My wardrobe strategy – for myself and for every client – is that each new item work in at least 3 combinations with existing pieces. Solid separates function easily in this system, provided they are chosen in a unified color theme. But what about one-piece dresses?
That’s where accessories come into play – making the same garment feel dressier or more casual. Experimenting with new looks is a great spirit-booster during a quarantine. Here are some examples of variations I created …
These are dresses I sewed myself, but the styling lessons are universal. I loved this ready-to-wear shirred dress from the Cabi collection, but wanted sleeves and any color except black. Made in breathable navy blue rayon jersey, it’s comfy in both hot and cool weather.
- First I styled it for summer casual – straw hat, cork sandals and shell jewelry.
- Strappy navy pumps and sleek gold/silver mix jewelry take it in a dressier direction.
- Navy tights and chunky booties will carry it right into cooler weather.
- For those of you who sew – constructions details are HERE.
This easy tee dress is up-styled with a draped bodice and front tie. Originally intended this for a Florida beach vacation – obviously postponed.
- It still gets that boardwalk vibe with straw and shell accessories.
- Pearlized ivory pumps and tote, plus turquoise earrings dress it up for religious services or lunch dates (hopefully soon to come).
- Adding darker touches via a black/white reptile pump and black/white/turq mini-scarf extends the outfit into cooler months.
- Sewing specifics – if you’re interested – HERE.
Inspired by this red Cabi shirt dress that was too long-waisted for my short body, I sewed up a similar style from a blue floral georgette. sandals,
- First I simply belted it and paired it with a high-heeled snadal.
- Then I layered it over a royal blue tank, leaving the bodice unbuttoned.
- Finally I copied the Cabi styling idea and layered the dress – duster-like – over black leggings, stiletto booties and the same blue tank.
- Construction details HERE.
- Info about how this dress could work for me, even though it seemed to violate every one of my personal style “rules” HERE.
Notice, above, how popping the collar up a bit in back further elongates the line of my short figure – who knew?
What dress in your closet can you dress up? Dress down? Re-style to get more wear from it?