The ultimate shirt dresses – How to style them this season and beyond - Sika’a

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May 03, 2022 5 min read

A shirt dress is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own in your wardrobe. With the ability to take you from day to night, everyone needs an African print shirt dress in their arsenal. You can easily style these dresses in different ways to make them wearable all year round. In this blog post, we cover our selection of some of the ultimate shirt dresses in gorgeous African prints from Sika'a to fit every occasion. Let's get into it! 

The shirt dress to wear to a special event 

Whether it's a wedding, birthday, or important trip out, a special event calls for a special dress. Tap into beautiful feminine styles and bold African prints with the Azariah Shirt Dress. This dress is a midi-length shirt dress in a bright pastel yellow, perfect for the summer months. Patterned with blue designs, this dress can be transformed into a glam evening look with a pair of heels and statement heels. Make it more casual by throwing on a pair of trainers to comfortably make your way around town.

The shirt dress to wear on your nine to five

There's nothing more comfortable to wear to work than a shirt dress. In the summer months especially, this is a great alternative to the standard trouser and shirt combo. Stand out in the office with the Sika'a Mita Shirt Dress. This stunning mid-length dress strikes the perfect line between being fashionable and working appropriately. Covered in deep blue shell print and tie waist, it's one of our most popular dresses for busy women working the nine to five. The tailored fit of the dress makes it ideal for meetings and for making a great impression in those important presentations.

The shirt dress to wear on vacation 

The ultimate vacation destination is somewhere hot and with a great selection of beaches. This means a shirt dress has never been more warranted. The great thing about this type of dress is how comfortable they are in the heat. Remove the tie from your shirt dress to allow more airflow in warmer climates. When going on your next holiday vacay, make sure to pack our Rakiatou Shirt Dress. This long, statement African print dress is ideal for evening meals out abroad or lunches by the sea. The ankle-length gypsy skirt allows for movement and is airy on long, hot vacation days. The geometric print of the dress is unique and certain to make you stand out in any crowd. Find a pair of blue heeled sandals and a clutch bag to finish off the perfect holiday outfit. This dress aligns perfectly with the popular summer trend of hyper feminity.

The shirt dress to wear in the evening

A beautiful dress is simply a must for any evening out. Whether you are out for dinner or drinks, a decent shirt dress in your wardrobe allows complete versatility for every night's events. We suggest the Kaziah Shirt Dress for a fun and sophisticated take on classic evening attire. This ankle-length print dress is covered in warm amber hue prints, as well as being scattered with blue highlights throughout. The dress is made from the finest silk twill, making it one of the most luxurious evening outfits you'll find. This dress also gives you plenty of versatile options, with the ability to remove its belt and unbutton the collar for a more relaxed fit. Make sure to pair with killer heels and statement jewellery for an evening look no one will ever forget. 

The shirt dress to wear every day

One of the biggest reasons people always reach for a shirt dress is how comfortable they are. Unlike other dresses that cling to you, a shirt dress can be more relaxed and flowing for everyday wear. During the hotter summer months, there is no better outfit than the shirt dress, especially given the current hyper-feminine trend seen on every runway. The Imani tie-waist silk Shirt Dress is going to be your new best friend for running daily errands and seeing friends. Reaching just below knee level, this dress is perfect for casual summer days. It features a distinct blend of African colors so you can own any street you walk along. You can add the tie waist and buttoned collar if you're needing to smarten things up, making this one of the most versatile dresses we sell at Sika'a. Throw on a pair of sandals or trainers for busy days about town and accessorize with a big boho bag for the ultimate casual summer look.

Ways to accessorize with a shirt dress this summer

There's no better way to complement a shirt dress than with some stylish accessories. This truly helps to take your outfit to another level. Take a look at some of the ideas below when accessorizing your African shirt dress.

Summer hats

A big and bold summer hat is not only stylish but incredibly practical during summer. Keep the sun out of your eyes and play into the hyper-feminine trend by adding a wide-brimmed hat to your outfit. If you have a busy outfit, add a minimal block colour hat in a tan or white colour which compliments the summer weather.

Statement necklaces

A bold, statement necklace is the easiest way to dress up a shirt dress. It helps to bring an outfit from casual day attire through to an evening out with friends. Opt for chunky, statement necklaces that compliment the neckline and colouring of your shirt dress.


A hat is great for a summer's day but not so transferable for evening events. That's where headbands come in. Make sure to find a delicate or statement headband, depending on the desired look, to pair with your African shirt dress. We recommend a headband in a matching fabric to the dress. This works to tie together the whole outfit and gives a feel of sophistication and class.


No summer look is complete without a pair of sunglasses. Once again they are practical in summer and can be used to accessorize as well. Depending on how busy your outfit is, why not go for a pair of statement sunnies to really stand out from the crow. Try to find bold colors such as reds and yellows. A big round or square frame helps to create that classic summer holiday look.

It's clear the only addition to your wardrobe this summer needs to be a Sika'a shirt dress. Our vast selection of beautiful African print dresses means there truly is something for everyone. Check out our entire selection of dresses here on our website and make sure you're summer ready with the ultimate shirt dress!

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