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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  • Reply CoRina Culeva September 25, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    What a lovely day look! I especially love the color of your dress!

    xo Corina

  • Reply Louis Dupond September 25, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Very nice dress Amy Ann and it’s perfectly combined with other pieces of this look!

  • Reply Jessi Afshin September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Such great styling! I love the layered look and the sneakers. So trendy!


  • Reply Jackie September 25, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    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!

    xo, jackie

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth September 25, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Sneaks and a denim jacket are always my go to but love the idea of adding the extra layer!

  • Reply Laura Boswell September 25, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    This color looks amazing on you!

  • Reply Mary Colleen September 25, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    You have the best ideas on how to layer dresses. So in love with the colors and textures of this look!


  • Reply Tamara September 25, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Sneakers are definitely a fool proof way to dress down any outfit and denim jacket as well! Great outfit Amy!


    Tamara –

  • Reply Jane Fitfabfun September 25, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Such a beautiful layered look! Love this dress!
    xo, Jane

  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom September 25, 2017 at 11:41 am

    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!


  • Reply Lily Ayala September 25, 2017 at 11:02 am

    You always have the best tips, Amy. I love, love this look and your sneakers!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Reply Ashley September 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Love how you styled this dress!!

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • Reply lifestyle- tale September 25, 2017 at 10:44 am

    This outfit is so cool and has a little chic.
    I love you you styled it. Have a nice week.

    Love, Esther

  • Reply Jensyn Jeppsen September 25, 2017 at 10:36 am

    you make this outfit so much fun!
    xo, Jensyn

  • Reply Lauren {By Lauren M} September 25, 2017 at 10:26 am

    You look so chic! I am loving the lace bell sleeve!

    By Lauren M

  • Reply C A M I September 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

    This is definitely the perfect way to dress down a dress, I love how you styled this one!

    My Vogue Style |

  • Reply Rachel September 25, 2017 at 10:04 am

    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!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • Reply The Fashion Folks September 25, 2017 at 9:01 am

    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

  • Reply Karly @ Miss in the Midwest September 25, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Always love a dress with sneakers! Great outfit and tips, girl.

  • Reply Jacquard Flower September 25, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Really love the dressed down look! You look gorgeous!

    Gemma x

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