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Ask Belle: Cocktail Does Daytime

At least once a week, I receive a question from a reader who is curious about new uses for their cocktail attire.  Unfortunately, most cocktail dresses are unsuitable for daytime wear.  The only exception to this rule are chiffon dresses without much embellishment.  Here are two ways to repurpose a chiffon evening gown for daytime wear.

Pretty and Professional

Gestuz Double Breasted Jacket (Asos, $170)

Carmen Marc Valvo Chiffon Dress (Bluefly, $264)

Elastic Belt (Forever 21, $4)

You can use a simple elastic belt to cover waist embellishments on most evening wear.  Layering over a soft blush colored jacket lightens the black and white palette and creates something that is appropriate for daytime.  Add a simple patent leather shoe and patent leather bag and you’re on your way.

Soft and Simple

Anna Molinari Printed Dress (TheOutnet, $614)

Bamboo Belt (Coldwater Creek, $15)

Faryl Robin Dakota Sandal (Zappos, $168)

By adding a casual belt and sandals, you bring the dress down to sidewalk level.  Add a raffia tote and you can brunch al fresco while looking fabulous. 

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  1. KLo says:

    I love that second look!

    June 14, 2010/Reply