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How to Lengthen a Short Herve Leger Dress into a Gown

By Bebefuzz

My collection of Herve Leger consists of many short dresses, skirts, and tops. But, I don't have any full-length gowns. I rarely get the chance to wear something really formal, and Herve Leger gowns can be quite expensive. The ones that I usually fancy retail more than $3k! Here's an economical tip on how to transform a short Herve Leger dress into an elegant floor-length marvel.

formal floor length herve leger dresses

Some of my favorite Herve Leger gowns almost look like regular short Herve Leger dresses attached to a flowing skirt. This is what inspired this diy.

Herve Leger chiffon Rebecca Sunburst Pleated long maxi skirt

In fact, BCBG Max Azria Herve Leger had the same idea. They had released a pleated chiffon skirt called the Rebecca. Many HL stylists would pair this skirt with Herve Leger bandage dresses to create beautiful full-length dresses out of mini dresses. The Rebecca skirt retailed $480 and is no longer available in stores. It is nylon and spandex on the top, and the chiffon skirt is made of polyester.

The Rebecca skirt can easily be substituted with a chiffon maxi skirt. For a maxi skirt that we recommend, look here: black with slit, and white with slits.

Here are a few examples:

diy lengthen black bandage dress to gown

More black dresses that would work: here, here, and all the Herve Leger on sale here

how to lengthen short dress into long floor length dress

More white dresses that would work: here, here, and all the Herve Leger on sale here

When pairing a chiffon maxi skirt with a short Herve Leger dress, please be mindful of a few rules:
1.The dress must be the same color as the skirt.
2. The top of the dress must not be too covered up. V necks, low scoop necks, one shoulders, strapless, square necks are all fine.
3. Dress should not have too much pattern, trim, etc.
4. Ideally, the dress should be around mid thigh and does not have a flared skirt.
5. The maxi skirt should be in a solid color and have a smooth waistband, so that it does not show through the dress.

And, finally, here it is modeled:

wearing short herve leger dress with black maxi skirt transformation

Wearing black Lotus Herve Leger dress and Jennifer Lopez maxi chiffon skirt (no longer available)

Tips: Put on the Herve Leger dress first. Then fold the dress up to your waist. Put on maxi skirt, and pull the Herve Leger dress down. Voila!

2 COMPLETELY different looks out of one dress! Love! What did you think? Have you done this? Do you have the HL Rebecca skirt? Would love to know! ♥

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