Summer Style Essentials: The Shift Dress |

Summer Style Essentials: The Shift Dress

I decided to do a Summer Style Essentials series, and my second must-have for a summer wardrobe is the shift dress (my first was the panama hat if you missed it)! Keep reading to see why I love shift dresses, and for a few purchase options.

I love shift dresses because they’re extremely versatile: they work for school, work, brunch, church, a date, a barbecue, or anywhere else you might possibly have to go this summer. They’re also incredibly comfortable, just the right shape to hug your curves, but also loose enough to allow the rare breeze to pass through. They don’t require much styling, especially if they’re printed, but can be complimented with a statement or simple layered necklace.

I bought this shift dress at Buffalo Exchange in NYC a few weeks ago, after trading in a few clothes that I hadn’t worn all year. It’s by Best Society, a brand I’d never heard of before, but it fit me so well and was in such great condition that I had to go home with it – plus, my boyfriend picked it out and it was only around $15. A quick search showed that a similar Best Society dress was featured on Gilt Group for $59 (but sold out), so I’d say my purchase was a steal!

Summer Style Essentials: The Shift Dress |

I paired my dress with my colorblocked BCBGMaxAzria North-South Envelope Tote (sold out) and some nude flats by Ann Marino to tone everything down. Wore pearl earrings, my standard arm candy, minimal makeup, and a tiny half ponytail in my hair. Believe it or not, I took these photos all by myself near my apartment with just my tripod, remote, my Canon T3i, and my Canon 50mm/f1.8 lens that’s only $125! You can find all my tech gear in my Amazon store.

Summer Style Essentials: The Shift Dress |

I’ve worn other shift dresses in my Instagram posts, but if you’re looking to buy, here are some other printed shift dress options:

I’m also considering this beauty by Collective Concepts from Amazon – in fact, I just added it to my cart, so maybe you’ll see it on the blog soon!

Do you wear shift dresses in the summertime? How do you dress them up or down?

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  1. Yes, I do but I got to lose some pounds. I can’t be showing these thunder thighs to everyone. I’m going to do it and stop saying it. I’m hiding behind maxi dress and skirts now. A change got to come but love the dresses you picked out.