5 Simple Tips for Dressing Down your Fancy Dress

I love wearing dresses and I especially love wearing them in the summer.  You know that extra breeze that comes up your dress, is heaven sent. Yes, if you have lived in Houston, SC, Florida….. you know exactly what I am talking about.

Since I love wearing dresses I have to find ways to dress them down when they don’t scream summer. Is your closet filled with nice dresses that you bought for that one banquet or that one fancy dinner?

I bought a fancy (not formal) dress on the sale rack over Christmas. And I hoped that I could use it for some fun outing but once I had it on I realized the fabric was too fancy for anything that I would attend. So I dressed it down with a jean jacket and boots and on another occasion with a cardigan and boots.

Here are some tips on  how to dress down your fancy dresses so that you can use them all year long.

1. Pair up the dress with sandals and a jean jacket or cardigan.

Loose Strap Dress

2. Belt it!


3. Scarf! A simple not too fancy scarf is a another great accessory to utilize to help hide the bling  bling around the neckline on your dress.

4.  Boot it!  If you are not into cowboy boots just use another type of plain boots.

5. If the occasion is not fancy but also not too casual (you know that in between I don’t know what to wear event) then use accessories to dress it up and your shoes to dress it down as shown above.

images above Polyvore: jill-hammel , dixi3chik ,  bradierenee

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16 Responses to “5 Simple Tips for Dressing Down your Fancy Dress”

  1. May 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Love the collages! The last one with the yellow dress is stunning!


  2. May 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Nice tips!! Stopping by from No Minimalist Here… I’ve got a few “fancy” dresses that I’d love to wear during the summer, but haven’t because they’re “fancy,” lol. Now I can wear them all!

    • May 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

      Tiffany, I am so glad this was helpful! I follow these tips all the time, not so much the cowboy boots but in the fall or evening boots are fun.

  3. May 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    I love all your dress inspirations! I’m all about the cowboy boots with dresses~love it! Angie

  4. May 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Visiting from the link up…these ideas are so great!

  5. May 30, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Love this! such great ideas! and those dresses are fabulous! Thanks for sharing your ideas on “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” We’ll see you next week! -The Sisters

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    December 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Does anyone know where the yellow dress is from? I need a bridesmaid’s dress to wear with cowboy boots and this is perfect! Thanks so much!


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