A sleeveless dress that hangs from the shoulders, historically the shift dress de-emphasised the waist and had a high neckline literally making it easier to 'shift' around. Although really the term 'shift' relates to a wider shift in cultural attitudes of the late 50s (in case you were wondering!) Restricting corsets were removed and women could breathe again in the shift dress as it enabled much more freedom of movement, looked good and is still easy to wear whether dressed up or down!
|1960s John Bates shift dresses|
Apple Shape: Apples are rounder in the body and often have thinner legs so golden rules for you gals is to look for a tunic style rather than a belted version of the shift. Depending on your bust, you can go for either high neck (small bust) or scoop neck (larger bust) styles. If your legs are your best asset then go short in the hemline and make the most of your best feature! Patterns hide a multitude, so be bold.
|Retro print tunic style shift|
|Patterned tunic style shift|
|Belted shift dress|
|Pencil Skirt shift dress|
|Fuller skirted shift|
|Empire line shift with fuller skirt|
|Skater style shift for providing structure|
There really is a shift to suit you. Embrace your shape and know how to clothe it; you are beautiful inside and out so wear yourself well. x