Toughening up a Pretty Dress

Sometimes a dress is too pretty to be left on the hanger, even if you have nothing to do except run errands. I like to think of it as liberating certain items of my wardrobe! My Victoriana boots and plain black cardi were the perfect casual everyday items to compliment my blue/green satin dress. I’ve gotta say, it’s so much more fun running errands in a pretty dress than a casual jersey dress!

Do you dress items down so you can wear them more casually?

Primark Dress
Primark Cardigan
M&S Victoriana Boots

Thanks to the lovely Ida of Rouge Marie, a long-standing blogger friend, who has nudged me back into outfit posts. As the blog has evolved, outfit posts have become less frequent…I always intend to bring them back, I just needed someone to give me a little push! x

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. Winnie
    March 24, 2009 / 5:15 pm

    Wow, great boots! So nice to see an outfit post!Almost everything I buy I consider it’s versitality and how I can dress them down (or up) It’s definitely worth the buy If I can see myself wearing something quite casually, especially if it’s more expensive!

  2. alixrose
    March 24, 2009 / 5:31 pm

    I always dress down a lot of my stuff. Otherwise I would never really wear them. Love the boots, I am such a buckle girl.

  3. WendyB
    March 24, 2009 / 6:34 pm

    Great outfit.

  4. DaisyChain
    March 24, 2009 / 6:35 pm

    I LOVE the boots! I always make dresses more dressed down with clunky boots, or a boyfriend cardigan

  5. lisa
    March 24, 2009 / 7:21 pm

    I love all the shades of blue in your dress.

  6. Ida
    March 24, 2009 / 8:24 pm

    That’s my girl looking chic as hell! Did you change your hairstyle? Looks kind of edgier and super HOT.Love you.xxxxxxx

  7. Dream Sequins
    March 24, 2009 / 9:12 pm

    I love the idea of wearing boots, especially low, slightly masculine boots with girly things. It’s the right moment for that sort of anti-bling bling dress code. I wish I could do outfit posts. I’m usually a hot mess in the mornings– not good for someone who’s a fashion blogger. Haha! Keep up the outfit posts, please!

  8. Meg
    March 24, 2009 / 10:14 pm

    I often dress down my favourite dresses. I just get too excited to wait for a special occasion.

  9. Swell Vintage - Frankie
    March 24, 2009 / 10:36 pm

    Those boots are amazing. You look stunning, Reena x

  10. Eyeliah @
    March 25, 2009 / 2:57 am

    oh my I love your boots!!!! 🙂

  11. May Kasahara
    March 25, 2009 / 3:28 am

    gorgeous. gorgeous. gorgeous.

  12. Sharon Rose
    March 25, 2009 / 7:50 am

    Hi there-this is a fab outfit and its a great idea to dress down pretty dresses, looking lovely my dear!

  13. Juliet
    March 25, 2009 / 9:19 am

    I love to do it! I think there should not be any clothes that got to be worn just once. Only wedding gown is something I don’t know how to dress again.juliet xxx

  14. leyandrea13
    March 25, 2009 / 5:03 pm

    i like the tough-girl buckles on your boots! great that theyre grey which is more interesting than black haha. just less predictable.and i;d like to see the print of that dress more clearly! now it looks like a harlequin print to me but somehow i think its more than that.. hahacheersandrea oxoxxLife In Technicolor.

  15. Eri
    March 25, 2009 / 7:20 pm

    Great! I love outfit posts… I look forward to see you wearing your new leggings!

  16. Maverick
    March 25, 2009 / 10:25 pm

    Those are soooo hotttt! I want a pair!! :Dxx. mavi

  17. Austere
    March 26, 2009 / 5:09 am

    Nice job “toughening up” the dress. I really like those boots.

  18. Kira Fashion
    March 26, 2009 / 3:58 pm

    You look amazing! And I love your boots so much!a kiss friend!

  19. Sarah Von
    March 26, 2009 / 5:13 pm

    I love pairing flip flops with all and sundry. I feel like they make my outfits look “friendly”

  20. Nika
    March 27, 2009 / 11:15 pm

    love the dress and boots

  21. Kaia
    May 27, 2009 / 12:04 pm

    Wow!! It’s so pretty outfit with stylish shoes… You’re looking great in them…

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