As the seasons change, so do our wardrobes… well, traditionally they do. Whether it’s the fashion seasons or the weather seasons (you can’t stick to shorts when it’s cold outside!) our wardrobes need to be constantly changing and evolving if we want to keep up with the times. Usually, this means forking out cash year after year on new wardrobe pieces. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an item of clothing that could be dressed up to suit any season?
Enter the shift dress.
This wonderful piece of clothing is incredibly versatile and is something all women should have in their wardrobe (if you don’t already, retailers like Universal Store usually have some great affordable shift dresses).
In case you don’t know, the term ‘shift’ relates to the cut of the dress and refers to a dress that essentially hangs down loose from the shoulders. There isn’t any definition around the waist and the material hangs off the body rather than sticking to it.
The Shift Dress in Summer
You don’t need many accessories to make the shift dress work in Summer; it’s perfect for the hotter months as it doesn’t cling to your body, which also makes it great for hiding any annoying sweat patches. If it’s a casual shift, just throw on a pair of nice sneakers and you’ve got a cool day look. If it’s more of a glam dress, a pair of heels and a matching clutch will give you classy evening wear.
The Shift Dress in Autumn
The weather’s getting a little cooler, but a shift dress can still be worn. If it’s a little breezy, perhaps pair with a light cardigan over the top for some extra warmth. A casual shift dress will look great with a denim jacket over the top too, especially if the dress has an intricate print.
The Shift Dress in Winter
Winter is where the shift dress can really be accessorised to its full potential. A pair of stockings looks great underneath a shift dress (if the stockings are black, a shift dress will actually make your legs look leaner as the material billows out from the knees). A cardigan or jacket over the top creates an extra layer of warmth or another great option is to put a turtleneck or long sleeved shirt underneath (if your shift dress has short/no sleeves). A beanie can complete your cute winter look.
The Shift Dress in Spring
Spring has sprung and it’s time to shed all the winter layers and enjoy your shift dress in all its glory. Wear in similar styles to summer or keep the cardigan on if the weather’s still a touch on the cool side.
So if you don’t already have one of these beautiful, versatile dresses in your wardrobe, what are you waiting for? You can easily dress it up to wear all year round, which saves cash and wardrobe space. Plus, a shift dress suits virtually every body type – no annoying clingy bits of material highlighting body parts we’d rather keep out of focus!
What are some things you love about your shift dresses and how do you accessorize to justify wearing them in every season?