What is a shift dress?

So, what is a shift dress anyway?

A shift dress is a simple dress with straight lines. Unlike its sartorial cousin, the sheath dress, a shift dress flares slightly outward at the hem, but it’s not nipped in at the waist the way a fit and flare dress is.

Can you give an example of a shift dress?

Our Flower Me Dress in Black is a classic shift. You’ll notice that its hem doesn’t hug the body like a pencil skirt would.

Pink Martini Collection Flower Me Dress in Black

What’s the history of shift dresses?

The original shift dresses were the flapper dresses of the 1920s, but the style experienced a major resurgence in the 1960s, due to the Givenchy shift Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the rising popularity of Lilly Pulitzer’s signature shifts, and Jackie Kennedy’s fondness for the style.

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