Ask Belle: Chic Shift Dresses
Jan 12, 2015
Thank you for answering reader questions. I need some advice about shift dresses. Shifts work better for more body type than sheath dresses but it’s tough to find a shift that isn’t a mini-dress. Please help.
So many head nods for this e-mail. I love an easy, feminine shift. The shift is the most versatile shape out there. Choose the right one and it can go from casual to office with just a change of accessories. But all the best ones seem to be mid-thigh length or higher, it’s maddening!
No one has more stylish shift dresses than Boden. This Ottoman shift bridges the gap between casual and office. It comes in several pretty jewel tones, and sizes 2-18, tall and petites. And I like the way the pockets are styled into the dress so that they don’t stick out, though I’d still probably remove them to eliminate bulk. Such is the curse of the pear-shaped.
For a simple evening choice, I like this dress from RACHEL by Rachel Roy. It comes in black or white with a chic contrasting neckline. For a more casual choice, this $50 Jessica Simpson dress with tonal stripes is fun.