The Library Date Dress: 3 Ways To Wear It


Introducing…. The Library Date Dress! This is the second dress in Red Velvet's Autumn 2011 Collection. Rachel chose this dress as her favorite, so I asked her to model three ways to wear it!


The Library Date Dress is our beloved chambray piece. It has short sleeves and is very comfy. Of all the dresses, this piece really reminds me of Autumn.


In Look 1, Rachel styled the dress with platform shoes, a skinny belt and colored tights. We never thought that colored tights would be one of our wardrobe staples, but they are! We love that they can add pops of color to a neutral look.


In Look 2, Rachel layered a red wrap skirt (c/o Simone's Rose) over her dress. This is a styling tip that I've been using more and more. Layering dresses is great because they can double as a top with a cute skirt!


For Rachel's third look, she kept it casual with a pair of boots, some pale pink tights and a comfy cardigan! This look has Autumn written all over it. This would be a perfect outfit to wear to the pumpkin patch or the apple orchard.


This is the second of ten new dresses that will be available on our website September 1st. Thank you Rachel for modeling these three looks! (Laurel is also modeling in the product photo) I'll be sharing more fall dresses all week! xo, elsie

3 Ways To Wear It Photos by Wess Howell. Shoes in product photo (purple background) from Seychelles.

  • LOVE this dress… so cute! I’m catching this post pretty late but glad I did in any case… and thanks so much for pairing it with my wrap skirt. Brilliant!

  • So fun! I would wear this anytime– I adore the pockets! Keep up the fabulous designs! <3

  • such a cute dress! this is definitely one of my fav “columns” of yours! i love how you can make anything so versatile!!


  • Rachel looks adorable. I wouldn’t have thought about layering a skirt over a dress, great idea!

  • Argh I love look number 3!! In so many ways 🙂 gorgeous!! 😉


  • Absolutely adorable dress. I love clothing that has that air of vintage to it, and this dress makes me think that.

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for an award. It may be awkward given that it’s a cosmetic/beauty oriented reward theme, but it’s because I really enjoy your blog/work.

  • Great styling! I love it with the thin belt and purple tights.

    ♥ Gina Michele

  • This dress is awesome and I fell in love with it at first sight! Truly gorgeous! I’d wear it all the time. I like look 1 and 3 best. Look 2 takes some getting used to, but I think I can grow to love it very much.

    So many congratulations on living your dream Elsie!

    Love, Jeau

  • I look forward to the dresses being available! I love these little sneak peeks… Thanks!


  • I love, love, love this dress! 😀

    Hope you’ve started the week off with a huge smile!


  • love it!!! 🙂 Can i buy?? 🙂
    Irene Wibowo

  • I should put that date in my agenda, because I’d really love to own this dress! It’s the perfect shade of grey and the white part is so lovely. A perfect addition to my fall wardrobe! (hope I won’t miss out on this one)

  • I have never really been interested in coloured stockings until reading your blog. Now I really want some and can’t fathom how I’ve managed without them for so long!

  • So cute! I can’t wait for your new line to come out. About how much are these dresses going to cost? I want to make sure I have enough money saved up!

    xo, rv

  • These are great! And I NEVER thought I would wear bright colored tights until I started reading your blog! I hoped on over to Target to pick some up and I am so pleasantly surprised how fun they are…like you said, a great pop of color! Cannot wait until fall!

  • Love this dress! It really does look like a back-to-school type of dress. Loving the third look! I layered my dress with a top the other day, so it transformed into a sweet skirt! Awesomeness! <3

  • This makes me want to run to the thrift store and find one of these babies! VERY cute!!!

  • i really like #2. i’ve thought about that, but thought was was weird… but you reassured me, it’s okay. super cute ideas!

  • This one is amazing! Can’t wait to see the others in your amazing collection!

  • I LOVE the simplicity of this dress! I have to say look #3 has my name written all over it-I’m a big fan of pairing clunky big boots with dresses & tights!

    I can’t wait to see the other dresses you lovely creatives are making!! <3


  • Oh wow, how cute is Rachel!! She looks so pretty in that dress! And the dress is gorgeous…I can think of so many outfits I could put together with it. So sweet! xx

  • This dress is so cute–and I love the name of it! It is super versatile and you showed that very well with the 3 looks.

    It would be super adorable for the Holidays.

    Can’t wait to see more.



  • Love it! The third look it definitely my favorite 🙂 (And honestly, how can you NOT love a dress called “The Library Date Dress”??)

  • Love the dress! Look #3 makes me miss cardigans and hats so much… won’t be busting those out here in Austin for another few months though!
    Good job 🙂

  • number 3 is a little dorky and I absolutely definitely LOVE it!! I would totally wear it this way 🙂

  • Hi Elsie,

    I love how you’ve been pairing dresses with tights…such a great look. I have trouble pulling it off though, because of the static factor – once I’m moving, my skirt clings to my legs.

    Do you gals just grin and bear it, or is there some magical trick you could share?

  • I can’t choose a favorite, I do love the 1st & 3rd. But, it’s clear that this autunn I’m going to buy some bright tights, they’re the perfect touch of color.

  • The pumpkin patch, the apple orchard…cardigans and knitted hats and a thermos of tea…This is the first year of my life that I am totally craving autumn! maybe because our summer in the UK hasn’t exactly been spectacular…anyway, I digress. It’s a great dress and I love how Rachel styled it!

  • Rachel is such a hottie! I love this dress, and these 3 looks! Cuteness for a Monday morning indeed:)

    Stephanie May*

  • i really love look #3. it makes me excited for fall!

  • LOVE!! This dress might be my favorite of yours. I especially love the styling in the last look.

  • rachel looks so great in this dress!
    love all the different ways to style it
    and the dress is great!

  • I am so excited for your dresses to be available if cute ones like this are what I have to look forward to!

  • I love this dress and how you styled it! I would have never thought to put a wrap skirt with a dress, but that’s an awesome idea!

  • Oh geeze, now I can’t decide between this one and the first one!!!! Goodness! Another fabulous dress:) Rachel looks so good modeling it too! I may need this so I can go on a library date….it wouldn’t seem right without the dress! 🙂

  • LOVE the third one 🙂 Think I might be ready for Autumn to get here now xo

  • Love this dress! Especially with the bright purple tights …

    Kelly @
    Elegantly Academic

  • Oh, this dress is so cute, Elsie! The third look is definitely my favorite. It has me craving Autumn even more!

  • OH MY! this dress is so cute! it looks perfect for Autumn, I can perfectly picture it with a knited beret or a scarf and maybe some fingerless gloves! I love look n#3, that’s definitely the one I’d wear! 🙂

  • I love look 3! The boots and cardigan are a fab autumn. Can’t wait to see the other dresses : )

  • oh god elsie pleaaaase tell me this comes in plus size?!?!?! i love it!

  • Elsie, this is a gorgeous dress! Seriously, I’m in awe. The styling is beautiful too.

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