I posted a "ten ways to style a dress" post when I first started my blog, but there are some technical difficulties. I figured I'd seize the opportunity and make a new one, a whole lot better! One thing I didn't do in the last post was use the same dress consistently, so for all of the outfits I'm styling the same lilac gingham dress. Let's get started.
One: Simplistically Chic Some of the looks are fairly unique, but I thought I'd start out with the number one tip for keeping your dress simple and classic. Match your shoes to your bag; it's that easy! You can even match your shoes to your bag to your dress, but I wanted some contrast. Also, I don't have purple shoes and a bag so black it was! I like these flats, even if they aren't super comfortable, and I added a black cross-body bag.
Two: Accessories Galore Instead of layering your dress with a shirt or skirt or sweater (which you'll see a lot of in this post) simply just add accessories! In most of my styling outfits blog post I have an outfit with the same concept as this. I decided to juxtapose this vintage-inspired dress with modern, trendy bracelets (that is, trendy to me,) a dramatic floral needlefelt hair fascinator and a punked-up belt. I really like this belt, which is good since it's the only one I own! I did a little DIY when I first got it - it was way too big, so I just snipped off the end until it was the right length.
Three: Springtime In November To cazualize a dress, try layering pants over it. In theory, this would've worked better with a dress that's waistline is at your natural waist, or more high-waisted pants because in the photo you can still see part of the pleated skirt. I stole - I mean, borrowed - these butterfly jeans from my sister because I think with the sleeveless gingham top the whole look is very light and springy - perfect for mid-November!
Four: Princess Perfect You can also layer a skirt over your dress, which I prefer because it's almost never finicky. Just double-check your skirt is long enough, obviously, but also a sturdy-enough material that doesn't show the bottom of your dress through it. My skirt is kind of thin, but its layered so it does the trick. I chose this skirt because I thought the bright pink would go well with the pastel purple. Farm girl on the top, princess on the bottom! To make it a little more natural I chose some little barrettes for my hair, since they're both pink and sparkly. It borders a retro aesthetic, and also just looking like a kid playing dress-up but I kinda like it! After all, when are kids wrong?
Five: A Cozy Kid For a cute but cozy option, a sweater is obvious. This one was passed down to me from my mom, and it's from the brand Oak + Fort so pretty fancy, I guess. It's a little cooler than a regular puffy hoodie, since instead it's a puffy poncho sweater! For real, I think it hangs nicely over the fit-and-flare dress. It adds a drop-waist silhouette, some warmth and I always appreciate a cute mock neck.
Six: Can You Say Colour-Cordinated? This monochrome outfit is my favourite out of the ten. I realize it's not perfectly monochrome, since there's both purple and white, but I'm proud of how colour-cordinated it is. I thrifted this awesome cropped purple denim jacket, which is the exact colour. I wear it less now, but I still love it and the nice thing is, since it's cropped, it'll fit me for a long time. To tie in the white I added my fuzzy heart purse and prized pearl barrettes which are faux (not fake.)
Seven: Colourblocking Crazy On the opposite side of the spectrum, there's colour blocking! This was super trendy back in the day, I guess, when I was a tiny little kid and didn't care. Layering a long-sleeve under a dress is a great way to add some warmth, and I chose out this festive red one so you already got some mismatching there. For I bag, I added this royal blue one. I'm not sure why this outfit works together, honestly. I think because the purse and shirt are both jewel-toned they contrast nicely with the pastel dress.
Eight: Preppy At Private School For a vintage look, I took my mom's preppy-person coat she had got from a consignment store. This jacket is one of the coolest designs! It has a satin and striped lining, plus two layers each with it's own collar. The bottom layer fastens with a zipper, but you see those little grommets on the right? You loop ribbons through them and tie it in a bow. Sew cool! This may be my least favourite in the post - I still like it, but it doesn't look so great in the photo.
Nine: Tween Dreams Taking a complete 180, this is another dress-and-jacket combination but instead of a coat that dresses up the outfit, this one dresses down the outfit. I added a baggy denim jacket, which, sometimes these can be pretty unflattering with dresses because a lot of jackets cinch back in at the bottom but this one flares about a bit so it's good. Finally, I accessorized with my favourite bag. Nine (and a half) times out of ten, if I'm going out this is the purse I take. This is a cute look for school, maybe, if it was warmer out. Nevermind!
Ten: A 2020 Vintage Milkmaid Last but not least look is inspired by the dress itself! I layered a long-sleeved top over it, and this top is not completely my style but I think it's really cool. It has embroidery like molding all over it. Who thought of that? Sew cool. I like how the sleeves puff out, the shoulders have pleats, and floral molding goes down the front. I think the short skirt is balanced out by the slightly-puffy top, and vice-versa.
Make sure to comment down below which look was your favourite! By for today.