Styling a Shift Dress for Fall

The shift dress is such a staple for any girls wardrobe. Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy, fashion icons famous for their impeccable style made these dresses famous. These dresses are usually sleeveless and a no brainer for summer. But how do you take these dresses into Fall? Read on for tips on styling a shift dress for fall.

J.Crew Clutch

J.Crew Clutch

I am going to style this shift dress for fall for three key looks – work, date night and casual. Now just because it’s cooler outside doesn’t mean we can roll up in a ball under our blankets and stay at home 🙂 So here you can look fab and stay warm too!

Casual Look

The best way to put together a casual look with a shift dress is to try to dress it down and layer up. Since the shift dress traditionally has a classic vibe with a flair of posh you want to pair it with something that is uber casual. Since this dress was pink I went for a blue chambray denim top. You could also pick any button down shirt in a color that plays nice with the dress. Throw on the shirt over the dress, knot it up in the front and scrunch up the sleeves. There you have it, a perfect casual look! You can accessorize depending on what the outfit is for, pearls for a touch of chic or leave it with nothing for completely casual.

I have worn a pair of block lace ups. Block heels are so big this season I couldn’t resist!

J.Crew Chambray Top

J.Crew Chambray Top

J.Crew Shift Dress

J.Crew Shift Dress

Aldo Lace Up Block Heels

Aldo Lace Up Block Heels

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Work Look

While the casual look has the shirt layered over, the work look has it layered under. The main reason for this is that you want the polished look of the dress to be the focus. Don’t forget that the dress by itself is very work-esque so all you need to do is make it more warm. I like a collared shirt to layer under so that I can pull  the collar through the neckline of the dress. Since it’s a work outfit I have kept the accessorizing to a minimum, only a bracelet. I have accentuated my waist with a lovely animal print belt.

I am wearing a very polished looking pair of wedges from BCBG in a nude tone to finish off my professional look.

Loft Shirt

Loft Shirt

BCBG Shoes

BCBG Shoes

Ann Taylor Belt

Ann Taylor Belt

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Date Night

For your date night I bet you wanna look cute yet sexy! Assuming you are not going to an open air place I have the perfect look for you. Grab a cute leather jacket to wear over your dress but leave it plain and classic otherwise. Then add a pair of heeled boots to the look. I love the sexy effect a pair of boots lends to an above the knee sleeveless dress. Now add in a clutch and a statement necklace and you have the look!

Anthropologie Jacket

Anthropologie Jacket

Seychelles Boots

Seychelles Boots

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Styling these looks was so much fun. I especially liked that I was in Seattle and could verify that the looks worked in the cooler fall weather! Do let me know what you think 🙂

xoxo

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22 Comments

  1. October 17, 2016 / 12:32 am

    I agree and have done two of the three with my shifts (casual and layered under for office); may try the jacket look soon – I’ve got a date night with hubs this weekend and that may be the place to give this a try!

  2. October 17, 2016 / 9:27 am

    I love this! Each look is so cute but different!

  3. October 17, 2016 / 9:46 am

    I’m not normally a fan of shirts layered under dresses but this work look is perfection! The proportions stayed slim and not bulky, and I’m obsessed with your bow shoes!! Perfect 3 looks with the same dress!!

    -Lauren
    http://www.ivorytowerchic.com

  4. October 17, 2016 / 9:47 am

    Such a great post! I love all the diffeent ways you’ve styled that shit dress. This gives me so many ideas!

  5. October 17, 2016 / 10:05 am

    Such a great post! I love how you paired it with the denim shirt! Such a cute look an great way to take it from day to night!

  6. October 17, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    Great advice! I love the layered look for an easy and quick outfit for date night- I’m always rushing to get out the door as the babysitter arrives and these ideas will come in handy!! Thanks for the great tips.

  7. October 17, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    This is so cute! I love all of the ways you styled it XOXOXO

  8. babydollsbloggie
    October 17, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    I love each of these looks! They’re each so different that it’s hard to believe it’s the same dress.

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