As shoppers ourselves, we know that one of the biggest worries about buying new formal dresses is the fear that, post-party, they’ll languish in our closets, only to be worn once or twice a year. So, we asked the ModStylists to dress down four holiday party frocks, and their tips on how to go from fancy to fun!
“Muted tones can be festive too!” reminds Jess, who paired the romantic florals of the Terrace House Dress with bold accessories for an eye-catching holiday ensemble. As for dressing down your fancy frocks, Jess recommends pairing them with chunky sweaters and eclectic accessories.
Nicole fell in love with the Time of My Life Dress, and kept her formal look soft and delicate with classically swept hair and the Cape May. For her business brunch meeting, she layered the dress under the slick Worn to Be Wild Jacket. “I love the contrast between a soft, flowing dress and a sleek faux leather jacket,” Nicole says.
Amy was drawn to the metallic accents of the Let the Good Times Roll Dress, and so, for her casual look, softened up the shiny dress with grey tights and a buttoned-up cardigan.
Chelsey chose the Silver Jubilee Dress for her holiday festivities, and transitioned from night to day by swapping her rich, sangria-toned Lenore Blazer for the chic Little Black Blazer. “Adding a blazer, colorful booties, and knit tights can make a formal dress work for a work day,” Chelsey advises.
What are your tips for dressing down a formal dress? Also, if you haven’t entered the ModStylist Best Dressed Contest yet, make sure to do so before tomorrow’s 6 p.m. EST deadline!