4 Tips for Styling a Dress as a Skirt

wear a maxi dress as a skirtHappy Saturday friends! I’m excited to be back with another outfit, and today’s is one of my current favorites. It’s oh-so comfortable, but has a classic vintage-inspired feel which you know I love. Lately I’ve been playing around with styling some of my favorite dresses as skirts to help me stretch my wardrobe even further, and of all of the combinations I’ve come up with so far, this is the one I’ve come back to the most.

Read on for more about this look & my tips on how to style a dress as a skirt!

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I started with this peach sundress I recently got from ThredUp. ThredUp was kind enough to ask me to choose a few new things for spring, and this dress is one of the pieces I picked up! It’s sleeveless with a fun cutout back, but this way of styling makes it a bit more appropriate for the current up and down weather situation around here. I added my fitted striped tee on top, and tied it in the back, tucking the knot in to give the appearance of a tucked in top. For accessories, I added my lace-up ballet flats, blush watch, and favorite black bag. This look was perfect for a Saturday afternoon of London fog sipping and thrift store shopping!

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Dress: c/o ThredUp, more pink dresses at ThredUp here, similar colored dress here.

Top: Thrifted, similar

Watch: c/o Berg + Betts (back in stock!)

Shoes: Target, old

Bag: Vintage Coach, same bag here

Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl

Sunglasses: Madewell

wear a dress as a skirt4 Tips for styling a dress as a skirt

Choose a dress with a defined waistline

For me, choosing a dress with a defined waistline, such as this drawstring design, makes things a whole lot easier when adding a top to the ensemble. This prevents there being too much volume underneath my top, and gives me a great base to work with when creating my outfit.

Knot your top

I love knotting my tops, and particularly when I wear them with dresses. Whether you choose a center front, center back, or asymmetrical knot, they are a great way to cinch in the waist creating a more flattering shape and the illusion of a lot of extra work putting your outfit together.

Mix prints and solids

To avoid the outfit being too color-blocked, I like to add a print. This could mean a solid dress and printed top as shown in this post, or vise-versa. A print adds a little bit more interest while keeping the ensemble to two distinct parts.

It’s all about balance

When you’re choosing a top and dress to pair together, think about how they will balance out both each other and your figure. For me, I love this longer hemline paired with the long-sleeved tee. It helps the look appear more unified while creating a classic fit-and-flare silhouette that I love and know I’m comfortable in. Conversely, if I were to choose a short skirt, I might pair it with a sleeveless top. Know what shape you are looking for, and utilize your pieces to create it!how to style a dress as a skirt

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Have you experimented with wearing a dress as a skirt? Do you have a favorite look using these two pieces? I’d love to hear!

4 thoughts on “4 Tips for Styling a Dress as a Skirt

  1. I think styling dresses as skirts is one of the greatest tips for stretching ones closet and I LOVE what you did with this dress! As always I love your stripes, but that peach/pink skirt and all the simple accessories you paired with it:)

  2. Everything ok? You haven’t posted in a while!

    I love a striped shirt and blush! What a great combo! I definitely need to work on making my dresses work as skirts too!

    1. Thanks for your concern Holly! Between the end of the school year as a teacher, and traveling abroad, I’ve been unable to post, but I hope to have some new things up soon! Thank you so much for reading!

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