39 ways to rock your frock!

A couple of weeks ago, we ran an article on Fox in Flats, which challenged everyone to wear a dress each day for a whole week.

During that week, we were sent hundreds of photos from awesome women giving the style challenge a go, and showing how they rocked their frocks.

Now, we’re sharing 39 of their fab tips and ideas on how to make the most of the dresses that you have in your wardrobe:


1. Pop a lightweight knit over the top of a maxi and knot at the waist to define your figure.

2. Throw a kimono-style blouse over a LBD to dress it down for day.

3. “If a dress seems to give that pregnant belly look (when you’re not) add a belt.  I find wearing a belt on my true waist can turn a ‘no-way!’ dress into a firm favourite.” shared Naomi.

4. Ankle boots and tights are fab with a skirt that falls a couple of inches above your knee.

5. Cowboy boots give a country touch to a floral maxi. Yee-hah!

5. Layers of long chains and necklaces will elongate your torso.

7. Team classic hi-top Chuck Taylors with a casual jersey maxi for a sporty-luxe look that’s ready for playground action.

8. “A gorgeous empire line maxi will take you throughout a pregnancy and beyond.” advised Emma.

9. Toughen up a pretty prom-style dress by whacking a cropped leather jacket on top.

10. “Feeling uber-girly? Dial up the pretty-power with an embellished headband, and a satin bow around your waist.” suggests Kim-Marie.

11. A long line cardigan looks languid with a maxi.

12. A blazer will add a tailored silhouette to any dress. You can loosen it up by simply pushing or rolling up the sleeves, like Fiona.

13. A cropped cardigan is cute with a knee-length dress. Add glasses and a bun for a sexy librarian look ;).

14. If you’re not so keen about the straps on your dress, change them! Kim-Marie advises: “It’s as simple as scouting for some pretty ribbon or elastic and making your own. Look in vintage shops for alternative straps, or cut up the fabric belt that came with the dress and turn them into straps.”

15. Survive colder weather and layer your dress with super skinny jeans, like Clairey.

16. Try different textures when you layer, like this long-line mesh vest.

17. “Bright tights add a fresh burst of colour to a dark, solid coloured dress.” exclaimed Jess.

18. Worried about the kids yanking down your favourite strapless dress? Why not add your own straps? “And then you can place them in the exact spot to cover your bra straps!” adds Kim-Marie.

19. “I try to keep things to a colour theme…one or two colours is enough.  Keep accessories, jackets etc in the same tonal range to give a leaner look.”  shared Naomi.

20. Tie a scarf around your waist to soften up a black dress for day-wear.

21. Have a dress with attached belts? Try tying at the side or at the front. You’ll be surprised at the difference it will make to your dress.

22. For cooler days, layer long black boots over your opaque stockings or leggings.

23. A light extra long scarf, that runs to mid-thigh, will lengthen your look, and add extra movement and interest.

24. A sleeveless denim jacket will toughen up a relaxed jersey maxi, like Pene.

25. Shrug on a crisp white shirt over your dress, tie it in a knot around your waist, and roll up the sleeves.

26. “Accessorise with just one colour. I love wearing a grey dress with a red beaded necklace, a red vintage button ring and red flats.” shared Naomi.

27. A light tan leather belt lends a classic luxe twist to the most casual of dresses.

28. Footless tights add extra warmth, and an inner-city vibe. The ideal length is just above the ankle, like Megan.

29. Try a neon-bright tank layered under a singlet-style dress for a colour-pop that won’t poke your eye out.

30. “Bring out the colours in a printed dress by selecting one of the colours in the fabric, adding a pair of leggings or tights in that colour, and then wear coordinating or clashing ballet flats. Use the same approach when selecting a camisole or slip for under your dress too.” suggests Kim-Marie.

31. A men’s tie makes a great alternative for a belt.

32. A cropped jacket will help define your waist, like Naomi.

33. A studded leather belt teamed with a printed floral frock is just the right balance of naughty and nice.” winked Kim-Marie.

34. Try a tailored man-style vest over a spaghetti-strapped dress for a more structured silhouette that’ll still be cool in summer.

35. “If your legs are looking a little white, yet you want to wear a shorter style dress, try fish nets in a nude or neutral tone. They provide a great distraction from all sorts of imperfections and do, surprisingly, add a bit of warmth.” shared Nicole.

36. Try a striped cardigan, and strappy flat sandals with a printed dress in a similar hue.

37. Hitch up a section of your maxi dress and secure at your hip with a decorative brooch, advised A.J.

38. Feel too ‘booby’ in a dress? Kim-Marie’s been there, and shared these tips: “I tend to emphasise my waist, and break up the chesticle area with long necklaces and scarves. Often a contrasting colour in a little bolero cardigan or camisole will have the same effect.”

39. A long necklace is especially sweet when the pendant’s gently bouncing on a rounded baby bump, like Emma’s.


Finally, if you’re breastfeeding, check out this link where we show the 6 best dress styles with styling tips for when you’re nursing. Because you don’t want to end up feeding your baby in the bathroom half-naked like “a friend of mine” did ;).


Think that now you might be able to spend a whole week wearing a dress everyday?
Take a look at The Dress Dare here, and start rocking your frock!


What are your favourite tips and tricks for styling up your dresses?

We’d love to know! 

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  • Kell

    OMG – I am so excited there is hope for the few dresses I have that they may actually get worn ! What a top article. And how is the chick in heels on the bed taking a pic…. ummmm the duvet is white…just sayin…lol

    • Ba ha ha! That’s what happens when a mum of 5 is let loose alone in a hotel room!!! So funny x

  • Pene Turner

    There are some FOXTASTIC tips through here!!  I plan on printing this off and having a play around with some of these ideas.  I love that collectively we have our very own stylists on board the Fox Train!!  Who needs to spend gazbillion dollars when we can all share like this!!  Love it xx

    • I know its so incredible, right! And thanks to you for all of your great tips & photos. I just wish I could use them all! 
      Must think of another gallery option or something… Anyone know a techie type? 😉

  • Pene Turner

    Oh and Emma – I wish I had looked as sexy and gorgeous as you when I was pregnant!  You look stunning!!! xx

  • Anonymous

    Love these tips Andrea, plus all your willing fashionable models sharing their ‘frock’ secrets. thanks! That looked like and epic task to put that together.

    • Thanks Gemma. Awesome tips, and everyone was so happy and willing to join in! x

  • Louise

    Awesome tips thank you Mrs Fox! One worrying “trend” I have seen twice in the last week (and not at the beach) is to hitch a too-long maxi under the knicker elastic at the sides! I kid you not! Saw one woman in David Jones doing this. Please tell me this is not acceptable or did I miss that memo?

    • Pene Turner

      Noooooooo!!!  Oh NO!!!!! REALLY?!!!  Nooooooooo!!!!  Haa haa haaa!!  I thought that was a ‘trend’ only for those playing netball or tennis or something where you might tuck your skirt into your bloomers!!!!  Lucky I didn’t see it Louise I would have thought they might have had a ‘toilet break wardrobe malfunction’ and sidled up to them and whispered “Sweetie do you realise you are all tucked up?”  Imagine my death by foot in mouth if they replied that it was on purpose!!! Arrgghhhhhh!!!   NOT ASSSEPTABLE (as said by The Nanny!)  !!!!!  NOT!!!!

      • I do that on the beach *hides in shame*

        • OMG I did that when scooping up one of the little ones in the playground the other day… (desperate times call for desperate measures)! Ha ha ha! 

  • Love the idea of wearing a waistcoat over a dress.  There are quite a few things I could now wear as work attire that I couldn’t before.  I also do this in the winter over polo necks.  Can’t wear those without looking like the prow of a ship, but a v neck waistcoat?  Waist-defining, boob reducing fabulous!

    Nude fishnets have long been my summer go to.  I also have some pretty nude lace tights from Mimco.  

    I’ve got so many people onto the idea of tying an attached belt in the front or on the side.  Instantly takes you from little girl to grown up glam!  They make me feel like Heidi – and not in a good way!

    • The waistcoat is underrated I reckon.  
      You had so many fab tips in here Kim-Marie – thankyou so much for contributing x

  • Some wonderfully stylish women out there. I love me a frock. Not sure I could go a whole week (do I get to wear more than one frock?) but I do frock up at least once a week. I will try out some of these options. Thanks for sharing x

    • You’re doing better than me already..I rarely wore a frock before the dare. 
      And yes, you can wear more than one frock. As many as you like 😉

  • Wow, some great looks. After having bubs i only wear dresses ’cause my jeans don’t fit 🙁 Great tip about wearing a belt to cover belly bump.

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  • I wore converse with my new uber girly 50s inspired cherry print dress to a gig the other week…Totally punked it up a little. Feminine but funky too!

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  • Some great tips here. I wear dresses (or skirts) almost every day. As a ‘plus sized (HATE that term!) woman with curves I find they suit my body so much better than pants.

    • Oh man, I hate that term too. Just working on an article for sizes 18+…I’m thinking ‘curvy mama’ is a good term..what do you think? 

      • Yes I like that. Much better than plus size. There shouldn’t be ‘plus sizes’ , just sizes.

  • Again – not a mum, but SO VERY RELEVANT for me!!! Love these ideas, love your blog xx

    • Thankyou gorgeous Carly! That’s made my weekend! xxx

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