Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The Shift Dress- A Classic Wardrobe Must-have

A shift dress is a short dress that lacks detailed shaping, usually sleeveless, these dresses can be plain or feature some detailing. They are a wardrobe must-have as they have been designed for all shapes and sizes. This dress is believed to have been created by the famous French designer Hubert de Givenchy for the renowned Audrey Hepburn who wore it in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. These dresses became very popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s as fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were seen on many occasions wearing them. This dress has over the years become a classic and a wardrobe must-have for every fashion conscious woman.
Traditionally, shift dresses were unadorned and simple, this is still so although there have been contemporary designs where pockets and strategically placed darts are often added to give the dresses flattering shapes. In choosing the right shift dress that complements your style there are a few things you must look out for in order not to look frumpy
Although Shift dresses are made to suit all shapes and sizes, it is important for you to consider your body type when choosing one. For shift dresses everything has to do with ‘flattering’; choose a tummy flattering shift dress if you are a woman with tummy. For women of fuller bust, choose a shift dress that downplays a large bust. That being said, women with full hips and thighs should avoid short shift dresses and opt for longer ones that flatter the hips and thighs.
In choosing a shift dress, the right colour as well as pattern must also be considered. Look for colours that complement you skin tone. Style Options; choose a dress with colour at the hem to distract the eyes from a large bust or opt for a dress with vertical lines that would mask full thighs and hips.
 The easy design of shift dresses gives you a wide range of accessories options when styling. A belt can be used to define the waist; this is a great option for slim built or hour glass shaped women as they benefit from this detail. Make sure you experiment with belts of different thickness to find the best look.

Go for the classic ‘Shift Dress Look’ with a string of pearl necklace with a bracelet and a pair of earrings to match or go bold with a statement necklace, bangles and earrings.
Shift Dresses have a beautiful way of moving from casual to cooperate to dinner depending on how you style it especially when it comes to the area of footwear. Make sure that the right footwear is worn with this classic dress being mindful of the event you are attending.
 Are you thinking of layering with your shift dress? Well you can, complete your look with a jacket, a cardigan or a blazer it gives you a summery look.
Shift Dresses are one of the little gifts fashion has given to women; there are many style options when it comes to this classic dress making it a wardrobe must-have.