from a casual work place dress to a cute picnic outfit. I can just throw this on and I'm pretty much ready for most occasions.
I found the size 4 to be a great fit. I was able to wrap the belted twice around my waist and tie it in a small knot, but I also like the look of it wrapped once around and tied in the front (like below). I'm wearing the navy blue shirt dress in a size 2. To be honest there wasn't too much of a difference between the two sizes. The smaller size was just slightly more fitted, but since you use the belt to define the waist anyway, both a 4 and a 2 worked pretty much the same.
In the end though, I decided I don't really need 2 of the same dress. And of the two color variations I like the striped white and blue one better: it felt better suited as a summer dress. For some reason the solid blue one kind of reminded me of a communist nursing outfit (not that I've seen one IRL but that's what I imagine it might look like--it's probably the collarless neckline that gives me that idea).
Anyway I couldn't be happier with the striped belted shirt dress. And the kind of material that Everlane chose to use is all kinds of awesome (on their site they say it's a slow-spun cotton from Japan). This 100% cotton material is super soft and feels really durable, but it isn't prone to wrinkling (unlike cotton poplin). A plate of greasy Mexican food flipped onto the dress and I kind of freaked out, but I just used my favorite stain remover, threw it in the wash (washed cold) and it was perfectly fine. I also just threw it in the dryer like normal and there were hardly any wrinkles (as long as you take it out and hang while it's still a bit warm).
Anyway if you're looking for the perfect summer shirt dress and you are on the petite side, you definitely should try out this shirt dress. It's a clear winner in my book! You can find all of Everlane's items here and all my Everlane reviews here.