Class to Night Out: Little Red Dress

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Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, and Kim Kardashian in little red dresses


Photos: ELLE

Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. This column will focus on one piece per week, and teach you how to take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

As Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, and Kim K demonstrate above, a little red dress is a wardrobe must-have. Though these frocks are perfect for rocking the red carpet, with the right touches, they can also be casual and cute.

No longer just for A-Listers, the little red dress has been popping up on the party scene a lot lately, probably because of its dramatic but fun nature. But what about those of us who want to bring a little glamour to our daily looks? Are red dresses totally forbidden? Fortunately for the drama queen in all of us, with the right accessories, a little red dress can be worn day or night.

Little Red Dress: Class

little red dress look for day with tan blazer emerald satchel black boots polkadot tights and patterned scarf


Dress, Blazer, Tights, Bag, Boots, Scarf

Choosing a cotton dress in a darker shade of red will help make your look more appropriate for day, even before you add your key layering pieces. For a class-appropriate outfit with a funky '70s vibe, layer a tan blazer over the dress and add a houndstooth print scarf. Choose an emerald bag to contrast (and complement!) the dark red of the dress, and add polka dot tights for some extra feminine detail. Finish off the look with black military-inspired boots to give yourself a little more edge.

Little Red Dress: Night Out

little red dress night outfit- black cape pearls cameo earrings leopard heels


Dress, Cape, Shoes, Necklace, Earrings

For night, take your look from old-fashioned to Old Hollywood by making a dramatic statement with a black faux fur cape. If that's a little too costume-y for you, you can always switch the cape out for a cool black blazer for a sleeker silhouette. Glamorous details like a layered pearl necklace and cameo earrings play up the silent film star look, and leopard heels tie this striking outfit together, making you the ultimate head-turner.

Your thoughts?

Do you have a little red dress? If so, how do you style it - have you ever worn it to class? Which look is your favorite? Leave me a comment and let me know, I'd love to hear what you think!