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How To Style A Sixties Shift Dress

Sixties fashion has made a comeback and we are overjoyed! From cute coords that wouldn’t look out of place on Jackie O, to mini skirts inspired by fashion icon Mary Quant, the high street is awash with sixties style. Embrace the trend and the culture of the decade by stitching your own shift dress from an original pattern. Not sure how to wear your new wardrobe fave? This versatile dress can be simply styled for everyday fashion but just as easily dressed up for drinks after dark. Step forward vintage Misses’ Jiffy Simplicity 1101 – one great pattern, three different looks!

 

 

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Misses’ Jiffy Simplicity 1101

 

Look one: Traditional 

Think Jackie O and wear your shift dress with sophisticated styling. Tortoiseshell cat eye sunglasses and statement drop earrings add a subtle touch of glamour, whilst white cotton hand gloves, sensible pumps with a demure block heel and a structured tote make this look perfect for a day at the office but casual enough for lunch with girlfriends.

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EARRINGS: ACCESSORIZE, GLOVES: DENTS, TOTE: RIVER ISLAND, SUNGLASSES AND SHOES: NEW LOOK

 

Look two: Colour pop

The sixties saw an explosion of colour!  Whip up your shift dress in a plain bold fabric and team with vibrant accessories. Take inspiration from fashion pioneer Mary Quant and shorten your hemline to showcase long legs under bright tights. Complement this with colourful shoes, a bright bag and cat eye shades. Oh, don’t forget – a sixties siren wouldn’t be seen without a pop of fuchsia on the lips!

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TIGHTS: MY TIGHTS, SUNGLASSES: OLIVER BONAS, HANDBAG: RIVER ISLAND, LIPSTICK: ICONIC LONDOn, SHOES: NEW LOOK

 

Look three: Metallic

Bring a vintage look into the modern day with a flash of metallic. From shimmering statement earrings to glitter covered heels, you’re sure to stand out after dark. Stitch your shift in a plain black fabric to give a fashionable nod to the twenties or choose a bright psychedelic print that is sure to make heads turn. Add an encrusted box clutch and lashings of eyeliner and you’re good to go!

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EYELINER: BENEFIT COSMETICSCLUTCH: NEXT,  BRACELET AND EARRINGS: CADENZAHEELS: OFFICE,

 

Get your hands on Misses’ Jiffy Simplicity 1101 here

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