day (and night) dreaming

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I generally prefer to be overdressed rather than underdressed. When my boyfriend and I were going to an event one night, he told me that I would probably be the only person there in sequins. Yeah, I’m generally the only person anywhere in sequins. For the record, I was wearing a sequined sweatshirt, not a ball gown, but you get my point. In a culture that is generally underdressed, I roll with dressy. Today, however, was a real challenge because I had a formal event right after work. However, the evening dress was a bit too dressy for work, even for me.

Well, lovely inspiring readers, I’ve seen or read about your wearing a sweater over a dress to transform it. And today, I did exactly that. Daytime wear transitioned easily to nighttime by adding and removing a black cardigan.

Daytime and nighttime wear aside, this Vivienne Tam dress has a special place in my heart because I adopted it from a consignment shop for $8. I later saw it online for $170. Oh yes readers, an $8 dress can be too formal for work, but I transformed it with your inspiration. I was happily day and night dreaming in this ensemble.

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Dress: Vivienne Tam via consignment ($8 marked down from $170)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)

Daytime kitten heels: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)

Nighttime stilettos: Betsy Johnson via Marshall’s ($50 marked down from $160)

Pearls: gift

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) It is official. I’m convinced that a good majority of dresses can be transformed from day to night through the usage of sweaters and cardigans. Even for variety with daytime dresses, adding a cardigan or sweater on top can make many dresses look like skirts. Many people commented on my “skirt” throughout the day, so this is a tested method!

2) For this outfit, I also transitioned my shoes from day to night. I wore kitten heels at work and then stilettos in the evening. Frankly, the kitten heels are just easier on the feet in comparison for work. I think either pair of shoes would have been appropriate for day or night, but that depends on your work environment and how much you want to torture your feet. Okay, I’m kidding about the torture, but those stilettos are no slipper or Ugg.

Readers, any other suggestions for daytime or nighttime transitions?

Thanks for sharing in my day dreaming! Hope everyone has a good day!

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23 thoughts on “day (and night) dreaming

  1. That’s totally my motto…always better to be overdressed than under dressed! Sequins are always ok day or night right??
    Loving this dress…especially the print. Fits flawlessly, and the bows on the heels are so cute!!

  2. Soooo… I think this might be my all-time favorite outfit you’ve posted on here! LOVE this dress! And those Betsey Johnson bow heels… I DIE!!
    You seriously are a deal finding guru. Please come to DC and take me shopping as soon as possible. Hahaha I need your style guidance!

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