How We Wore a Dress Extender
Quote of the day: “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Thomas Jefferson
I think this is one of my favorite quotes lately. And especially reading who said the quote makes me giggle!! So let’s take Thomas’ advice and swim with the current with our style.
I think I first came upon the idea of a dress extender from Debbie! She has such a different style than I have, with her boho looks and flowy items!! I know in the past, I would never think to experiment with a look that wasn’t “me”, but lately, I’ve learned that it’s quite fun to dabble in other styles!
The three of us showcased the lace extenders that are shirt length about a year and a half ago! So the dress extender isn’t that much different really! Read on to see how we wore this piece!!
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: My original thought was to wear my dress extender under my shirt dress that you’ve seen quite a few times on the blog.
If you have a shirt dress, then you might understand my issue. It can look appropriate when I’m up and standing around. However, the minute I sit down the front panels tend to open up and expose more than I’m comfortable exposing! That’s why I was so excited to buy this dress extender.
However, since I just bought this duster at Trendz Boutique at our event, I wanted to see if it would work also! Trust me, I’ll wear this dress extender under my shirt dress at some time!!
This sheer, floral duster was quite a bit longer when I bought it. I had my mom shorten almost 6 inches. I think many of us would consider the extender not much different than a long slip! And I know when I was growing up, it was bad to have your slip showing.
But, as we know, times change, so having the lace portion stick out, is a fashion statement now! If my photos of the dress extender make it look different, that’s because I’m also wearing a lace slip under it. Both the duster and lace extender were sheer, so I felt like I needed more coverage!
I added in the darker brown belt and shoes to try to counteract the lightness of the “dress”. Not that it’s bad to keep everything light & airy, but I wanted to change it up! Besides, with my hair color the shoes almost create a bookend effect with my hair!!
I’m also showing the back view, because the duster’s hemline is a stepped one. This means you don’t see quite as much of the lace at the bottom from the back!
We talked about accessories in last weeks posts, and I think this outfit is a prime example of how you can add in different colors with certain items. It’ll be interesting to see how other colors would look with this duster!
Duster: De Collection from Trendz (here)~~Dress Extender: Grace & Lace (here or similar here) ~~Shoes: Crown Vintage (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: Kendra Scott (here)~~Purse: Tignanello-thrifted (similar here)~~Sunglasses: Nora NYC ( here get 10% off with code NewShades)
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: I was thinking that the dress extender would work marvelously if you had a dress that seemed too short in your closet.
The funny thing is that none of us had a dress like that. So I went a different route and experimented with tunics!
Most of us think of tunics are items to wear over leggings! And that works perfectly at times!! However when the summer temperature rise, I know my leggings can be uncomfortably hot! So why not keep cooler by making your tunic a dress?
If you like this idea, then there are a couple of dress extenders for sale online. Many of them come in different colors like this one, or have different hemlines! Of course, you might be able to scour your lingerie drawer and resurrect a slip also!!
This tunic is a well loved piece of Nancy’s from one of her trips to France!! It has quite a few gold beads and sparkles on the front of it, and is so pretty with the butterflies!
This may be one of those times, that you might consider leaving off a necklace since there’s detailing on the tunic! Then again, would the tunic looks more like a nightgown without accessories since it doesn’t have much shaping?? These are the things I think about…
Nancy didn’t used to wear bigger earrings like these until just recently!! I know with shorter hair, maybe you feel the same way? But then again, it’s nice with short hair because your earrings do stand out and get noticed!
And let’s take a minute to talk about the shoes!! The mules shoes have been making a comeback on the fashion scene! Both Nancy and I got these same shoes the last time we went to DSW together!! They are so comfortable that they are like wearing slippers!!
Tunic: (similar here the only one I could find with butterflies or this one had a similar shape)~~Dress Extender: Grace & Lace (here or similar here)~~Shoes: Kelly & Katie (similar here in blue)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: My mom has two of these crochet sweater tunics. We chose this beige one since it matched the dress extender somewhat.
My mom wore her black, crochet sweater tunic last fall with a pair of leggings! However, once we had mom in her tunic and shoes, I thought the outfit was too beige, so we added in the blue scarf!
Many women comment that during the summer, they can’t imagine wearing a scarf or any heavy accessories. I can totally understand that if you live where it’s hot all the time. We really are very lucky living in Denver, because even if it does get hot during the day, it usually cools off at night!!
But back to the outfit…I used the scarf as a necklace of sorts! I was hoping it would add enough color to the outfit, so mom would look more alive!!
The idea of the crochet tunic really appealed to me because the lace at the bottom really ties in with the crochet design!
And if you’re looking to add to your accessories with newer bracelets, I have a bunch you should check out! Tassels are on everything nowadays including bracelets!! However, if you’ve had enough tassels for awhile, then the large beaded bracelets can make a fun statement too!!
Tunic: Colleens Collectibles (similar here)~~Dress Extender: Grace & Lace (here or similar here)~~Shoes: Paradox by Zalo (similar here)~~Scarf: Talbots-thrifted (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Would you consider wearing a dress extender? I think many of us might think of this piece as no more than a full slip. And because of this similarity, maybe you could burrow through your lingerie drawers and find a full slip that you used to wear. Maybe it would work to create outfits like these??
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I even went looking for tunics for you that would work with our dress extender: