How to Dress Down a Dressy Dress

September 25, 2017

This week it is finally supposed to start feeling a little bit like fall here in Oklahoma. NYC gave me a tease as it was 70s/60s while I was there. This rust color is one of my must haves for fall. It reminds me of the colors of the leaves, all things pumpkin, and just transports me to my favorite season. That’s probably why I loved this dress so much. The color along with the asymmetrical hem sucked me in immediately. Here’s the thing, I don’t really need ultra dressy dresses in my everyday. So today we are talking about how to dress down a dressy dress.

One of my favorite things about dresses are their versatility. You could easily add a strappy heel to this dress as-is and wear it to a fancy night out. My regular week looks a lot like time with Ivy Jean as a mom, work, and then either a family dinner date or a group hangout with friends and church on the weekend, so I loved the idea of dressing this down. I also have dresses in my closet that can now be worn more! Here are three easy ways to style a fancy dress more casually. Doing so allowed me to wear this to work. Win!

How to Dress Down a Dressy Dress

  1. Add a Layer Over or Under – Whether to add a blouse underneath or a jacket over (or both!), adding a more casual layer instantly dresses down a dressy dress.
  2. Wear Casual Shoes – I opted for my current favorite sneakers for more of a street style look, but a loafer, slide, fun boot, or just about anything will do. I’m linking my sneakers in several places below as sizing is limited in some.
  3. Consider Adding a Belt – Adding a belt to visually break up the dress will also make it more casual.

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Rust Colored Dress for Fall

Thank you to Banana Republic for sending me this dress and sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.

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71 Comments

  • Reply Meagan Brandon September 25, 2017 at 8:06 am

    You look adorable, Amy! Love how you added sneakers with this and that rust color is to die for. It’s finally starting to cool down here in Amman, too, thank GOODNESS! I’m craving fall and my sweaters so badly!

    Meagan
    http://www.meagansmoda.com

  • Reply Shauna C September 25, 2017 at 7:49 am

    This is the perfect way to dress casually, yet still look so chic! Those kicks are so fun too

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  • Reply Gold Coast Girl September 25, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Such a cute outfit! Love how you styled the dress!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Reply Hey Lena! September 25, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Ha! I love denim Jackets! Nice dress too!

    -L.
    L.E.N.A | Revealed

  • Reply Britney Crawley September 25, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Such a fun way to make those statement dresses, typically worn only a few times, more of a staple in your wardrobe! I’m all about getting multiple uses out of my clothes. Love this color on you too!

  • Reply Rach September 25, 2017 at 7:07 am

    I love how you wore this dress! The layering is so cute!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  • Reply TheGlutenFreeGuideToEverything September 25, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Great tips, this makes your clothes so much more versatile.

  • Reply Jodie Filogomo September 25, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I think it’s fabulous that we can have more fun with our clothes, and not be tied down to rules. The fact that you can wear a dress with more casual things, makes it so versatile!!
    You’ve shown this perfectly, Amy!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  • Reply Whitney September 25, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I love that you layered it with such a fun top and added sneakers. This is a great outfit!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Reply Simone September 25, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Love how you layered your beautiful dress, those sneakers match perfectly. Have a great day

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  • Reply Rosanna Briguglio September 25, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Great ideas and outfit!
    Have a lovely day ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rosanna x
    http://rosesrooftop.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine September 25, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Well, this one of the cutest outfits I ever did see!! I am crazy for the Adidas Superstars and what a great dress for Fall! You slayed this pretty mama!!

  • Reply Katherine Swain September 25, 2017 at 5:48 am

    This is precious! I love what you did with the layering. Such a great look!

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

  • Reply Biana Perez September 25, 2017 at 5:39 am

    I would never think to add a belt & some sneaks to dress it down and I love the look! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Rachelle September 25, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Love the way you styled that dress, so pretty.

    xo
    Pinksole

  • Reply Nina September 25, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Love how you styled this look Amy ! Thanks for the inspiration !

    Have a great start to your week!
    Nina
    xox
    http://www.thecrispylipstick.com

  • Reply Violette September 25, 2017 at 1:47 am

    My favorite thing to dress down a dress is to wear sneakers, you nailed it! Thanks for the tips!

    http://violettedaily.com

  • Reply Natali September 25, 2017 at 1:38 am

    You def. did great styling this dressy dress in a fun, laid-back way! I love that you went for sneakers and denim jacket in this combo.

    https://lartoffashion.com/sunday-cafe-meet-ali/

  • Reply Cielo Fronteras September 25, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I love how you dressed down. Still so chic!

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Reply Publicist in Pearls September 25, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Love how you styled this look! Such a cute fall outfit!

    xo, Jennifer
    http://www.publicistinpearls.com

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