A shift dress features straight lines and doesn’t hug the body’s curves or cinch the waist. Although shift dresses can come in various sleeve lengths and hemlines, the classic shift dress is sleeveless, knee-length, and features a high collar or boat neck.
While the shift dress has shown up in fashion periodically throughout the decades, its silhouette is most iconic of the 1960s “mod” look, when it was worn by such public figures as Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, and Twiggy. Some people say that shift dresses flatter any body type, while others argue that their angular cut best suits a thin frame. As shift dresses are characterized by a non-tapered waist, they leaves little room for the hips when fashioned from polyester or other fabrics without elasticity.
The versatility of the shift dress stems from the fact that it is fairly plain, yet sophisticated, and can be layered over or under different garments. In the 1960s, shift dresses were updated with psychedelic flowers and big, bold prints.
In the 1980s, the shift dress style was combined with Jersey material and worn over a shirt, creating a “jumper.” Shift dresses made a comeback in the mid-1990s when business wear became popular, and at this time were most often layered over a turtleneck or t-shirt and worn with knee socks. During the mid-2000s, vintage 1960s fashions returned to the mainstream and shift dresses were once again worn in their original form without a shirt underneath. The shift dress is still associated with timeless style and sophistication, and was worn by First Lady Michelle Obama in the family’s first official portrait in the White House.
This beauty (the dress) is a Michael Kors Stretch Crepe Bouclé Shift Dress, only $1495.00 at Nordstrom. I know, the dresses I’m showing you cost more than you’d like to spend. Would I buy this for that price? NO.
Okay, Yes. But there’s really no reason at all to spend that kind of hard earned money on a dress.
This dress is ideal for bottom painting your boat, building a fence on your farm, and dancing. Yes Dancing! Wear it with no panties and you just might meet a generous friend who’ll take you shopping.