Trend Report: Shift Dresses
Starting from the 1960’s, the retro and oh so cool shift dress has made a comeback for spring 2014, carrying on from Louis Vuitton’s iconic checkered shift dress for Spring/Summer 2013.
We saw Jackie Kennedy and Twiggy flaunting the chic silhouette, with celebrities like Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung embracing the sleek and streamlined design becoming a vital part of an effortless cool girls wardrobe.
British royal Kate Middleton is a huge lover of the shift dress, seen wearing the style with matching over coats and wedges or as a statement on its own with contrast prints and colourways.
For spring 2014, we saw designers like Mulberry, Elie Saab and Oscar de la Renta using vibrant colours, feminine lace and floral prints to create feminine and flirty styles suitable for both day and night.
The shift dress, iconic for its simplicity, is perfect for those busy days when you are after something simple and effortless. Perfect for casual weekend wear when going shopping or running errands or worn for date night with high heels and layered jewels. Show off your toned legs in mini variations or rock a boho inspired style with a flowing maxi women’s dress.
Flattering for any body shape, shift dresses have traditionally featured minimal detail aside from bust darts, so they skim the curves rather than clinging to them for an ultra flattering look.
The style is ideal for those days when all you want to do is slip on a dress and head out with your outfit stylish and trendy (sans the effort), and now you finally can with this versatile style that is the ultimate transitional piece that will take you straight from winter to summer with simple styling adjustments.
Wear this dress with opaque tights and boots for those cooler days or layer on a faux fur vest with a felt fedora hat for a stylish boho look. Soft silk style are perfect for spring and look gorgeous with unique patterns, textures and colours. Lightweight prints with full sleeves, stoney hues to the knee and sheer fabrics in neutral tones are ideal for winter as are versatile bright palettes in striking prints. Opt for a feminine style with luscious lace variations and add a sporty touch with mesh paneling or contrast PU splices.
For added glamour, wear with metallic sequins, unique beading and embellishment detailing for a striking stand out night-time look.
For those who want a more structured work style add a tailored blazer and court heels for an office appropriate look. Add opaque tights and structured tote for an on-trend and fashion forward style.