The Easy Shift

Effortless transformation. An essential shift dress in a standout brown and white “tribal” print equals many possibilities. Today’s post features a couple looks with the same shift. First, the dress is belted with a brown woven leather belt creating a classic form-fitting look. In the second outfit, a purple cardigan performs double duty—adding bold color and toning down the dress’ print. Patent croc pumps complete both outfits.

Dress—AK Anne Klein via Macy’s
Belt—MICHAEL Michael Kors via T.J. Maxx
Cardigan—Old Navy
Shoes—Tahari via Marshalls


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  1. September 15, 2008 / 12:56 pm

    That’s why I love cardigans. They can do a lot for an outfit (well make it uglier even lol, which is not the case.

    Looking great as ever dear.


  2. September 15, 2008 / 1:28 pm

    I think this is one of my fav outfits so far and I love how you’ve worked in a croc pump to keep the tribal print…still tribal. The print on this dress is so versatile.

  3. September 15, 2008 / 3:07 pm

    I love the print on this dress…and the cardigan and the belt…and the pearls. Yeah, pretty much everything. LOL!

  4. September 15, 2008 / 4:31 pm

    i love anything “tribal” even if the word makes me uncomfortable. that dress is beautiful and i love how you paired it with a purple cardigan and fantastic belt.

  5. September 15, 2008 / 4:57 pm

    I love the print of on that dress! Ethnic patterns are so pretty. The fuschia sweater brings the print out even more.

  6. September 15, 2008 / 5:24 pm

    I love cardigans too. Wow, everything you put together looks awesome. Wish I had your talent.

  7. September 15, 2008 / 5:50 pm

    oh it looks great with the purple and as it is!!! who doesn't love black & white?!?! u look great!!!

  8. September 16, 2008 / 2:11 am

    I like it both ways! That shade of pink/fuchsia with brown is brilliant.

  9. September 16, 2008 / 10:47 am

    That’s a lovely printed dress 🙂

  10. September 16, 2008 / 12:58 pm

    I love the belted look, but I have a question. I have trouble with the belts sliding down. For example, I love love your older post of the red smocked empire waist dress where you added pearls and belt.

    When I do that the belt slides, even if it is tight enough. Also when I try to belt as in this photo, because I am very curvy, the belt doesn’t fit correctly in the back. Any suggestions?

  11. September 16, 2008 / 2:10 pm

    oh yeah. love the second look especially.

  12. September 16, 2008 / 3:25 pm

    love how you transformed the look so easily. Very beautiful

  13. September 17, 2008 / 6:18 am

    very savvy. i have been seeing lots belt over open cardigan looks.

  14. September 17, 2008 / 6:44 am

    love the blazer added! adds a little pizazz…


  15. September 17, 2008 / 11:44 am

    Ahh another lover of patterns! 😀 This outfit is adorable on you. I’m very much needing to wear a belted cardigan tomorrow now lol 🙂

  16. September 22, 2008 / 2:54 pm

    I appreciate all the comments!

    Julianne: That’s a great question. I hated belts for a long time because of that very movement. Check out this style bakery post on belts for us curvy women.

    It does not directly address the movement, but I think the right size and position would help keep a belt snug.