Unlike staples such as a tailored black blazer or classic trench coat, the party dress is an investment that gets far less wardrobe mileage solely due to its seasonality. The holidays have come and gone and our sparkly, glitzy frocks now hang in the rear of our closets lonely and desolate—until now. We set out to reimagine our approach to styling the party dress (aka more on the streets, less in the clubs) and conjured up five easy, enticing combinations we think you’ll be excited about. Scroll down to shop your way to a repurposed party dress.

 

#1: Rethink Your Layers

Often the simple addition of a t-shirt or fitted jumper layered underneath an ornate dress can tame the look enough to be worn during daylight. The trick is to keep the accessories artful and veer away from anything overly dressy (think: stiletto heels or cutesy mini bag).


DONDUP

sequin mini dress - Metallic

$399



LINGUA FRANCA

Whole Lotta Love Embroidered Cashmere Sweater - Forest green

$380



NEOUS

Moon Suede Ankle Boots - Black

$715



DANSE LENTE

Zoe Tote

$440


 

#2: Dress That Dress Down

If you’re working with a bold hemline or color combination (or in this case, both!) we suggest teaming it with a moto jacket and your favorite trainers as these can help boost that street style-inspired flair.


REJINA PYO

Bridget Woven Midi Dress - Blue

$690



VITA FEDE

Moneta Stud Earring & Ear Jacket Set/Silvertone

$295



VEJA

Esplar Leather Sneakers

$120



ANINE BING

moto jacket - Black

$399


 

#3: Play With Color

Take your styling skills to the next level and experiment with a monochrome look. Grab your most colorful party dress and pair it with separates in a similar hue. Neutral accessories to finish.


DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

Long-sleeved bead-embellished lace dress

$528



GANNI

Julliard Mohair And Wool-blend Sweater - Yellow

$475



FRYE

Melissa Gored Chelsea Boot

$298



GENTLE MONSTER

Moon Cut 55Mm Sunglasses - Black/gold

$274


 

#4: Just Add Denim

Denim: the great neutralizer in just about any outfit scenario is (of course) included on our list. Whether you’ve got a velvet slip on the hanger or a feather-embellished sheath dress, toss a knit on top and layer a simple jean jacket over the two for a Jenna Lyons-inspired aesthetic.


J BRAND

Blessing Velvet Midi Dress

$298



FRAME DENIM

High-neck wool-blend ribbed-knit sweater

$432



TOPSHOP

Oversize Denim Jacket

$90



PAUL ANDREW

Judd Leather Boots

$850


 

#5: Balance Feminine With Masculine

As head-turning as you may have felt in your metallic mini, you’ll feel twice as cool wearing it with polished, slightly masculine pieces like a double-breasted blazer and relaxed slacks (yes, we’re encouraging the dress-over-pants trend).


HALPERN

Sequin-embellished high-neck flared-sleeve dress

$2,030



ISABEL MARANT

Orka Linen-blend Blazer - Charcoal

$555



VINCE

Wool-blend tapered trousers

345$ $172



TIBI

Frank Mule

$450


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