Due the sheer comfort it provides, the shift dresses can be worn at any occasion. A solid colored dress (gray, black, brown, navy) with a thin leather belt can be worn to an office meeting. Bold colors and block prints can zest up the dress for club party or a dinner date. The ones in cotton or light printed fabrics can be worn for the summer picnic or can serve as a cover-up on the beach.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, 66, wears sleeveless sheaths. I figure if the sleeveless sheath is good enough for Anna, it's good enough for any women over 50-as long as she's comfortable with her arms. Although I love the streamlined look of a simple sleeveless sheath, I must admit I'm wearing them less and less as my post-50 years speed on. Or rather, I'm wearing them more and more with the addition of a coverup-a little jacket or a sheer sweater or shawl. Above is an over 50 girlfriend of mine wearing a summer sheath. I think she looks smashing!
The cheap shift dresses can be made from a wide range of fabrics, and their simple lines make them easy to sew if you're the sewing sort. The fit of them is pretty straight and simple. They don't hug you anywhere, but this does not mean they are shapeless. Nothing could be further from the truth. If cut and sewn properly, they skim the body and show off lots of leg.
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We love the feminine, retro appeal of Miu Miu's shift dress. Crafted in Italy from light-blue crepe and fully lined for the smoothest fit, it's finished with a pretty beaded cutout neckline. Temper the mini length with flats. Shown here with: Tabitha Simmons Flats, Etro Ring, Cornelia Webb Ring.. Light-blue crepe.. Concealed hook and zip fastening at back.. 100% viscose; lining: 100% polyester.. Dry clean.. Made in Italy.
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I've got a late 60's shift dress pattern with a big, dramatic collar (Simplicity 8193). A shift is such a great canvas for embellishment. How cute would scallops (from the Meringue) look at the hem? Plus, they truly are SO comfortable. Body shape certainly affects the drape, though; hoping you can address some of the issues there and what to do about them.