summer shift . . .

mention a “shift” to your mother and odds are her first thought will be of an image somewhere close to the feature image, above, and NOT of a gear stick or her work schedule.   i am not exactly sure what our generation calls these dresses that we wear in the summer that fall straight from the shoulders and usually end above the knee, but it is well known to those who came of age in the late sixties and early seventies as a “shift dress.”  since this current decade has seen a re-surgence of all things from the late ’60’s and ’70’s in style and fashion, it seems only fitting that the shift has its moment as well.  the great thing about the shift is that it works for all body types and is very forgiving.  but, take a page from jackie’s playbook: keep it tailored, allowing a hint of your body shape without giving away your secrets (if you aren’t on a first name basis with a tailor, you should be!).  and, keep it chic — a cumbersome or overly precious shoe will disturb the casual, hip, but sophisticated, vibe this dress gives off.   below are more pictures of style legend jackie and a few other celebs in shifts and some great options to help you rock your shift vibe this summer.

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Gwyneth-Paltrow-shift-dress

gwyneth paltrow

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kate bosworth

Olivia-Palermo-shift-dress

olivia palermo

shift dress, $39 at joe fresh

graphic-print-shift dress, $39 at joe fresh

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low back shift dress, $59 at zara

etoile isabel marant bloom woven cotton-blend mini dress, $480 at net-a-porter

etoile isabel marant bloom woven cotton-blend mini dress, $480 at net-a-porter

striped ponte shift dress, $69 at mango

striped ponte shift dress, $69 at mango

arrow print shift dress, $98 at j.crew

arrow print shift dress, $98 at j.crew

xo,
cg

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