5 WAYS TO TOUGHEN UP A DRESS

Style and beauty blogger Jill Lansky of the August Diaries on 5 ways to toughen up a dress Style and beauty blogger Jill Lansky of the August Diaries on 5 ways to toughen up a dress in off the shoulder dress, black clinger boots Style and beauty blogger Jill Lansky of the August Diaries on 5 ways to toughen up a dress in off the shoulder dress, hoop earrings Style and beauty blogger Jill Lansky of the August Diaries in self portrait floral dress, navy coat over shoulders, stuart weitzman clinger booties Style and beauty blogger Jill Lansky of the August Diaries on 5 ways to toughen up a dress in floral off the shoulder dress, stuart weitzman clinger boots Style and beauty blogger Jill Lansky of the August Diaries on 5 ways to toughen up a dress in off the shoulder dress, hoop earrings, are you am i choker necklace, jw anderson pierce bag

Did you ever think you’d see me in a dress like this? I honestly took myself by surprise. But I’m starting to reach for more interesting and feminine pieces (I even picked up a pink sweater as well!) Because it’s black and white, the florals felt a bit more like me. And the off the shoulder aspect made me feel really sexy – I seriously love this dress! However, as a perpetual tomboy, I can’t bear to be too feminine, so here are 5 ways to toughen up a dress:

1. BOOTS

Wearing tougher, more masculine shoes is the first and best way to toughen up a dress (exhibit A). I could have easily gone for a stiletto (and you still can!) but I wanted something a bit more edgy (and warmer!)

2. JEWELRY

Instead of going for statement earrings, I chose mid-size hoops to up the “it-girl” factor. They’re still feminine, but add a more cool, street style vibe to the look.  A few layered necklaces also feels a bit more casual.

3. EFFORTLESS BEAUTY

Undone waves and very natural makeup automatically make any outfit look more effortless – I like to use this trick when wearing something very feminine or very formal.

4. COAT OVER SHOULDERS

This is an editor’s trick that I picked up and it instantly makes your outfit look cooler.

5. COLOURS

To balance out the feminity of the dress, I chose a black and white floral print. It’s a good compromise for someone who doesn’t tend to go for girly pieces, but still wants to look feminine.

Ever New lace dress, navy coat, hoop earrings

Photos by Andrew Cameron 
Shot in collaboration with Ever New 

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  1. 11.25.2017 / 10:17 am

    you look incredible. I love everything about how you’ve styled this dress, Jill. It isn’t a piece I would be likely to pick either but seeing it on you definitely makes me reconsider.
    XO! Gina

  2. 12.01.2017 / 8:05 am

    You look amazing in it! I am a bit the same, from time to time I have events that are quite dressy, so I have a number of more feminine dresses than what I would generally go for. But, it actually feels really nice every once in a while to feel more dressed up. However, I will nine times out of ten find some way to style my looks a little tougher, often with some of the same tricks. Boots are the best one! Agreed!
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

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