After spending the good part of a week wearing rather uncomfortable corporate dresses, the last thing I want to wear on a weekend is another dress though I do make a few exceptions. When it comes to casual weekend dresses the only ones that make the cut are those that leave room to move. Shift dresses just make perfect sense in summer, they have a short hemline, loose (not baggy) fit and generally made from light soft fabrics. They can take you from the pool, to the park, to afternoon drinks and even to a night out when paired with heels.
The nature of the shift dress is that is hangs loose from the shoulders and can sometimes look boxy but the same shapelessness can also hide some unwanted curves too. I find the key to avoid looking frumpy in a shift dress is to find one that is not super loose, one that lightly skims your curves is flattering and won’t swamp your figure and leave you looking frumpy.
This weekends shift dress is by Madison Square and is a close fitting sheath rather than free flowing sack. While the fabric is soft and stretchy it still holds some shape and structure offering a clean outline and silhouette. I also love the lace up detailing and two front pockets, a cute nod to the 70s.
Kaya shift dress by Madison Square, $60 available here
Espadrilles by Kmart, $20
Outfit total = $80