Tuesday, December 8, 2015

One dress, four outfits...

By Alissa Hicks

Dress, available at Apricot Lane, $79, 1301 Herr Ln, 502.708.2823; Boots, available at Merci, $195, 3911 Chenoweth Square, 50.893.4252.

Few of us have an unlimited wardrobe of the trendiest pieces of the moment like the fashion bloggers we see on social media. Most of us need to re-wear things multiple times. If you paid good money for a piece and made a good investment in it, you want to get your money’s worth. But being clever with how to reconfigure an outfit isn’t always easy. You’ve got to be creative to take one item and wear it different ways. Let’s take this shift dress as an example.

This dress is simple yet chic with a little flare to it. It’s black and white, so it is neutral enough to pair with most anything. Here’s how you can take this one dress and wear it four different ways.

1. Wearing the dress with a pair of tall, sleek black boots is the perfect day-to-night look. You can        take this look from the office to dinner and drinks with friends, a holiday party at the in-laws, or a spontaneous night out with your gal pals. Accessorize with a fun purse or jewelry (we’re loving long tassel necklaces), and you’re as stylish as any of those fashion bloggers.

2. Amp it up. Say you’re going to a holiday party that requires a little more glam.This dress is just as cute with a pair of black opaque tights or even black sheer pantyhose (yes, those are still OK to wear) and a pair of heels. Add a sophisticated clutch or a touch of sparkle, and you’re holiday-ready.

3. If it’s uber cold out, play down this dress with leggings, trendy ankle booties, and a blanket scarf to keep you warm.
4. For an even simpler look, add a waist belt to define your shape and make you look less square. Slip on a pair of flats, and you’re ready to go.

For the colder months, a great statement coat can transform any look. The pop of color in this jacket over a black-and-white dress will look eye-catching.

Coat available at Colonial Designs, $151, 3712 Lexington Rd, 502.896.4461.

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