Eveningwear During the Daytime? Hailey Baldwin Went There and so Should You

Eveningwear During the Daytime? Hailey Baldwin Went There and so Should You

It's not every day that you pull out the old velvet cocktail dress for a casual day of running errands…or is it?

Normally, you'd reserve a dress like that for more formal engagements, like a black tie wedding or a Christmas party, and that's pretty much the end of the story. However, with a one Miss Hailey Baldwin taking a Sunday stroll in her sexy number by Vatanika, we can't help but question our thought process.

Is a strappy velvet dress actually daytime-appropriate? All signs point to YES.

It's no surprise that a heavier fabric, like velvet, has a permanent place in your winter wardrobe—it just feels festive. And if you own a similar dress, it's probably in a neutral, like black. So how does the model make hers work for sunny weather? For one: color. A jewel-toned take, like a green, a blue or a ruby, brightens the fabric up a bit for a less serious feel.

On top of that, styling the look with city-girl accessories (like a choker, aviators and the model's Dior ankle booties) keeps it casual—but not too casual. In your real life, you could easily get away with wearing this combo from brunch to a summertime happy hour, no problem.

But don't get us wrong: That colored velvet dress can just as easily be transitioned for those ritzier occasions. Just ditch the daytime sunnies, add some strappy heels, a little bling and you're basically red-carpet ready, no matter the time of the year.

Done and done!

H&M Bandeau Velvet Dress, $24.99; Liu Jo Blue Knee-Length Dress; $125; Vatanika Silk Velvet Dress, $455.80