Leather-trim Dress, Dressed Down

I found this dress when I was out shopping with my mom when she came to visit after Christmas. I fell in love with it instantly, but I wasn't quite sure how I would wear it. The black leather trim makes it difficult to pair with other neutrals besides black, and the thick fabric makes it a challenge to layer. Last time, I kept it simple with black tights and pink heels.

This time, I wanted to give it a more casual vibe, so I added my (resurrected) denim jacket, a belt, and ankle boots. I still feel polished and professional, but a little more relaxed.

How do you make a dress feel more casual? 





Jean jacket: Gap / gray dress: Loft / leopard belt: Gap Outlet / taupe ankle boots: Crown Vintage via DSW



Linking to Thursday Favorites, What I Wore to Work, and PMT Style Challenge

17 comments:

  1. Ooh I really love that dress, it's pretty!

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  2. I love it styled like this! Once again, you look polished and stylish!

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  3. LOVE this! I agree, adding a denim jacket to almost any dress will make it look a little more casual, it's one of my favorite ways to dress a dress down. I really love this look on you!

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  4. The cutest go-to outfit. Love wearing my dresses with a denim jacket & booties, which reminds me I haven't done in awhile! ;) Time to get back on it!! xo

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  5. Oh I love this look. Just love it. Sorry, but I'm just going to have to copy it. I'm with you on wearing the denim jacket with a dress for the casual look.

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  6. Thank you! I was liking the extra layer of the jacket today (plus a coat on top) it's cold!! :)

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  7. Thanks Beth! I didn't originally have my denim jacket in my capsule, but I pulled it out at the beginning of the month...it turns out I can't live without it!

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  8. Thanks Veronika! I love how a denim jacket can easily change-up a look :)

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  9. Thank you! I'm glad you love it! Copy away! (Most of my outfits are copied from/inspired by blogs or Pinterest anyway :) )

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  10. Oooooh I like this! I especially love it with the belt, and how you knotted it is super cute. I'm such a sucker for leopard print accents, and also leather ones! :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  11. Ooh yes I love that idea! Storing that for future reference :)

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  12. Thanks Alexandra! I'm also a sucker for leopard accents (belt, shoes, scarves...they're all good!). I don't have much leather (real or faux) but I like the touch of it on this dress.

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  13. I think the dress is really cute, and I wouldn't get hung up on the black leather trim - you can totally mix more more colors and neutrals....which you pretty much have.

    Chic on the Cheap

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  14. Thanks! And you're right, I shouldn't worry too much about the black trim, but for some reason I felt unsure if all the other neutrals would work, but I think they did :)

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  15. I'm so with you about adding a denim jacket to dress down a dress! I also will add some chunkier boots at times to make a dress look less fancy :)

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  16. Ooh yes I like the idea of a chunky boot to dress down a dress too!

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