Audrey Hepburn is timeless, and so is her favorite wardrobe essential. A shift dress is classic, feminine and a must have for summer every woman can wear.

What's a Shift Dress?

A shift dress is a short and simple shape that hangs straight down from the shoulders. This versatile style works in any setting and for any occasion and can be dressed up or down depending on where you wear it.

Banana Republic Shift Dress $148



Work

Problem — you want to look fashionable, but still be taken seriously at the office. Solution — the shift dress. Adding bright colored and cute tailored jackets is a great way to add some spice to your classic shift. And watch out for your hem. If your shift is short, pair with a low heel or ballet flat.

J. Crew Jacket $420
J. Crew Bracelet $68
Moschino Jacket $235



Weekend

A shift dress is great for summer weekends, but to avoid looking too dressy, try wearing with a white tee-shirt underneath and comfortable sandals.

Jack Rogers Sandals $85
Gap Short Sleeve Favorite T $14.50



Evening

What's hotter than a short black dress on a hot summer night? To dress up this classic style add accessories like a chunky necklace and strappy shoes. And for cool nights or more formal affairs, try a sparkly cropped jacket over this sexy little number.

Chase Jacket $128
Anthropologie Necklace $48



So as you shine in your classic shift, keep in mind there are several other looks that can take you from season to season and office to evening.
To find out what they are, check on the rest of our series — One Look, Three Ways.

Check out some of our favorite sites for the items seen above:
• Bananarepublic.com
• Gap.com
• Macys.com
• J.crew.com
• Anthropologie.com