THE SHIFT DRESS

… Another vintage style that is working its way into the spotlight. Originally designed in 1961 by Hubert de Givenchy, the shift dress is the ultimate form of style and comfort. Hubert first designed the black shift dress for Audry Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffineys.

Other well-known public figures like Lily Pulitzer – who sold unique, bright colored patterned shift dresses in the 1950’s to some of her customers at her self-owned juice bar at Palm Beach, and Mary Quant, who turned the original shift dress into a ‘mini dress’ – which was modeled by the first super model, Twiggy, brought this fashion into the average woman’s day-to-day wear.

The shift dress is a simple, straight dress with no particular shape. It’s loosely fitted and perfect for all body types! Something I recommend every woman should own. This type of dress can be styled up or down, with some petite heals and elegant jewellery or on top of your fave baggy tee with your everyday sandals or birks – my favourite.

Although this style is increasing in popularity and being spotted on the streets more regularly, it’s hard to find a really great, affordable shift dress. So, I have decided to make my own! I have already made my way to my local Spotlight store and chosen some gorgeous butter yellow and lime green vintage inspired material. I will definitely keep you posted.

For now…

Shanyce

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