The basic difference between the Sheath and the Shift style of dress is the fit around the waist. While the shift dress flares out from the bust, loosely draping the torso, the sheath has a fit that is more tailored at the waist giving more shape to the body. Both these styles are timeless. The shift suits the athletic body type, esp. women with broad shoulders and small busts. The sheath on the other hand looks wonderful on women with hourglass figures.
Hubert Givenchy is credited with conceptualizing the shift dress. Back in the 1950s, when fashion was undergoing a transformation away from tight fitting corsets towards loosely draped dresses, this little dress offered women respite and gave them the opportunity to let's say "breathe". Audrey Hepburn's LBD in Breakfast at Tiffany's propelled this dress into mass popularity.
Around the same time as Givenchy's shift dress was becoming popular, a short knee length version of the sheath was gaining mass appeal. While the sheath gown had been around for a few decades, its tight fit around the legs made it almost impossible to walk in. But the shorter length made the dress versatile and comfortable to wear.
We at VARSHA believe a beautifully crafted dress is the quintessential picture of elegance. With that in mind, we have designed several in luxurious fabrics and one of a kind prints.