The iconic shift dress first designed by Givenchy in the 1960’s has become one of the most timeless silhouettes to date in fashion. The popularity of this dress skyrocketed when Givenchy designed a black shift dress for Audrey Hepburn, which she wore in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, after which his famous clientele including Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco began wearing this dress. While Givenchy can be credited with designing this beautiful dress, it was really Lily Pulitzer (American socialite), with the help of her friend Jacqueline Kennedy donning this dress for a feature in Life Magazine that made it popular with women all over the world. Perfect example of its worldwide dominance comes from designer Mary Quant of London, she changed the length of the classic shift dress and turned it into a mini (I personally loved this update).
Fast forward almost 70 years later, the shift dress is still a key fashion staple just created with different fabrics, patterns, and lengths. The dress I’m rocking hails from Express, but you can, of course, find these in any retailer such as H&M, Forever 21, The Limited, Urban OG, and even Old Navy. One of my favorite things about the shift dress is this silhouette fits any body type and is extremely flattering, just choose the pattern that works best for your body. Want to look longer/leaner choose a pattern with vertical stripes or perhaps you’d want to look wider in a certain area, then choose patterns that incorporate horizontal stripes. Either way, I’m a 100% sure that anyone can pull this look off! Since its fall I would recommend a mini shift dress (as seen on me) with a pair of over the knee boots to create the perfect ensemble for fall. If it’s a little cool out, throw on a leather jacket or a long cardigan, layers are also a great way to pull off this iconic design. So, let’s shift into fall with this little number! See other ways on how to wear this look below: