I gravitate toward shift dresses because they combine comfort and elegance. Traditionally they hang loose from the shoulders with little or no definition in the waist making them the perfect thing to wear on vacation since the last you thing you want to worry about on vacation is watching your waistline. I found this white shift at Zara last season and have been able to wear it with equal ease in NYC as in the Virginia countryside. The key is in how you accessorize. In NY, I’d wear it with a blazer and pumps. Here, visiting Mount Vernon on vacation, I wore it with simple canvas Sanuks and a large bag to throw all my souvenirs into.