Style Stretching Strategies: Two-fers

A “two-fer” is a pair of garments in the same fabric and/or color that can be worn as a set or separated and worn with other pieces to create a range of outfit options.  If the color or pattern looks great on you one way, it will logically look equally good in other ways, right?

The most obvious two-fer is a a pair of twin tops.  That might mean a traditional sweater set or a more contemporary, creative two-layer bodice combo.  (The teal one seriously needs a pair of Shoulder Shapers and Sleeve Bands to keep the sleeves pushed up!)

They function nicely as a set with a compatible skirt or pant.  But the over-layer can work with a different shell underneath and the shell can work under a variety of other toppers: jacket, cardigan, overshirt … like this:

Another kind of two-fer is the 2-piece dress — matching top and skirt that then break apart to mix with other combos.  A rare find in ready-to-wear, but easy-peasy for those of us who sew parts of our wardobe. This is the one I just used in my brown and purple capsule:

The shirred top also works with taupe and purple skirts in my existing wardrobe and the print skirt works with my taupe shell and cascade cardigan.  Eight new outfits in all, from just 2 new pieces.

Do you have any Two-fers in your closet?  Did you buy them ready-made or sew them yourself?

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Barbara Grace on November 28, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    I think I’ll add a two-piece “dress” to my sewing list. 🙂

    • Elaine Earnshaw on December 3, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Me too. I can see how it helps you to make more outfits. I’m going to bear that in mind when I order fabrics.

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