by Katarzyna Tarabula

Traveling is almost an integral part of the holiday season. For that exact reason, designers create their resort lines that hit the stores every year by the end of October. Resort collections—also known as cruise collections—are usually all about exotic prints and vibrant colors. Nevertheless, each brand interprets resort styles differently. This season, there was an evident theme connecting almost all resort collections: the 1960s. The essential 60s-inspired piece is, of course, the shift dress.

Originally created by Hubert de Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in 1961, the shift dress is making its comeback this winter. The dress seen on many resort runway shows, however, is more of a Mary Quant’s version of Givenchy’s original piece. Essential elements of the season’s must-have item are above-the-knee length and boxy shape. The rest depends on the designer’s style.

A shift dress is perfect for traveling because its loose shape makes it extremely comfortable, especially in hot weather. The minimal form of the dress leaves room for bold prints and colors, which are essential resort elements. A shift mini dress takes up little space in your suitcase and, in most cases, doesn’t need to be ironed.

This simple piece can be interpreted in many different ways and can be worn from day to night. A tee version of the dress is perfect for beach days, while an embroidered silk shift dress would turn heads at every party. This season’s key look is sporty-chic, and there’s no better way to rock the trend than by pairing a jersey sweatshirt shift dress with cute sneakers!