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The Classic Shift Dress - perfect for Fall and Winter 2014.

Updated on October 7, 2014

Look cool, sleek and sophisticated in these hot classic shift dresses

Fashionable and flattering, shift dresses are a top fashion trend for winter 2014. Easy to wear, kind on the figure, a shift dress gives you instantly the sort of classic look associated with Audrey Hepburn in the 1950s and Jean Shrimpton in the 1960s.

Jackie Kennedy (pictured here) worked the classic shift dress to perfection, and Michelle Obama wore a shift dress for the first official photo of the family taken at the White House.

The classic shift dress is right on trend now for 2014. It's a perfect party dress too.

What is a shift dress? Well, a shift dress skims the body, without clinging and without fitting at the waist, making a shift dress a joy to wear for anyone without a perfect figure.

For 2014 you can buy classic shift dresses in a wide range of colors, plain or printed. You can also buy a classic shift dress at a wide variety of prices.

Shift dresses are versatile. A classic shift dress can take you from the office to a dinner date.

Here I'll pick my current top choices of shift dresses for you to buy right now. I've chosen plain and patterned, plus size and shift for the mature lady. There's a perfect shift dress to suit you right here.

photo of Jackie Kennedy in May 1962 thanks to wikimedia commons

If you buy just one shift dress to take you everywhere this fall this is the one.

Beautifully tailored, this dress , which comes in black or charcoal, is a classic. Wear with a bright blazer to hit the shops or for a lunch date. Wear with a demure knitted jacket for work. Glitz it up with a sparkling scarf for a date after work. Fling a shawl, pashmima or maybe s sparkly jacket over for the evening.

If you start with a quality dress like this, you can go anywhere.Made by Theory, who make great clothes that take you everywhere - always fashionable, always smart. Made in the USA.

You can see all of Theory's latest collection with tips on how to wear them right here.

The perfect classic shift from Theory Women.

Theory Women's Betty Urban Shift Dress, Charcoal, 4
Theory Women's Betty Urban Shift Dress, Charcoal, 4
Made in the USA, Theory clothes are hard working classy clothes the fit into your life, take you anywhere, yet are top fashion. This dress comes in a wide range of sizes.

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Patterned jeans- the celebrity fashion trend
Celebrities are stepping out in skinny patterned jeans, so why don't you? Shy of abandoning your old blue jeans? Well, they are so last year. Safe but dull....

Leather and silk- a combination so very on trend in 2014

This is the shift dress I want to buy right now

Feel like buying something really special?

This silk shift with leather sleeves is just amazing. The central silk panel is vibrant and eyecatching.

Yes, it is quite expensive, but it's so stunning that it's worth it. This dress will take you to dates and parties. Team with opaque black tights for a more casual look.

There is a shift dress out there that will look great on you!

For Fall/Winter 2014, buy yourself a new shift dress . It's a top fashion trend which will make you look great on lots of occasions!

Plus size ladies look great in shift dresses - Find the perfect plus size shift dress for you

The classic shift dress skims the body. Pick a shift dress that is well cut, in a bright color or with a fabulous pattern.

Anne Klein makes fabulous, flattering clothes.

This block color shift is full on, fun and flattering.

Here's a plus size shift dress that's really flattering.

Jessica London Women's Plus Size Lace Shift Dress - 16, Black Lace
Jessica London Women's Plus Size Lace Shift Dress - 16, Black Lace
Sized from 12 plus to 32 plus, this beautiful lace dress fits a wide size range. There's also a good choice of colors, including red, blue and grape. Lace is a top trend this year. This dress ticks all the boxes.

Shift dresses to take you through the year - Let's look at the new shift dresses that are hot right now.

As we move into summer here are two great dresses that will take you to all sorts of occasions. One is lace, which is a top trend right now, and it has 3/4 sleeves- great for cooler days and for anyone whose upper arms may not be as toned as they would like ( we don't all have fabulous upper arms like Michelle Obama )

The other is brand new from the fall range by Calvin Klein, and what a stunner it is.

A great new tote bag in the new hot fashion trend- Paisley completes are great new look.

Take a look at my choices and be tempted!

Here are some useful links for those of you interested in the history of the shift dress. - Every fashion item tells a story.

When I was a child in the 1950s, dresses and shirt were full and below the knee. This look was popular after the war, and it seemed that big was good as far as skirts went.

In the 1960s all this changed, and the new fashion coming out of Europe, especially Swinging London, was for short, slim dresses- the shift.

Read about the history of the shift in these links. It's fascinating.

For more glamour go for an animal print shift dress - There are some wonderful shift dresses on ebay.

Animal print is still a fashion trend in spring 2013.

I haven't bought a shift dress for years, but this is the year of the classic shift - Please leave me any thought you have about shift dresses, or this page.

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    • strandofsilk profile image


      7 years ago from London

      Really helpful lens, now I know exactly where to find the perfect shift.

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      7 years ago


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      Kimberly Schimmel 

      7 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I love these and made myself 2 or 3 shifts in the past couple of years.

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      7 years ago

      love this retro look, what a great lens! :)

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      7 years ago

      So sleek and sophisticated I absolutely love it....

    • Grasmere Sue profile imageAUTHOR

      Sue Dixon 

      7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @Cynthia Haltom: Yes, I used to sew my own too. They are easy to make- but I don't have a sewing machine any more!

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      Cynthia Haltom 

      8 years ago from Diamondhead

      I was just thinking about getting a shift and ran across your lens. I used to sew my own when I was in high school. These are very similar to the one I made.

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      8 years ago

      I need a shift dress - like now! Great lens, thank you x

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      8 years ago

      I can't usually carry them off that well, but my sister looks great in them. Great selection here

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      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @anonymous: I would go for a neat , cropped cardi with 3/4 sleeves in a very fine knit, a little shrug, or pashimina wrap . I'm you're shape, and I like to cover my arms too!

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      8 years ago

      I'm heart shaped n curvy, carrying my weight at the front. I'v brought a shift dress very 'girly' with waterfall ruffles in chiffon. Totally something different for me.

      My upper arms neeed hidding-what sort of over jacket, cardi, anything that will hide my upper arms would you reccomend?

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      8 years ago

      These are nice, simple dresses. I love the options you found!

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love shift dresses, or did back when they were in style the last time (or was it time before last?). Very glad that they're in style again. I'm hoping to find a couple to wear this summer. Your selection here is gorgeous!

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      8 years ago

      I adore a classic shift dress but most of all I love a dress that nobody else will have. I found the My Sister Pat label u need to tooooo

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      8 years ago

      I recently purchased 2 classic shift dresses from the glorious Aussie label My Sister Pat. What I love most of all is that no alone else will have the exact same as finally a label is true to duplicates are rare

    • erin-elise profile image


      9 years ago

      I think they're cute, but I don't have one...yet. Nice lens.

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      9 years ago

      I wear my favorite black shift dress with a pair of black 2 inch heel booties. Comfortable and chic! Shift dresses rock!

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful! I find a lot of people leave dresses out of their wardrobe, and I just don't understand why. Easy to wear, comfortable and classic. Great lens!


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