Work Wardrobe – Shift Dresses
were actually born of the ‘undershirt’ or also known as a chemise. The exposing
of the inner layers of clothing allowed the development of the shift dress,
introduced by the French who pulled out the inner garments and used them as the
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The Shift dress
has been popular throughout the decades, but had a few periods of highlights.
Its silhouette is most iconic of the 1960s “mod” look, when it was worn by such
public figures as Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, and Twiggy.
made a comeback in the mid-1990s when business wear became popular, and at this
time were most often layered over a turtleneck or t-shirt and worn with knee
socks. Since then the classic design has not left the stage.
The shift dress
is still associated with timeless style and sophistication, and is often worn
by First Lady Michelle Obama. The shift dress was previously associated with US
presidency when former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy adopted it as her own
signature style, paired with pearls, gloves, and a pillbox hat.
Today, the dress
is hugely popular with current style icons, from Jennifer Aniston to Sarah
Jessica Parker, everyone seems to be loving them.
At the office
of the shift dress is key to its popularity. Although shift dresses can come in
various sleeve lengths and hemlines, the classic shift dress is sleeveless,
knee-length, and features a high collar or boat neck
It can be dressed
up or dressed down, and can be adapted to wear in any season. The simple
styling of the shift dress makes it a versatile piece, lending itself to a
variety of fabrics and accessories.
hugely popular with this dress, especially when worn for the office or
business. Due to the short sleeves, it is ideally paired with a blazer or
cardigan, and remains remarkably comfortable. Also, because of its simplicity, it can be paired with
jewelry to give it a unique look.
The fact that
they are not form-fitting and that the waist is not emphasised, they allow
women to move around freely without constraints.
lines of the dress allow for it to be produced in many materials, colours and
prints. For the basic office wardrobe the main choice would be a black, grey or
navy blue version of the dress.
It’s the perfect
dress to wear for a quick shift from desk to drinks.
the shift dress is ideal for anyone who needs to look professional, or works in
an office. Besides that, it is perfectly flattering for any body type.
than hugging the body, it narrows down every shape and size and takes you from
an early morning meeting to cocktail hour with ease.
If you are
looking to upgrade your work wardrobe, a shift dress is a great investment, not
only will you be able to pair it with many items you already have in your
closet, but you will also look great for the job.
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