Have Fun with It!


When the March Vogue Magazine Style Edition described spring fashion trends, the SHIFT team was oh so happy to read, “The vibe will be creative, adventurous and most of all, fun.”

The change of season from winter to spring is a most exciting time – especially sartorially. In with lighter layers and sweaters, dresses and a sense of freedom; out with heavy outerwear, knits and boots. At SHIFT, we have already begun to gravitate toward a handful of these lighter layers, dresses and spring jackets, eager to transition to a spring wardrobe.

 Among these trends are a sense of practicality and an emphasis on a daily uniform. For parties, weddings and special events, we are celebrating maxi-length skirts and dresses and hemlines that elongate our silhouette. Inspired by the fall fashion shows, this spring’s maxi styles bring a fresh perspective in bold prints and bright leading colors like magenta and orange. Large-scale florals and colorful geometric prints are all the rage, but we are also looking for new ways to wear or repurpose those most cherished classics: great denim or the white dress shirt, for example.

The shirt dress is the perfect choice. Two styles new at SHIFT are the crisp and white dress that you can wear belted, shift-style or with a scarf; and the alternate: a bold, navy and white stripe with asymmetrical stitched detailing that is a new take on an old classic.

At SHIFT, we feel the best way to upgrade wardrobe staples is with accessories. There’s something especially chic about a great earring, whether it’s worn alone or with other dainty jewelry and accessory pieces. This spring season, not only will they serve as the finishing touch for any party outfit, but they also make a delightful gift to give (or receive). Ranging in size and material, a great earring is simple enough to wear every day, yet it can elevate and add a welcome sparkle to wardrobe essentials. Seed beads, colorful or metallic with bold Aztec designs, plaids or stripes are showcased in SHIFT-favorite designer Ink + Alloy – a fair trade supplier and female-owned business – as well as other designers such as female-owned line David Aubrey which marries antiques, metals and unique hard-to-find beads – among many others!

Accessorize with bold handbags – for colorful or geometric print dresses, choose classic neutral rattan with colorful tassels and pom poms like those from Shebobo. Pair classic denim and staple tops with handbags in the color of the year – magenta – or a juicy orange cross-body bag from another SHIFT favorite brand, Ahdorned, which lets you change the strap to match every outfit!

To bring an air of sophistication to an otherwise practical daily uniform, choose a pair of metallic gold, silver and crystal earrings and bracelets accented with colorful or textured leather. A monochromatic outfit such as black denim with a black tank and cropped, lightweight jacket gets upscaled with metallic earrings and a leather cuff. Or, pair white denim (several cropped flare-hem styles at SHIFT currently) with a simple white t-shirt or tank and add a pair of bold earrings and matching colorful handbag.

The possibilities are endless, but repurposing classic pieces and adding new accessories is, as they say in Vogue: creative, adventurous and most of all, FUN!   



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