Quick Modest Fashion Hack for Strapless Dresses + Rent the Runway Gown
Floral Arrangement: c/o Dandelion Ranch
Rings: Rocksbox (use code downtowndemurexoxo to get a month of free jewelry delivery)
Sometimes a girl just wants to play dress up and put on a fancy dress. But playing dress up can be difficult when so many formal dresses are sleeveless, have cutouts, thigh-high slits, or some combination of all three. I typically pass on sleeveless dresses in particular, but I was determined to make this gorgeous dresses from Rent The Runway (RTR) work. This jewel-toned jacquard gown form Cynthia Rowley inspired me to get creative, so I used a styling trick from one of my personal style icons.
I took a page out of Olivia Palermo’s book, and threw a white button-down under my fancy gown. Sounds crazy. But I love it! The juxtaposition of casual and formal actually makes a more interesting look in my opinion. Thanks for the inspo, Olivia! 😉30-second #modestfashion hack: Wear a crisp white button down under a strapless gown Click To Tweet
By the way, I highly recommend Rent The Runway if you need to find a formal dress for an event and don’t have thousands of dollars to blow on a single dress. If you’re unfamiliar with Rent The Runway, it’s a dress rental service that allows you rent designer dresses for a fraction of the retail price. They take care of the shipping and dry cleaning. You take care of looking fabulous, and putting the dress in a UPS box by the return deadline. It’s that simple.
You’ll have to dig a little to find modest formal dresses, but it’s worth the trouble. Most importantly, the customer service I’ve received so far has been phenomenal. Prime example: I used existing credit to get the dress for this shoot. However, the shoot was cancelled twice, which meant I had to reorder the dress THREE times. Each time, a RTR customer care rep credited the price of the dress, making it easy for me to reorder. They didn’t require an elaborate explanation for why I couldn’t use the dress 2x in a row; they simply processed the exchange multiple times. Now THAT’S what I call service.
I also have to take a minute to gush about this fabulous floral studio in Culver City called Dandelion Ranch — the fabulous floral studio that provided the beautiful bouquet for this shoot. The owner, Clover, and her assistant are even sweeter than the gorgeous arrangements they craft. Clover believes in honoring the integrity and natural movement of her flowers. That means you won’t find any corny, overly manipulated arrangements in her studio. You will find inspiring arrangements that looked like they were delicately picked out of the most beautiful California garden.
If you live in the LA area and need arrangements for upcoming holidays, special events, photo shoots, weddings, or even retail spaces, I *insist* you do yourself a favor and give Dandelion Ranch a ring. If my bouquet is any indication, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Tell me: What do you think of this fashion hack? Would you try it?!
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