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
- 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.
- 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.
- Consider Adding a Belt – Adding a belt to visually break up the dress will also make it more casual.
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.
What a lovely day look! I especially love the color of your dress!
Very nice dress Amy Ann and it’s perfectly combined with other pieces of this look!
Such great styling! I love the layered look and the sneakers. So trendy!
Absolutely love the colour of this dress, it’s so perfect for fall. And I love how you dressed it down with your sneakers but still added chic touches with your blouse and Gucci belt. Great look. Hope you have a great week!
Sneaks and a denim jacket are always my go to but love the idea of adding the extra layer!
This color looks amazing on you!
You have the best ideas on how to layer dresses. So in love with the colors and textures of this look!
Sneakers are definitely a fool proof way to dress down any outfit and denim jacket as well! Great outfit Amy!
Tamara – LoveofMode.com
Such a beautiful layered look! Love this dress!
We are going to finally go from 90’s to 70’s on Wednesday and I CAN’T wait! I love this rusty color on you, perfect for the fall. And I have those gold Adidas and just love them!
You always have the best tips, Amy. I love, love this look and your sneakers!
Beauty With Lily
Love how you styled this dress!!
Sincerely Miss Ash
This outfit is so cool and has a little chic.
I love you you styled it. Have a nice week.
you make this outfit so much fun!
You look so chic! I am loving the lace bell sleeve!
By Lauren M
This is definitely the perfect way to dress down a dress, I love how you styled this one!
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I always love adding a layer under my dress, especially for work. I love how you styled this dress with the fun blouse underneath! The color of the dress is gorgeous and perfect for fall!
A Blonde’s Moment
Oh I love this idea! I have a dress I love but rarely wear as it’s more preppy, but have thought about layering it and I’m definitely convinced. Have to try it soon! Xx
Always love a dress with sneakers! Great outfit and tips, girl.
Really love the dressed down look! You look gorgeous!