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How to shorten a high low hem maxi dress

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Shein green velvet wrap dress with Stephanie Professional dance shoes (all own)

Changing a high-low hem gown to become office appropriate

I got this high low hem velvet dress for the Forty Below Ball that took part in January. Since the ball was not announced as black tie I picked a dress that would be “formal” enough to fit the dress code at the ball, but that I could change to get more wear out of it (see photo below). In a small town like Fairbanks, the people attending a ball are more or less the same crowd. Thus, you can’t wear the same dress to a ball twice.

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Side view of Shein velvet dress after shortening styled with Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses, Salvadore Ferragamo pumps, Coach bag, and Banana Republic silk coat (all own)

The following infographic shows in photos and instructions how I shortened the dress.

how to shorten a high low hem maxi dress
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Front view of Shein high low hem wrap dress after shortening styled with Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses, Salvadore Ferragamo pumps, Coach bag, Banana Republic silk coat (all own), and swirl silk scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta

Styling a velvet wrap dress for work

Since velvet is a trend right now, it is easy to wear the shortened gown as a wrap dress at the office. All you have to do is to keep the accessories and shoes in the classic work appropriate style. I added a scarf to fill the v-neck. This styling element was more because it was still cold in the spring transition season than to cover cleavage. The v-neck of this wrap dress is quite modest.

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Shortened Shein dress with Salvadore Ferragamo pumps, Coach bag, Banana Republic silk coat (all own), and hand-painted swirl scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta

Which version do you like better? The short or the long version? Do you shorten your gowns to wear them for another purpose and/or get more wear out of them?

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Photos of me: G. Kramm
Photos of the infographic and infographic: N. Mölders

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