It’s amazing what the humble shift dress can do for your figure. Hugging you in all the right places and emphasising your feminine curves, the shift dress is as clever as it is versatile. At navabi, we’ve put together a collection of gorgeous shift dresses featuring the latest and greatest trends from all the hottest designers.
Among our collection you’ll find shift dresses in a fantastic choice of colours, including bold block patterns that make perfect office wear for the professional woman. For a more formal occasion with a bit of glamour, our lace shift dresses and elegant pencil dresses fit the bill perfectly. From V-necks to empire lines and bows to sequins, it won’t take you long to find a dress that suits your sense of style.
Pair your beautiful new shift dress with some killer heels and you’ll truly dress to impress, whatever the occasion.
So what are shift dresses, exactly? They are short dresses without a defined waistline, and are usually either short-sleeved or sleeveless. They’ve been popular ever since the 1950s, when they were championed by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, and their simple beauty gives them a timeless elegance that never goes out of fashion.
Around the basic shift dress form, designers have come up with many variations to give us endless choice in everything from necklines to waists to hems. In the navabi plus size shift dress collection, you’ll find pleated and ruched shift dresses that show off your curves, shift dresses with A-line skirts, asymmetric necklines and lots more gorgeous shift dress designs and details in every conceivable colour, print and fabric.
We’re often asked what body shape suits shift dresses, and the great thing about shift dresses is that they suit virtually every body shape. They’re not too figure-hugging, making them a more forgiving cut, and their more rectangular shape evens out your silhouette, so they’re a great choice for flattering fuller hips. Depending on your body shape, you can choose different necklines and skirt shapes to flatter and draw attention to your favourite parts of your body.
Because they’re usually quite short, falling above the knee, shift dresses are often thought of as a summer dress. It’s true that they’re perfect for staying cool on a warm summer’s day, but they’re not just for the warmer months. If you’re wondering how to wear shift dresses in the winter, it’s all about layering. You can easily pair them with knitted tights, a soft scarf and a warm woollen cardigan to stay snug. Denim or leather jackets are both great choices for wearing over a shift dress, but you could also opt for a long black coat for more formal occasions. Complete the winter shift dress look with knee-high leather boots or ankle boots that will keep you warm and looking stylish even on the chilliest of days.
As for what shoes go with shift dresses, the beauty of these simple dresses is that you can use your footwear to style them up or dress them down depending on the occasion. For work, simple black ballet pumps, stylish brogues or smart stilettos all work beautifully with a shift dress. Away from the office, keep it casual with summer sandals or espadrilles, and switch to your favourite heels for nights out.