5 Tips To Wearing A Shift Dress Without Looking Frumpy!

Yay, for Friday. I am so happy the weekend is here, the weather in Alabama has been amazing this week! Spring is almost upon us and I couldn’t be happier. During this time when the weather is cool in the morning and warmer in the afternoons, I love to wear a good “throw on” dress as I call it. This a dress that you can throw on and look well put together. A shift dress is a perfect example of this as they are so versatile and easy to wear.

Shift dresses are the type of shapeless and loose-fitting dresses, that can be quite tricky to wear since you may look heavier than you actually are. But this won’t be the case if you know how to style them in the right way.


  1. Make sure it fits. You should find the right fit for your shape, considering the sleeves, neckline and hemline length.
  2.  Watch that Your Dress isn’t too Short. The length should be just above knees, starting from the point where your legs become thinner. On the contrary, if you have hourglass body, choose an imperial waist to underline your small waist, as well as low neckline and shorter hemlines.
  3. Go for Color or Print. Eye-catching prints can create the illusion of looking wider, so you should opt for smaller and subtle prints.
  4. Wear A Shift Dress that is Slightly Tailored. Some shift dresses are looser than others, find one that is slightly tailored, so it is not too tight or too loose
  5. Choose Complementary Jewelry. A shift is a bold shape, so chose your jewelry wisely. Keep jewelry minimal but go with a strong piece like a cuff or a pendant necklace.

Purple Shift Dress

I found this purple shift dress at local thrift store of course, you all ready know! LOL! When I saw it I knew it must come home with me and with a price tag of $3.99, I scooped it up real quick.

Dress- Thrifted- (similar) l Boots- Marc Fisher– (similar)

When wearing shift dresses, I like to keep it real simple and effortless. So I paired it with these March Fisher over-the-knee boots and simple gold jewelry from Cato’s

These Marc Fisher boots were a steal for $48.00, the sale is till on so grab you a pair before their gone. Also check out my Perfect Parka & Winter Sales Tips  post to see how I saved on these boots and other items!

The shift dress is a classic. It’s very figure flattering and you can’t go wrong. It’s an easy, relaxed type of dress when you want to look put together without making an effort. What are your thoughts on the shift dress? Do you love it or hate? I would love to hear your thought!

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