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Jun 26, 2018

One Dress 2 Ways: Dressy vs Casual

For all the time I spent talking about the importance of versatility and the power of transformation accessories can have on a look, I’ve never really done a post dedicated specifically to how I dress my staples up or down depending on occasion. So, for today’s post, I thought it might be fun to show you how I style one of my favorite summer staples, aka. a shirt dress, for day and night.

I think what attracted me to this pretty Veronica Beard striped number in the first place is the color combination ( I’ve really been into neutrals lately ) as well as the intricate cut and shape, which give this time-tasted staple a slightly more dramatic look and feel. Another reason, and this goes for pretty much most shirt dresses, is how comfortable it is to wear and how easily it transforms from a casual wear-anywhere day dress to a cute cocktail hour option.

During the day, comfort is key for me, which is why I tend to go for comfortable shoe options like flats or slides and opt for carry everything totes ( because let’s face it, we all carry our entire lives in our bags and roomy totes fit all of my absolutely can’t live without necessities ). The reason why I tend to favor this particular combination ( shirt dress, slides and tote ) is because I can wear it absolutely anywhere, from the beach to a casual outing in the city, and everything in between.

Heels are always my go-to shoe option for cocktail hour and a pair of nude heels with a touch of drama never fails to drive a look home. Not a fan of demure when it comes to shoes, it’s been all about transparency for me lately. Aside from the fact that this trend is having a moment right now, transparent heels pair well with pretty much anything not to mention the fact that they tend to elongate your silhouette unlike anything else. As far as bags are concerned, for night, I almost always opt for clutches and woven or rattan ones have become a bit of a staple for me. Love the summery, vacationy feel they add to the look, a great clutch always gives an outfit that polished, night-time appeal, yet the woven texture makes a look feel a bit less serious and adds that fun, dramatic element to a slightly more casual night-time options.

What about you guys, how do you dress your summer staples up or down?

Special thank you to ShopStyle for partnering with me on this post.

 
Veronica Beard Kai Dress (also love this, this, and this) | Ancient Greek Sandals Leather Niki Pearls Sandals and Leather Desmos Sandals | Saint Laurent Lily Sunglasses | Balenciaga Narrow Cat Eye Sunglasses | Manolo Blahnik PVC Scolto Sandals | Gianvito Rossi Leather & Plexi Stark Ankle Strap Sandals | Mansur Gavriel Folded Bag | Mark Cross Harley Rattan Bag

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Kai DressVeronica Beard

Jones Shirt DressTibi

Grandad Collar Shirt DressAlexa Chung

Belted DressFrame

Leather Niki Pearls SandalsAncient Greek Sandals

Leather Desmos SandalsAncient Greek Sandals

Lily SunglassesSaint Laurent

Narrow Cat Eye SunglassesBalenciaga

PVC Scolto SandalsManolo Blahnik

Leather & Plexi Stark Ankle Strap SandalsGianvito Rossi

Folded BagMansur Gavriel

Harley Rattan BagMark Cross

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