How to Dress Down a Dress

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How to make a dress less dressy

There are many ways to make a dress less dressy so you can wear it more casually or rewear it for another event. If you are looking to dress down a dress, whether it be a long dress, a black dress, or a bodycon dress, you can try different accessories and shoes. Check out these 8 styling tips to dress down a dress and 5 example outfits that will show you how to dress down a dressy dress.

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8 Ways to Dress Down a Dress

Here’s 8 ways to makes a dress more casual. Keep scrolling down for some outfit ideas.

1. Add a sweater

Sweaters are a key piece for making a dress less dressy. When picking out a sweater to wear with your dress, there are a few things to consider. If the dress is on the dressier side, you’ll want to choose a sweater that is more casual. For example, a knit cardigan or turtleneck would be a good choice. If the dress is already pretty casual, you can choose a more dressed-up sweater, like one with embellishments or made from a nicer fabric. 

2. Add a pair of ballet flats

By adding a pair of ballet flats, the look is less dressed up and more casual. This can be great for days when you want to feel comfortable, but still look put together. Ballet flats are also versatile and can be worn with many different styles of dresses.

3. Add a pair of sneakers

Adding a pair of sneakers to a dressy dress can help to dress it down. This can be a great way to make the dress more comfortable and wearable for everyday. Sneakers can also help to add a pop of color or print to an outfit. When choosing sneakers to go with a dress, it is important to consider the style of the dress and the sneakers themselves. For example, if the dress is flowy and feminine, pairing it with sporty sneakers may not be the best idea.  You can never go wrong with a classic pair of white sneakers. Try this styling idea:

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4. Add a denim jacket and sandals

If you have a dressy dress but don’t feel like dressing up, try adding a denim jacket and sandals. The denim jacket will help transition the dress to a more casual look, while the sandals will add a touch of comfort. This look is perfect for days when you want to feel dressed up, but still be comfortable and casual.

5. Add a long sleeve top or a turtleneck under

Adding a long sleeve top or a turtleneck under a dress will provide more coverage of your skin, which gives the dress a less formal and dressy look and feel.

6. Add a belt

Adding a belt to a dress can change its entire look. With just a few simple adjustments, such as adding a belt, you can turn a dress into something more casual and relaxed.

7. Add a baseball hat and bomber jacket

A dress can be worn casually by adding a baseball hat and bomber jacket. This look is perfect for a day spent running errands or for a more casual night out. The baseball hat adds a fun and relaxed vibe, while the bomber jacket keeps you warm and comfortable. A dressy dress doesn’t have to be reserved for special occasions – with a few simple additions, you can wear it any time you want.

8. Add a pair of ankle booties

Adding a pair of ankle booties to a dressier dress can help to dress it down and make it more casual. They are also perfect for transitioning a dress between seasons.

Outfit Ideas: How to dress down a dress and heels

If you are wearing a dress and heels and want a less dressier look, you can add a bomber jacket and baseball hat for a more casual look. A bomber jacket will lend to a more casual, edgier look, while also adding some additional warmth that you can wear it when the weather turns cooler. Add a baseball hat to add to the casual, urban feel to the dress and heels. Try this styling idea:

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How to dress down a long dress

When dressing down a long dress, it is important to keep the look simple and comfortable. Try layering a t-shirt or denim jacket. Choose a casual strappy sandal to for an effortless but stylish and easy way to dress down a long dress.  Try this styling idea: 

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How to dress down a black dress

Black dresses can be dressed up or down, but there are a few tips to make sure the look is still pulled together. Heels can easily dress up a black dress, but if you’re looking to dress it down, opt for flats or sandals instead. You can also add a denim jacket or blazer to give the look a more casual feel. To really dress it down, try pairing the dress with a plain white t-shirt or tank top. Accessories are another easy way to give a black dress a casual vibe. A simple necklace or bracelet can elevate the look, while adding a belt or scarf can make it more laid back. Try this styling idea:

bodycon dress with bomber jacket and hat
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How to dress down a dress for a wedding

One of the best things about summer weddings is that you can often get away with wearing a dress that’s a little less formal than what’s called for in the winter. But if you’re not sure how to dress down a dress for a wedding, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

If your dress has a lot of lace or embellishments, try pairing it with simpler accessories. For example, wear a plain necklace instead of something with lots of sparkle.

If your dress is on the shorter side, try pairing it with sandals or flats instead of heels. And if it’s sleeveless, consider wearing a cardigan or shawl to cover up your arms for less formal look.

Try this styling idea:

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How to dress down a bodycon dress

With the weather getting colder, it’s time to retire those bodycon dresses and bring out the sweaters and boots. While a bodycon dress can be dressed up or down for a formal look or a more casual look. To dress a bodycon down, add layers such as a cardigan, blazer, or jacket. You can also add accessories such as a scarf, hat, or necklace. Another way to dress down a bodycon dress is by wearing different shoes such as sneakers, flats, or ankle booties. ry this styling idea:

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