So many little dresses neglected at the back of your closet, for lack of special occasions to wear them. So, in order to make your evening dress an appropriate piece for everyday life, here are some tips to steal from the editorial staff of the Journal des Femmes. 

Your closet is full of little dresses, each one more adorable than the other, only here it is: apart from an evening with friends or a garden party, it is difficult to wear them every day. And unless you go clubbing every night after work, the opportunities to re-wear your little evening dresses are rare. Despite everything, no regrets for your purchases which ultimately spend more time hanging on their racks than on your shoulders, because as Carrie Bradshaw said, “ I like my money where I can see it: hanging in my closet ” (even if it sounds better in English). To make your purchase profitable and not watch your pretty piece wither away at the back of your dressing room, we have therefore identified the fashion tips that will allow you to recycle your evening dresses to make them more appropriate for a daytime outfit

What type of evening dress for everyday life? 

First and foremost, some party dresses will present a bigger challenge to successfully wear them during the day without looking completely out of place. Thus, the strapless dress, the peplum dress , the sparkling dress or entirely adorned with sequins, the dress embellished with lace, openwork details, deep necklines and of course the dress worthy of a red carpet (reserve it for the climb of the steps !) may well be inappropriate on a daily basis. Nevertheless, all flowing or even tight dresses, provided they are not too short, can be worn during the day if you follow our few basic tips. 

Break the feminine and glamorous side of the evening dress 

The fundamental rule for recycling an evening dress on a daily basis is to break up its very glamorous and feminine side with other more casual or even masculine pieces. 

  • Jackets 

The jacket is an important element to take into account to wear your glamorous dress during the day. If you generally opt for a chic blazer or simply a dress coat to wear your evening dress, this time you will have to do the opposite. The denim jacket could well become your new best friend because with its multiple variations (more or less light denim, fitted or boyfriend cut), it makes any outfit instantly more relaxed. In a similar style and provided the colors harmonize, a military-inspired jacket will also do the trick. The perf’ options in leather, bomber jacket, loose cardigan from Vibe Clothing Company, or cropped sweater are not to be neglected, but the result might not be as effective.

  • Shoes 

On the shoe side too, it is a question of taking the opposite view and choosing flat shoes to give an impression of relaxation. To do this, male shoes such as derbies, moccasins or slippers should have the desired effect, just like tennis shoes, sneakers or sandals provided they are thick. 

  • Jewelry 

Gone are the delicate jewels and ornaments to accessorize your evening dress… during the day. To make the set suitable for work, a walk or a shopping session, we will prefer the more imposing pieces in a slightly aged metal such as an ethnic ring, a geometric necklace, a vintage cuff or earrings with looks a bit raw. 

  • Bags 

If the essence of an evening outfit is a pretty clutch or a minaudière, we will bet more on a backpack, a shoulder bag, a purse bag or a shopping bag to recycle our evening dress on a daily basis. What could be trendier than a very structured immaculate backpack, a mini purse worn on the shoulder or a bag worn across the chest to bring the casual touch you need to an evening dress? 

Making her little evening dress wearable during the day does not necessarily require all these elements worn together: the idea is to have fun with the pieces available in her wardrobe and to try different combinations to find the perfectly balanced outfit between elegance and relaxation. Because there is no universal answer or unique combination and the objective is really to find the unexpected element that makes the whole harmonious without going overboard. It is by choosing the options that suit you that you will best succeed in blending your evening dress into your daily life! 

By Manali