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11/20/17

Bows & Bordeaux: Tweed Bow Dress Re-Styled for Work & Festive Special Events

Hi, Everyone! 

I hope you're enjoying the short week so far -- it's definitely going to be a busy one! It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are just around the corner!

I am so glad to finally be feeling better to get this blog post up. Being sick for well over a week is never fun, but being sick while your babies are sick is especially hard, as I'm sure you other mommas can relate. At the risk of sounding trite, motherhood (parenthood in general) really is the toughest job in the world, yet the most rewarding. That's why it will always come first, before the blog, before social media, before anything else. So thank you so much for being patient and understanding!

 Today I am really excited to share this look with you because it showcases one of my favorite things about styling outfits: re-styling or re-purposing a clothing item in a fresh, new way.
Remember this darling tweed bow dress I shared in my last post? I already raved about its darling bow detail (my favorite), its Chanel-esque style, and its super-affordable price tag of $24. I also showed how it can be worn on its own for a feminine, flirty date-night look or even a fun party look (above.) 

Well, today I'm going to show you how to re-style it for an office look or festive special event that requires a more conservative, modest dress code. This look is easily another one of my favorites this season. It's classy, feminine, and modest. I also love that it adds an element of surprise.
Re-styling Tip 1: Layer a Flared Skirt Over a Shorter Dress

 Who would guess that the "top" is actually a dress? Layering a flared skirt over a shorter dress is such a fun and easy way to re-style it! 

The trick is using the right skirt. 
Since the silhouette of this dress flares out into a simple A-line, it makes it perfect for pairing with a flared skirt. I chose this grey sweater skirt because of its shape, color, and fabric. It's a thicker-knit skirt that's stretchy and that pulls on easily (no fussing with zippers.) It flares out just enough to conceal any small lumps and bumps of the dress underneath, and it's long enough to fully conceal the bottom hem of the dress, giving it a whole new look, which is still very flattering and ladylike!
This tip also works well for sheath dresses and even peplum tops. I've styled them multiple ways, layering a skirt over them, and no one was the wiser. ;-)
Re-Styling Tip 2: Add a Cardigan in a Festive, Seasonal Shade

This is another easy tip for re-styling your favorite dresses. Add a cardigan in a festive shade to add more coverage and to transition your dress into the current season. Here I chose a rich bordeaux cardi, which plays off the colors of the dress and skirt nicely and also keeps the overlook look seasonally-appropriate. Rich jewel tones and earthy colors are perfect this time of year. Swapping out cardigans in these varied shades takes minimal effort and time, yet makes such an impact to an outfit! It keeps the look classy and elegant, too. 
 Re-Styling Tip 3: Pair it with Classic, Colored Pumps

This seems like an obvious one, but serves as a good reminder. Pair your re-styled dress with classic, colored pumps. It infuses a pretty pop of color to the overall look, and keeps it dressy and polished. Be selective in the color you choose and make sure it complements the rest of the outfit. I chose a matching bordeaux shade to play off of the cardigan, but if you don't like anything too matchy-matchy, then neutral shades of black or nude would work well, too. For the workplace or for special events with a conservative dress code, I usually steer clear of colors or patterns that are too bold, busy, or bright. Simple and understated can be quite beautiful and even sexy. There's something to be said about "less is more."
These 3 easy tips for re-styling a dress have worked for me like a charm over the years, and I hope they help you, too! 

It also goes to show that this darling dress is more versatile than meets the eye, and looks equally darling styled as a top! I love that you get multiple outfits for only $24, too -- it's such a great way to get the most out of your budget and your wardrobe!

Which look is your favorite? The stand-alone, flirty style or the layered, modest style?
(Hover over the above image and click on the "pin it" button to save to your Pinterest board!)
OUTFIT DETAILS:
c/o Tweed Bow Dress (Sz XS) - see also matching Tweed Bow Blazer //
Ann Taylor Sweater Skirt - old (similar here, here, here) //
H&M Cardigan - old (similar here in regular & petites, here) //
Charles David Burgundy Suede Pumps - old (similar here - only $20!, here - only $35! here - have and love!) // Ann Taylor Pearl Stud Earrings - old (similar here; also really love these!)

This is such a pretty, affordable look for both work and special events, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Thanks so much for stopping by! XO







Thank you to Shein for sponsoring this post. All stylings and opinions are my own.

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