How to Style A Shift Dress 3 Ways

After a while, your old wardrobe favorites can feel a bit tired. So if you’re running out of ideas for how to style a shift dress, we’ve got you covered. With these outfit ideas, your go-to LBD can go from worn-out to wow in no time at all!

For those who aren’t quite as adept at fashion lingo, let us first explain the must-have style. Shift dresses are characterized by minimal detailing and a straight cut from the bust to the hips. Their versatility and universally flattering cut make them an essential for boss ladies of all shapes and sizes. They’re an especially great choice for those looking to disguise their midsection. The loose fit provides a little extra breathing room without sacrificing an ounce of style.

Even the most avid renters need a wardrobe of staple pieces that fit like a dream. Owning the essentials allows you to experiment more with your rented pieces. It’s far easier to test out a trendy item when you have a closet full of great pieces in your closet at home to mix and match with. Consider a good shift dress to be like a blank canvas, primed and ready for endless outfit possibilities. A piece you can dress up or down, the shift is the hero in your closet.

Here are 3 stylish looks starring the shift dress in under 5 minutes. 


For the Office

A well-fitted shift dress is an essential in every boss lady’s work wardrobe. With virtually endless styling options, you’ll never run out of easy office outfits. Here’s a business professional outfit to try this week:

First, pair your shift dress with a printed blazer. Layer with a simple necklace and small hoops to not distract from your exciting outerwear. Throw on a pair of pumps or loafers and you’re ready to get sh*t done.

Rent the look

Rebecca Taylor

Derek Lam 10 Crosby

Jugni Gypsy

Style with…


Leather tote

Minimalist jewelry

On a Dinner Date

Your LBD is the perfect choice for a night on the town. The looser cut of the shift dress means you’ll still feel comfortable and confident, even after a few courses and cocktails. Here’s a fun outfit idea for your Friday night:

Depending on the temperature, pair with a fuzzy faux fur coat or a colored moto. Throw your hair in an updo with statement hoops. Slip on your favorite strappy shoe and walk into dinner feeling like a boss.

Rent the Look


French Connection

Cupcakes & Cashmere

Style with…

Strappy heels

Mini purse

Gold hoops


While the shift dress is a staple in work wardrobes everywhere, it’s equally as essential for the weekend. Regardless of whether you’re headed to bottomless brunch with the gals or your neighborhood farmer’s market with your hunny, this simple style is perfect for a last minute look. Nothing beats those throw on and go kind of weekend outfits.

Pair a basic black shift dress with a casual jacket — a light bomber, wool overcoat or denim jacket will do the trick. Slip on your favorite sneakers so you can sip on mimosas and pick fresh produce with ease. Accessorize with a fun hair scarf and a mini backpack for a laid-back chic look.

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Vince Camuto


Scotch & Soda

Style with…

White sneakers

Leather backpack

Bottomless mimosas

Need a bit more advice on how to style a shift dress? Book a 1:1 digital styling appointment with one of our professional stylists! You’ll be sure to leave with plenty of fresh outfit ideas.

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