Jun 4, 201202:51 PMGirl Next Door
British fashionista Charlotte Crowley tells you what to wear—and what NOT to wear.
How to Re-wear Your Prom Dress
As you will know if you've read my last few posts, I am a huge fan of remixing. I never buy anything unless I can think of three different ways to wear it, involving pieces that I already own, and I'm always trying to create new outfits from things I already own. But sometimes it's really easy to ignore perfectly remixable (did I just invent a new word?!) pieces already in our wardrobes because they're pieces that we've bought for a particular occasion. How about your prom dress? Or an old band tshirt you bought when you were sixteen and only wear to the gym? What about your work clothes? Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be showing you three new ways to wear pieces that you usually only reserve for certain occasions, bringing a whole new lease of life to your wardrobe.
Today I'm going to show you how to re-wear a prom dress.
Since starting university four years ago, I seem to have accumulated an awful lot of ball-style dresses. There's the dress I wore to my Freshers' Ball, the dress I wore to the Christmas Ball, the one I bought for the English ball, my Graduation Ball dress... I have a wardrobe packed with them and nowhere to wear them! I mean, it's not like you can throw your prom dress on to do to the supermarket is it?
Well, yes! We spent hundreds of dollars every time we have a prom, ball or wedding to attend and then when the next one rolls around we couldn't possibly wear the same dress again, right? So we buy another one. And before we know it we have half a dozen once-worn dresses. But it doesn't have to be this way. There are lots of ways that you can wear your ball dress to the cinema, your prom dress for brunch, or your graduation dress to the farmers' market. Here are my favourite ways to dress down a fancy-pants dress for a less than fancy-pants day. Edit: Most of these work best with a shorter style dress, but you can always get a long dressed tailored into a cute little short version!
Add a jacket
The addition of a jacket can completely change the way your dress looks. Add a leather motocycle jacket for instant rock chick, a denim jacket for laid-back cool, a faux-fur vest for urban chic or a smart black blazer for a sophisticated look.
Change up your shoes
Once you've changed your jacket, the change of shoes is an instant game-changer. Remember Kristen Stewart rocking converse on the red carpet? Rock your prom dress with edgy sneakers such as converse or Vans. Swapping heels for flats gives an instant relaxed vibe, and if you want to go all-out rock chick and work that juxtaposition, add a pair of Doc Martens or other military boots. This works perfectly with a moto jacket!
Layer a chunky sweater, a buttoned cardigan, belted jacket or even a tshirt over your dress to give the impression of wearing a fancy skirt and a simple top. You can also layer another skirt over the skirt of the dress and wear your dress as a top.
A big trend at the moment is to wear a shirt under a sleeveless dress- white tshirts and shirts are a great option. They give an instant preppy update to your dress
Mix up your accessories
Swap your dainty prom jewellery for chunky statement necklaces and layered chains. Add a big cocktail ring and cinch your waist with a belt. Swap your clutch for a chunk shoulder bag and you're good to go!