Let’s face it, as much as we all wish we could have an endless wardrobe and the ability to not repeat an outfit, the truth is that most of us need to reinvent pieces of our wardrobe in order to stay on-trend and on budget. Sure, you don’t want to wear the same dress everyday, but with the right accessories you can take a daytime/work outfit and turn it into the perfect little nighttime ensemble. Simply switching up your shoe choice, swapping a serious watch for a cocktail ring or bracelet and changing the shade of your lipstick can help reinvent those pieces in your closet that you are bored with.
Ever see a picture of Kate Middleton in the same outfit more than once? Yeah, we thought so. And she looks stylish and perfectly happy with her wardrobe choice. If she can recycle clothing for more than one occasion, we’re pretty sure that it’s perfectly acceptable for you to do it too. The trick is to buy clothing that is versatile (wide leg black pants, pencil skirt, LBD) and then spend a little time hunting inexpensive accessories (belts, bags, fashion jewelry). Are you a career girl who also loves a good happy-hour or date night? Who says you need two different wardrobes? With a few minor switches you can go from 9-5′er to after-hours trendsetter.
So, let’s take a page out of Kate’s book and show you two different ways to wear a black dress. Get inspired and then get shopping!
Outfit 1: Aqua Ponte Dress, $88, Bloomingdale’s; DKNY watch, $155, Macy’s; Super Skinny Belt, $10, ASOS; Dior “Nude Rouge” Lipstick, $32, Nordstrom; Rayban Wayfarer, $95, Overstock; That’s How I Stroll Heel, $58, ModCloth.
Outfit 2: Aqua Ponte Dress, $88, Bloomingdale’s; Chief Elegant Officer Blazer, $48, ModCloth; Shine By Me Collar, $30, ModCloth; Steven by Steve Madden T-strap pump, $159, Nordstrom; YSL Rouge lipstick, $32, Nordstrom.
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