November 18, 2010

Get More Mileage Out of Your Holiday Dress

Have you recently invested in a sparkly dress for the holidays? Don't let it sit in your closet! Here are six different ways to wear a sparkly holiday dress.

(This is my fourth guest blog post with Shecky' You can see the post on their website here.)

1. Layer a black blazer and suede booties for a glam night out. Add a scarf and some skinny jeans (or leggings) for especially cold weather!

Dress: Wet Seal, $30
Blazer: Express
Belt: Forever 21, $8
Booties: Cynthia Rowley/TJ Maxx, $85
Scarf: Banana Republic, $20
Jeans: Gap, $35

Just like J:
1. Gap Blazer Cardi, $69.50
2. Flirt Catalog Sequin Mini Dress with Chain Straps, $59.50
3. INC International Concepts Dress Sleeveless V-Neck Sequin Tank Dress, $99 at Macy’s
4. Modcloth Gold Dust Gal Dress, $90

2. Tuck your dress into an A-line or tulip skirt and wear it as a shirt to the office, or to a holiday work party.

Dress (worn as shirt): Wet Seal, $30
Cardigan: Banana Republic, $30
Skirt: J.Crew, $45
Belt: Limited, $15
Shoes: Restricted/, $39

 Just like J:
1. Forever 21 Wool Blend Tulip Skirt, $17.80
2. Express Sequin-Front Tank, $39.99
3. Charlotte Russe Sequin Mesh Tank, $22.50
4. New York & Co Red Label Matte Sequin Tank Top, $42.95

3. Go casual by layering a sweater and army jacket over the dress. Add some lace-up booties to complete the look.

Dress (worn a skirt): Wet Seal, $30
Army jacket: Gap, $25
Sweater: American Eagle, $30
Booties: Forever 21, $33

Just like J:
1. Victoria’s Secret Belted Cargo Jacket, $69.50
2. New York & Co Red Label Matte Sequin Skirt, $49.95
3. Charlotte Russe Matte Sequin Mini $32.50

4. Wear your dress as a skirt by layering on a collared shirt. Pair with some sexy pumps for a date or night out with the girls!

Dress (worn as skirt): Wet Seal, $30
Shirt: Abercrombie, $20
Pumps: Boutique 9, $70

Just like J:
1. Ann Taylor LOFT Striped Button Down Shirt with Pleats, $44.50
2. Charlotte Russe Matte Sequin Mini, $32.50

5. Go preppy with a navy blazer and a rough brown belt. Another date-night look that will have you looking both sexy and sophisticated.

Dress: Wet Seal, $30
Navy blazer: Gap, $70
Belt: American Eagle, $5
Shoes: Restricted/, $39

Just like J:
1. Gap Lightweight Wool Blazer, $98
2. Forever 21 Sequined Strapless Dress, $27.80
3. Wet Seal Ruched Sequin Dress, $25

6. Finally, make sure to let your dress shine on the most sparkly night of the year - New Year's Eve! Pair with some metallic shoes and you'll be ready to ring in the new year.

Dress: Wet Seal, $30
Necklace: Stella & Dot
Shoes: Wild Pair

Just like J:
1. Wet Seal 2 Tone Sequin Dress, $28
2. Forever 21 Sequin Sweetheart Dress, $28

Which one is your favorite?


  1. Oh I love 1, 2 and 5!!! Thanks for the creative ideas!

  2. Those are some great ideas. Love when you can wear a fab piece in so many different ways!

  3. I love the one with black blazer and suede boots, but the second outfit is definitely my favorite.
    Great ideas!

  4. I've been obsessed with this dress since you first purchased it. I went to today expecting to find it sold out but I found it on sale for $15!! Not only that, but they have shipping for 99 cents. I bought it and expect to try some of the outfits you just posted. Thanks for such wonderful ideas!!

  5. cute I want a sequined dress even though I don't picture myself being able to pull it off.

    J - could you do a post on some tips for Black Friday shopping in general (I mean not restricted to a certain mall)? It will only be my 3rd time going and I don't feel like I really know how to make the most of it.

  6. I absolutely love ALL looks and would totally wear them!! I can't wait to try ALL of them. :) Awesome!!

  7. What creative ways to remix just one dress! I am lately discovering how much fun it is to wear sweaters and jackets over dresses to make them look like skirts!

  8. LOVE all the outfits. And I would never have thought about tucking a dress into a skirt!

  9. OMG!!!! I love it when 1 dress can be transformed into many pieces. This post truly exceeds my expectations! After all, I was guessing it from yesterday ;)

  10. LOVE the second and third look!! I have a dress that's perfect for these...thanks!

  11. Love the lace up booties in #3. Are they a recent purchase from Forever 21?

    Love all the outfits! Thank you for sharing your creative ideas!!

  12. Good job J! Great ideas!!!! :)
    I enjoy your site so much :)

  13. your creativity never fails to impress me! i love idea number 2 and 3 and 4! singled out as skirt or top is awesome.

  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE the third option!!

  15. the dress looks soooo great on you J !! i love all your outfits :)

  16. You look great in that dress! Great post! I am so inspired by your success with blogging. Just seared mine this week. Would be honored if you would check it out.

  17. love #6, love the back of the dress. also don't forget to put glitter in your lotion for an added touch of sparkle!! old girl. J. am i the oldest fan you have, lol L.

  18. Thanks everyone!!

    Mindy, a couple of the tips I posted would work for Black Friday anywhere. But I have to be honest - I've never been shopping on Black Friday so I don't really have a lot of advice! I'll do a post next week though and ask people to share their tips!

  19. Thanks...I got a gold sequin tee from a friend who was going to toss it. I haven't worn it yet myself because I don't know what to do with it! I'll have to try some of your combos. I want that j.crew sparkle mix with cotton...