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About Shift Dresses

In the famous words of former First Lady and fashion icon Jackie Kennedy, "When in doubt, wear a shift dress." Popularized in the late-1950s, this lightweight wardrobe essential is appropriate for any occasion. The traditional shift dress has a high neckline and hangs loosely from the body with a wide A-line skirt that tapers off just above the knees. The bell shape is flattering on all body types and sizes, making it an attractive choice for many women. Variations on the construction include empire waists and varying sleeve lengths for different seasons. The vast selection on eBay includes vintage shift dresses with mod patterns from the groovy height of shift insanity and boho hippie silhouettes from the 1990s. For a cool twist on this beloved classic, consider a contemporary leather shift dress. Dress it up with kitten heels or keep it casual with ballet flats. Try styling a solid frock with patterned stockings for a whimsical daytime look that is more infectious than a smile. The shift dress epitomizes the freedom of femininity at its best.

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