My Simple Trick to Transform a Shift Dress

For one day only, spring decided to show up! It’s warm out, it’s windy, it’s sunny. It’s all the things spring should be. I immediately reached for this sunny, happy dress that I’ve been dying to wear! (It’s 40% off right now!) I also got to slip into my new heels for spring. I’ve had these for a few weeks too, just anticipating better weather. I’m so glad I bought these heels ahead of spring and that I remembered I had them (lol, just kidding. They’ve not been placed in the black hole that is my closet right now.) I am trying to be ahead of the game on my shoes this year, instead of waiting until they all sell out. AKA what I typically do every single year. Oh! I also tossed on my favorite swingy trench from the shop! (We sold out and restocked and there are just a few left! You can find it here!)

If you are wondering why this dress looks a bit different than online, it’s because I used a little style trick of mine! I wanted this dress to have more of a fitted silhouette, which is quite the opposite of it’s flowy, shift dress nature. This dress is your typical Loft style dress — flowy, shift dress with a fabric tie. Sometimes I feel like dresses like this are one-trick ponies; which made me think — how can I change this dress up? While I do love a shift dress and a loose one at that, I wanted this to fit a bit tighter. Want to know the trick? I simply tied the waist tie in the back, pulling it tightly to create a flattering waistline. (See below!) Boom a different silhouette from a simple dress. It changes up the whole look, honestly!

So when you are feeling like you want to give a dress a bit more structure and an updated, polished look give this simple trick a try and let me know how it goes! This allows the dress to live on it’s on with a belt cinching the middle, which can also create a nice look, but this one is a clean, simple silhouette. A classic look for a simple dress.

You can find this Loft Dress here!

Side note: say hello to my new tote. I thought I’d give this navy hue a-go for spring, instead of my usual neutral tone. Under $250 from Kate Spade — such a good price! You can find this tote in many more hues here! PS –The people have spoken! I’ll try to get to LOFT this weekend for a try-on haul! The sale goes through Sunday! 40% off with code NEWNOW

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Editor's Notes:

The dress fits pretty loosely, I would even venture to say it’s a bit oversized. I am in the medium and it’s plenty big. I would say expect it to be loose fitting or size down one, especially if you’re a bit shorter. (I’m 5’9″) The shoes are SUPER comfortable! I was surprised! I am in the 10, per usual. The jacket is a loose fit, but TTS.

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  1. Mariya says:
    03.08.19 · Reply
  2. nat says:

    love the little trick of tying the dress in the back


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  3. Mireia says:

    What a beautiful dress!

    Mireia from TGL

    03.09.19 · Reply
  4. Marta says:

    That’s a gorgeous dress! And I do prefer the way you wore it compared to how it was on the website. It looks so cute and the colours are perfect for spring.

    03.09.19 · Reply
  5. Love this look so much! I’ve been so into yellows and oranges lately.. Have been wanting to incorporate more color into my wardrobe! Thanks so much for the style inspo!
    Amanda |

    03.09.19 · Reply