How To Make a Casual Dress Look Fancy

How To Make a Casual Dress Look Fancy
Carly Jacobs

I’ve had this dress from Sha-de for a few months now and I freaking love it. It’s so comfortable (it’s like being wrapped in a silky cloud of deliciousness) but because I wear it so often it’s turned into a casual dress very quickly… if you’ve got a pile of not quite dressy enough dresses that you’d like to style up here’s how to make a casual dress look fancy.

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Dress from Sha-de

Shoes from Trippen

Head scarf from Sportsgirl 

Worn For

A day of writing, a trip to the post office, an evening visit to Ikea (the best time to go it’s practically empty!) and a quick drink at an event.

Style Notes On How To Make A Casual Dress Look More Fancy


* Obviously add fancy shoes. This works with almost all dresses but DOESN’T work with tracksuit pants. You heard it here first.

* Keep it simple – too much jewellery will over power a casual dress. Like wearing diamonds with overalls.

* Hire a limo and start flinging caviar at everyone you meet.

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Do you have any fake fancy tips? Oh and what are you wearing today? Describe!


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  1. Christine 6 years ago

    Ooh I love navy and white, especially stripes. You look very fetching Carly. Definitely add heels and a clutch to fancy up a casual dress. If it’s cool, a smart jacket also does wonders. And of course a stylish pair of sunnies. X

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      I can’t do jackets it’s a weird thing I have… I look really boxy and weird. I’m a cardigan gal through and through!

  2. Heels are definitely a winner to dress up an outfit. I also like adding a fancy looking belt and a cropped satin blazer – I have one from Cue and it’s amazing what that little black blazer can do!

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      I was saying above that jackets don’t really mesh with me… it’s weird. I do love a fancy belt though!

  3. “Hire a limo and start flinging caviar at everyone you meet.” …so THAT’S what I’ve been doing wrong all this time?! You look bodacious as always. x

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      It’s the only way to get everyone know how fucking classy you are.

  4. i beg to differ some track pants certainly can be dressed up with a statement heel and a blazer, not a look for everyday not a look for everyone but on a day you want to push the fashionista boundaries it’s brilliant


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