How to Wear a Pinny Dress

October 16, 2016

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Versatility is key when you're trying to curate a wardrobe that gives you a lot of flexibility, can be managed easily, and one that is trans-seasonal.  
Investing in key pieces that can take you from season to season doesn't just let you save a lot of money, it also hones your styling prowess.  When talking about timeless wardrobe staples, look past the well-loved crisp white button-down shirt, plain white tee or blue denim jeans-- while these maybe your regulars, the Pinny dress could work as a year-rounder as well as these aforementioned classics, too.

The Pinny or Pinafore dress is an overall-dress that has taken centerstage this year-- specifically during this last quarter.  A versatile item, one can dress it up or down (or even wear it on its own) giving you endless possibilities of wardrobe rematches thus breathing new life into old items that you already have in your closet.  While the Pinny dress is reminiscent of all our childhood OOTDs, this versatile piece has gone from prepubescence to runway chic to closet staples of international style stars, fashion editors, famous bloggers and fashionists alike.

And because I wanted to see for myself just how many looks I can do with just one Pinny, this black cord pinafore from Dorothy Perkins was submitted to heavy rotation last week!



And as I've mentioned in my instagram post last week, here's my take on the different ways to wear a Pinny Dress.

1. WORK-READY IN A CLASSIC BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT
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Scour the internet for Pinny dress outfit ideas and you'll understand why this is everyone's favorite combination.  Not only is it easy to pull off, it can also take you from day to night just by switching things up a bit.


Wear it with a white classic button-down shirt that's buttoned all the way up or opt to accessorise it with a skinny scarf tied in a bow to add a fresh spin to this office-appropriate look.  Finish it off with your classic black pumps and favorite earrings for that perfect modernist style.

2. FROM OFFICE TO AFTER WORK COCKTAILS
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It is every girl's struggle to find that one outfit that she can wear to the office and hit the bar straight after work without having to take too much time running home for an outfit change.  So for that office-to-drinks dilemma, you can always ditch the scarf and unbutton your shirt to transition this office-appropriate look into something a bit sexier without having to bare too much skin.

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You can wear your pumps or keep a pair of strappy stilettos in your trunk that you can change into for your after work shenanigans. 

3. FORMAL IN MONOCHROME AND RUFFLES
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Turn your pinny into a formal statement dress by wearing a dramatic ruffle sleeve and always go monochrome because that's your safest bet. 

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Go bold with your accessories or don a statement clutch or wear a pair patterned heels to break the monotony.

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You can choose a chiffon ruffle top, a L/S lace bodysuit or pleated sleeves-- anything that adds drama to this otherwise plain ensemble.

4.  PREPPY CHIC
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Ace that preppy, boy-meets-girl ensemble with a 2-in-1 shirt and patent loafers.

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Nothing screams preppy, polished and posh better than a button-up collar.  Whether you go for a top with the same color as your pinny or experiment with different patterns and prints, this look can definitely take you from just running errands to wash-day school days and even dress-down Fridays at work!

5. REWORK YOUR SUMMER TOPS
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Before you box your off-shoulder tops, try incorporating them into your fall (or in our case, rainy days) wardrobe by pairing them with your pinny dress for that casual, laid-back look.

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Another versatile and not to mention it fashion accessory this year is the neckerchief which you can wear to add a parisian flair to your look.

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The neck scarf was big this summer but from how things are going, I don't think this little piece of wonder is going anywhere and I bet that's good news for all you neckerchief lovers out there.

6.  BACK TO BASICS
When all else fails, go back to basics.
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If you're still experimenting or aren't quite sure how to go about styling your pinny dress, you always have that plain white tee to pair with your pinny.  
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Another option is the 3/4 sleeve bodysuit, a military cap and sneakers combo-- tell me, who doesn't love this combination?!

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There's no point stressing over outfit ideas for your pinny dress when you can come up with casual but chic OOTDs with just old items from your closet.

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And on days when you need an added layer of clothing for warmth, layer up your pinny dress with a denim or knit jacket-- depending on how cold you get throughout the day.


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Nothing is more versatile than a dress that you can wear in a number of ways without sacrificing comfort and style.  The trick is always in the layering and it's every girls dream to own a clothing piece that guarantees great mileage.

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Dorothy Perkins' PINNY DRESS, one of the 10 pieces from their STYLE HEROES Collection AW16, is the very epitome of fall style dressing, a trans-seasonal piece and definitely a wardrobe staple that no girl should ever go without.


Have I convinced you enough to get a Pinny Dress for yourself?  Why not try your luck and join Dorothy Perkins Philippines' Win Your New Season Wardrobe contest and get a chance to own 7 pieces from their Style Heroes Collection by checking out their Instagram post.

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