{Old To New} Layering Leather & Lace

posted by on 2013.05.23, under Outfit Of The Day




I wore this outfit last week to speak on the Simply Stylist panel. It was just a few hours before the event, and I was having one of those “OMG..i have nothing to wear” moments. In the midst of my panic attack, I pulled out this lace dress and sighed, “If  no one would notice, I would totally  wear this dress again.” And that’s when a lightbulb went off!  (Don’t you love it when you solve your own problems??) What if I reworked this dress and layered this circle skirt over it?

Wore this dress previously HERE & HERE




The problem I usually run into when layering a skirt over a dress is the bulkiness and weight that comes along with it. The Tip is to make sure your bottom layer, in this case my lace dress, is lightweight. While the top layer, in my case the circle skirt, already comes with some volume…giving you room to play with layers.



And surpsingly enough no one noticed that I actually reworked an old dress to create a whole new outfit! In fact most people thought I was wearing a one piece dress, and was surprised when I told them that I had a dress layered under the skirt! Also having the right accessories such as my rockstud leopard pumps + Butterfly clutch can completely transform a look! And the right belt will always bring the look together.



Photography by Jana From Alabama

I challenge you guys to go into your closet and see what you can transform this week! I promise, it’s quite liberating!

Hope you are all having a beautiful week so far!



|Lace Dress/top|  Three Floor (on sale now) ,  thanks to Styligion  (pink one HERE)

|Skirt| Miss Wu,  thanks to Nordstrom (similar one HERE)

|HEELS| Valentino (sold out, but similar one HERE)

|PURSE|Alexander Mcqueen, thanks to Net-A-Porter

|BELT| Zara (old, but similar HERE)

|BRACELET| 7 Jeans x Nikki Reed , thanks to 7FAM



Awesome outfit!

xoxo, Diana ☠

Diana ( May 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM )

wow! you look really pretty :)


fkxoxo ( May 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM )

Leather and lace, the ultimate contrast. You do it so well :)

Mariah ( May 25, 2013 at 8:24 AM )

I found this dress in a cheaper version!!!


Aims ( May 24, 2013 at 6:28 PM )

Chriselle, Three cheers to you for thinking quickly on your feet! This turned out to be an inspired outfit and looks gorgeous on you!

Chris ( May 24, 2013 at 5:18 AM )

    Thanks Chris! =) Appreciate you stopping by the blog!

    Chriselle ( May 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM )

Loving the back of that lace dress! So beautiful! And those shoes!!

<3 sarah

Life By Appointment 

sarah ( May 24, 2013 at 12:19 AM )

    Thanks Sarah! I’m glad I got to re-wear this dress in a brand new way I like the same details of it as you!

    Chriselle ( May 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM )

Love the shoes!


Erica ( May 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM )

    Thanks so much Erica! xoxo

    Chriselle ( May 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM )

very gorgeous outfit Chriselle. but one question, with this kind of open back top, did you wear bra?? i have a jumpsuit with open back like your dress, also low V at the front. i love that jumpsuit, but its really headache to figure out what would be the best way. ( i’m not confident enough to go braless…….) HELP =”’(

Sabrina ( May 23, 2013 at 11:04 PM )

    Sometimes you can find great bras that cut off on the sides and stick to you with adhesive. I wish you luck finding the perfect one for you! =)

    Chriselle ( May 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM )

Oh my goodness, can you look any more gorgeous?? This dress is absolutely heavenly, and I love the shoes that you paired with it. beautiful!!

Sunny with a side of…

Christy ( May 23, 2013 at 8:45 PM )

    You’re such a sweetheart Christy! Thank you so much for the love and kind comments!xoxo

    Chriselle ( May 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM )

That dress was reworked perfectly with the leather circle skirt! i love the hints of lace peeking through the bottom.
And those leopard heels are just divine. Love it! :)


Newborn Fanatic ( May 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM )

    Thank you! I wasn’t sure if I was the only one who liked the peek a boo of the lace! Glad to know you liked it too!! Thanks for the <3

    Chriselle ( May 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM )

It`s a great way to make a dress look like a top! Love the combo!

<3 Val

Valeria ( May 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM )

    exactly Valeria! Glad you liked it!

    Chriselle ( May 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM )

I love how that delicate lace makes a great contrast with the leather.


The slow pace ( May 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM )

    Thank you thats what I like about it too! I hope you stop by the blog again!

    Chriselle ( May 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM )

Way to be adventurous! I really like your leopard heels!

Style by Joules

Joules ( May 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM )

    Thanks Joules! I love adding these heels for a night out such a great statement piece!

    Chriselle ( May 23, 2013 at 10:59 AM )

I love it!! The back on that dress is fabulous! It’s so good when you have pieces like that that can be transformed into many different outfits. Now I must go see what I can do with my closet!! ;)


Katerina ( May 23, 2013 at 9:46 AM )

    Good luck with transforming your clothes! Let me know how it works out! Thanks for all of your comments today! <3

    Chriselle ( May 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM )

Wow, today you are so creative Chriselle ))

Inna ( May 23, 2013 at 9:21 AM )

    Thank you Inna! You’re so supportive of all that I post! Thank you Thank you!! <3 xoxo

    Chriselle ( May 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM )

Hey Chriselle!

Loved your outfit today! And I really like how you rework some of your past outfits into something totally brand new! I actually would love to see more of this – you reworking old pieces into new outfits. It always seems like you have new clothes! And while that’s not a bad thing, its just that most of us can’t afford to constantly have new clothing. Thanks! :)

Leslie Lue ( May 23, 2013 at 8:47 AM )

    Hi Leslie, Thank you for the request! It’s something I love to do! <3

    Chriselle ( May 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM )

love the quick wardrobe change up, you look amazing!

Huyen ( May 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM )

    Thanks Huyen! I’m glad you liked the outfit!

    Chriselle ( May 23, 2013 at 8:40 AM )

LOVE the look of this! I like that little peek of lace from under your skirt. What kind of bra do you wear with backless dresses?

Elle ( May 23, 2013 at 7:33 AM )

    Thank you Elle! You can wear an adhesive half bra ( where it sticks to the sides and cuts off in the back). Or you can wear one that just sticks to your body in the front made out of a sticky silicone material.

    Chriselle ( May 23, 2013 at 8:46 AM )

Edgy but elegant at the same time! Love it!

xx Oksana

Oksana ( May 23, 2013 at 7:03 AM )

    Yes I love how combining these two pieces gives that feel! Thanks !

    Chriselle ( May 23, 2013 at 8:52 AM )


xoxo from rome

kcomekarolina ( May 23, 2013 at 6:44 AM )

    Thank you for all the love from Rome! Sending some back from L.A. <3

    Chriselle ( May 23, 2013 at 8:55 AM )


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