If you’re wondering what this season’s go-to dress style is, it looks like the shift is definitely it. Because of its clean lines and simple design, you can go really bold with your accessories – whether it’s a bright shoe or stacking bangle bracelets. A shift dress is also easy to layer if the spring weather is playing tricks on you. If it’s just a little too cool to completely bare those arms, adding a cardigan or blazer is the perfect layering tool.

The main feature of a shift dress is the lack of a defined waist, so finding the right dress for your body type is important. This dress design can hide that little tummy bulge, help you look more proportionate if you have a large bust or take attention away from your thighs and hips. It’s a dress style, that if worn right, can be your go-to piece during the spring. It’s simple, sophisticated and a little retro.

Here are four ways to modern-up this retro look to try on for size this season.

Accessorize It

Most shift dresses have a high neck, so a necklace isn’t really necessary, but some stacking bangle bracelets or a pair of drop earrings are perfect. If your dress is all one color, go a little more bold with your accessories. If your dress is color-blocked or features a pattern, tone it down.

Make the Shoe the Star

Although a shift dress can be the star all on its own, the simple style also allows your shoes to shine. Pair a shift dress with some of this season’s hottest trends in footwear. From a pair of clear strappy heels to a pair of bright-colored cut-outs, choosing just the right shoe can be quite fun. You can also color-block when it comes to your shoe choice. If you’re wearing a turquoise shift dress, go for a coral heel. These are two very hot colors this spring and they go oh-so great together.

Baby It’s Still Cold Outside

Spring is such a tricky season isn’t it? It’s still crisp and cool in the mornings, but things can heat up in the afternoons. Pairing a shift dress with a light cardigan or blue jean jacket can solve this crazy weather dilemma. For cocktails with friends, wear a swingy jacket. For a day trip around town, grab that blue jean jacket I was talking about.

And the Dress Stands Alone

I’ve mentioned it several times that a shift dress can be the star of the show, with no problems what-so-ever, and it’s so true. From shift dresses featuring the color-block fashion statement or all-over lace, to shift dresses with a bold pattern – the dress can definitely stand alone.  If your dress is the star, pair it with some simple flats or nude colored heels. You can wear some simple accessories or none at all.

Do some shopping around and see what’s available when it comes to shift dresses and then try one on. You might be surprised at what you’ve been missing out on when it comes to this easy to wear dress style. Have fun with your fashion and add something different to your closet this spring.

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