How to Wear Black Shift Dress: Outfit Ideas

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you say shift dress? For me, it’s Twiggy, in her famous pink shift dress. Maybe you also remember Jackie O, wearing the black shift dress, a lot of times.

Along with a leather jacket, trench coat, and white shirt, a shift dress is an essential the part of the “crew” in your wardrobe. You should definitely own one, or even better, to have more of them in different colors.
This piece stubbornly stands the test of time, and the question is, how should you wear it and look completely modern.

Here, we will see how you can wear a classic one – the black shift dress.
It is classy, elegant and chic, and you will see how super easy it is to mix and wear with the other garments that you already have.


simplicity shift dress
Simplicity can always be fun, even though it doesn’t look like it on the first thought. Maybe you will find this outfit to be boring, but it is not like that at all. That simplicity is the key of this outfit. Everything is paired perfectly, the sandals, white bag and black shift dress.
It is as simple as that.

Black Leather Shift Dress

leather shift dress
The leather dress with a big V-neck is ideal for more formal occasions. The tow-tie on one shoulder, and the pockets on both sides of the dress are nice details, therefore, forget about putting on additional jewelry to spice things up.
You can combine it with the black striped sandals and the metallic clutch.

Laced V-neck

v neck laced shift dress
Another black shift dress that can be worn during the night. For example, it can be worn at the weddings or on other similarly elegant occasions.
The V-neck filled with the lace is making this simple cut look very sophisticated. That is why you won’t need any additional detail. However, if you want to put some jewelry, just choose between rings or bracelets.

Boy Shoes

boy shoes shift dress
If you like borrowing clothes from your boyfriend, then this is the perfect time to show him how you can combine his favorite boy shoes. There is no better way to do it, than with the black shift dress.
If you pair the Oxford shoes that look a bit masculine with a simple black dress, you will have a great fall outfit for taking long walks.

Pants Below

pants bellow shift dress
If you like to have monochrome and eccentric look at the same time, then this is the right combination for you.
This all black outfit consists of black shift dress and a pair of the black pants below. If you are thinking why do I need pants when I already have a dress, well, this is because it is super cool and trendy. The It-Girls love the trend of mixing these two pieces, so this is the right time for you to try it out.

Burgundy Leather Jacket

shift dress burgundy
The classic cut of this kind of dresses can be spiced up with some leather details. This is especially true when the leather is in color like burgundy, as it is very trendy and warm.
You can wear this outfit every day, without worrying that it will bore you, I promise.

Black sequins

sequins shift dress
I already wrote about black sequin skirts, so if you like sparkles, you can read more about it here.
IN this picture, we have the black sequins dress with the shift cut, without any added details. Even though it is quite simple but it is still very glamorous. I suggest wearing this outfit on special occasions only.

Patterned Shirt Below

shirt bellow shift dress
It is always interesting to layer different pieces of clothes. If you think that it can be hard or that you will maybe fail in any way, don’t worry, that will not happen.
Black and white patterned shirt is simply combined with the black V-neck dress. There is no much philosophy in it, it looks very cool and chic.
Go, and try it!

Ethno details

ethno shift dress
Ethno details are the best choice to decorate a simple black dress. The ethno pattern are often seen on the streets and a lot of fashionistas love it! On this dress, it is present around the neck and on the rub of the dress. It is not that much present, but yet, it is there enough to make this outfit very interesting.
If you like this pattern too, read more about ethno embroidery jackets here!
The red sandals are giving this combo a certain eccentric look, so if you like it, go for it!

Oversized coat

oversized coat shift dress
Oversized coats are generally well received, that is what every street style fashion girl would tell you. It’s been worn repeatedly by numerous famous stars, fashion icons etc. So, why shouldn’t you wear one?
You can combine the black shift dress and coat in the same color. Also, you can try camel or red color for your oversized coat. Trust me, you are going to look very cool and chic.

Floral Details

flowers pattern shift dress
Floral details are always a good idea when it comes to patterns. In the photo above, you can see the small flowers on the rub of the shift black dress. When you are wearing the black jacket or coat, these flowers will give a colorful note to the complete black outfit.
For special occasions, you can add a nice silver jewelry, in the form of bracelets or rings.

Total Lace Look

lace shift dress
Laced dresses are considered to be worn only in elegant occasions, right? Well this one is not that elegant, yet, it can be worn even during the day or for the night out in a club or restaurant.
You can also pair it with simple black ankle boots, or even thigh-high boots. You can be sure you won’t be overdressed.

Now you know how you can stylize your shift dress and look modern. You have also seen how to wear it in every situation.

If you thought that owning one shift dress in your wardrobe was pointless, I think that you should definitely change your mind and now is the right time to buy one. For starters, let it be a black one.

Hope you liked the outfits!