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 maxi dress (see photo below) that would be “formal” enough to fit the dress code at the ball (upscale Fairbanks formal), but that I could change to get more wear out of it. 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. 🙁
In this post, I share with you how to shorten a high-low hem yourself.
How to shorten a maxi dress to knee-length
The following infographic shows in photos and instructions how I altered the high-low hem to turn it in a knee length work-appropriate warp dress.
Styling a midi high-low hem 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. The reasons to accessorize with a scarf were to up the style factor and to stay warm. It was still cold in the spring transition season. The v-neck of this wrap dress is quite modest, i.e. there is no reason to use a scarf to cover the cleavage.
Which version do you like better? The short knee-length or the long maxi 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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