Choose the right shift dress according to your body type!
A shift dress is one of those things in your wardrobe that you simply cannot do without. Common yet classic, it is one of those staple items that will never be outdated or overdone. It is a staple item so to put, be it as office wear or to a party, with little variations to suit the occasion. It is nothing less than a life-saver for a quick dresser, who wants to keep her look no-nonsense and fuss-free. Whenever you’re panicky about what to grab when you have to dress up in a rush, a shift dress is sure to come to your rescue, without making you look under-dressed! However, just having one or two and blindly relying on them to save you is not enough; you should exert sufficient judiciousness in choosing the right shift dress for your body type. Sure it is one of those dresses that require least effort and minimal work to get it right, but you need to be prudent about getting one that flatters you in the best way possible!
For those with a pear-shaped body, “correct” the disproportion between your wider lower body and smaller upper body with the help of a shift dress which has an A-line cut, a empire waist or a flared skirt that skims over your hips and upper legs. You can also look out for a shift dress that has padded or structured shoulders and much detailing on the top, such as ruffles etc. so as to add volume that lends a more proportioned look. The “problem” area of apple-shaped bodies is the tummy, and hence, you should hunt down for a shift dress that is neither boxy not too tight, skimming over your midriff smoothly. A bold neckline and a short hemline will make sure that your assets are best highlighted, drawing attention away from your not-so-perfect mid-section. Also, have an eye for dark colours that do wonders in slimming down your figure.
If you have an hourglass shape, well, a shift dress is your best friend. If you want to play your cards to your fullest advantage, make sure you settle for one that underlines your small waist and enhances your enviable shape in an elegant, graceful manner. Steer clear of straight cuts, and opt for imperial waists and low necklines. An A-line skirt with a waist belt, with the length of the shift dress just on or a little above the knees, will make you a head-turner! If you have an inverted triangle shape, then your shift dress should be such that your hips look as well-proportioned with your shoulders as possible. An A-line cut with flared bottom should do the trick, provided it is of stiff fabric, and devoid of chest pockets, ruffles or any such exaggerated detailing on the upper half. Your basic mantra should be to keep the upper part simple and clean, while focussing more on the lower part, say, by choosing a short hemline that allows you to show off those legs.
The column body shape is unique in the sense that there are no parts of the body or proportions to “correct”; it is the shape that we find most models endowed with. Hence, it goes without saying that any kind of dress will look good on you, the only consideration being that you should add more curves to the figure to lend it a more feminine and sensual look. Your kind of shift dress should have lot of details such as pleats, ruffles and bold, colourful patterns. Avoid stiff materials and opt for softer, flowing fabrics with some structure in them so as to give the illusion of curves.
One of the timeless fashion statements, a shift dress is perhaps the most versatile outfit that can be worn by all ages, for a wide range of occasions, across many walks of life. It aptly justifies the adage that “safe” need not be “boring”. Popularized by style icon Audrey Hepburn in 60’s, it has been around ever since, glamorizing women in offices and parties alike! That should be reason enough why you should invest the requisite time, energy and attention in grabbing a few that ushers in heaps of adulation and appreciation for you!