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Monday, January 31, 2011

GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR WARDROBE: 1 DRESS 3 WAYS



How many times have you purchased an item that you just had to have and as the months go by you realize that you've only worn it once? I have to raise my hand and say, I've been an offender of this myself. As I said in a previous post, one of my New Year's resolutions was to get more out of my wardrobe by mixing and matching what I already own.

I scored this cobalt blue ruffled sleeve dress from ASOS and challenged myself to make it work in at least three ways. I'm a big believer in making your wardrobe work double duty and I feel like I've become sort of a pro at doing that. One of the best ways to get mileage out of your wardrobe is with accessories. Belts, earrings, bracelets, and statement necklaces can make a world of difference in an outfit.

Below are three ways that I'm utilizing accessories to get the most out of my LBD (Little Blue Dress).

Dressy Casual

For this look a statement belt and earrings are all I needed to punch up this simple yet chic dress.
Belt-NY&CO, watch-MK, Earrings-Forever21, Boots-Steve Madden 

 An Evening Out


A swap of a belt makes a difference.
A great way to get mileage out your dresses is to start wearing them as tops. For this look, I didn't just want to choose a plain old black belt, I wanted to play with a light color to contrast against the blues. I chose this natural colored wide belt and a pencil sequin skirt for a nighttime look.  I finished the look off with black chandelier earrings, and a multi crystal bracelet to make this look work for evening,
Skirt-Calvin Klein (plus), Belt-NY&CO

At The Office
It's no secret that a blazer is a transforming piece. I chose this natural color blazer, a tassel necklace, and a pair of men's style lace up pumps to wear this dress to work.
Blazer-Calvin Klein (Plus), Shoes-Zara, Necklace-Ann Taylor (gifted)


14 comments:

Kerissa said...

I really like the idea of wearing dresses as tops. I'll need to practice before heading out. Will let you know when I'm successful. I have mastered transforming dressings and skirts with accessories including blazers and cardigans. Planning a post soon of a look from last week :)

Prissy said...

I like what you've done here. The looks are so different, yet they have one thing in common, the dress! I've never worn a dress as a top, but I have seen in done. You get an A+ for all of these looks!!

Prissy
www.rushourfashion.com

Alissa said...

@ Kerissa-Can't wait to see what you come up with.

@Prissy-Thanks!

The Notorious ZAG said...

All three looks are fantastic! I've done dress-as-skirt before, but never dress-as-top. Very pretty and clever too. I like it, and that blue looks good on you.

Promise said...

Thanks for the comment, liking the way you have made use of the one dress...x

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Alissa said...

@thenotoriouszag & Promise-Thank You

Curvy Debbie said...

I really like ur style, I saw this dress on Asos but it was to large for me! to bad!

Tima said...

Looks amazing all 3 ways and that color just pops off your complexion!!

Editor & Chic

Jeniese said...

OOOHHHH I love the way you styled all three looks. I just decided I would buy anything I couldn't wear at least 3 ways! This was helpful in my quest.

Alissa said...

@Tima-Thanks. It's odd how I wear alot of blue when pink is my favorite color.

@Jeneise-Thanks.

stylishous said...

I love that you made such a good use out of that dress. Sometimes we tend to think that we can’t wear certain articles of clothing but once a year if it stands out b/c of a bold color or print & would be too obvious…but you proved that mindset wrong. You really did make that dress look like 3 different outfits. Great job!

Shabana said...

CUTE OUTFIT!AND I HAVE A DRESS LIKE THAT THAT I WILL HAVE TO JAZZ UP!
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Anonymous said...

Wow!! I am amazed! I would have never imagined doing this dress these 3 ways!! Can you come home with me to upgrade my closet? I would love to see you revamp a worn out & tired wardrobe.
Amazed!!
-Fatima

Savonne said...

Thanks @stylishous, Fatima, and Shabana

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