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    I'm not a very girly person, and I'm not a natural with clothes - I get it wrong far more often than I get it right. Having said that, I would like to start wearing dresses and skirts a bit more often. This is partly because I'm constantly in jeans and I'm getting bored with it - I want to start making more of an effort with how I look rather than just throwing anything on.

    However, I have a bit of a problem when it comes to trying to make this happen. I'll come back from town having impulse-bought a dress or skirt, and I'll put it together with things I have or things I've bought to go with it, and somehow I'll end up looking like I'm dressing up to go out. :mad: It happens time after time after time, and I have a wardrobe full of things I've never worn as a result.

    So my questions, in short, are:

    1) Can you give me examples of nice day dresses/skirts?
    2) How do you make sure a dress/skirt looks casual, in terms of accessories and so on?
    3) What would you wear with this dress during the day, or is it not suitable for day at all? I've just bought it, and I can't get it to look right.

    Basic stats: Pear-shaped size 12-14 and shrinking. :p: I'm about 5'4"ish, and I don't have terrible legs, though I look stupid in things that are much shorter than knee-length and I feel more comfortable if they're covered somehow. Have to keep my upper arms covered, too.

    Thanks in advance!
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    (Original post by Geritak)
    I'm not a very girly person, and I'm not a natural with clothes - I get it wrong far more often than I get it right. Having said that, I would like to start wearing dresses and skirts a bit more often. This is partly because I'm constantly in jeans and I'm getting bored with it - I want to start making more of an effort with how I look rather than just throwing anything on.

    However, I have a bit of a problem when it comes to trying to make this happen. I'll come back from town having impulse-bought a dress or skirt, and I'll put it together with things I have or things I've bought to go with it, and somehow I'll end up looking like I'm dressing up to go out. :mad: It happens time after time after time, and I have a wardrobe full of things I've never worn as a result.

    So my questions, in short, are:

    1) Can you give me examples of nice day dresses/skirts?
    2) How do you make sure a dress/skirt looks casual, in terms of accessories and so on?
    3) What would you wear with this dress during the day, or is it not suitable for day at all? I've just bought it, and I can't get it to look right.

    Basic stats: Pear-shaped size 12-14 and shrinking. :p: I'm about 5'4"ish, and I don't have terrible legs, though I look stupid in things that are much shorter than knee-length and I feel more comfortable if they're covered somehow. Have to keep my upper arms covered, too.

    Thanks in advance!
    I am the same in size lol

    1) Nice day dresses are from H and M, Topshop, and New Look
    2) The dress has to be casual enough, but flats are needed. No posh necklaces either. You could wear colourful tights
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    Not sure about the dress, looks a bit dull

    H&M do nice sundresses in a multitude of different colours, plus they're not ridiculously short & they're also purse-friendly
    For day, I'd pair them with some flat gladiator sandals in black or tan (depending on the dress colour) a slouchy day bag, and stacks of jewellery, eg chunky gold bangles, which you can buy anywhere.
    If you're worried about your arms, just throw on a fine-knit cardi.
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    In general i'd say anything u can wear with flats and/or colourful tights without it looking wierd is ok for during the day, nothing too sparkly either.
    I had this same issue a couple of years back and my friend told me that u just have to give it a go even if u feel a little over-dressed cause you normally are'nt. When you get used to this kind of stlye it seems a lot easier. Hope this is of some use!
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    1. you can find nice dresses and skirts in almost every high street shop. look in the summer sales that are going on at the mo. they are full of coulourful day dresses.
    2. i really wouldnt go with colourful tights, just my own opinion but i think they look silly. stick to black tights, leggings or bare legs. and in terms of accesories just simple necklaces and bracelets really, depends on the dress.
    3. i quite like that dress. wear with bare legs during the day. i reckon you could even dress that up for evening with heels and a clutch.

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    I think for day that dress would look cute with bare legs, flip flops (with painted nails). And maybe a little cardi/bolero with the sleeves pushed up.

    Skirts are easy to wear with a simple vest top, cute necklace and cardi/jacket. The main thing is not to have too much going on.
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    Thanks for the help, guys!

    I know I sound thick, here, but is there any chance that you could post some examples of dresses that would look okay in the day? I know which shops to go to, but my problem is actually choosing something I can get a lot of wear out of.

    Sorry for the obvious questions, but I have no female friends that I can badger about this kind of thing, and my mum's idea of fashion is Country Casuals, so I'm kind of flying blind.
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    I agree with a lot of the above posts that talk about flat shoes, cardis and accessorizing with lots of jewellery. One thing I would say though, is that if you want to come across as natural and confident when you're in really girly clothes, you have to act it. I think anyone can get away with a dress or a skirt even if they don't normally wear them, they just need to look happy

    And I've found a couple of dresses, not sure whether they'd be your style but worth a try!
    http://www.newlook.co.uk/1713780/171...ctDetails.aspx
    http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/st...2806&langId=-1 (LOADS of necklaces with this one!)

    Also, try ASOS. They have lots of dresses, and I'm sure you'd find a few that would suit your style
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    because its so simple and can be worn with a black or grey cardican

    http://www.newlook.co.uk/1724471/172...ctDetails.aspx

    this for the same reason

    http://www.missselfridge.com/webapp/...6486&langId=-1

    i also really like this cos its more summery

    http://www.missselfridge.com/webapp/...7815&langId=-1

    think if your after a dress that you want a lot of wear out of your best sticking to simple styles
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    I'm a 12 too and think like a tea dress style looks nice Because it gives the impression of an hourglass figure by being fitted at the waist whilst also having little sleeves. Don't know if you'll like them but anyway:

    Something like this style?

    Or this? (I love this )

    This is nice too

    Also like this style.

    Or this

    Or, finally, this if you wanted something more fitted.

    Anyway, hope I helped

    Wear them with flats and a blazer/cardi for during the day

    EDIT: Just re-read this and how many times did I say "this" and "" - bloody hell.
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    Good places to have a look at (and that have online catalogues) are the high-street majors (Topshop, New Look, Oasis, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge and River Island), Urban Outfitters, and American Apparel. Really everywhere does day dresses, and most dresses can be easily dressed down - the key is layering (either with a basic t-shirt underneath, or knitwear), as well as wearing flat shoes. Boots are a good alternative to the more generic ballet flat. Try putting a little jacket or long-line cardigan on over them, too - menswear sections are the best for these I always find. And if in doubt, buy a couple of fashion magazines and have a flick through, go on Lookbook.nu or Chictopia, or search for some blogs. Inspiration is a wonderful thing.

    I love the dress you have, by the way. I'd do bare legs with military boots and thick grey socks peeking out.
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    What I find is, if you're not used to wearing/doing something, when you do it, you feel like you're dressing up. This could be the case, as you don't normally wear dresses and skirts often(only for going out/special occasions?). I used to always have my hair in the same style, and when I started doing other things with it, it just became "normal". So, maybe you just need to get used to it on that front.

    Seeing as you're quite petite, I'd suggest that shorter styles would probably suit you best, as anything too far below the knee could swamp you, making you look even smaller. How do you feel about wearing shorter styles (just above the knee) with tights? that could be an idea.


    I think the tailoring of that dress is very similar to a lot of short/prom style evening dresses, with the structured shoulders and nipped in waste. However, I think it could look great in the day, with a light-coloured boyfriend cardigan, hobo bag, tights and flats.

    To make stuff look casual, I normally go for slouchy accessories and soft fabrics and I always associate natural colours with day time, too. E.g. brown leather flats or a brown bag, or a camel coloured cardi.

    Some examples of day dresses I think are quite versatile, are:

    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...6091&langId=-1

    http://www.asos.com/Happie-Loves-It/...t=-1&clr=Black

    http://www.asos.com/Darling/Darling-...=-1&clr=Yellow

    As for skirts, you can never go wrong with a pencil skirt. There's some cute jersey ones on ASOS. Depends how you dress it. (I'm all for printed t's tucked into skirts, with ankle boots.) In my personal opinion, a dress is suitable for every occasion. You can never go wrong with a nice frock.
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    I find wearing one or more of the following: scruffy scarf, flat shoes, black tights, day bag, cardigan, boyfriend blazer, flat boots, slouchy hat, hair down, less makeup or bangles will make the dress look much more daytimey.

    Take for example this dress.
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...9548&langId=-1

    If you were to wear it with:
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...7484&langId=-1
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...4850&langId=-1
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...angId=-1&top=Y
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...1226&langId=-1

    then you have a day outfit.
    You can probably do this with most plain back dresses and swap the scarf for a plain block colour one or a drippy necklace for coloured dresses.
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    I'd probably save that dress for night, though it could look cute with black flats and a grey slouchy cardigan.

    I always wear basic, one-colour dresses/skirts, and wear either biker boots (to punk it up), or black patent flats to be 'classy'. Then wear a nice slouchy cardi - grey, black or navy, or even an oversized shirt - denim and check are pretty hot right now, just roll up the sleeves. Sometimes I'm naughty and wear a zip-up hoodie with a dress... mainly when I cba. Also got a penchant for bling, Skins' Effy stylee, and pile on a few necklaces or bracelets/bangles/cuffs.

    Oh, and like a previous poster said, big scarves always look great with dresses of any kind!
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    (Original post by ellieg33)
    And I've found a couple of dresses, not sure whether they'd be your style but worth a try!
    http://www.newlook.co.uk/1713780/171...ctDetails.aspx
    I agree with this one, casual, could team with pumps, gladiators, sandals.
    Bangles, either long earrings and or necklace. Long/short necklace.
    Denim jacket ? Brown handbag?
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    (Original post by A Stranger in Moscow)
    I find wearing one or more of the following: scruffy scarf, flat shoes, black tights, day bag, cardigan, boyfriend blazer, flat boots, slouchy hat, hair down, less makeup or bangles will make the dress look much more daytimey.

    Take for example this dress.
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...9548&langId=-1

    If you were to wear it with:
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...7484&langId=-1
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...4850&langId=-1
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...angId=-1&top=Y
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...1226&langId=-1

    then you have a day outfit.
    You can probably do this with most plain back dresses and swap the scarf for a plain block colour one or a drippy necklace for coloured dresses.
    I love this combo. Cant wear two layers of long sleeve though. I'm funny like that.
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    Whistles, French Connection & La Redoute do great day dresses. They are a lot classier than the thin bodycon dresses that everyone is wearing these days.

    To keep it casual - wear flat riding boots (La Redoute have a great selection)...jewellery that isn't too fussy and a good leather bag.
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    (Original post by A Stranger in Moscow)
    I find wearing one or more of the following: scruffy scarf, flat shoes, black tights, day bag, cardigan, boyfriend blazer, flat boots, slouchy hat, hair down, less makeup or bangles will make the dress look much more daytimey.

    Take for example this dress.
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...9548&langId=-1

    If you were to wear it with:
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...7484&langId=-1
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...4850&langId=-1
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...angId=-1&top=Y
    http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...1226&langId=-1

    then you have a day outfit.
    You can probably do this with most plain back dresses and swap the scarf for a plain block colour one or a drippy necklace for coloured dresses.


    oooo like that dress
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    I love River Island . Problem I have though is that even day dresses barely cover anything lower than my backside. Being just over 5'9 is great lol

    But yeah, I used to be exactly the same - jeans ALL the time! I found the best way to break out was to go for denim skirts/shorts, because then it was...well...basically the same. Then you can just wear a shirt, cardi/jumper and flats or boots . Voila
 
 
 
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