Over time, I’ve learned that the swing style dresses that are so abundantly available at a well-known national retailer are not nearly as flattering to me as is a shift dress. While I truly adore looser and flowy styles, they tend to add unwanted extra dimension to my silhouette due to my narrowish shoulders and fuller bustline. The more figure skimming lines from a shift dress act to visual elongate and create a better balance between my height and width.
Such was my discovery with this soft, cozy, and oh-so-versatile shift dress that recently found a place in my wardrobe. I’ll be honest that with a shift dress, it can look like you’re wearing a sack unless other elements are added to accent your figure. Color, structure, and texture can all be layered in by virtue of the pieces added to an outfit. This is how personal choice can take a mass-produced garment and use it as a foundation for unique and one-of-a-kind stylings.
Dressed Up For Work
In Up Down All-Around, I usually share my work look first so that’s what you see in these first set of photos. It’s a rare occasion that I don’t include a completer piece in my outfits and that piece is typically a jacket or cardigan. For this look, I’ve opted instead for a knit vest with a curved high/low hem. A simple pendant necklace and Mary-Jane pumps complete the look. I would normally wear tights as well, but it was in the 90’s the day these photos were taken and I couldn’t bear the thought of the added fabric on my body.
Dressed For Play
Need a comfy and easy to move in option for the next time you go line dancing? Why not pair up your favorite shift dress and a flannel shirt? I may hail from the big city but I’m a country girl at heart (or at least for my taste in music).
Dressed For Fun
These OTK boots are also a recent addition to my wardrobe so I had to see how they looked with this dress. The choice of a chunky knit sweater may seem in opposition to my initial recommendation of adding pieces that will accent your figure but sometimes you just go with what you like. Oh and again, IRL I’ll be wearing tights with the outfit but it was just too darn hot on picture day.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. Since the link up was on a break for the last two weeks, there’s no featured contributor this time around. This segment will be back next week and I’m looking forward to the difficult task of selecting one of all of the fabulous posts to feature.
These “3 looks” posts are my favorite to do because I rarely buy something without thinking about the variety of ways and occasions I will wear it. Whether it’s an investment piece or a fast-fashion item, I think that personal style is about how you mix an item into your current wardrobe and adapt it to your lifestyle. There are more ideas for this shift dress swirling in the gray matter so don’t be surprised if you see it again sometime soon in another post.
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