One dress, worn two ways - day to night. Challenge accepted.
When local blogger Carrie from Dream Green DIY and I chatted about collaborating a few months ago, we ended up deciding on the idea of styling a dress for her busy blogger life. Based on her style needs, we leaned towards pieces that she could wear seamlessly from day to night, from a coffee shop meeting or work session to drinks with friends. As with any piece you purchase, you want to imagine styling it multiple ways, and this dress made it easy to pull double-duty.
For the blogger-by-day look, I styled the dress with a simple jean jacket and clogs. It’s no secret that wood clogs are a secret style weapon (the Swedes have known this for years), and insanely comfortable for long days on your feet. The rich cognac of this pair was the perfect contrast to the dress, adding warmth and color. We added a pair of studs and a beaded bar necklace by Virginia jeweler Emily Warden Designs for simple statement accessories.
Day Look Details | Consignment #darlingfinds on Carrie: Urban Outfitters clogs / Merona dress - just $12! / Locally-made #darlingartisans pieces on Carrie: Emily Warden Designs, necklace and earrings
Another casual way to style this dress would be with a pair of boots (short or tall) and a chunky cardigan. Think jewel tones like burgundy or evergreen for an extra eye-catching look. It’s the perfect layering base for Fall days ahead!
Sometimes all you need is a leather jacket. And that’s exactly what we added to this dress for an evening option. We also changed up the shoes to a pair of booties, and changed up the jewelry for a little more drama. The sunset cuff by Free Range and Feral paired with the geometric hammered brass earrings and long beaded necklace by Dinosaur Toes - all handmade in VA, of course.
Evening Look Details | Consignment #darlingfinds on Carrie: Merona dress - just $12! / Locally-made #darlingartisans pieces on Carrie: Free Range & Feral sunset cuff + Dinosaur Toes necklace and earrings
Another way to style this dress for evening would be with a pair of heels (add a pop of color!) and a statement clutch. The dolphin hem of the dress adds that needed interest to keep the rest of the look sleek and simple.
Darling Style Tip
Drape your jacket over your shoulders for an instantly chic look for the evening edition of your outfit.
How To Recreate the Look
1. Start with the base. Find that perfect dress for your body type, in a basic color or pattern - we went with stripes in a classic black & white. Keep the silhouette simple, and that base becomes the perfect palette for all your styling needs, day to night.
2. Keep the layers lengthening, not bulky. Whether a jacket or a sweater, make sure the hem hits at a flattering point on your frame, and doesn’t cut off the flow of the dress silhouette underneath. Learning your proportions is key to layering any piece!
3. Get creative with the accessories, and play with length, textures, and colors. Find necklaces that flatter the garment, creating length where needed or drawing attention to the neckline. This is the fun part!
Which look to love most? How would you style this dress from day to night?