How We Wore a Dress Extender

Dress Extender for 3 Generations of Women

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.

Women 50 & over with a 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.

Floral Duster with a dress extender

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!

Dress extender under a duster

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!

Women over 50 & dress extender

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!

One of these days I might try a brighter necklace like this or maybe a complimentary color like this??

Dress extender & slip & 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 NYChere 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!

dress extender under a tunic

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!!

Women over 60 & dress extender

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…

Dress Extender Outfit

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 you know that I love the modern styles of earrings right now! For under $25, you can have them be bright, colorful, striped or even light colored!

Back view of dress extender

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!!

There are so many varieties of this style with reasonable heels! This silver pair would be tremendously versatile! Or if you have a wide foot, then this pair could be perfect for you!

Women 60+ & dress extender

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.

Women over 70 & dress extender

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!

Closeup of dress extender

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!!

Dress extender outfit for 70+ woman

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:

  • Nicole Mölders

    These dress extenders are a great solution to wear a dress that otherwise would be too short for some dressing situations. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

    • That’s how I thought of them too, Nicole!!

  • I love the idea of these, but I struggle with how I’d style them, so I’m especially excited about this series! Charlotte’s look is my favorite because it’s unexpected. Having the slimmer, tapered shape under the boxy shift reminds me of flapper dresses and 20s/30s fashion. It’s chic and dishy and totally different!


    • I really wanted to wear this under my shirt dress because I always feel uncomfortable when I sit down and it gapes open in the front. However, I think I need a different color, because it reminded me too much of a slip slowing–ha ha!!
      I always love trying out new things, even though I might not wear it a ton!!
      Thanks Liz!!

  • I’ve never heard about these either. I don’t ever wear dresses, unless I have too. I just don’t feel comfortable in them given that I am very over weight 🙁

    • I follow a ton of plus size bloggers, Barbie, and so many of them wear dresses and skirts and look fabulous!!
      I know my mom (who is a seamstress) says that skirts have less fit points involved so they are easier to find ones that fit opposed to pants!! Maybe that’s why I have so many skirts..haha

  • Imastounded

    I used to hate wearing slips, because they had a way of crawling up to my waist as I wore them. A bunched-up wad of nylon is simply not a good look. I bought only lined dresses and skirts over time, as slips disappeared. Then I stopped buying any skirts and dresses at all as the hemlines rose and were not appropriate for me.

    I’m not a fan of double layers, as I have enough volume already. 😂 I’ll pass on this look: too hot, too much static in dry winters, too much work to use anti-static spray throughout the day, and the inevitable static leads to waist wads. Short hemlines save money for the manufacturers, and for me too, because I don’t buy them.

    • I used to hate wearing slips too!! I think maybe because my mom made me wear them (you know, that rebellious spirit thing!), and I feel like I rarely need them anymore for the fact of seeing through the skirts.
      And now that you mention it, they did tend to ride up or get all twisted because I always had the half slips. Maybe that is an advantage of a full slip??
      As for the double layers, many women feel the same way, with good reason!! But it is good that we are all a little different and like different things!! But I loved your saying about how short hemlines save money for the manufacturers—I never thought of it that way!! Just like leaving off the sleeves of a dress, huh?
      Thanks for joining in on the conversation!!

  • Jonet Gleason Wooten

    What a fabulous idea. Each of you have styled it beautifully. Bravo, ladies.

    Xo Jonet

  • I really need to add a dress extender to my wardrobe. Don’t forget to come link up on A Labour of Fashion. Would love to have you join us

    • I am shocked you don’t have one LInda!! You have all the coolest, new things…ha ha!!
      And I’m in on the link party!!! Even though your site is taking a long time to load on my computer??? Probably on my end??

  • Again, I am loving the idea of the dress extender! They look great with all of your outfits featured here! Your mom’s outfit is so cute with the pop of color. That was a really good idea!

    • Thanks so much Lindsey!!
      My mom will love to hear this!!

  • Oh how well I remember when a half slip was a petticoat, and a lace extender for the top was a camisole. Day’yum. I feel archaic GRIN I also very clearly remember swearing that I’d never ever wear one because it reminded me far too much of those overbearing nuns in my convent school upbringing. Which isn’t to say I’m not admiring how you’ve styled yours, Jodie, far from it. I do quite adore how Nancy’s looks xoxo

    • It’s always amazing to me how certain clothing pieces can bring back memories and such feelings. And they say fashion is fluff—well that proves that theory wrong!!

  • I’ve seen these for shirts before but I love the idea of the same thing for under a dress too! 🙂 You all wear them so well, it’s hard to pick a favourite but I do really like the look of it under the tunic 🙂

    Hope you are having a great week so far 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Thanks Mica!!
      I think they are a piece that maybe you don’t wear a ton, but it’s nice to have it in case you need it!!
      And today on the blog, we are putting them under skirts!!

  • Mummabstylish Mummabstylish

    Woah! I’ve never seen these before – very interesting Jodie, thanks for the share! Jacqui

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Great looks!! And great use of the extenders!
    Adi xx

  • What a great idea! I love the dress extenders. They really do look great here. I don’t wear dresses very often anymore, but this would make it easier to wear all lengths of dresses.

    • It does fix the problem when the length seems so short!! I don’t usually have that issue since I’m so short…ha ha!!
      Thanks Lisa!!

  • I’ve been seeing so many people try these and need to get one. They would be perfect for some of those shorter hemlines I keep seeing everything. I think the lace adds some fun and interesting detail!

    • It really can be a functional piece for so many women, Laura!!
      I doubt they would be something you wear all the time, but when you need it, it’s nice to have it!!

  • I thought Anne Bray made the be-all-end-all extender back in June when she took a too-tight tee/tank/cami and made it into an extender/skirt. Some of us more obsessive types might insist on making a whole garment, but the extender theory is great.

    • You are so right Jean!! Anne’s extender idea isn’t much different than the Mod Loops I found at our local boutique and talked about in that post earlier this month. Of course that idea wouldn’t work at the bottom of a dress…but it’s still brilliant!!

    • Ah! Thanks Jean! I like the “be-all-end-all” status! xxox

  • This is the first time that I have heard about a dress extender! This is such a brilliant idea – great for those extra short dresses!

    Jessica |

    • Exactly, Jessica!! And if someone is tall, then it’s perfect for them too!!

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    I had never heard of a dress extender….where have I been? What a great idea. I went to check them out online and the one I like only has size XS right now. Guess they’re a “hot” item!! Thanks for continuing to expand my fashion boundaries!!
    Bev xo

    • Well, don’t feel bad, Bev, because I hadn’t heard of them before following a lot of fashion bloggers!!
      And it’s fun to find some items that might be so functional!!

  • Michelle Leslie

    I never knew what they were called before, but a dress extender makes so much sense. I have tons of them in my closet and being a huge fan of the layered look I love mixing and matching them. They’re just so versatile. You ladies all look gorgeous BTW 😉

    • How fabulous that you already have some of these, Michelle!! Do you want to join in for Wednesday’s post by wearing one under a skirt???

  • I was also surprised at how comfortable mules are! Are thos extenders skirts or dresses? I am not sure if I would use one, have to think about that, it looks pretty good on a shorter dress I think.

    • This one that we are wearing is long like a full length slip. But supposedly there are the half length versions!
      I bought this in the winter and I’m just finally getting around to wearing it. I know I’ll wear it under my shirt dress. And maybe not a ton, but when I need it, it’ll be great!!

  • April Rose Pengilly

    I’ve never heard of these but they’re such a good idea! Great post!
    April xx


  • Kris Ronchetti

    I love these extenders, what a great idea. The blue scarf on your Mom just pops, and I love the shoes on Nancy and you! I think a black one is calling my name….thanks !!!

    • I thought they were a good idea too Kris. Not that I’ll probably wear it everyday or anything, but there are times it can be so functional!! I may have to get a black one too!!

  • OMG…Those same exact slides are sitting in my DSW online shopping cart, even as we speak! I wasn’t so sure about this dress lace extender, but then I went to their website and I think I need a black one in my life! Thanks a lot Jodie!! lol 😉

    • That’s because we both have such great taste, Darlene!! You should definitely get those slides so all 3 of us can have them!!! They are kinda like wearing slippers….
      And I think the lace extenders really are perfect to give some of our shorter items more coverage!! And of course, you need the black one!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Very clever ideas, here. I’ve never seen these!

    •’s not something you’d wear on your paddle board or surf board, Terri!! 🙂
      But they can be good in certain cases!!!
      I just want you to know that Rob & I took a field trip this weekend to scout out our hiking/swimming posts!!! We were totally out of our element!! 🙂

  • Don’t you just love Debbie and her style?! She is so much fun in her dress! I love that you got this idea from her! I’ve often thought I’ve needed to get one of these when I see her do such great layering!
    These all look wonderful! They have a very natural look and flow.

    • I’m so glad I’ve become more open to some of these new styles and different looks!! I know I never would have tried this 5 years ago! But it is fun to change things up and layering can be so functional!!
      Thanks Ronnie!!

  • I love dress extenders! they definitely coming handy for those “too short to wear” dresses or just for a little added texture. All of these outfits are amazing!


  • Dress extender are a genius hack. I love wearing them on winter under longer sweaters to make them look like a sweater dress.


    Tamara –

    • What a great idea Tamara!!! I’ll have to try that this winter!!

  • What a great idea these extenders are Jodie I would wear one for sure. Love the Duster too, floaty and feminine. Have a great week xx

  • What a fabulous idea! I think that any of these looks would look great with a fabric pencil skirt, too. It would achieve the same idea/look without the lace! My favorite has to be your mom’s this time, but it is hard to choose!

    Thanks so much for joining On Mondays We Link Up!

    Glass of Glam

    • I think you’re exactly right Roxanne!! And that’s exactly my style…at least in the past. It’s only been recently that I’ve been trying out these new items. I would never have worn something like this in my “professional” years because it’d be too girly and boho!!

  • Jeanne

    I love this post…my first experience with lace extenders was from Matilda Jane…a top extender…love the dress ones even more…such fun and flirty with good coverage. 🙂

    • How cool that you already know about this concept!! I think they are one of those pieces that really can change up your basics and have a little fun too!!

  • Oh my gosh, you ladies are sooo smart! I remember you suggesting that to me before and didn’t your mom wear a skirt under a skirt before? Something like that. It looks so natural with your dress. I love the items you have picked out for us to try that are similar, especially the blue top from Bloomingdales.


    • Well…I don’t know about smart…haha!!
      Good memory, Julia!! My mom has worn a skirt under a tunic before to make it look like the tunic was a dress!! And this is basically the same idea! Just lacier!!

  • What a cool way to make a dress more appropriate if it’s too short. I have never seen this so thanks for sharing! I need to recommend this to my clients.

    • It’s especially great if women struggle with being tall and finding the right length for them!!
      I guess that’s an advantage of being short—I can always shorten items!!

  • This is such a fun look, Jodie! Love the way you’ve styled your extender! Perfect with your brown accessories! And your beautiful mom always gets it right. She looks smashing! It’s so funny because I have one in white that I’ve never worn and just pulled it out of my storage closet over the weekend. Perhaps you’ll be seeing it in an upcoming blog post 🙂


    • That’s so funny, Mary!! It must be that we are on the same page!!
      Thanks for the kind words. I forwarded the comment to my mom so she could enjoy it too!!

  • Haha – I just bought a dress extender last week because of Debbie. 🙂 So, of course, I enjoyed reading this post and seeing how you each styled yours. I have to say your floral duster is so pretty and looks lovely with the lace extender. Nancy’s bold tunic makes such a statement and looks wonderful styled as a dress. I like monochromatic look and how pretty the crochet looks with the lace extender. The bit of blue does compliment the neutrals wonderfully. Looking forward to seeing more soon!

    • Okay Jennie—that’s hilarious!! We should name Debbie as our extender queen!! LOL!!
      I think it’s fun to find these pieces that can make our closet more versatile!!
      I know I’ll be wearing mine under my shirt dress because I hate how it gapes open when I sit down. But Wednesday we’ll be wearing this same extender under a skirt. Want to join in??

      • Jodie, I will tentatively say yes to joining you. 🙂 When I arrive home this evening I will see if I can quickly throw something together in time to do a photo shoot.

        • Fabulous!! And if it doesn’t work in your time frame, maybe we can plan another round later??

          • It looks as though another time will be better. I couldn’t find a skirt in my closet that would work. My extender has layers of ruffles and most of my skirts are pencil skirts or if they are flared they were too long…

          • No problem, Jennie!!
            Maybe we’ll have to come up with a couple of fun ways to wear these in the future together!! XOXO

  • I’ve never heard of a dress extender! How fun and functional! You all look so lovely as always! Peace!

    • Isn’t it fun to find out new items, Cheryl!! ??
      I didn’t think I’d ever wear these when I first saw them, but after a couple of times realizing that my skirts seemed a little short, I thought what the heck??

  • rakhshanda

    I love your dress extender idea because I can’t wear short dresses so this a great solution for me! You all three look beautiful and really stylish <3

    • Thanks Rakshanda!! I think it can be the perfect solution for many of us!!

  • dan

    A dress extender is a great idea to wear something you consider too short. A lace which peeps from the rim of a dress is very nice and really feminine! I love how the extender enriches your shirt dress.
    I have something similar that I use to wear in Autumn and Winter.

    • It’s always amazing to me how finding these items can make some of our issues non-existent!!!
      Thanks Dan!!

  • This is such a good idea because so many dresses are too short these days, especially for talk folks like me. The lace also adds fun texture to your looks.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • I think it is harder for taller women, Amy!! I know my friend always complains that she has to shorten everything, but I always point out that at least it CAN be shortened. When you are tall, that’s not the case.

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Jodie you look sooo great! Nancy and Charlotte, too. 🙂 This is a wonderful idea. I like it so much.

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Thanks so much for the shout out friend! The fact that you and I have such different styles, yet an extender is a must for both of us speaks to it’s versatility. I often layer them under tunics to make them dresses like you did with Nancy. Is yours full or half? I have several of both because different outfits call for different needs.

    • Thanks again Debbie—for exposing me to new and different items!!! Who knew that this extender could be so functional???
      This one is a full one….but now that you mention it, I could see the need for a half one!!

      • Debbie Stinedurf

        Sometimes, especially in the summer, a full one is just too much so a half comes in handy. 🙂

  • Judy Gramith

    One of my favorite posts!!! You three look really terrific and the extender is working well with three very different dress/tunic toppers. You did a marvelous job of showing how an extender can be a versatile (even workhorse) piece. Who doesn’t like the idea of tunrning a top into a dress?!
    Speaking of dresses/tunics…These are all so lovely!!!! Jody the soft floral of your dress is just so beautifully feminine. Nancy’s butterfly tunic is delightful and Charlottes crochet look is one of my favorites. What lovely ladies you are!!!!:-)

    • Thanks Jude!! Do you have a dress extender??
      Now that I have one, I’ve been trying to remember it and wear it more often!! I have quite a few skirts it’ll work with, but not as many tunics or dresses!! Although, I’ll definitely wear it with my shirt dress!!

      • Judy Gramith

        I don’t but im going to check out the offerings in your post!!

  • RedTagChicLA

    What a clever & stylish idea – you ladies rock it!

    Come drop by the blog for my collaboration with Los Angeles-based indie brand BACIANO – I am sure you’ll love the retro vibes of the outfit I am wearing!

    Happy Monday!


  • Karen

    I need this piece of clothing. I went to the website already and can see I’d also love the ones that work under sweaters. Does this get work just like a slip? The one I am craving shown with a sweater looks like it would be a complete shirt, where the cuffs and hem are the “extender”, but would it be a shirt and not just pieces of elasticized lace? I love your top Jody, it’s gorgeous! The belt is perfect with it! That’s a great belt! I’m really intrigued by these extenders and like how all of you have styled them. I am from the era where it was a fashion blunder if your slip showed, we even rolled them to avoid this. Now I love the look of lace peeking out from a dress when done deliberately like this, and from the hem and cuffs of a sweater. I just want to be sure they aren’t bands of lace that you just pull on and hope for the best, but that it is an actual garment!

    • The one that all 3 of us are wearing (in this post and in Wednesday’s to come post) are an actual garment. I bought one and we all wore the same one. Sure it was tighter on mom & Nancy, but since it’s under the tunic, it’s not a huge deal!! But to me it’s basically a slip—just cotton material instead of nylon. Ours looks like this by itself:
      And I thought the same thing about the lace showing and thinking it was a slip, Karen!! Kinda like our bra straps showing. But times change, right??

      • Karen

        Thanks for clarifying Jodie! I went back to the website (LOVE their things!!) and did more digging. I think the reason this doesn’t just come across as your slip showing is because of the length and the fact that it is even at the bottom. When our slips showed, it was usually uneven and just a tiny bit hanging down. And then someone would point it out. Like the bras straps, though I’ll never be on board with those showing, decorative bra or otherwise!! ; )

        • 🙂
          Although, I’m learning to never say never, Karen!! But those lessons about your lingerie showing are hard to get over….

  • How cool! I never heard of a dress extender before, but I love the idea of it! Also love that it can fill the function of a slip, CAN show, and comes in so many versatile colors… Great post, Jodie! Loved your outfit best today!

    • Thanks Em!!
      I’ve heard a couple people talk about having a hard time finding slips lately!! So it is nice that this could be both!!