Stores are filled with one of the most wearable styles for most body shapes–the shift. This style is ideal for a rectangle and can work well for both a figure eight (that is the person with slim hips but a high hip bone) and an oval body shape. Since the waist is not defined in a shift, anyone who wants to camouflage her waist or tummy area can find a shift that flatters. An hourglass can wear a shift but one might ask, “Why?” when you can show off a defined waist. The shift is a good choice for an inverted triangle but it is generally doesn’t work as well for a triangle.
Let’s talk about how to wear some of these shifts.
This grey shift featuring a design through the hip area is a
creative way of adding interest to the simple lines. They eye is immediately drawn to the hip area, visually adding width. Not good for someone trying to camouflage width or a tummy. This could be a great way for an inverted triangle to create width through the hips to balance wider shoulders. One caution, these little cap sleeves and boat neckline could make shoulders appear wider. A rectangle could also wear this dress. Since the dress is very short, I would suggest wearing black tights.
The royal blue is really more a trapeze dress and offers greater width through the mid-section. This would be ideal for an oval or someone who wants to hide a tummy or a wider mid-section. This is one shift that would be great on a triangle. I like the detail at the neckline because it draws the eye up to your face. If sleeveless is not your best look, why not find a sheer complementary fabric and add some sleeves?
This black with white trim already has sleeves. Like the blue, the white trim draws your eye up to the face. Wearing tights here will elongate and slim the overall
This shift with the contrasting panel on the side, visually breaks up the width and diminishes the width of the wearer. Tights would make it more office and/or age appropriate. Tights also can help elongate and slenderize wider legs.
With fall officially here, is it is time for you to shift from summer and shift into fall?