Why you should love the Shift Dress

Shift dresses are nothing short but iconic.Hubert de Givenchy is known to have designed the shift dress. He designed the black shift dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961.The dress and the film went down in the history of great fashion. His famous clients include Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco, both great fashion icons and fans of the shift dress.

Part of the shift dress popularity in the 1960s also goes to a Miami juice bar owner named Lilly Pulitzer. She started to make her own shift dresses in brightly coloured and patterned fabrics to hide juice stains.Many customers inquired about the dress and Lilly started selling them. By 1961 Lilly had closed her juice bar to sell shift dresses full time.

Though Jackie O is probably the most famous wearer of shift dresses, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy and Mia Farrow were also frequently seen in this style.

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Hepburn in a black shift dress ( Breakfast at Tiffanys)
Jackie O in shift dress
Jackie O in shift dress

What is the shift dress : A shift dress is a short dress that hangs from the shoulders. It is suitable for all body types and sizes.It is free flow dress and not body fitting.It is called the shift dress as it is easy to shift or move around in it.It also signifies a shift in culture.The dress became popular in 1960’s when the American youth culture was gaining peak. The dress represented youth,freedom and revolution.

How to wear the shift dress – Shift dresses have come a long way since Audrey Hepburn first wore it.Now you have different varieties and textures of the shift dress.Innovate your shift dress to give it a different look

  • Play with textures and colours : Try leather,sequined or crochet dresses rather than the plain cotton ones to give it a glamourous look.Go for neon colour blocks or even floral prints to stand out
  • Experiment : The one reason women love shift dresses is that it is extremely versatile.You can wear the same white or black shift dress to both work and party.It really depends on how you accessorize it.
  • Accessorize : You can pair a formal blazer with the shift dress to make it apt for work or even wear it with a nice scarf.If you wish to wear a shift dress to a party, pair it up with shimmery heels and fancy statement necklaces.
  • Choose the right material : According to your built, choose the material.If you have a slight tummy avoid silk or satin as they hug your figure revealing your bulge.Cotton or chiffon mostly goes with all shapes and sizes.For slim people, opt for an A-line or panel shift dress.
  • Try colour blocks : Colour blocks tend to give you a taller look.So if you are short , try them.Plus they look formal hence they are perfect for office wear.

Experiment with Texture :

Shimmer :

river island metallic shift dress
Metallic shift dress (River Island via Zalora SG)
sequined shift dress by mango
Sequined shift dress (By Mango via Zalora SG)

Leather :

Pair a leather shift dress with a matching handbag and shoes and you are all set to go (PU Shift Dress, Something Borrowed- Zalore SG)
Pair a leather shift dress with a matching handbag and shoes and you are all set to go
(PU Shift Dress, Something Borrowed- Zalore SG)

Experiment with cuts and designs :

ezra by zalora graphic shift dress
Graphic shift dress (Ezra by Zalora )
Oriental Express Dress (Blake and Co via Zalora SG)
Oriental Express Dress
(Blake and Co via Zalora SG)

Experiment with necklines:

Navy collar shift dress (River Island via Zalora)
Navy collar shift dress
(River Island via Zalora)
cream metal trim shift dres by river island
Cream metal trim shift dress (By River Island via Zalora SG)
Minimal Shift Dress (Mango - Zalora)
Minimal V shape neck Shift Dress
(Mango – Zalora)

Experiment with Prints and Patterns :

Printed Shift Dress (Ezra, Zalora )
Printed Shift Dress
(Ezra, Zalora )
river island.green floral print shift dress
Green floral print shift dress (By River Island via Zalora SG)

 Experiment with Colour blocks :

Colour Block Shift dress (Ezra, By Zalora)
Colour Block Shift dress
(Ezra, By Zalora)
Yinyang Shift Dress (Ezra by Zalora)
Yinyang Shift Dress
(Ezra by Zalora)
Colour block Shift Dress  (By Zalora SG)
Colour block Shift Dress
(By Zalora SG)

Experiment with Accessories:

Pair shift dresses with statement neck pieces
Pair shift dresses with statement neck pieces
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Blake Lively wears a white jacket with lace shift dress
Olivia Wilde teems a leather jacket with grey shift dress
Olivia Wilde teems a leather jacket with grey shift dress



Celebrities in Shift Dresses :

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Eva Longoria in a bright pink shift dress
Eva Longoria in a bright pink shift dress
Ashley Madekwe wore a leather shift dress by Derek Lam to the  Audi 2012 Emmy Awards Party in LA.
Ashley Madekwe wore a leather shift dress by Derek Lam to the Audi 2012 Emmy Awards Party in LA.

 

Source :  Zalora SG - Most images are from Zalora Singapore, Asia's leading online fashion destination which brings you a huge collection of brands to choose from, the very best and latest.Please visit their website Zalora if you wish to purchase any of the above dresses or more.Enjoy free delivery above 40 SGD.
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9 thoughts on “Why you should love the Shift Dress

  1. I came from BHB. I always love this type of dress but never knew that it is called shift dress and now I even know why it is called shift dress.
    I always try different texture and colors in my dresses and at times I stitch for my self.
    I feel very comfortable in loose shirts like this. I prefer them on anyother dress.

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  3. I don’t think I’ve ever come across someone who didn’t love shift dresses. Iconic.
    Love this post, so informative. I loved the quirky facts like the origin of the name. Spread the shift dress looove.
    -Nev x
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  4. Great post:) Thank goodness for the designers that created shift dresses, they are definitely my go-to for work! Love all the ideas you posted on how to spice the style up:) Kris / VPI

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