Eclectically feminine style by Mary Gui

How to Style a Vintage Nightgown as a Dress

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a vintage-focused look, so I’m really happy about today’s post. Sadly I haven’t been vintage shopping in over a month, so I definitely need to get back into it! This dress is from a purchase a few months back and actually came with a matching vintage kimono that you can see in this post. So as you might have guessed from the title, this dress is actually a vintage nightgown and is completely sheer. But it is way too pretty to be worn as a nightgown, so I decided to turn it into a dress. Read on to see how I styled this nightgown as a dress.

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Style Tips on How to Wear a Vintage Nightgown as a Dress

In order to wear this nightgown as a dress, the most important thing is to solve for the sheer element. Finding the right slip to layer under a vintage nightgown can be difficult, and I have to admit I tried on multiple options before finding the right one. I settled on a sheer black lace dress that is actually meant to also be worn as a slip. So essentially I layered two sheer dresses together, with the key being that the layer underneath is a darker color, thus making the top layer look not as sheer. I also like that the black lace dress is longer than the nightgown, allowing the pretty lace to peer out. This gives the outfit dimension and movement, and makes the nightgown much more wearable as a dress.

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The accessories are also important when it comes to styling a vintage nightgown. I chose modern elements to add sophistication, including a pair of pink mirror sunglasses and a leather yellow handbag from Luana Italy. This handbag gives the outfit a touch of luxury and also complements the yellow in the dress. For my shoes, I went with feminine wedge sandals with a yellow sole, thus tying the colors of the outfit together. I completed the look with dainty jewelry: a pearl necklace, thin bracelets, and a rose gold ring. This whole outfit is feminine and light, and exudes a sense of whimsy that can only come from wearing a nightgown.

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What I’m Wearing:
Nightgown: Amarcord Vintage (similar here)
Black Lace Dress: Genuine People (similar here)
Shoes: & Other Stories (similar here)
Bag: Luana Italy (for yellow version visit their SoHO store at 155 Spring Street)
Sunglasses: The 5TH 
Ring: Thomas Sabo

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23 responses to “How to Style a Vintage Nightgown as a Dress”

  1. Linda says:

    Wow, I love the way you styled this! You look great!


  2. Liz says:

    This look is amazing!! I love finding vintage pieces and this nightgown is just incredible. You styled it perfectly! Also dying over those sunnies! Have a great holiday weekend!


  3. This is such a cute look! xo,Emily

  4. Hi Mary! I think I told you before but I want you to be my personal stylist! The layered nightgown look is so feminine and alluring! Beautiful styled!
    xo Debbie |

  5. Erica Penner says:

    Honey, you’re so fashionable!

  6. vanessa says:

    You nailed this! Love how you paired it with the black under.

    Vanessa |

  7. I love vintage pieces like this one!! So pretty!!


  8. Rachel says:

    I love your style! Great post and blog!

  9. Ilse says:

    Beautiful idea! Great way to make sure you’re never caught wearing what someone else is wearing 😉


  10. I like the way you styled this outfit! I really like that bag, too!

  11. Lee Anne says:

    So chic, babe! And I love this bag paired with the whole look!

    Lee Anne

  12. I love how you styled the nightgown, so chic!

  13. I love how you styled this nightgown! The colour combinations in your outfit is stunning!

    Bella x

  14. I love the lace details of the dress! Great find!

    xo Josephine |

  15. Jenny says:

    This is so pretty on you!

  16. This is such a cute idea, I recently bought a bunch of vinatge nightgowns but mine look more like slips

  17. Kelsey says:

    Wait this outfit is so cute! I Love the lace! xo

  18. Lauren says:

    So gorgeous! I would have never guessed it was a night gown!!


  19. such a genius way of wearing this. it looks stunning on you.

    Courtney Bentley ||

  20. elsie says:

    The pop of color gave this outfit so much life. I love how you put it together hey.

  21. Lindsay says:

    What a creative way to style a vintage nightgown!! I have to try this!! xx, Lindsay

  22. Nicole Fuentes says:

    I just love the way you style your outfits. The touch of pink with the sunglasses and the fun print on your nails totally change the look. You’re awesome at putting an outfit together!
    xx, Nicole