This is going to be a retro-style summer, as evidenced by the way that celebrities’ preferred dress has been shifting (pun intended) away from last season’s fit-and-flare silhouette to favor the simple, mod cuts of the Sixties. The figure-flattering straight cut of the shift dress is youthful but ladylike, and celebs are loving the unfussy, throwback style in more of-the-moment fabrics like leather and metallics.
What makes Gabriella Wilde’s shift work is the way the minimalist cut balances the look-at-me snakeskin. The Carrie actress wore her Gucci dress with similarly understated accessories—a pair of black peep-toe sandals and a simple silver necklace. Nora Zehetner took her look all the way back to the Sixties with retro-styled hair to match her white halter Bird dress. The actress’ metallic Calvin Klein sandals and clutch, however, made her look thoroughly modern. For an appearance on Extra, Julianne Hough worked a rust-colored Alberta Ferretti shift with a high neck and sleeves. This effortlessly chic look is feminine without being fussy. If your’e going to pick up one new dress this season, make it a textured white shift like Emma Roberts’ frock by Chanel at the designer’s recent benefit dinner. An airy shift in white guipure lace, crochet, or mesh will take you from the boardwalk to a summer wedding, especially if you pair it with colorblocked sandals like Emma. Finally, we loved Thandie Newton’s icy blue metallic shift by Stella McCartney at the Jimmy Choo Pre-Fall collection exhibition. The bell sleeves and mock neck gave the look vintage appeal, while the fabrication was totally new.
Ready to start acting shifty like these celebs? Get your shopping started with some of our celeb-inspired favorites:
1. Milly Metallic Bow Back Shift – $475; 2. Diane Von Furstenberg Akoni Dress – $656; 3. ASOS Shift Dress in Triangle Jacquard – $76.36; 4. Dorothy Perkins Black Laser Cut Shift Dress – $89; 5. Topshop Snake Leather-Look Dress – $100; 6. MaxMara ‘S Max Fida Dress – $595; 7. JB by Julie Maggie Shift Dress – $95.20; 8. Goat Sabine Gathered Neck Shift Dress – $562; 9. Loft Crochet Lace Shift Dress – $84.88