Women's Shift Dresses (1413)

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What is a shift dress anyway?

It’s a wardrobe problem solver! This dress works on most body types, thanks to its forgiving, yet tailored cut, which allows for freedom of movement without sacrificing style.

When did the shift dress come into style?

Inspired by the flapper dresses of the 1920s and the mod dresses of the 1960s, the iconic shift dress totally transcends trends. Its silhouette was made especially popular by Jackie O. Enough said.

Where can I wear a shift dress?

The shift dress knows no season. You can wear it year-round, to almost any occasion, depending on the length, fabric, sleeve and color you choose. It’s completely appropriate as a work dress, and easily transitions to a cocktail dress with a few quick accessory swaps. Case in point, Jackie O., who wore shift dresses with white gloves to formal functions, and more casual cotton print shift dresses with sandals at the beach.

What looks good with a shift dress?

By day, try it out with a tweed jacket or blazer, heels, and a classic satchel. You can even wear your shift dress with a belt (alternatively, you can opt for the more fitted look of a sheath dress). In the evening, trade in your office look and accessorize with a trench coat and a clutch. Outdoors, try pairing your shift with sandals and a big tote.

The bottom line—time to consider the shift.

The classic black shift dress, à la Holly Golightly, is a must, and you may also think about a shift dress in an on-trend color, a patterned shift dress, and perhaps even a lace shift dress for summer. Really up your game with a sequined or metallic shift.

Check out these designers to round out your shift dress collection:

Lilly Pulitzer, DVF, Cynthia Rowley, Kate Spade, Calvin Klein and Alice & Olivia.

Still on the fence about shifts?

How about a structured sheath dress, a loose and flowing maxi dress, a shirt dress, or a classic LBD?

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