Would Your Wear It: A Shift Dress

Would Your Wear It: A Shift Dress

Happy weekend ladies! We are ensconced on Vancouver Island and enjoying the change of pace. We’ve been catching up with family and old friends while revisiting favorite spots which bring back fond and bittersweet memories. Having a second home here was an amazing experience our whole family remembers well.

Traveling in a trailer frequently means that internet connections can be elusive stink. The campgrounds we stay at all promise high-speed WIFI but that’s a euphemism for can’t load email. No internet is a wonderful thing unless you write a blog and want to share things with your readers. Enough whining but now you know why I don’t post as often as usual or answer comments as quickly.

Welcome to Would You Wear It. I share my thoughts on clothes with you all week so this is your chance to tell me what you think. Each Saturday Pam from Over 50 Feeling 40 and I share a mannequin we have spotted and ask if you would wear what she’s wearing.

It’s unkind to critique another woman’s fashion choices but these dummies don’t care what we say so have at it. Pamela is out of internet range today but if I am lucky this post will go out.

Mannequins are strange in all forms but if you’re going to put a head on one, I like them to have a face:)

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this and why or why not?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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  1. Laurel
    July 7, 2018 / 4:06 am

    Love the colors, but the straight up and down styling would do nothing for me. It hides any waist I have. That said, it would be cool, since it looks like linen. I’m on the fence.

  2. Becky Sharp
    July 7, 2018 / 4:10 am

    Yes I would wear it and frankly often wear something akin to it. I love the color of the dress and like how they have paired it with a white jean jacket. Living on the East Coast it is often super hot during the day but an extra layer is often needed when stepping into a restaurant, so the jacket would be very practical.

  3. Susan
    July 7, 2018 / 4:27 am

    I would ( and do) wear straight linen shifts, but as for the one above, the jacket obscures the neckline and sleeves, so I am not sure about the style. I wouldn’t wear that colour though as it would not flatter my skin/hair colour..

  4. Mary
    July 7, 2018 / 4:31 am

    Yes, and I bought 2, one blue and one in a thin stripe, though not in linen. Both flow a bit more than straight up and down and cover the knee. They are wonderful in hot weather worn with flats or sandals. And when it was cooler, I put on a white jean jacket and then belted the jacket.

  5. Lori Stewart
    July 7, 2018 / 4:35 am

    I love the whole look. I definitely would wear it.

    • Dd
      July 7, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      Ditto. I have many, many, perhaps too many, linen shift dresses. They are my daily summer uniform here in S Florida w flats, sandals or flip flops.

  6. Jean
    July 7, 2018 / 4:45 am

    I like it and would wear it. Good colors for me too.

  7. Wendy
    July 7, 2018 / 4:59 am

    I like the idea but bright turquoise & stark white are not colours I can wear. Soften up the colours & I’m all in as it appears to be a cool & casual summer look.

  8. Mollie M.
    July 7, 2018 / 5:02 am

    I like the look and the colour of the dress. I would wear it. The jean jacket is is a good item to have.
    For some reason I do not wear dresses but a shift dress I would wear.

  9. Alexandra Mills
    July 7, 2018 / 5:04 am

    I love both pieces, but the dress is a bit short for me. Other than that, linen and a jeans jacket are perfect. The white is wonderful for versatility.

  10. Ramona
    July 7, 2018 / 5:06 am

    I prefer a sheath to a shift. I think more shaping is more flattering. Without the jacket, this dress would offer nothing to the shape underneath. And linen and I have a tempestuous relationship…all those wrinkles and this dummy can’t even sit!????

  11. Mollie M.
    July 7, 2018 / 5:09 am

    I like the look and the colour of the dress. I would wear it. The jean jacket is is a good item to have.
    For some reason I do not wear dresses but a shift dress I would wear.
    Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

  12. July 7, 2018 / 5:12 am

    No. I hate dresses. I would look like a moose in this because of the straight up and down. I do wear a lot of linen and I do like the color.

  13. Kim
    July 7, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Yes, I’d wear the dress sans jacket. When it’s 100+ degrees, I don’t want anything touching my skin. It’s not my most flattering look though, I will admit.

  14. Amy
    July 7, 2018 / 5:52 am

    Definitely would and do wear this look. The color of the dress wouldn’t work with my coloring, but it’s perfect for a summer outfit. I rarely leave the house is summer without a jacket, rather work or socially, everywhere is too cold! I love my thin tender denim jacket the most, and have a white traditional jacket I wear as well. I’m still looking for a white tencel weight jean jacket though.

  15. Beth
    July 7, 2018 / 5:59 am

    I do like the look a lot but I still have trouble with the wrinkles of all linen. I know I need to get over it, but I just can’t seem too wear linen without feeling a mess.

  16. Diana
    July 7, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Yes! I do wear outfits like this, although with my apple shape and large bust, I stick to an A-line cut shift or dress, to give me a visual waste. Straight up and down lines with no ‘visual waste’, is not a good look for me, …add that A-line and wha-laa! Much nicer look! Sometimes I will purchase a straight line shift dress and take in the sides a little on my own to give it more of an A-line look. Thank you Home Ec. Sewing lessons, back in Jr. High.

  17. Martha
    July 7, 2018 / 6:10 am

    Love the look — I would wear it even if my shape sometime requires me to have something like this altered a tad for a better fit. A-line is also a little better for me — these colors are mine for sure.

  18. Anne
    July 7, 2018 / 6:17 am

    This is my favorite style and shape. It really is the only type of dress I own! Jeans jackets in every color, please.

  19. Rita
    July 7, 2018 / 6:18 am

    Yes I would! Love everything about this look from the dress to the jacket and accessories! Very cool and fresh looking!

  20. July 7, 2018 / 6:20 am

    I’d wear the shift dress – in fact, I often do. Enjoy your time on Vancouver Island. We’ll be here when you get back, loving the fact that you had euphemistically “high speed internet.” LOL

  21. Erin
    July 7, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I love the look but it already looks wrinkly. Linen knits seem to look like rags after a few wearing. That’s just me though.

  22. July 7, 2018 / 6:23 am

    I think the look is blah. The fashion police wouldn’t give you a ticket but I just don’t find it interesting.

  23. Karen
    July 7, 2018 / 6:42 am

    I love this look and wear shifts often, but then I see a photo of myself and think – ugh, no shape. When I do wear a fitted dress, my colleagues often exclaim how much they like that style on me. I guess I find shifts easy to wear and great on mannequins, but a shaped waist is more flattering. These colors look nice with my white hair and skin tone. I’d wear metallic jack Rogers.

  24. Cynthia
    July 7, 2018 / 6:44 am

    I would and do wear this outfit. As a matter of fact, I own this exact dress. It is very hot here in Dallas and I rely on shift dresses most days.

  25. Midge
    July 7, 2018 / 6:48 am

    Yes, I would wear this, although I would probably prefer a different color of dress, and maybe a longer (French Kande, perhaps?) necklace.

    • Jennifer
      July 7, 2018 / 10:06 am

      French Kande elevates everything!

  26. Mari
    July 7, 2018 / 6:56 am

    I like linen, and I like the pretty summery shade of blue. I would wear the dress, but probably not the jacket.

  27. Jan
    July 7, 2018 / 7:02 am

    This is a great causal look. Yes I would wear it again and again, oh wait I do wear this look. The color is great too and who wouldn’t love all the things you could wear with a white jean jacket.

    • Jennifer
      July 7, 2018 / 10:05 am

      I white denim jacket fan too

  28. Eileen
    July 7, 2018 / 7:34 am

    Blue color is nice and cool looking. I prefer more shaping, because I’m pear shaped. And linen, if not fine can and bulk to the body so I would have to try on to see, but I prefer cotton or rayon in the heat, so, no.

  29. Linda
    July 7, 2018 / 7:51 am

    I WOULD wear this! Great color on the shift and the white jean jacket goes smoothly with it to create an elevated level of casual!

    I love it! Where is this dress and jacket found at?

  30. Catherine
    July 7, 2018 / 7:57 am

    Love it, would wear that exact outfit. The colours are perfect for me and the jacket stretches the seasons. Awesome.

  31. Cathy
    July 7, 2018 / 8:05 am

    I like colors and style but I don’t like linen. I always feel like I’m wrinkled. If in cotton I’d wear it.

  32. Gail Schwartz
    July 7, 2018 / 8:12 am

    That works for me. The colors and all

  33. Debbie Davis
    July 7, 2018 / 8:30 am

    I definitely would wear this look! The colors are so summery and refreshing!

  34. Cindy
    July 7, 2018 / 8:43 am

    I love these colors for summer – I’d wear this!

  35. L H Carter
    July 7, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Yes, I would wear it. I love the turquoise and white for a cooler summer look. I also like the two types of fabric: linen and denim. Those two check offs would over ride my concern for the fit of the dress and the jacket.

    • Jennifer
      July 7, 2018 / 10:03 am

      That’s a great point! Trade offs are important. I love the color combo too.

  36. Ann Stevens
    July 7, 2018 / 8:55 am

    I love the coolness of linen but I would always look like I just got out of bed. Not a very attractive look for me. The shift style probably not a good choice for me since I’m short and chubby and shifts don’t “skim” over my body. But I do like the color. I live in Arizona where it is 107 this morning at 9 AM and it’s cloudy today so I don’t ever need a summer jacket!

    • Jennifer
      July 7, 2018 / 10:02 am

      That’s a hit one! Stay cool

  37. Julia H.
    July 7, 2018 / 9:06 am

    I would definitely wear this outfit. I like everything about it. I think it looks like an outfit you would choose as well.

    • Jennifer
      July 7, 2018 / 10:02 am

      I would on hot days. It may not be my most flattering shape but it’s easy and classic.

    July 7, 2018 / 9:10 am

    I recently wore a shift and had a pic taken of me in it with my granddaughter at my side. The pic was the telltail sign I needed to realize it is the wrong shape for my shapeless body. It made me look huge!! I love the comfort of a shift and might lazily wear it at the beach tho. I like the idea of the jacket with a shift…to me it helps break up the long & progressively widening line on the hips. Candid pics are great to bring out what we “think” is working, when it really isn’t!!!

    • Jennifer
      July 7, 2018 / 10:01 am

      Pictures are SO helpful! I look best with waist definition too

  39. Cindi
    July 7, 2018 / 9:21 am

    I wear something like this a lot. Love the colors. Its easy dressing.

  40. Nancy
    July 7, 2018 / 9:22 am

    I love an A-line shift in the summer in our hot desert climate. I’ve avoided linen in the past because of the wrinkling, but the trend toward unironed linen is making me rethink, and linen feels cooler to wear.

    • Jennifer
      July 7, 2018 / 9:58 am

      Linen feels coolest to me so I’ve come to terms with the wrinkles.

  41. Téa
    July 7, 2018 / 9:36 am

    In theory, this outfit gets a big “YES”…I could wear this anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic and feel polished and confident! Love the colors, fabric and cut…however, it’s sometimes hard for my 36 DD 5’3” self to fit in too straight of a dress, and need a few well placed darts to accommodate “the girls” without making the garment appear tent-like…luckily, this is an easy style of dress for me to sew from scratch…Linen is lovely to wear…I hang it to dry and never iron it – keeps the fabric “crisp enough” without the labor!

    • Jennifer
      July 7, 2018 / 9:57 am

      Excellent point! I used to love to sew. It’s fun to make exactly what you like in the color and fabric of your choice.

  42. Lori
    July 7, 2018 / 9:45 am

    I like it, but would want the dress to cover all or most of my knees which no longer look attractive. I used to love to show my legs, but unfortunately, those days are gone.

    • Jennifer
      July 7, 2018 / 9:55 am

      I find self tanner a great help now but agree that the knees are not the same.

  43. Jill
    July 7, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Yes, if I ever wore a dress I would wear that but would want it to cover my knees. The jean jacket is a winner when the A/C is freezing as it often is in restaurants.

  44. Pat
    July 7, 2018 / 11:58 am

    Absolutely would wear this outfit! I love the ease of the dress and the color. This color blue is one of my favorite blues for summer. It reminds me of the beach and tropics. Since moving to Las Vegas, linen has become a summer staple. I have a small wardrobe of linen pants and tops and have a red linen dress in this style. I have a great soft gold metallic linen jacket I wear with everything. I just purchased a white linen blazer.p for work. I often pair summer dresses with my white denim jacket. It looks relaxed, but polished. Love this selection!

  45. Cheryl Ann
    July 7, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    It is what I choose to wear most of the summer to stay cool & jacket good for air conditioning. Great outfit! I love Vancouver Island! Just the best of both worlds…city life & camping. Love Butchart Gardens too!

  46. Roberta
    July 7, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    Welcome to Vancouver Island Jennifer! It’s been my home for the last 25 years and I would not live anywhere else. I love linen and the colour turquoise, so I would definitely wear it. I agree however that a shift style may not be flattering to some, but perhaps worn with the right accessories it might work.

  47. July 7, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    I like the look, but I would prefer a dress with more shape in a bolder teal or blue.

    I understand your internet woes! We are also in a campground that claims to have great wifi, but it took me forever to do a short blog post today. So frustrating!

  48. Anon
    July 8, 2018 / 8:05 am

    For me? No. Too shapeless, too short.

  49. Summer
    July 9, 2018 / 7:54 am

    Would and do wear this look often in the summer. The turquoise and white reminds me of the beach. Speaking of, if you ever visit Alabama there’s a beautiful little town on Mobile Bay called Fairhope that you’d love! Lots of wonderful boutiques, artisan shops and elegant little eateries. This outfit reminds me of something I’d wear for a day of shopping followed by a bay side dinner at sunset. 🙂

  50. Diana
    July 16, 2018 / 5:56 am

    Yes, if it has short sleeves to cover upper arms on hot days, otherwise I would wear as seen on cooler days.

  51. Chris
    July 19, 2018 / 6:49 am

    I’m a ‘come to the party late’ when it comes to shift dresses, but I have fully embraced them now. They are just the thing for hot summer days when you don’t want anything binding ANYWHERE. I am learning to live with the wrinkles that come with linen, so yes, I would definitely wear it-sleeveless or short sleeves. Add the right bling (aka French Kande) and you are ready for any outing!

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