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5 Quirky Ideas To Turn Your Summer Dresses Into Party-Worthy Frocks

We show you how you can still look party ready come Christmas and New Year's — without busting your budget.

You’ve been invited to the hottest end-of-year party in town, but since that it also means we’re well into the gifting season that time of year, forking out extra on a party dress you’ll probably wear once isn’t the most ideal.

Instead, scour your closet for the outfits you wore in summer. There are tons of gems in there that you can elevate with just a few tweaks — we show you five different ways you can refresh your summer dress.

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What you have: A floral printed mini dress. What you’ll need: A blazer in a plush material
We’re sure you have a floral printed mini dress sitting somewhere in your closet — after all, it’s a summer staple. Pull it out and match it with a blazer in plush fabric. Think silk or velvet as they’ll instantly elevate your out. Channel a Studio 54 vibe when you match the latter with a pair of dancing shoes and ’70s inspired earrings. One-shoulder floral printed cotton mini dress by Isabel Marant Étoile, £315 (S$557), via Net-a-Porter; Checkered velvet blazer by Zara, S$179; Metallic leather strap pumps by Charles & Keith, S$85.90; Leather belt bag with multi-coloured crystal embellishment details by Saint Laurent, S$2,360; Triple star metal drop earrings by Zara, S$29.90 What you have: A maxi dress. What you’ll need: Accessories, accessories and more accessories
Maxi dresses are suitable for all occasions. If you have one with longer sleeves, your outfit is pretty much covered. Spice it up with a set of bling such as silver drop earrings and go all out with a pair of #OTT heels and bag. But make sure they’re fashioned in the same hue to prevent looking as though you’re trying too hard. Multi-coloured striped viscose maxi dress with pom pom details by Zara, S$139; Patent leather flame wedge sandals by Prada, US$1,455 (S$2,007), via Matchesfashion; Python printed crossbody bag with embellished panther detail by Topshop, S$56.90; Crystal silver-tone drop earrings by Isabel Marant, £385 (S$681), via Net-a-Porter; Square crystal chain bracelet by Saint Laurent, S$730, via Farfetch; Crystal stack rings (of 3) by Voodoo Jewels, S$413, via Shopbop What you have: A shirt dress. What you’ll need: Satin or silk trousers
If you rocked the summer in a shirt dress, jazz up this casual daytime dress with a pair of satin or silk pants to make it party-worthy. Slip on some striking heels and carry a bright red bag to make the outfit pop. Denim mandarin-collared shirt dress by A.P.C., €235 (S$376), via Mytheresa; Satin flared trousers by Peter Pilotto, S$1,125, via Brownsfashion; Embroidered court heels by Zara, S$89.90; Knotted top handle satin bag by Mango, S$89.90; Textured faux pearl gold-plated drop earrings by Beaufille, £170 (S$302), via Net-a-Porter What you have: A kaftan. What you’ll need: Statement accessories
Roomy and comfortable, a kaftan is great for dancing the night away with ease. Yet, it can look frumpy without the appropriate accessories. Flaunt your waistline by cinching it with a thick leather belt. Dress up your look with statement accessories for a bold entrance. Embellished linen kaftan by Vita Kin, S$3,958, via Farfetch; Round heel leather mules by Zara, S$119; Metal box bag with velvet details by Mango, S$59.90; Glossed and textured leather belt by Isabel Marant, £375 (S$667), via Net-a-Porter; Gold-plated resin cuff with fringe detail by Aurélie Bidermann, £685 (S$1,217), via Net-a-Porter; Multi-stone enamel drop earrings by Percossi Papi, £755 (S$1,334), via Net-a-Porter What you have: A slip dress. What you’ll need: A metallic shirt
A slip dress may work fine in the summer heat, but it’s too casual for a party. Transform it instantly by pairing it with a shiny, metallic shirt. Wear it over your dress and tie a knot at your waist for a feminine touch, or layer it under your summer frock for a quirky and interesting look. A pair of crystal embellished pumps will seal the deal. Printed spaghetti-strap silk midi dress by Réalisation Par, US$210 (S$289); Iridescent crinkled cotton button-down shirt by Sies Marjan, £500 (S$888), via Net-a-Porter; Silk-satin pumps with oversized crystal embellished buckle by Manolo Blahnik, S$1,440, via Farfetch; Velvet mini box clutch bag by Mehry Mu, S$452, via Farfetch; Abstract human body motif necklace with faux pearl detail by Bjørg Jewellery, €160 (S$256)