Ann Taylor Bateau Lace Dress | Ann Taylor Modern Classic Pearl & Chain Necklace | Burberry Westland Sateen Trench | YSL Large Cabas Chyc | Zara Court Shoes (similar)

The simplest way to quickly shorten the length of a dress (in order to lend it versatility) is to belt the dress at your high waist, pull a section of fabric below the belt upward, and fold down the excess fabric to conceal the belt (visual aid below).

This handy trick will, however, not work well on dresses with a defined waist. I find that it works best with dresses made from double-knitted jersey fabrics or those constructed out of heavier materials.

Here are two crochet dress options to consider:

Tory Burch (also here, here, and here) | Jolie Moi

Ho to wear a crochet dress

Previously on 30 Outfits in a Bag:
Part I: Overview
Part II: Crossover Dress
Part III: Bow Top
Part IV: Navy Blazer