The shift dress is the one of the new silhouettes for fall. It is not new by all means but nothing in fashion ever is truly new. The New Look of today was the new look of yesterday. In any case, the shift dress has such a finite shape it may be the hardest dress to incorporate into your wardrobe. Look for these staples to create a shape more fit for your style:
Other than sticking with cliché prints like plaids, stripes and skulls, try a shift with a longer hemline that fits at the waist and drops straight down. Try scoop neck or collar detail and faux leather accents for a more edgy feel. For punk dresses, find an A-line shift dress in bright neutrals (i.e. cobalt blue, oxblood, or gray).
Pair it up:
Rocker: Pair a basic A-line shift with a printed moto jacket to full trendy. For a more true to you style, wear a bomber or utility jacket and a pair of ankle hitting boots.
Punk: Wear scarf for a retro vibe and wear printed stockings. Wool skull cap is am most. Pair it with sneakers.
A lace shift dress would be perfect but for a true romantic or vintage look, go for a high neck line, square shoulders and flair at the waist fit. Go for soft pastels instead of cliché lace detail ( even though you secretly want one) and add scarf around the waist to add a touch of feminine.
Romance : Pair with a cardigan and sandals. For a cold weather look, wear ankle boots. Add a scarf around the neck.
Vintage: Wear a thin belt around the waist like the 70’s and pair with knee high go-go boots that are so in style right now.
Soft knit and jersey fabrics can make a shift dress fit to wear every day for casual dressers. For classic dresses, look for a shift dress with a pencil skirt fit on the bottom to show off curves.
Classic: Pair with nude tights, pumps and an infinity scarf in a neutral color. Add bracelets and a blazer to dress up.
Casual: Add a jean jacket and sneakers for a comfortable look.
Brocade, embroidery detail and jewels are all the things you need to make a shift dress right for you. Pair it with heels and faux fur vest to add more glam appeal.