As I’m packing away warm-weather clothes in the hopes of reopening them soon in Savannah, I’ve deliberated a lot over which dresses to pack away and which ones I can re-work to wear through the fall and winter months. I bought this polka-dotted dress at an outlet for $20, and it got two wears over the summer. I hate to pack it away having only worn it twice. Reading Roxy’s post on Effortless Anthropologie
about organizing and building your closet, I was inspired! I went through my closet to see what I already own and could pair with this dress to make its wearability last into the holidays. For fun and laughs, I paired it with a couple of printed sweaters and ended up kind of digging a couple of them…we’ll see if I actually pair the prints together and wear them in public, but playing dress-up in the safety of my own home, the outfits seemed to have potential.
Look 1 is actually a swing sweater with buttons from the top of the sweater to about ¼ of the way down. It looked funny layered over the dress that way, so I took the bottom ends and tied them into a knot and tucked it under the belt, so now it looks more like a buttoned shrug. The belt in Look 1 costs $29.99 and is from Lane Bryant. The pink ruffled sweater is from Anthropologie, the b&w cardigan with the sprawling print is from Carson’s, and all other items, with the exception of the dress, are from Lane Bryant.
As I paired the dress with different sweaters, I realized that I have tons of cardigan sweaters and solid colored camis. However, I also realized I can pair several of my other dresses with many of these cardis and camis. Versatility! Yes! After my dress-up session, I have plenty of pairings to carry this dress through the winter. It made me excited about the dress again as well as elevated a couple of cardis from boring work-wear to cute layering pieces. I just might try this again tomorrow with a different dress…