Classic Hits – The Shift Dress

Time for another in our series “Classic Hits”. Today is all about the shift dress.

You know that simple dress that you slip on when you just don’t know what else to wear. The style hasn’t changed much since my mum wore them back in the 60s. They look great on skinny girls and girls with curves which is part of what makes them such a classic. You can have them in a rich, fancy or bright fabric and let them sing your praise with their style, or you can keep the shift dress neutral and let your accessories shine. However, you were them…you should have a couple of these classics in your wardrobe!

The Look: Naturally it starts with the classic hit itself. The shift dress! This one really is a classic as I purchased it last weekend from “Lost and Found” in Melbourne. You may remember me mentioning the fantastic two stories of vintage clothing and articles. I love vintage clothes. That they had a life before me and that I can bring them home and love them. Plus I like that vintage clothing is made so well. Sometimes when you buy new High Street stuff, it is falling apart after a few wears. If I can’t have designer, my next option is vintage…however, vintage designer trumps everything! This shift dress is sleeveless which will mean it can be worn in the warmer months but the fact that it is wool means when I wear it with my tweed Zara jacket it is warm enough for cooler days and with a pair of tights and a boots it will be a great look for winter.

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The Accessories: I have gone a little retro with the accessories even though most of them are fairly new! It wouldn’t be a little retro without the blue suede cork platform shoes! Added in are my big electric blue handbag and a beaded necklace and wrist-cuff purchased from Chelsea in their closing down sale last week. You may have noticed I currently have a thing for wrapping a scarf in a mini-turban style to try to tame the curls. This scarf was an op shop find for $2 and I love the colours!

I have to thank Shannon, John, Alicia and Craig from Mitchell Harris Wines for letting me do this shoot upstairs at their new Wine Cellar.  I’ll tell you all more about them in a few days and there will be more photo shoots from this fantastic location.

What did you think of this month’s classic hit – the shift dress? Do you own any? How do you style them?


About astimegoesbuy

Just a middle-aged woman with a love of fashion trying to have a purchasing fast. Spending 90 days dressing out of what is already in the wardrobe.If I can't shop for clothes, I may as well write about clothes! View all posts by astimegoesbuy

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