When you want a dress with a little breathing room but that still looks cute, a shift dress is the answer.
A shift dress is similar to a sheath dress, but here’s the difference. It hangs loosely from the shoulder, falls straight down, and does not cinch at the waist as a sheath. It’s also roomier at the hips. This makes it a casual, comfy dress, especially if you are having a ” fat day.”
Shift dresses were all the rage in the ’60s when Twiggy and Jackie O wore them, which are still popular today. The only problem is that the same thing we love about shift dresses, namely the lack of waist/hip definition, can sometimes make you look heavy and matronly. Here’s what to do to get around that.
1. Wear A Shift Dress that is Slightly Tailored
Some shift dresses are looser than others. Try to find one slightly tailored, nips at the waist, and skims your curves a bit more.
2. Go for Color or Print
Shift dresses have slight shapes or detail, so to make this type of dress look more exciting and alive, pick one in a bright color or bold pattern.
3. Watch that Your Dress isn’t too Short
Shift dresses tend to be short, which means they are not the best choice if you have heavy thighs.
4. Choose an Interesting Neckline
Another way to look modern in a shift dress is to pick one with an interesting neckline. Look for lace-up necklines, off-the-shoulder necklines, draped necklines, keyhole necklines, and cold shoulder necklines.
5. Wear Flat or Low Heels
Younger gals often wear shift dresses with heels, which makes the dress look even shorter. A low to medium shoe or flat sandal is the solution and looks especially nice if it’s more on the chunky side. For example, a block heel goes with the mod feel of a shift dress. In winter, a flat boot with opaque tights looks excellent.
6. Leggings Can be Worn with a Shift Dress
An excellent way to get around the short-length problem is to wear your shift dress with leggings. A shift dress looks like a long tunic, and we all know how well tunics go with leggings. Find a shift with a bit of black and wear it with black leggings.
7. Choose Complementary Jewelry
A shift is a bold shape, so don’t go with delicate, dainty jewelry. Keep jewelry minimal but go with a vital piece like a cuff or a pendant necklace. Something with an artistic or modern vibe works with this mod dress style.
8. Try Dressing Up Your Shift Dress
If you have an hourglass figure, you might try belting a shift dress so your waist doesn’t disappear—another way to dress it up-a a leather motorcycle jacket.
The shift is a classic. It’s very figure-flattering, and you can’t go wrong, and it’s an easy, relaxed type of dress when you want to look hip and classy, so try one.
Do you wear shift dresses?