12. Shift Dresses

 

:sew your own shift dress!:

:sew your own shift dress!:

 

 

One of my favorite looks this season (and every season) is the shift dress. Always classy, always timeless. And the structure adds some necessary shape to a tiny little girl’s body. 

Twiggy first popularized the shift dress in the 60s – a dress that had a firmly rectangular tilt, guiding rather than conforming to women’s bodies. In fact, the boxy shift dress was an icon of the 1960s. I am overjoyed that it is coming back today.

 

:could she be more fabulous?:

:could she be more fabulous?:

:more twiggy:

:more twiggy:

I own a few shift dresses that I love, and I think that they are a staple that should be in every woman’s wardrobe. On a thin woman they create curves and form, and on a curvy woman they are a sleek container for all the goods. They are loose without being tenty, they offer forgiveness of “imperfections,” yet also construct a form that is sensual and feminine. 

 

:forever 21, 2008, $20:

:forever 21, 2008, $20:

:thrift town, vintage, $4:

:thrift town, vintage, $4:

The shift dress is an affordable, versatile piece that should be in every woman’s wardrobe (maybe two or three times). You can dress it up for work or down for play, and it always looks great. It can be cotton, polyester, silk or wool – the shift dress has a place in every season and every closet. 

Finally, some current versions that I covet. 

 

:milly's nude, textured version makes me want to cry:

:milly's nude, textured version makes me want to cry:

 

:alberta ferretti goes flapper:

:alberta ferretti goes flapper:

May 21, 2009. Fashion, Rectangles.

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