The Day and Night Dress Challenge is coming!  To get you ready to flex your own creative muscles for the challenge, I’m going to be posting some inspiration posts.  Up today is some day look fashion inspiration from RTW.

I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m in the planning stages of a garment, I often peruse RTW online for ideas.  These days, retailers make it so easy for us.  Who’s guilty of using the zoom features to focus in on a detail that’s eventually made it into one of your makes? *raises hand and waves it emphatically*

I went ahead and made a Pinterest board just for this!  Check out my Day dress fashion inspiration board

When it comes to day dresses, I think there’s a couple of categories you can think of:

  1. Color and print!
  2. Function
  3. Fun

I suppose you could throw “office appropriate” in that list, but that’s not a terribly fun category to consider.  For my purposes, let’s imagine a unicorn-filled place where you can where loud bright colors whenever you want. I always tell my kids that there’s nonsense in every story, so let’s daydream a bit here.


Day look fashion inspiration

Color and print

Think bold, visual texture!

In The Mix Sweater Dress from ModCloth.

In the Mix Sweater Dress in Houndstooth. What do you know about print mixing? #grey #modcloth:

From the undisputed queen of the day dress, Diane von Furstenburg: New Jeanne Two Silk Jersey Wrap dress

Alexander McQueen Jacquard knit mini dress: Wow.

Alexander McQueen Jacquard-knit Mini Dress - Red



Dresses that fall in this category should have lots of pockets, be easy to accessorize, and probably have a nice freedom of movement. You know, practical.

Madewell Denim Jumper Dress:  pockets for keys!

Madewell denim Jumper dress:

Boden Hannah seam detail dress: pockets + boots + tights + scarf= winter happy!

Boden Hannah seam detail dress:

You thought practical meant boring, right?  Nay! Nay, I say.  Shirtdresses are practical yet there’s plenty of ways to upscale them.  This Alice + Olivia crepe dress added velvet trim and a bow to add some interest.

Alice + Olivia Carie Velvet-trimmed Crepe Dress - Antique rose





Embrace the nonsense here.

No doubt you gadding about in Prada and velvet during the day means you probably have no kids and are likely a princess of sorts.  Still, that applique work is firmly entrenched in the camp of fun.

As a girl who grew up with a Great-Grandma who wore wigs because she liked to, I immediately loved this Mod Cloth dress.

I’m Wiggin’ Out A-line dress

I'm Wiggin' Out! A-Line Dress. Brace yourself, because once you get the details of this red dress, you're gonna lose your mind! #red #modcloth:

Another DVF: I want to know what jungle this tiger came from.

DVF New Julian Two Silk Jersey wrap dress:

How about you?  What fashion is inspiring you for your day look?

How can you get involved in the Day and Night Dress Challenge?

    1. Sew some dresses!
    2. Let other people know about it.  Use #dayandnightdresschallenge on Twitter and Instagram and follow the Day and Night Dress Challenge Facebook group.
    3. Keep reading here to find out the latest.  Follow Elizabeth Made This on Instagram and Facebook.
    4. Check out the Pinterest boards connected to the challenge: Day Dress Fashion Inspiration and Night Dress Fashion Inspiration
    5. Enter your project here to win great prizes from the challenge sponsors.
    6. Grab a graphic and post it on your site:



    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      That was my goal! Glad you liked the roundup.

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thanks Renata! I love scanning RTW for inspiration!

      • I am thinking of Oscar De La Renta for inspiration. He’s my favorite designer, the effortless and classy he offers speaks to me.

  1. Like your inspiration dresses and i would wear wild bright colors to work. It would make me happy. We just have to see how patterns and fabric collide.

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Good luck with your pattern/fabric matching! I’m sure you’ll come up with a great solution.

  2. Pingback: Day look pattern inspiration - Elizabeth Made This

  3. Pingback: Night dress fashion inspiration - Elizabeth Made This

Write A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.