A definitive description of 'vintage style', would be the eternal shift dress. A shift dress has been a personal favorite of mine for years. Whether in my hectic college 'lack of sleep' days, when I couldn't be bothered to decide what to wear, or in those post baby 'too tired to care what I wear' phase. The shift dress is simply the easiest type of garment to wear, and you will easily manage to look like a glamor puss with not too much effort. To put it quite simply, it takes virtually one minute to change from drab to fab.
The particular dress design began in the 60s. A dress that is straight-cut from the bust line down, and has no defined line around the waist. Sometimes it can have a bit of a flare at the hem, but in general it is very straight in terms of the cut of the body. Lily Pulitzer, the renowned designer and socialite, was responsible for making the design that was sometimes seen as a work-wear dress shape, became upper class, chic and main stream. She was a cousin of Jackie Kennedy, being a debonair housewife, she started selling juice at Palm Beach, Florida. She wanted to make a dress that hid the juice stains, so she made lots of printed shift dresses that were easy to wear. From having a humble juice stand, she was asked by well-heeled ladies who, driving by, wanted to buy the dress instead.
Lily Pulitzer had turned her interest into a business, getting her famous cousin to wear her creation which simply boosted the shy designer into the limelight. So the dress became what every housewife wanted to wear, and the color variations of the designs inspired for many years to come.
With the trend of skinny jeans and leggings becoming the legendary most hard working item in our wardrobe, the dress inevitably became our second favorite. Falling short on our mid thigh, with no clingy fabric, just easy-to- breathe cotton or other natural materials, and no restricted waist line to confine you to eat just a salad leaf, the dress has become the thing to wear over skinny jeans or leggings.
The vintage dress from the 60s has certainly proved one of the most versatile outfits that has translated to the modern age. For those of us that haven't got an enviable figure like la Olivia Palermo, we can at least be glamorous without any pain in a vintage style shift dress. Choose from a graphical pattern, colorful floral prints, or even tribal geometrical patterns, there's always a choice out there for you.