Monday, January 31, 2011


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)


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!!


Alissa said...

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


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

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.


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...


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.

Savonne said...

Thanks @stylishous, Fatima, and Shabana

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