Princess seamed dresses are where the dress is shaped through the cut of the fabric and not just through darts. It still offers the feminine shape while not requiring a belt to accentuate the waist. This was quite easy wear for those not ready to move away from the classic look.
The shift dress, being the most simple of shapes, was normally straight up and down with a few darts for shaping. Patterns for these types of dresses began to become available. The great thing about a shift dress is that you can still add a belt if you wish to give that small waist look.
|Miss Red is looking rather chuffed with her belted shift|
|The more relaxed skirt for 1963|
What is new to the decade is the empire line dress. The higher waist line normally belonged to children's wear and maternity dresses but was becoming more common to see smocks and other clothing inspired by children's wear for young adults and teens.
|Empire line cut on the bias created a fuller skirt|
|The original Maternity smock|
For work it was now more common to see ladies in fitted 'wiggle' dresses with matching jackets. A set of Jackie Kennedy style suits and some soft blouses would have made a decent wardrobe for any aspiring copywriter!