Trend Alert: Shift Dresses
We all like to think that we’ve got our fingers on the pulse when it comes to fashion, but some of the more elaborate trends that emerge from the red carpet are simply too high-maintenance for the real world. We should know – we’ve tried practically all of them! That’s why it’s such a relief to see a simple, no-nonsense and eminently flattering design like the shift dress making a huge comeback on the catwalks in winter 2011.
The return of the shift dress chimes in perfectly with the current vogue for retro-dressing, and also works perfectly in winter when minimalist, practical chic is a primary concern. A good shift dress will make a statement all of its own, with little need for eye-catching accessories. Above-the-knee and usually sleeveless, they also offer plenty of scope for layering. For example, a retro sixties look can be really nailed down with the addition of some quirky coloured tights.
Versatility is another hallmark of the shift-dress. For example this Vivance Waisted Shift Dress is beautiful on its own, but with the addition of a simple long-sleeved under-shirt it becomes dynamic but sensible office wear. For a more glamorous night out, a piece like this online exclusive M.I.M. Shift Dress represents classic old-school glamour.
Of course, the predominance of skinny young things on the catwalk can give the impression that the shift dress only works for slender women, but it’s actually one of the most flattering styles for plus size ladies too, thanks to the loose-fit and the way it skims your curves. While other dresses look better pulled-in at the waist, a shift dress is generally more flattering if you pick the right size and let it hang naturally. No matter what size you are, shift dresses should never cling!
If you’re loving the shift dress revival, and have any particular recommendations – from items you’ve found in our catalogue to general styling tips – be sure to let us know. You can use the comments section below, or follow us on Facebook to join the conversation there. Until next time…