MAKING A FULL LENGTH DRESS DAYTIME APPROPRIATE

 

 

I am a sucker for a full-length lace dress and if it has frills and embroidery, then all the better!  I definitely own far more than I need but like a magpie is attracted to sparkle, I’m helplessly drawn to lace and plenty of it!

As gorgeous as they are, the problem is they’re not the most wearable of pieces, particularly during the day.  Also, the best ones aren’t that purse friendly, so I’m not exactly getting my cost per wear out of them.  This led me to thinking, is there a way I can take a glamourous evening dress and make it more daytime appropriate.

 

 

By adding an oversized cashmere jumper this instantly gives it a more casual vibe.  Not only are you hiding half of the glamourous looking lace but you’re also covering up any plunging necklines and adding sleeves (most of my full-length lace dresses are sleeveless).  Also, the mix of lace and cashmere adds texture and interest while still keeping the overall look paired back.

I had to belt the jumper as I looked like a massive frumpball otherwise!  However, if you’re quite tall and slim you could wear a more fitted, fine knit sweater which will emphasis your petite frame and won’t need to be belted.

 

 

I added my vintage Chanel backpack as nothing dresses an outfit down more than backpack.  The vintage vibe also helps to give a more casual look.

On a random side note, I’m often emailed about my Chanel bags and asked which is my favourite and which I’d recommend purchasing.  Although this backpack isn’t my most used Chanel, it is definitely my favourite.  For anyone who is a Chanel fanatic, I would highly advise investing in a bag from the 1980/90s.  They have a lot more “cool” factor than some of the newer pieces.  Plus, if truth be told, the quality of the older bags is much better than the newer ones.  Just be sure to get one that is still in good condition, as reapiring them can be quite costly.

 

 

Given that I am on the short side, anything that is long, whether it be dresses, skirts or trousers, I have to pair with heels.  Although I’m a comfort first kinda gal, I do occasionally wear heels during the day.  These boots are the one pair I’ll happily wear day to night.  Also, if you read my last post about them (catch it HERE if you missed it), you’ll understand why I’m so keen to get my cost per wear out of them!

 

 

If, like me, you have to wear a heel I’d advise going for boot as they have a much more relaxed vibe than a pump or sandal.  If you’re tall enough to get away with a flat shoe, I think I biker boots, slides or mules would look insanely good with this outfit.

So, to conclude, my top tips to making a full length dress daytime appropriate is add a cashmere or fine knit sweater, a backpack (ideally something vintage) and team it with a pair of boots.  Simple!

 

Outfit details: Dress – ASOS (find HERE) | Sweater – Duffy (similar HERE & HERE on SALE) | Belt – Prada (similar HEREHERE) | Shoes – Louis Vuitton (similar HERE & HERE) | Bag – Chanel (find HERE)

 

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  1. Janea August 11, 2017 / 3:29 am

    Your outfit is so amazing! I love your ideas on how to make an evening maxi dress appropriate for daytime. And I’m smitten with that backpack.
    xo, janea
    http://www.theSTYLEtti.com

    • thatnewd August 17, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much, this backpack is definitely a goodie! xx

  2. Mercy August 11, 2017 / 3:40 am

    Perfect tip to make use of lace dresses that are hardly used. This is the first time I see this Chanel backpack of yours, so classic and timeless, I want one badly!!!!!

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:44 pm

      I love this Chanel so much, it’s classic but still very cool xx

  3. Vika August 11, 2017 / 5:49 am

    Really interesting! Thanks for the post)

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:44 pm

      Thanks hun xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:44 pm

      Thank you so much Merel xx

  4. Lorna August 11, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    Styling it with knitwear like that just makes it perfect for daytime! Your Chanel bag is stunning too!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:44 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment doll xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:45 pm

      Thank you so much sweetie xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:51 pm

      Thank you hunny xx

  5. Marta August 11, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Ahh I love this combo, I’d wear it in a heartbeat! The dress is just so so beautiful 🙂
    la veine chronicles

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:51 pm

      That’s so great to hear doll xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you so much xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you Violette xx

  6. Ankita Bardhan August 11, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    This is such a cute and chic outfit, I am in love with this Asos dress though looks so elegant :

    xx
    http://realgirltalks.com/

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you! Can’t beat ASOS for a good dress, right?! xx

  7. Amanda August 12, 2017 / 12:35 am

    That is such a good idea to layer the sweater over the dress. I have never thought of that. I have so many dresses that are too fancy to wear on their own and I can definitely try this!

    https://styledwithamanda.blogspot.com

    • thatnewd August 17, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      Ooooh please try it out and let me know how you get on with it. Would love to know xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Haha so glad you like it hun xx

    • thatnewd August 20, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      Thank you doll xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:57 pm

      Thank you xx

  8. Ayu Damayanthi August 12, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Such a beautiful outfit! I love the shoes and bag together<3
    Anyway, would you like to following each other? Let me know <3

    xoxo
    ayu

    • thatnewd August 17, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      Thank you hun xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 1:59 pm

      Thank you so much hun xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      You’re so sweet, thank you xx

  9. Adi August 13, 2017 / 12:13 am

    Very creative!! Love how you styled the dress!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
    instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      Thank you Adi xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      This backpack is defintiely a favourite of mine and super versatile xx

  10. Romana August 13, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    super cute loog! I love how you dressed this long dress under a sweater!
    Have a lovely sunday, xx Romana

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 2:01 pm

      Thank you hunny xx

    • thatnewd August 17, 2017 / 9:56 pm

      So glad you like it, thanks for the comment doll xx

  11. Alyssa August 13, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    I do love putting a sweater over a dress to make it casual or daytime appropriate 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 2:07 pm

      It’s definitely a simple way of making evening wear, daytime appropriate xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 2:07 pm

      Thank you for the really lovely words hun xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 2:07 pm

      Thank you xx

    • thatnewd August 14, 2017 / 2:07 pm

      You’re so sweet, thank yo Layla xx

    • thatnewd August 17, 2017 / 10:37 pm

      Thank you so much hunny xx

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