60s shift dresses

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The History of the Shift Dress

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The shift dress has become a timeless silhouette. It can be dressed up or dressed down, and can be adapted to wear in any season. The simple styling of the shift dress makes it a versatile piece, lending itself to a variety of fabrics and accessories.

Characteristics

A shift dress is a simple, short, above-the-knee dress. The bust is fitted with darts, and the skirt is either cut straight or with a narrow A-line. The dress doesn't provide any definition to the waist, and the neckline is usually a fairly high scoop neck or boatneck. A shift dress is typically sleeveless, although short-sleeve and long-sleeve versions are also popular. A shift dress can be created in a variety of styles.

Origins

The shift dress silhouette was first worn in the 1920s by flappers--young women who were defying social norms. The classic flapper dress was a short shift dress, often decorated with fringe or other types of embellishment. The shift dress became popular because it was comfortable and easy to dance in. At the time, the silhouette was a breakaway from cinched-waist styles that had been in vogue for women.

Growth of the Shift Dress

The shift dress silhouette experienced a revival in the 1960s. Lilly Pulitzer, who operated a juice stand in Palm Beach, Florida, often wore brightly colored, patterned shift dresses when she worked at the stand. At customers’ requests, Pulitzer began to also sell shift dresses. “Lilly” dresses, as they came to be known, surged in popularity after first lady and friend Jackie Kennedy was photographed wearing one in Life magazine. Pulitzer went on to create her eponymous fashion line, which still features the classic shift dress.

How to Wear a Shift Dress

Because of its narrow cut, shift dresses are easiest to wear for women with a boyish shape. The straightness of the dress fits tightly at the hips but loosely at the waist, making it hard to fit an hourglass shape. It is commonly worn with a belt to provide waist definition. Cotton sleeveless versions are popular in summer, and a shift can be paired with tights to wear in winter.

Famous Shift Dress Wearers

Actress Audrey Hepburn famously wore black sleeveless shift dresses, both on-screen and off. First lady Michelle Obama wore a sleeveless black dress in her first official White House portrait. Obama has become known for pairing shift dresses and cardigans.

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Located in San Francisco, CA
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Mod Retro Flower Print Paper Shift Dress c 1960s
Located in University City, MO
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1960's Sorelle Fontana Taupe Sleeveless Shift Dress
Located in Toronto, Ontario
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1960s Grey Wool Weave Shift Dress with Persian Lamb Details
Located in Toronto, Ontario
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1960s Couture Cardinali Mod Shift Dress W/ Rhinestones & Gold Passementerie
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Vintage Chunky Brown Wool Bouclé Tweed Knit Shift Dress, 1960s
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Unworn 1960s Charles Cooper Vintage 100% Cashmere Houndstooth Mod Shift Dress
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1960's Anonymous Black Wool Shift Dress w/ Cream Detail
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Maggy Rouff Haute Couture Pink Wool Vintage Shift Dress, 1960s
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Maggy Rouff Haute Couture Pink Wool Vintage Shift Dress, 1960s Estimated Size: UK 10/ US 6/ EU 38. Please check measurements. Bust - 35” / 89cm Waist - 32” / 81cm Hips - 38” / 96cm ...
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Chic vintage 1960s wool shift dress! Multi colors of taupe, ivory, brown, and white throughout. Detachable belts that loop through 'mock' pockets below the waist. Flattering drop-wai...
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Adele Simpson 1960s Vintage Woven Wool Shift Dress or Vest
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Amazing 1960s Colorful 60s Vintage Mod Shift Dress w/ Scalloped Bell Sleeves
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Peggy Hunt Pink Linen Sleeveless Shift Dress with Sequin Embellishment, 1960s
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Peggy Hunt vintage pink linen dress from the late 50s/early 60s. Sequin stripe accents throughout bodice. Back zip and hook and eyes at top and waistband. Linen, fully lined. No si...
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Rosamaria of Napoli 1960s Vintage Brown Chunky Wool Tweed Shift Dress
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
A chic vintage womens shift dress from the 60s by quality Italian designer, Rosamaria of Napoli. In a brown and cream thick tweed fabric with a simple, A line cut and short sleeves. ...
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Beautiful 1960s White Linen Beads + Pearls + Sequins A - Line 60s Shift Dress
Wonderful vintage 1960s white linen A-Line / shift dress! Soft linen holds shape nicely, and features a fitted bodice with a slight A-line. Hundreds of hand-sewn sequins, beads, and ...
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Chic 1960s Heather Gray Wool Sleeveless Vintage 60s Mod Shift Dress
Chic 1960s light heather grey sleeveless wool shift dress! Features a tailored silhouette, with a belted back. Full metal zipper. Up the back with hook-and-eye closure. Great with bo...
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1960s EMILIO PUCCI Ivory Pastel Print Silk Short Sleeve Shift Dress 8
Located in Thiensville, WI
1960s Emilio Pucci Ivory silk shift dress with a pastel art noveau/baroque inspired floral scrollwork print. Short sleeves. Zips at side. Lined. Please note that this item was clippe...
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LANZ ORIGINALS c.1960's Multicolor Cotton Colorblock Sleeveless Shift Dress
Located in Thiensville, WI
Vintage Lanz Originals c.1960's cotton canvas sleeveless shift dress. Bright multi-color abstract color-block print in shades of hot pink, yellow, lime green, teal, and navy blue wit...
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60s Dresses | 1960s Dresses Mod, Mini, Hippie

Thanks to TV shows like Mad Men, Call the Midwife, and Grantchester, the trend for late 1950s and 1960s dresses is going strong. Full swing dresses, pencil dresses and house dresses remained in the early 60s. Jackie-O was the style icon for dresses with flats and pillbox hats. Twiggy and her futuristic style made Mod dresses, black and white go go dresses, jumper dresses, and mini skirts return fashion to a more youthful shape. Then came the late 60s hippies with their tribal prints and earthy throwbacks. Learn more about 1960s fashion history here.

Today,  mid to late 60s dresses are back in style in bright colors, colorblock, and flower power prints. Popular 60s dresses today are mod dresses, shift dresses, and hippie dresses with above-the-knee lengths. Use the 1960s menu to complete your 60s outfit with shoes, jewelry and accessories.

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Making A 60s Shift Dress

The little shift dress – considering Sixties style

The origins of the 1960s shift dress lie in the 1920s when the short, usually sleeveless, shapeless and simplified dress allowed women to “shift” around, whether in terms of work, sports or dancing. This dress from about 1926 is attributed to Coco Chanel.

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This simple shift features the key elements of the shift dress as we know it.

  • one piece dress without a waist seam
  • not fitted closely the body (relying on one underarm bust dart)
  • generally an A line shaped skirt
  • a pared-down, simplified silhouette
  • short (knee length or shorter)
  • most suitable for a youthful, slim hopped boyish figure
  • comfortable and unrestricting to wear
  • the shape lends itself to bold, geometric textile prints, or embellishment, as the design is not broken up by seams or darting.

The Shift as we know it came into its own in the 1960s.

Twiggy

The 1960s were a revolutionary decade when working class youth began to set new style standards,  and an explosion of design and modernisation was afoot internationally. Paris fashion and couture, as mentioned in Mary Harvey’s post, was challenged by British innovation. The music scene was important and the link between the mod look and the music of groups like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks and the Who, led to the introduction of geometric, bold and simplified shapes and designs into fashion. By the mid-sixties, the simple A line shift dress and the mini skirt came to dominate. These garments suited youthful figures – teenagers  and students who looked sensational in slim fitting, vibrant garments sold relatively cheaply in the boutiques of  ‘Swinging London’. Fashion started to become disposable and standards of workmanship fell in order to produce a much quicker turn around, and lower prices for young spenders. The Italian approach to tailoring, especially for men, was adopted by Mod culture and began to influence the way menswear developed too. New fabrics were used including PVC, synthetics and metal – even paper was used for disposable dresses and underwear.

Dior started experimenting with this shape in the late 1950s, and it was his protégé, Yves Saint Laurent, who introduced modern shapes such as the “trapeze”. Couture was slow to adapt, with its exclusive approach, but soon began (as ever) to appropriate street style. Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin understood what was happening and developed it brilliantly. In turn the work of innovative couturiers wasdiffused and simplified to produce a simpler looks, and as they hit the high streets this classic A line dress became shorter, skimpier and cheaper. Mary Quant, who is now Dame Mary (since 1 January 2015), made a very significant contribution to the development of young women’s fashion with her Bazaar boutique in the Kings Road.

Mary Quant, Vidal Sasson

The shift dress is probably seen as the iconic 20th century dress, thanks to it being worn by Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and, to the Melbourne races, by Jean Shrimpton.

 

Who can wear a shift dress?

This simple dress is best on straight, slim figures. It will flatter women with nice arms and legs and looks good with few accessories and flat or low heeled shoes.  Women with more shaped bodies, unless they are very slim, usually look better with waist emphasis. However the A line shape is good for women with larger hips as it will disguise them, and slim the legs. The shift is different from the sheath dress with has much more shaping around the waist and hips and may be better for a more curvy figure.

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An Ode to the ’60s Shift Dress

Some silhouettes are extremely emblematic of a certain decade—poodle skirts and the ’50s, bell-bottoms and the ’70s, and, of course, shift dresses and the ’60s. The time-honored style was repeatedly photographed on It girls of the decade: Mia Farrow, Jackie Kennedy, and even Twiggy. It’s easily recognizable by a straight silhouette with typically a shorter hemline. Despite its initial popularity, the style never really went out of fashion.


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In the past few years, shift dresses have popped up in iconic collections of designers like Miu Miu and Prada—each designed by the great Miuccia Prada, who, in our eyes, can do no wrong. Prada revealed that for these collections, “I wanted to break the rules of the classic,” she said. “To discuss a wish of freedom and liberation and fantasy and, on the other side, the extreme conservatism that is coming—the duality out there.” The idea of which is wholly embodied in the shift dress. The silhouette is also favored by Alessandro Michele at Gucci, who loves to modernize retro shapes, and is often worn by retro icons like Alexa Chung and Alice Bell.

While there are so many designers producing unique, modern renditions, this is a great dress to find authentically in a vintage store, which you can then tailor to your preferences. If it seems a little long, altering is worth the investment. A mini hemline gives this sophisticated silhouette a youthful infusion. In terms of styling, the shift dress is seasonless. It looks just as good with brogues in the summer as it does layered over a button-up and paired with tights and Mary-Janes in the fall. We believe the style calls for a short block heel, whether that be in a boot, a Mary-Jane, or a pump.

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How To Style a Shift Dress For a ’60s Subculture Mod Look

There’s so much to love about the 1960s: The Beatles, the Kennedy family, and of course – the fashion. Mod style was a prominent part of the ’60s fashion subculture, and when we think mod, we think about the many ways to style a shift dress.

The shift dress was practically a staple for women half a century ago. Back in the ’60s, shift dresses were frequently styled with knee-high socks and a flipped-out hairdo.

While the hairstyles of the 1960s didn’t stick around, the shift dress cut definitely did. There are a ton of women still rocking this retro frock style, so pick up a shift dress and take a few tips from these fashionable ladies.

Alexa Chung attends the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014 at Grand Palais on July 2, 2013 in Paris, FranceAlexa Chung attends the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014 at Grand Palais on July 2, 2013, in Paris, France.

Alexa Chung’s go-to dress always seems to be a mod frock. In this example, her styling is very simple. She just lets the dress shine without much embellishment or accessorizing.

Also, she keeps it simple but striking in a pair of flats. Even for red carpet events, Alexa can’t get away from her snazzy flats.

Mary Jane flats pair perfectly with a retro-mod dress. Style your hair in a chignon and accessorize with a simple leather bag.

Ophelia Lovibond in a white structured dress and Charlotte Olympia heels at the world premiere of "The World's End"Ophelia Lovibond in a white structured dress and Charlotte Olympia heels at the world premiere of “The World’s End” held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on July 10, 2013.

We love Ophelia’s outfit at the premiere of “The World’s End.” Her white mod dress wasn’t loud in color, but it definitely spoke volumes regardless. She wore it with what looked like ankle-strapped pumps and a clutch.

Aside from the styling, you can also copy Ophelia’s hair. The fringe and the volumized updo are characteristic of the ’60s mod subculture.

Kelly Osbourne attends the House Of Holland show during London Fashion Week SS14 on September 14, 2013 in London, EnglandKelly Osbourne attends the House Of Holland show during London Fashion Week SS14 on September 14, 2013, in London, England.

Kelly Osbourne chose a mod dress for a fashion week appearance. See how simple the styling is? The dress didn’t need a lot of accessories. But Kelly gave the look extra punch by wearing embellished pumps.

Kelly’s hair is also very ’60s mod. You can switch this to a flipped out hairdo for that authentic mod feel.

Poppy Delevingne attends the World Premiere of Rush at Odeon Leicester Square on September 2, 2013 in London, EnglandPoppy Delevingne attends the World Premiere of “Rush” at Odeon Leicester Square on September 2, 2013, in London, England.

Cara’s older sis, Poppy, has a more feminine style. For a world premiere, she chose this grid-printed shift dress. She gave it a more modern appeal by pairing it up with thick-heeled pumps.

Also not much accessorizing here. Don’t you love her milkmaid braids?

Fashion blogger Tini Tani rocks a printed shift dress with socks and lace-up heelsFashion blogger Tini Tani rocks a printed shift dress with socks and lace-up heels

Fashion bloggers have a more interesting approach to styling the shift dress. Here is Tini Tani wearing her printed shift dress with a pair of socks and lace-up heels.

Fashion blogger wears socks and sandals with a beautiful dress and headwrapFashion blogger wears socks and sandals with a beautiful dress and headwrap

Wear your dress with sandals and socks. This ensemble works on fashion blogger Theresa Wu. We also love her headwrap!

There is no shortage of gorgeous shift dresses these days. Here are our favorites from Nordstrom and Shopbop.

Lisa Perry Reversible Twist Dress and Lisa Perry Amazing Dress1. Lisa Perry Reversible Twist Dress, $1395.00
2. Lisa Perry Amazing Dress, $1295.00

Jenni Kayne Suede Shift Dress and Club Monaco Haley Knit Dress3. Jenni Kayne Suede Shift Dress, $995.00
4. Club Monaco Haley Knit Dress, $170.00

Theory Randla C Dress and Camilla and Marc Rhythmic Shift Dress5. Theory Randla C Dress, $375.00
6. Camilla and Marc Rhythmic Shift Dress, $460.00

Marc by Marc Jacobs Quilty Argyle Dress and Sea Plaid & Chambray Dress7. Marc by Marc Jacobs Quilty Argyle Dress, $348.00
8. Sea Plaid & Chambray Dress, $405.00

Aren’t you ladies glad that ’60s-inspired shift dresses are now back in fashion?

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