One Red Dress, Three Ways

We all know the value and versatility of a LBD, but a LRD (little red dress) can get just as much mileage while making a major statement.  This ribbed midi dress from Tibi is a simple silhouette, but the semi-sheer finish and the shimmering fabric makes it feel special.  I styled it three ways, wearing a black bra and high-waisted shorties underneath all looks to play up the sheerness.  If you want more coverage, just wear a cami and leggings (for the cold months), or a nude slip (to take it into spring).

Look 1: Structure and Sheer

The soft silhouette of this dress calls for the counter-point of architectural details.  I added a sharp-shouldered cape blazer and column-heeled ankle boots, and it was ready to go.

I wore this for a day out downtown, but with a nude slip, this could even work for a fashion-forward office look.

For makeup, I went with a nude lip and minimal mascara.  My raw pyrite necklace (the first gift my husband ever gave me after he saw how much I loved it at street fair on one of our earliest dates!) kept the hard vs. soft theme going, and was a perfect sentimental touch.

Look 2:  All in for a Night Out

To show off the sparkle of this dress, I wanted to get some pictures in the sun. Worn on its own, the sheerness is very apparent.   This is great for a night out, or a sexy date look – Valentines Day is coming up!

This holographic gold crossbody from Rebecca Minkoff hit the light just right, and works wonderfully for a night out (shoulder straps are key!).  My Matt Bernson Royale pumps finished the look off – I love the unique heel on this twist on a classic.

I added red gloss with a hint of glitter to keep the theme going, a swipe of Stila highlighter, and holographic earrings.  Piling on the glitz is not a problem!  All together, this felt like a mix of old school Hollywod glam and modern style, and I felt amazing.


Look 3: Adding Some Edge

To take this dress in a different direction, I switched out the heels for harness moto booties, and added a cropped faux leather jacket (from FTFsimilar here).

A dark lip and heavy eyeliner took it all the way from glam to grunge.  My favorite eye beanie was the perfect cheeky touch to cap it off.

This is a look that is right in my comfort zone, style-wise (if a bit risky with the see through dress).  I’d wear this for a night out at divey spots on the LES, and do my best not to put my feet up on a raggedy sofa so everyone could see these perfect boots from EEight by Miista (the chain harness is removable too – so these are just as versatile as this little red dress!)

Which look is your favorite?  How would you wear this red ribbed midi from Tibi (similar here in plus)?  Let me know below!


Manhattanite, body positive fashion blogger, & Associate Fashion Editor at Plus Model Magazine

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