As we at MouthLondon have previously reported, this Season is all about baroque opulence; think luxurious fabrics, OTT embellishments and intricate patterns a-plenty. However, just because you’re adding a touch of sophistication to your wardrobe, it doesn’t mean you have to constantly dress it up. With the right accessories and a bit of layering, you can tone down even the most outlandish baroque-style garment.

Below, we’ll show you three examples of how to tone down some of this season’s hottest styles, transforming night-time party-pieces into daywear.


River Island’s Black Foil Baroque Mini Bodycon Dress is a stunning addition to any wardrobe. The dress is perfect paired with some sheer tights and platform heels; however it can also be worn in the daytime with just a few outfit alterations.

Instead of sheer tights and high heels, pair this dress with opaque tights and some Doc Marten’s for an altogether grungier feel. The scoop back can be tactically hidden with an oversized cardigan (try Topshop’s Knitted Fluffy Stitch Cardigan), and this will also conceal a portion of the dress’s detailing, so it’s not too OTT for the daylight hours.


Zara’s Jacqard Loom Trousers are, quite simply, amazing. They’re shiny, they’re beautifully patterned, and their peg leg cut is bang on trend. However, the former two qualities may make you think that these trousers are only suitable for more formal, more glitzy occasions. True, these trousers are rather snazzy, but a loose-fitting black tee, some black Vans Lo Pros and a messy up-do can work wonders to take the gloss off these trousers, whilst still maintaining a level of daytime chic.


Topshop’s Sleeveless Bonded Lace Pencil Dress is effortlessly elegant. In order to transform it into a daytime piece, layer underneath a plain black midi skirt, in order to break up the full-body pattern (it’ll look like you’re wearing a lace top, not a full-on lace dress). Keep footwear simple – try an ankle boot such as Office’s Delano Chelsea Boot, and don’t over-accessorise – a pair of pearl earrings and a simple ring are all you’ll need.       

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