Styling Dresses in Various Ways – Dressbarn

Styling Dresses in Various Ways

Styling Dresses in Various Ways - Dressbarn

Styling Dresses in Various Ways

If there’s a piece that’s a guaranteed staple in every woman’s wardrobe, it’s a dress. Regardless of the season, it’s a reliable, one-and-done piece to have you looking chic in a flash. Even when it comes to meeting the transitional summer to fall period, there’s no reason to hang up those frocks just yet officially. There are still plenty of ways to keep wearing them and adjust accordingly when the temperatures are erratic. 

Here are some of our favorite styling techniques to apply to all your favorite dresses. 

Make It Cozy

Kaii Waffle Knitted Cropped Sweater Top

Who doesn’t love knitwear? It’s especially fitting now that the trend is on the rise again. A cropped or short sweater looks great worn over a midi or maxi skirt. This does double purpose in serving as a stylish top while also emphasizing the length of your dress. We love it topped off with metallic necklaces or a thin tennis chain when you’re wearing bold colors. 

  • Add color blocking with the Mixed Yarn Stripe Pullover. The tri-color tones give a boost to a minimal palette but are subtle enough not to overpower. 
  • Try a printed cardigan like the Tie Front Crop Ruffle Sleeves Cardigan to elevate a plain dress. It’s an easy outfit formula on vacations but just as wearable for city off-duty. 
  • Warm up with knit hosiery for an extra layer under mini dresses. The Memoi Portland Side Cable Sweater Tights complement a pair of leather heels well—whether it be boots or strappy sandals.

Dresses to Match Your Knitwear:

Add a Tailored Touch

Coco Cotton Belted Blazer

A tailored blazer is a trans-seasonal staple for a reason. Apart from all the styling possibilities, it gives you a refined look yet retains an air of coolness. Choose your silhouette—belted for a cinched fit, a long, double-breasted to provide dual purpose as outerwear and a mini dress, or single-breasted for an oversized, relaxed feel. 

  • Go minimal with stylishly straightforward charcoal like the Oversized Blazer. Combine with a textured black dress—such as velvet or satin—to highlight its sheen and add character to an achromatic palette. 
  • Play with earth tones by mixing a sand- or chocolate-toned knit dress with the Dr2 Notch Collar Knit Blazer With Pockets
  • Jazz up your workwear with the Maree Pour Toi Core Blazer’s pastel hue. Style with a mini slip and pointed slingbacks.

Try These Frocks: 

Wear It Over a Casual Top

Sweet Carnation Ruffle Top

This styling trick is especially helpful for those in-between weather. It enables you to wear your favorite sleeveless dresses while supplying warmth and style. A baby tee + mini dress is always a favorite for the end of summer. A top with detailed sleeves under a maxi is an effortless formula when you’re going places.

Wear These as Your Base:

Belt It 

Metal Buckle Animal Faux Leather Belt

Not only does this add personality to an outfit, but it also creates a cinched effect for an hourglass illusion. Particularly with slip dresses that can sometimes be too straight and make you lose your silhouette. Go for a wide belt with plain dresses and reach for thin ones to accentuate prints. 

  • Accessorize a blazer on the waist with the Knot Belt, or use it to zhuzh up a shirt dress for casual days. 
  • Use the Faux Leather Tie Belt as an addition to your thin belt layers.
  • Make a white summer dress standout with a printed belt like the Round Adjustable Belt.

Don These Dresses:

Go For Grunge

PU Faux Leather Jacket

Leather always makes everything better—it’s an all-time favorite for a reason. It’s perfect for days when you don’t want to overthink an outfit. Go all black or mix in neutral tones. Either way, it’s going to give your look a sleek, polished feel. Take your pick from a moto jacket to leather sneakers. 

Pair It With These:

A Dress Isn’t Just A One Trick Pony.

This single item offers infinite styling possibilities with the right pieces. Don’t be afraid to get creative—experiment with layers, pair textures to boost anything plain, and explore more accessory options. Soon, you’ll realize how versatile your closet is with all the pieces you can mix and match. 

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