True life: You just splurged on a sparkly, frilly, make-disco-balls-jealous party dress because it’s the holidays, baby. Except, it’s the same story every December, and those gorgeous frocks from winters past just get pushed further back down the closet rod, never to be seen again. This year, why not make that dancing dress earn its keep? Here, seven ways to rock your frock long after the eggnog is gone.
1. Blazer + Statement Boots
Just because it’s January doesn’t mean you have to hang up your beaded frock for good. Instead, pair it with your go-to blazer and heeled statement booties for a dinner date or your next girls’ night out. Add a coordinating clutch (this one’s actually a jewelry box—yep, we’re filing that little style hack away for later...) and a satin or metallic headband for an extra feminine touch.
2. T-Shirt + Wool Coat
The easiest styling trick for a slinky spaghetti-strap number: Throw on a crewneck T-shirt underneath for added coverage during the day. We think this look would jibe perfectly with any plain white or gray tee. Then don your go-to wool winter coat and a pair of mid-calf booties (knee-high is a bit too much extra drama). Et voilà: You just made weekday sequins a thing.
3. Turtleneck + Blazer
Similarly, layer your luxe midi dress with a turtleneck underneath and top it off with a structured blazer. We love the plaid trend that’s still going strong, but any menswear-inspired suit jacket will do. Finish with a pair of coordinating pointed-toe booties to round it out in a down-to-earth way.
4. Turtleneck + Denim Jacket
Or, sub in your tried-and-true jean jacket. Again, throw on a tee under your festive party dress, then slip into your most lived-in denim jacket. The slightly distressed material feels casual enough to balance out the fanciness of the dress—dark denim would feel too polished. Choose understated accessories like a neutral top-handle bag and booties that won’t compete for attention with the main event: that glistening frock.
5. Buttondown + Chelsea Boots
For a sleeveless or strapless dress, might we suggest adding a white button-down underneath? The effect is automatic statement sleeves (particularly in the case of the fun bishop sleeves above, but any ol’ shirt cuffs will do), which makes for an entirely new, more conservative dress. Add flat Chelsea boots for a look that’s appropriate for nine to five (and then some).
6. Grandpa Cardigan + Belt
You opted for a flowy long-sleeve maxi dress for your office party (stunning)...except when the heck are you gonna wear that again? Our advice: Treat your dress like a peasant skirt. Throw a cardigan over it, belt it at your middle, then top with a fuzzy teddy bear coat. Finish the look with western-inspired booties or thick-soled combat boots for a bit of edge.
7. Pullover Sweater + Knee-High Boots
Take a cue from Instagram fashion extraordinaire Eva Chen and throw a cable-knit sweater over your beloved slip dress. We love the monochromatic version above, but you can opt for any comfy pullover. Consider pairing it with knee-high riding or slouchy boots for that popular layered leg look.
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