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Updated on August 16, 2012

Shift dresses first became popular in the 1920s as it was a very simple dress to sew. It gained popularity in the 1960’s during the time of fashion icons First Lady Jackie Onassis and Audrey Hepburn who were pictured wearing different variations of the shift dress. At this time, almost every woman’s wardrobe included this style as it was forgiving on flawed bodies as the dress just skimmed the body and did not hug it. When Michelle Obama became first lady, shift dresses became popular again as this was her dress style preference.

A shift dress is one of the basic items of clothing that a woman should have in her wardrobe. A plain colored shift dress can Be paired with different footwear and accessories to create the look that you want for the occasion that you want to wear it for. Shift dresses are known to suit different body shapes so the only consideration left will be the color. Fashion advice states that dark colored dresses are slimming while light colored ones can enhance body size.

A well tailored black shift dress can be work with black thick tights and knee high boots for winter time. Flat winter boots can give it a casual look while heeled boots will make look dressy enough for a night out. Add a little touch of color and use brightly colored accessories and gaily colored bag. You can even wear a wooly hat to complete and add a touch of drama to your winter look. This would be a nice set to wear for when you go shopping or go out to the mall with friends.

Shift dresses are great for office wear. Instead of the usual blouse and trousers or skirt, a shirt dress with a tailored jacket and a great pair of office heels will look great for those times when you want to look smart and comfortable at the same time. Do not wear flats, though as it will make you look frumpy; great pair of heels will make your legs look longer and make you look taller. Wear a string of pearls and pearl earrings to give you a sophisticated yet corporate look.

The little black dress can be a shift dress which would look great for evening affairs. Pair it with a dressy shrug or some glitzy and sparkly accessories for that evening look. You can bring a touch of color to your outfit with colored high heeled evening sandals. An evening clutch bag will complete the look. Not only are black shift dresses comfortable, they also allow you to dress them up in different ways to give you different looks for different night affairs.

Shift dresses are also great for casual wear or something you can use during your daytime activities. Pair it with ballerina flat shoes or gaily colored vest or cardigan. Black shift dresses would look great with bright pink or purple cardigans and matching flats. Simple jewelry is best for the casual look. Get a brightly colored scarf and tie it around your neck to get the 50’s look.

Shift dresses will never go out of fashion; it will only be the style, pattern and color that may change in keeping with the trend of the season.


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