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Whatever you style, we help you decode the classic styles in dresses! Learn to differentiate between a shift and a sheath

The love affair started the day you bought your first classic dress, when the soft fabric caressed your body and the hem flirted around your knees. You can have anything you want, if you dress for it. From Audrey Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe, First Lady Kennedy to Duchess Middleton, women have mesmerised the world with their iconic dresses. Who can forget Mademoiselle Chanel’s LBD that reigns supreme, or Diane Von Furstenberg’s coveted wrap dress? They are perfect for every occasion and forgiving for all silhouettes. But can you tell the difference between your many dresses? Here is an IFM reference guide that will help you discern a shift from a sheath|

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A-line dress | The A-line silhouette is fashion’s most resilient offering. It has a skirt flaring out from a fitted bodice, slightly contouring the hips, extended till the hem, forming an A-shape. The silhouette flatters all body types and should be your first pick when starting your dressy closet.

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Shirtdress | The shirtdress resembles a man’s shirt, with collars and button fastenings in the front. Its casual appeal and relaxed cut makes it a perfect daywear outfit. If you feel it’s too shapeless for your taste, you can define your waist with a belt. Accessorize your look with chunky accessories or easy layering.

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The wrap dress helps in camouflaging your problem areas and is classic for all ages and sizes |

Sheath Dress | A sheath dress is designed to fit close to the body, accentuating your natural curves. It’s perfect for an hour-glass figure, but might also end up showing your unflattering bits. Wear it with a body shaper underneath. You can pair it with a blazer for a formal event or dress it up with bold accessories for an evening soiree.

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Shift dress | A shift dress has a boxy silhouette, with a column like shape and no definite waistline. The shift dress has descended from the 60’s mod look, and continues to be a closet favourite. It can be a little tricky wearing the shift, as it does not enhance the body shape. You can make it work by cinching the waist with a belt, layering it with a cardigan, or just letting it fall loose on your body (everybody needs a day off!).

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Wrap dress | Launching a liberating style movement in the 70’s, Diane Von Furstenberg created the iconic wrap dress. The dress has a front closure, formed by wrapping one side over the other and tying it into a knot. It helps in camouflaging your problem areas, and is classic for all age and sizes. Accessorize it with black pumps or a cocktail ring and you are good to go.

Dresses are an indispensable part of a woman’s wardrobe. So, next time when you go shopping, refer to this guide to help you make the perfect dressy choice.

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