The heat has arrived and the legs are out, making it time to bring out one of my favorite warm weather staples: the shift dress. Popular since the 1960s, this comfortable dress traditionally hangs loose from the shoulders with very little or no definition in the waist, making it a hit for women of all different body types. If more contour is desired, it’s easily belted, changing the silhouette from mod to modern. My favorite aspect of the shift is how demure it is and yet how much leg it can show. The dress is simple, with jewelry and shoes dictating the overall mood of the outfit. I like to wear mine with some sky-high platforms and cat-eye makeup, but you can wear yours however you like. Take a cue from one of these ladies.
BYRD (above) is a real estate broker with Roy Wheeler Realty. Born and raised in Charlottesville, she worked as a corporate vagabond for many years before returning in 2000. Byrd’s look was completely pulled together with her colors and theme. Her dress is by Eliza J. and her shoes are Nine West. When I asked what she couldn’t live without, she replied, “I would have a hard time living without ribbons.” Preppy chic!
I asked CALIE if I could take her picture because of the cobalt Hoss Intropia dress and Jack Rogers sandals she wore to e.g., where she works. I knew what I loved about the dress, but she had her own ideas. “Because of the bold color, I can get away with wearing the most comfortable, easy outfit in my closet while still looking put together. I also love that it is so versatile—I’ve worn it to cocktail parties, work, dinner, and even just to run errands around town.”
I stopped ANNA and her yorkie, Pepper, as they made their way on East Jefferson Street. An interior design consultant at The Artful Lodger on the Downtown Mall, she studied and practiced interior design in Manhattan for several years before moving here in November with her fiancé. Her dress, from Olive and Bettes in New York, is Velvet, her bag is BCBG (from Gilt.com), and her necklace was designed by Candace Ang. Anna knows a shift dress is all about the legs, and when I asked about her Zara shoes she said, “I love chunky high heels because they’re easy to walk in while still giving me lots of height.”