Long sleeved shift dresses at Wallis

Long sleeved shift dress styles are a great addition to your Winter Wardrobe. The long sleeved style makes them much warmer than a traditional shift, and they look great with opaque tights and chunky ankle boots or Mary Janes. The shift dress has a 1960s feel, but is also very versatile. Worn with a strappy metallic sandal and a clutch bag, and you have a chic evening look. Add tights, boots and a blazer, and this will work well as workwear. With a chunky knit cardigan and a woolly scarf, this can make a cool winter option. A long sleeved shift dress certainly earns its keep in your wardrobe, and if you can pick one up in the Janaury sales, so much the better.

Celebs work their long sleeved shift dresses

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Wallis has always been a great port of call to find this type of dress, it is one of their style staples and is a design I chose when I did my style challenge with the Fort Shopping Centre (you can find that post here.) This year Wallis has a great range of Long and three quarter sleeved shift styles which come in a range of colours and also in printed varieties. The styles are versatile and also ageless – you only have to look at the pictures above to see that shift dresses can suit everyone, from a 40-something Victoria Beckham, to a 30-something like Michelle Dockery, right through to the barely out of teens Kendall Jenner.

I’ve picked my favourite shifts from the current Wallis collection, I would love to know if you have a fave from my choices, or if this is a look that you ever wear. Some of the designs are now £30 and under, so now is a good time to add a shift to your wardrobe.

Wallis Long Sleeved Shift

 Blue Zip Shoulder Tunic Dress Was £35.00 Now £25.00Click to visit Wallis


Blue Zip Shoulder Tunic Dress Was £35.00 Now £25.00 Click to visit Wallis

Blue And Red Stripe Shift Dress Was £40.00 Now £25.00Click to visit Wallis

Blue And Red Stripe Shift Dress Was £40.00 Now £25.00 Click to visit Wallis

Red Zip Shift Dress Was £40.00 Now £25.00Click to visit Wallis

Red Zip Shift Dress Was £40.00 Now £25.00 Click to visit Wallis

Petite Black Zip Front Shift Dress Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Petite Black Zip Front Shift Dress Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Blue Paisley Print Tunic Dress Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Blue Paisley Print Tunic Dress Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Blush Floral Tunic Dress Price: £42.00 Click to visit Wallis

Blush Floral Tunic Dress Price: £42.00 Click to visit Wallis

Coral Peplum Shift Dress Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Coral Peplum Shift Dress Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Panelled Lace Shift Drss Price: £55.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Panelled Lace Shift Dress Price: £55.00 Click to visit Wallis

Pink Flute Sleeve Dress Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Pink Flute Sleeve Dress Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Monochrome Geometric Print Shift Dress £35 Click to visit Wallis

Monochrome Geometric Print Shift Dress £35 Click to visit Wallis

M&Co are celebrating the shift dress this Spring

The shift dress is a design classic, an item of clothing that never dates and certainly never goes out of fashion. It first gained fame in the 1950s and 60s, when shift designs by Norman Norell, Lily Pulitzer and of course Givenchy, were worn by Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Jean Shrimpton. The simple design and clean lines of the shift made it a design that still remained vibrant and important even as the 1960s began to swing – the hemlines were just raised a little.

The design gained shoulder pads in the 1980s, and then worked with the minimalistic style of the 1990s, being the last fashion favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales. In face, the shift dress was the fashion item of the 1990s, being worn by Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham in the Spice Girls Wannabe video, and it was also a favourite of Kate Moss and the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

And it shows no signs of going anywhere soon. No modern-day fashionista worth her salt would be without this wardrobe classic. Mollie King, Amal Clooney, Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss have all been seen wearing the style staple to great effect. Whether it be in the guise of a little black dress, a pretty floral shift, or a bright, colour block number, the shift is perfect for so many occasions, and looks great whether teamed with flat sandals, stiletto heels or chunky heeled boots. High Street favourite M&Co have a gorgeous range of shift dresses this season, so if you are thinking of adding one to your wardrobe, this would be a great place to take a look.

 

Classic Shift Dresses

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Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys

 

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Jackie Kennedy in Lily Pulitzer

 

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Jean Shrimpton

 

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Princess Diana wore a lot of shift dresses in 1996/97

 

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Posh Spice

 

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Kate Moss and Johnny Depp when they were the most gorgeous couple in the world

 

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John Junior and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

 

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Amal and George Clooney

 

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Mollie King

 

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Modern day Mrs Beckham still loves a shift dress.

 

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Kerry Washington

 

Shift Dresses at M&Co

So Jackie Kennedy…

Jacquard shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/jacquard-shift-dress-yellow/121369500600008.html Product Number: 121369500600008 Colour: YELLOW £45.00 click to visit M&Co

Jacquard shift dress
£45.00

Floral print shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/floral-print-shift-dress-white/121430600300008.html Product Number: 121430600300008 Colour: WHITE £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Floral print shift dress
£39.00

V neck shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/v-neck-shift-dress-yellow/121370900600008.html Product Number: 121370900600008 Colour: YELLOW £35.00 click to visit M&Co

V neck shift dress
£35.00

Floral print shift dress £35.00 click to visit M&Co

Floral print shift dress
£35.00

Embellished floral shift dress £45.00 click to visit M&Co

Embellished floral shift dress
£45.00

Diamond print shift dress £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Diamond print shift dress
£39.00

Check print shift dress £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Check print shift dress
£39.00

Textured shift dress £22.40 Was £32.00 click to visit M&Co

Textured shift dress
£22.40 Was £32.00

Guipure lace shift dress £85.00 click to visit M&Co

Guipure lace shift dress
£85.00

Floral jacquard shift dress £75.00 click to visit M&Co

Floral jacquard shift dress
£75.00

To view all the M&Co dresses, click here.

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Wallis Blue Lace Shift Dress reviewed

My next review in my ‘life begins at 40’ series is the dress I actually wore for my birthday celebrations yesterday. It was gifted by one of my favourite brands, Wallis, and came in a stunning deep blue shade that my mom has long exclaimed to be ‘my colour’.

Blue Lace Shift Dress     Price: £42.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Lace Shift Dress
Price: £42.00 click to visit Wallis

The blue lace shift dress is a gorgeously vibrant 60s style frock. It has a double layer effect, with a sort of crocheted lace top layer, and then a stretchy block underlayer. With no buttons or zips, this is a style you simply put over your head, and the nature of the fabric means no ironing is required – making this a great dress to pop in your holiday suitcase. The colour is stunning, a really vibrant, showy blue that simply pops and would look great teamed with yellow, orange or even green accessories for the perfect colour clash look.

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DSCN7721This dress is super versatile. I wore this for a Father’s Day/birthday meal, and added yellow heeled sandals and a gold/blue necklace to complete the outfit, but I am planning to wear this on holiday with some toe post sandals which I think will look equally as good due to the simple, chic nature of the dress. I also think the deep shade of blue means this dress will also look great with opaque tights and shoe boots when summer turns to autumn. A denim jacket or blazer would also team well with this dress for evenings or chillier days.

DSCN7723I totally love this dress in the ‘deeper shade of blue’, and will be wearing it a lot this summer. Wallis currently have this dress in white and coral, and also have a very similar style that has the difference of an embellished neckline. I have featured these styles below. I have also added a couple of birthday snaps of the dress that show the lovely detail around the shoulders and neckline.

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Wallis Lace Dresses

Blue Embellished Lace Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Embellished Lace Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Wallis

Orange Lace Embellished Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Orange Lace Embellished Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

White Lace Shift Dress     Price: £42.00 click to visit Wallis

White Lace Shift Dress
Price: £42.00 click to visit Wallis

Stone Lace Keyhole Dress     Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Stone Lace Keyhole Dress
Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Coral Lace Shift Dress     Price: £42.00 click to visit Wallis

Coral Lace Shift Dress
Price: £42.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Crochet Lace Dress     Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Crochet Lace Dress
Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Yellow And Grey Lace Shift Dress     Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Yellow And Grey Lace Shift Dress
Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

To view all Wallis dresses, click here.

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