Whenever I’m feeling a little bored with my clothes but don’t want to go shopping, I like coming up with new ways to style what I already own. Finding new ways to wear pieces almost makes them feel new again, and I have fun trying to be creative with my closet.
One piece that I recently styled is this cute little striped dress. I found 3 new ways to wear it, in addition to just wearing it alone.
1. Striped Dress by itself
Of course I’ve worn this dress alone plenty of times. It’s the softest material, stays cool in the summer, and is just so easy to throw on and go. By itself, it lacks a little structure and interest, so it’s not my most flattering outfit, but I love that it’s simple and easy.
2. Striped Dress with Chambray Shirt
This is my favorite way to wear this dress. The chambray shirt really adds a lot to this outfit. It breaks up the pattern, it gives some structure and proportion to my body, and it’s a removable second layer so it’s perfect for changing temperatures.
I tie the shirt just below my natural waist. This position is flattering on most people, as it emphasizes the natural curve of the waist and hips. If it sat any lower, it would give my upper body a boxy appearance. The tie is a simple knot, anchored by the lowest button secured over the tie.
3. Striped Dress with Pleated Skirt
I don’t know how many other people do this, but I love using my dresses as tops. By adding a skirt on top of the dress, you effectively double the dress’s potential uses! In order to maintain a smooth silhouette, I always make sure my dress is shorter than the skirt (even when walking!) and that the skirt is not too tight. It should not be obvious that you’re wearing a full dress underneath your skirt.
For this outfit, I chose this black pleated skirt. I love the combination of horizontal stripes with the vertical pleats. Plus this skirt always makes me want to twirl. 🙂
I completed the outfit with a black and white envelope clutch and silver necklace.
4. Striped Dress with Shirt tied at Waist
Tying a shirt at your waist is the easiest way to give definition to a plain outfit without actually wearing another layer. I chose a thin grey shirt because it was easy to tie and not too bulky. As with the chambray shirt, I tied this one just below my natural waist.
With a little bit of planning and creativity, you can style one piece multiple ways. I love having options with my clothes, so this is one of my favorite little tricks! I’d love to hear which look is your favorite!