I told Mike (hubs) the title of this article. His eyes lit up and he was all, "do something sexy, Babe!" So I did this:
Sigh. Why didn't I just do a pouty duckface? (bangs head on desk) This blog is humbling. Like a beginning ballet class for adults.
Anyway...let's chat about sexing up a day dress!! All you need (besides the dress) is a random assortment of the following:
1. Something glittery or shiny (necklaces, bracelets, etc.)
2. Something furry
3. Sexy tights
4. High Heels
5. A belt
6. A little party clutch
7. Big-girl makeup (lipstick, smokey eyes, whatever)
Pick and choose two or three (or four) from the list above, and BAM. It's party-time.
This (admittedly haphazard) approach works shockingly well with a wide variety of day dresses. Wanna see? Here's how we're taking a few day dresses into our night-time rotation....
J.Crew tunic - similar at Gap, J.Crew skinny belt, Plush fleece-lined tights (so warm!), Nina glitter pumps now on sale for $55, arm party of Stella and Dot 1 and 2, as well as this and this similar bracelets from LOFT, vintage bag - similar at Target!
*A note about the bubble necklace below. There are a ton of low-cost iterations (including ebay, where I purchased mine)...but these pieces are everywhere - it's now an over-saturated market. Expect to walk into any holiday party and see several. I'm now on the hunt for a new statement necklace. Anyone else interested in my finds?
James Perse Sweatshirt dress, J.Crew glitter bag (similar) and bubble necklace (here's a cheaper version for $29), Plush fleece-lined tights, Nine West Booties - similar, Lindsay Bloom gold bangles, discontinued Stella and Dot earrings - here's similar
Lastly, I asked Camille from Life in Modification to weigh in. To see how she'd take a day dress into night. Cam went a vintage-y / understated route, and the resulting look is quite pretty. It's amazing to see how a faux-fur collar adds so much sophistication and romance - very Grace Kelly, no? Love the midi length, also.
Thanks, Cam! Ok Mamas - thoughts? You like?
ps. See the rest of our 2012 Holiday Style Guide for Lazy Mamas here.