The Look: Simply Red

 
A very dressy dress doesn't have to be saved for one occasion! Today I dressed down my prom-ish dress with brown leather accessories and just-off-the-beach hair.
 
 
Dress: She In* (Shop here)
Heels: Schutz (Shop here)
Belt: Primark
Bracelet: Swarovski (Shop here)

Ladies: If you're looking at buying this dress, make sure you get it two sizes smaller! Although the quality of this dress is amazing for the price, the sizing is huge and my size small looked like a large when it arrived! Despite this, I took to it with my trusty needle and thread and somehow made it look good. That's my recommendation when it comes to sites such as She In: Always check the review section for any sizing discrepancies.

I gave the waist an extra cinch in with my trusty Primark Primarni belt. I think that the casual, brown leather tone is perfect for dressing down this dress and stop it looking too 'prom.' The leather, brown Schutz sandals added some much needed length to my legs, whilst dressing down this piece. With flared midi dresses, I recommend heels with a bit of height, as it stops attracting too much attention to the calves. These sandals totally solved my cankle problem! ;)

I NEVER want to take off this Swarovski Stardust bracelet! It was a surprise anniversary gift from Jake it and is so timeless. He obviously saw my ogling it with accompanying 'ooos' an 'ahs' last time we were in the Swarovski store. Worn as a double wrap bracelet, it gives an instant stylish edge to any outfit. It also looks super pretty worn as a necklace too.

How To Dress Down A Dress
There's no point having a beautiful dress that you can only wear once. Choose your accessories right and dress that baby down!
  • DON'T go for black shoes and bag. Black is a very formal color, for neutral complimentary pieces, try brown or beige.
  • DON'T pair with a clutch bag; they scream evening! Do something a little quirky and different; who says you can't rock a bucket bag with a prom dress!
  • WEDGES add that sexy height without making your dress score higher on the 'dressy scale.'
  • DO add a jacket- but opt for a casual number, such as a denim or leather number.
  • DO opt for accessories in contrasting colours.
  • DO wear oversized jewellery, but keep it wooden and boho.

How do you dress down your 'dressy' pieces?

Rachel
xoxo


80 comments:

  1. You look amazing! I love that dress. Great tips to dress it down.
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  2. I had never thought the red dress would go with the leather brown colour, but you pulled off the prom dress with the shoes so well!

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  3. You look fabulous in red
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  4. I have the same dress Rachel and I'm really happy. Its elegant and romantic at same time, very nice choice! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,
    Eni

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  5. Love it :)

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  6. You dressed it down perfectly! A gorgeous look! xxx

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  7. stunning!
    kisses from the sandpits of dubai ❤️
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  8. Oh I love that bracelet! Your guy has wonderful taste! Your dress is great too!

    -M
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  9. I would probably do some of these "don't s", especially pairing the dress with black shoes :) Even though it is big in size, red and the style look good on you! xx

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  10. I just love the red dress..stunner..you are so gorgeous :)

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  11. The dress looks fabulous on you. Just the right colour!

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  12. Such beautiful outfit, great combo as well, I love it, you look stunning111

    xxx

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  13. I wouldn't have thought to pair red with brown but it works really well. This is one of my fave looks of yours, simply stunning!

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  14. Such a beautiful dress - I love your hair too xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  15. WOW this post is incredible!! I love your outfit, you look amazing with the red dress, also your makeup is on point! Great post!
    xx
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  16. This is a perfect valentines look
    You look great dear.

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  17. So beautiful look!
    Have a nice week!
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  18. The dress is amazing and the color suits you perfectly!

    TRENDGALORE
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  19. That dress is absolutely to die for, I am a huge red fan but never thought of pairing it with brown actually, but it looks So good xxx

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  20. Powerful red! Love it ❤

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  21. Your chic look is very inspiring! I can easily see that you really have a strong attitude and of course, your beauty is amplified! Love your blog, sweetie!

    xoxo
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  22. Wow! This is stunning! You look absolutely gorgeous! I love how the dress goes to side so your shoulders are bare! It's a really subtle way to show some skin! This is like the perfect red as well!:)

    Shannon Sage

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  23. Such a pretty outfit dear,love your dress! :)

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  24. This dress is so gorgeous, the colour really suits you as well! Also great tips on how to dress it down
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  25. So in love with your blog! You've got such a fresh style and it really is a pleasure to read it!
    Would you like to follow each other on GFC? If yes just let me know once done and I'll be right back!
    xoxo
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  26. Great post just as your all blog. I think that you are an awesome blogger, and I wish you luck in future! Kisses :* If you want, look my blog and follow me if you like it. <3 http://fdiarybyz.blogspot.hr/

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  27. I love your blog, Rachel! This off the shoulder dress is gorgeous and I love how you styled it. Hope you're having a great day! Xo, Kyla

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  28. Great post :) I follow you via GFC :) Have a nice week!

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  29. Wow,this dress looks amazing on you. I think red is your colour. Btw, great tips!

    Jasmine x

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  30. What a pretty dress! I love those off the shoulder sleeves. :)
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  31. Amazing! Red really suits you! I also reallllllly like your header! xoxo, Julia

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  32. Beautiful dress! You look gorgeous!
    xo
    Jeanie
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  33. Looking fierce in red! This is a beautiful dress and it looks fabulous on you. I really love the off the shoulder sleeves, very chic and fun! And your bracelet is gorgeous, what a beautiful gift. I would never want to take it off either :)

    xo, jackie
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  34. You always have such great tips, Rachel! You did a fantastic job at dressing this dress down!
    The Swarovski Stardust bracelets are so beautiful, I'd love to have one.
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  35. Love the addition of the belt! Great style girlie.

    XO, Jessi
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  36. Stunning combination!! I love it.
    Your makeup is also fabulous!
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  37. Fantastic styling! You're so creative! Gorgeous dress and the bracelet is stunning. What a sweet gift!

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  38. the perfect red dress to wear in any occasion, my dear
    glad to read the quality is also amazing...
    kisses
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  39. the perfect red dress to wear in any occasion, my dear
    glad to read the quality is also amazing...
    kisses
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  40. You look AMAZING! Red is so your colour. Thanks for the tips about dressing down too, I always get so nervous that I've over dressed.

    P.s. where did you take these photos, the scenery is beautiful!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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  41. OMG! You look insanely stunning in this red outfit. Love everything about this look! And I'm obsessed with your makeup and hair.
    Have a great week ahead gorgeous!
    Xox, Raysa

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  42. What a great look! I love how you had made the dress work for everyday :)

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  43. Red's so powerful. Love the style of this dress.

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  44. WOW what a stunning look. Red really suits you

    Filipa xxx
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  45. Oh my goodness, you look SO incredible in red. Such a gorgeous colour on you lovely!

    Elle
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    xx

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  46. your red dress is so cute, I love the off the shoulder style
    xo
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  47. Gorgeous!
    Love that red dress on you dear!
    Emma
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  48. Gorgeous dress!! Happy Monday love. Your dress made my day a little brighter than usual :)

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  49. What an incredibly chic outfit! That red dress looks beyond gorgeous on you!
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  50. You couldn't look more pretty!
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  51. Amazing red dress! <3
    Baci,
    Marina
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  52. Simply stunning gorgeous! Have a wonderful week!
    Much love, Len
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  53. Awesome post! I like this a lot. Happy Wednesday to you! :)

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  54. Such a beautiful outfit!! You look amazing in red... Those are great tips for dressing down a dress. Also, this look makes for such a cute Valentine's Day outfit. Oh! And love the wedges, too!!!


    Amber
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  55. Gorgeous photos! The dress is so so beautiful! Thanks for sharing! x

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  56. Great tips, and you look so pretty. Love your makeup here as well. I actually don't think I own much red dresses, but I love the colour.
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  57. Awesome dress!
    Have a nice evening!
    Angela Donava
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  58. You look so radiant in that red dress. It fits you like a glove. I love how you accessorized it with a toned down color like brown so as not to take the attention away from the red color. You look so radiant and the makeup is well done and the bag looks amazing!!
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  59. I love this outfit and you look amazing in it! Red really suits you. These are great tips!

    Jemima x
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  60. You look stunning, great pictures out there! Have a great day ahead! www.reviewwali.com

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  61. Dear Rachel, many thanks for sharing the fantastic tips to dress down a dress! You are right black makes an outfit even more formal and it was a wonderful idea to match the brown accessoires with the red dress. And it was really that big! Wow, you must be so good in sewing! I understand you love the bracelet, so a beautiful piece and I must say red is your colour - you look simply perfect in the complete look.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  62. Love this colour on you!

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  63. Love the color of your dress! So vibrant and cheery. Also, you really have the prettiest eyes and cheekbones :)

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  64. You seriously need to wear red more often - You look killer in it!! I love how u dressed down the dress with a belt and brown sandals, great styling tips for this btw. I can't wait to be able to rock off the shoulder look this spring/summer. Think I'm the only one that doesn't own one of these fabulous tops/dresses haha. Totally agree with you about Shein and similar sites, as you definitely need to read those reviews:-) I love that you still made this dress work. You look amazing in it Rachel:-).

    Hope u have a great week!

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  65. This dress is stunning on you! Love the color and style! Such a classic fit.

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  66. Oh I always have this problem everything is always two sizes too big. But kudos to you for wearing this for a casual day.

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  67. So beautiful, red is the color to wear when celebrating.

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  68. I love your make-up and the two-piece.

    XoXo Noma @ Girl Can Dress

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  69. You are so gorgeous!!! I love this dress and your styling!
    xMC
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  70. Gorgeous dress!

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  71. You look so gorgeous in your red dress! I have been umming and arring about a dress to wear for my Birthday and literally couldn't decide between a black or red option.

    Think this post has persuaded me to go for the red.

    Lovely dress and suits you well!

    Laura xxx

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  72. That dress is absolutely beautiful! It's so perfect for Valentines. You suit it so much x

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