Shift Dresses

Shift Dresses: Introduction

A classic shift dress is a must-have in the closet of any petite woman! Shift dresses were a lifesaver for me when I worked in the corporate world because they made me feel put together and ready to take on the day in a matter of minutes. Even though I now work in a more creative environment, I still reach for shift dresses when I need to look polished in a hurry. They’re extremely versatile and one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe. With this one, you’re going back in time! To create this blush and navy look for a corporate work environment, I paired my petite shift dress with a skinny belt, d’Orsay pumps, and a matching blazer.

I’ve always liked the contrast of light and dark, but it doesn’t have to be all black and white! Add pops of muted pinks, pastels, jewel tones, or red if you want to be bold to classic corporate colours like black, white, grey, and navy! The blush skinny belt breaks up the look by emphasising my waist while also tying the entire outfit together by matching my blazer and shoes.

Shift Dresses: Magical Touch

Sometimes a dress and black pumps are all you need! I almost always wear shift dresses with a belt to cinch in my waist and create a more hourglass shape, especially since I’m petite, but I also enjoy the ease of throwing on a pair of heels and going out! The block heel keeps me comfortable while also providing the necessary height. This soft moto-inspired blazer pulls the whole look together in less formal work environments, while the cropped length draws attention to my waist! Using basic colours like navy, grey, and black keeps the look appropriate for the office as well as chic for happy hour! Shift dresses aren’t just for the office!

For a fun and comfortable weekend brunch look, I like to pair my navy blue petite shift dress with a black mixed material belt, cheetah print flats, and a crossbody bag. It’s so simple to put together, and with a quick change of shoes and a toss of the belt, I’m ready for a night on the town in seconds!

Shift Dresses

Creative Look

Shift dresses are appropriate for a variety of occasions, both formal and casual. A shift is appropriate for wedding guest attire, cocktail parties, formal events, church or synagogue, date night, bridal showers, and business dinners when paired with heels and dressier accessories. Shifts are also appropriate for casual occasions. Simply wearing more casual shoes like sandals, mules, slides, or even sneakers will make your dress look more relaxed.

For a casual yet put-together look, I like to layer my shifts with a denim jacket or sweater over my shoulders. The main piece in this ensemble is a simple pink shift, but with the addition of a cropped leather jacket, a printed scarf, and killer booties, you’ve created a look that is anything but ordinary. The best part about switching up your go-to dress? You can wear the same piece in a variety of ways. Consider how unique and adorable this look would be with a long, belted cardi and velvety platform pumps!

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