Whether you’re headed to Coachella or not, we’re willing to bet that you’ve caught the sartorial boho bug. Racks are packed with breezy pieces adorned with eye-catching ’70s patterns and flower child embellishments. Their allure is hard to resist, especially once you realize that they aren’t only meant to be worn under layers of fringe and face paint, like how you see them styled in every desert-dream ad and on partying It girls. Your festival dress *actually* has a life after the festival. From on-duty pick-me-up to day-off essential, we’ve put together three elegantly unexpected ways to re-wear that frilly frock.
Break out of your buttoned up 9-to-5 uniform (literally) by replacing your go-to collared shirt with your festival dress. Over a pair of tailored, wide-legged trousers (yep, we fully embrace the dress-over-pants thing) and paired with chic peep-toe pumps, the frock turns into an elegant tunic that we promise will stay in your wear-to-work rotation the entire season.
H&M Patterned Dress ($30) + Mango Textured Straight Cut Trousers ($100), Zara Bell Sleeve Coat ($169), ARC Afternoon Necklace ($258), Charles & Keith Elastic Strap Heels ($89), River Island Large Metallic Tote ($90)
Since boho dresses tend to be thin and airy, they’re major candidates for strategic layering. For a night out, try tucking one into an A-line mini skirt. Besides being popular on their own, they’re roomy enough to fit that extra fabric without appearing bulky. A moto jacket will make anything look pulled together, so toss one on along with next-level neutral accessories (think: rose gold).
You’ve been rocking oversized tees ever since athleisure became a thing, so think of your festival dress as a much prettier version. Tuck the front into a pair of cozy-cool jersey shorts and toss on other sporty-chic pieces to balance out the lux yet layin’ low look. We couldn’t help but throw in fringe somewhere, because it turns out you actually can’t take the girl out of the festival dress.
H&M Patterned Dress ($30) + Rxmance Sweat Shorts ($105), GAP Denim Bomber Jacket ($60), Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Dance Sandal ($100), Christina Kober Designs Fortune Cookie Bracelet ($78), ASOS Festival Backpack ($68)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!