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Different Ways to Wear a Cocktail Dress - Rachel's Lookbook Different Ways to Wear a Cocktail Dress - Rachel's Lookbook

Different Ways to Wear a Cocktail Dress

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So lately I have been thinking about ways to challenge myself to make my wardrobe even more versatile than I already try to do.  With that said, I have recently purchased two new cocktail dresses for special occasions, one was my new sequin green strapless dress for New Year’s Eve and the other was recently for my birthday (a long-sleeve black lace dress).  So I wanted to share a few ways to reinvent a cocktail dress for more casual or additional going out looks: add a fun printed legging (animal print seen below), throw a blouse and belt over top to wear it as a skirt and add a blazer for more casual take on the dress, while still looking chic!

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    Vittoria @ The Beautiful Things
    February 2, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    love suede booties!

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    Chiara L
    February 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Hey, I just found your blog!! 🙂
    Absolutely love these looks!
    Maybe you’ll have time to visit my blog and follow if you like!!

    Books in my bags

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    February 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Lovely and innovative 🙂


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    February 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    The second look is adorable! Xo

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    Tasia of Ruffles & Sequins
    February 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Oooo great remixes! I love remixing dresses as skirts – I started doing it this summer and its such a great way to get more wears out of dresses 🙂 Whoever first thought of that was a genius! Great post!

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    February 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    So pretty!! Amazing way to transition the same item!

    ox from NYC!

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    February 2, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog. I am a fan and will be following you now.

    As for your home, I have been looking at some of your older posts and I think you have absolutely found your home. Jeans are okay but, if you ask me, your best looks are your “work ensembles”. Great style!

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      February 3, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      Thank you so much for commenting! I truly appreciate it, you are too sweet! Makes me more comforted to know I have a home, especially since I wear those outfits 5 days a week! Thanks again! 🙂

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    February 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Great styling! I always love to experiment with the versatility of pieces in my wardrobe as well. You have a fun blog!

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    Raindrops of Sapphire
    February 3, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Love that dress! You picked some great outfits! I just found your blog and I think it’s really cute! I hope you will be able to check out my blog too, it’s a personal style and fashion blog from England. I would love it if you could stop by! Thanks! 🙂 🙂

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    Fashion By Alicia
    February 3, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    So cute!! Love the different looks. I definitely need to be better with my cocktail dress. Great suggestions.

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    February 4, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Great outfits! Love orange too! I’ll be wearing it a lot this summer!
    Fashionhypnotised girl

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    February 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Hi! You are so gorgeous. Love your style and blog so much. Please follow my blog…

    ♥Love from Antalya♥

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    February 4, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Love your tips; it’s always good to know how to remix clothing!

    xo Jennifer

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    February 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Love that dress! Super cute! I really need to challenge myself to make my wardrobe more versatile too! Thanks for the challenge:)

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    February 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Adorable looks!

    Wanna follow each other? My blog is

    and my FB page is

    Greetings from Italy <3


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