2010s Does 80s Does 40s… Day Version.

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Yesterday’s post featured the Evening look I created with this dress.  On its own, the dress really wasn’t what I was hoping for.  But I adore the fabric and the styling of the bodice and peplum, so rather than return it I decided to take up the challenge of finding a way to make it more wearable.

40s Inspired Work Outfit

I was able to put a black pencil skirt over the skirt of the dress – it rides perfectly beneath the peplum, and looks as if it was meant to be worn like this!  A simple knit shrug made the bodice seem less body-conscious, and a reduction in the quantity of pearls made the look office-appropriate.  I kept the same hair, makeup and shoes, to make the Day to Evening transition simple.

40s Inspired Office Outfit

It was fun coming up with two drastically different looks with one dress, using just a few minor modifications.  I’ll definitely get much more use out of the work version.  The dress on its own is a fun for a change of pace from my usual weekend style, but lacks the sophistication and “dark” edge I crave.

40s Inspired Office Outfit

Which version of this look do you prefer?

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  1. I like both looks! I love when I have pieces that I can use for work and for going out!

  2. I must admit, that I still prefer the evening version, but the day version is very elegant. Instead of the knit shrug, I would have worn something tailored though, something, that matches the fabric of the skirt and the belt, but that’s just me; Usually I’m too afraid to mix different fabrics and prints. 🙂

  3. I like both as well. There’s something to be said for an outfit that can do both day and night. 🙂

  4. Honestly, I like the evening version (minus the gloves) better on you. It’s nice to see you wear a shorter length dress because it’s not something you do very often. I like the 80s vibe to it, even though it thinks it’s being 40s. (Peplum to me screams 80s.) Maybe if you styled it more 80s with a dark twist you’d like it more? I don’t know, it’s a very pretty dress. Don’t give up on it just yet.

  5. Loved the two looks! They were beautiful, and the cool thing was to show two compositions with the same top. Loved it!

  6. I must say I like this look more than the one below. You look amazing in both as always, but I think this one is more you.

  7. This look is much more elegant than the night version which is pretty strange as this is a work outfit! But everything looks great on you, so even if this is prettier, the second outfit is also great.

  8. Both were lovely, but this outfit was definatly best. As you said, the evening outfit lacks the dark touch.

  9. What a great idea!! It looks perfect for the office.
    You could do something similar to give the evening version a dark boost, using a black tulle over-skirt with an elastic waist to tuck under the peplum. You could have a tulle frill along the hem of the over-skirt. And if the frill hung lower than the hem of the dress, it would give the look a bit of extra length.

  10. I love the day outfit. I think the skirt lenght is more flattering and looks more 40’s style and classier. It also looks gothier (if a word like that exist). Peplum dresses suits you very well.

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