6 Stylish Shift Dress Picks
The Stylish Shift Dress
What to know: Since the cut is loose and lacks a defined waist, it hides a multitude of sins. Opt for a style with seaming and darts to achieve a more tailored, flattering look. “For the office, the hem should graze the knee,” says Kevin Carrigan, the global creative director of Calvin Klein. Sleek solids or geometric prints are most businesslike; the angled color blocking on the dress shown here can elongate a short torso.
To buy: French Connection silk dress, $248, frenchconnection.com.
Click through this gallery to find the right shift dress for your shape, or browse more of our favorite work dresses:
Streamlines the Midsection
To buy: Max Mara Studio wool-blend dress, $650, Lord & Taylor, 212-391-3344.
Perfect Length for Petites
To buy: A/X Armani Exchange polyester-and-spandex dress, $79, 800-717-2929.
Downplays Broad Shoulders
To buy: Calvin Klein polyester-blend dress, $128, Macy’s, 800-289-6229 for stores.
Goes Up to Size 24W
To buy: Lafayette 148 NY polyester-blend dress with hidden pockets, $448 for sizes 0 to 18, $528 for sizes 14W to 24W, lafayette148ny.com.
Skims the Lower Body
To buy: Raoul silk dress with built-in slip, $475, saksfifthavenue.com.