August 22, 2012

How to Dress Down a Strapless Dress

I'm a fan of versatility and really what woman isn't? I'm always looking for the right clothes that I can wear to work and on the weekends and maybe to even dresser occasions. Some dresses are dresser then others especially when it comes to summer dresses. Those strapless dresses might even be deemed inappropriate for the office. So how can you get some versatility out of your favorite dressy summer dress? Play with this seasons trend the denim vest or jacket.

How to dress down a strapless dress

Dorothy Perkins chiffon dress / Madewell denim vest / Jeffrey Campbell high heels / Satchel bag

Reasons Why I Love this Look:
It toughens up a pretty girly dress. Plus it adds a bit of versatility to the dress by dressing it down. This look is perfect for going out with friends or if your office is a little more laid back it can take you from day to night. To keep the look laid back pair it up with chunky heels. Stiletto heels can give a look a more polished look while chunky heels give it a casual feel. If you chose to accessorize stay away from classic pieces like pearls or anything to dressy. Play with more relaxed pieces. Keep bags simple and choose a neutral tone bag to blend the whole look together. Another bonus to this look is that it can take your summer dress into the fall by layering pieces. Play with denim and leather jackets to add edge to your summer frock.

How I Pulled This Look Off:
I recently bought a denim vest from the LF Store during their only sale of the season and haven't been able to take it off. I've been playing with different looks with it from maxi dresses to strapless frocks. I love the edge and dress down feel that the denim vest gives and that it also covers up what I don't want shown. It's easy to throw on without thinking twice about it.

Vest: LF Store (only sale of the season)
Dress: c/o Sugarlips
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (old)
Bag: Urban Expressions c/o
Sunglasses: Glow Expressions

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Would you give this look a try? What do you pair you denim vest or jacket up with?

20 comments so far

  1. I like the set, but i love your outfit! So cute


  2. Great!!
    We love it ;)

    Btw, there's a new post on our blog, come check it out and let us know what you think ;)

    Afaf & Marwa

  3. Love this post! You look so summery & cute in the denim & florals! I'm not usually a fan of white handbags, but the one your wearing here is amazing! Throwing a beaten up denim or leather jacket over the top is my favourite way to dress something down too, I wear so many of my more more 'going out' dresses in the day time like this!

  4. This look is lovely!!!! You look amazing girl!

  5. i'm in love with that sugarlips dress! it looks amazing on you and i love how you matched it with the vest!

  6. cute look!!


  7. cute! love how you dressed it down!

  8. Gorgeous photos and location. Love the dress and how you turned it more casual!

  9. I never would have thought to wear a denim vest over a strapless dress - looks so cute and you pull it off so well! :)

  10. Love this post and I am crushing on this Dorothy Perkins lilac dress! Denim vests or jackets are always perfect layers to a dress, it changes the look completely.

    Have a great weekend!
    xx - Vee, The Avenue Vee

  11. Hi dear!
    I love your blog, WOW, you look so pretty!!!
    I'm your newest follower!
    Follow each other?

  12. Love this outfit! The little denim vest is the perfect layer on top of your pretty floral dress.

  13. You give really good fashion tips. :) my site:

  14. ohh this is cute! I would definitely wear it:-)

    Francesca xo

  15. Wow, looking awesome, she seems to be a nice lady, I have seen this model several times in the similar strapless dresses. The way she looks confident makes me believe that she wears breast stickers.


Thank you for your comments!! I look forward to reading them!

Fashionista New York Girl © . Design by FCD.