How to Dress Up and Dress Down a Pleated Dress

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Photography by Taylor Cole

Merrick's Art Denim Jacket

Outfit Details:

Dressed Up: LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Dress, Similar Denim Jacket, Similar Heeled Sandals, Similar Statement Necklace Here and Here

Dressed Down: LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Dress (worn as a skirt), Similar White Tee, Similar Jacket, LC Lauren Conrad Blush Flats, LC Lauren Conrad Crossbody Bag

As we head into spring, it’s time for weddings, Easter parties and dinners, bridal showers, and other spring parties. It’s always nice to pick up something for those special occasions, but from my experience, often those specific special occasion pieces get worn once and then never again.

My goal has always been to buy things that can be worn in a lot of different ways, and I think your dressier items are no different.

Merrick's Art Messy Bun
Merrick's Art Pleated Blush Dress
Merrick's Art White and Blush
Merrick's Art Feminine and Edgy
Merrick's Art Lauren Conrad Blush Dress

To do this, first, it’s all about choosing pieces that will be versatile, and second, finding ways to dress them down so you can wear them often!

Lauren Conrad just released her new Dress Up line at Kohl’s, and it’s full of pieces that are perfect for dressing up or down. I found this gorgeous pleated dress that comes in 3 other colors and is only $60 and today I’m teaming up with Kohl’s to show you two ways to style it — dressed up for a party or wedding, or dressed down for date night or even just a spring day.

To dress it up, I paired it with a light denim jacket and a pair of heeled sandals. For a more formal look, you could pair it with a tailored blazer, and for a cozier look you could add a chunky cardigan. To add a little contrast, I added a statement necklace, and then finished the look with a simple up-do!

Merrick's Art Blush and Olive
Merrick's Art Olive Bomber Jacket
Merrick's Art Olive Bomber and Blush Pleated Skirt
Merrick's Art Dressed Down Pleats
Merrick's Art Old Navy Olive Bomber

To dress it down, I pulled a basic tee over the top and knotted it at my natural waist to make sure my waist stayed defined. Then I added an olive jacket (olive and blush is my current favorite color combo!), a casual bag, and some pretty blush flats. Tip: Wear a cropped jacket to make sure your waist is still somewhat defined — a hip length jacket will drown this look! 

I posted this pleated midi skirt from the line last week and so many of you asked about it, and I’m in love with this floral skirt, and love this floral dress.

So many gorgeous pieces from Lauren Conrad’s new Dress Up Shop — check them all out right here!


  1. Natali says:

    Oh yes, you did great showing us how to do this! I love both combos, but the dressier one is my more favourite of those two. 🙂

  2. Landen says:

    I love this dressed down look! SO SO cute!

  3. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I love the dressed down look! It’s amazing!


  4. Alisa says:

    That dressed down look is perfection! I’m especially loving the bomber jacket… is the one you linked the same jacket? Because it looks completely different but if your pictures are more reflective of what it’s like in real life, I’m totally ordering it!

  5. Eleanor says:

    This dress is so cute and both looks are so good (I wish I could use the 100 emoji). Seriously, these are some of my favorite looks ever (hair, makeup, accessories included) and I’ve been reading your blog every day for years.

  6. Amy says:

    I am trying to find the post with the pleated midi skirt from the LC line that you posted about but I cannot find it! Was it deleted or am I just missing it completely?

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