Happy happy Terrific Tuesday! I hope Monday went well, and Tuesday finds you in good spirits. I am so excited to share this little pink gem with you this morning. I absolutely love this t-shirt dress, and don't even get me started on that fun ruffle at the bottom! I mean, oh my goodness! "It's faaaaaaabulous!" ::song in proper opera style:: It's great for beating the heat or playing with the baby! And the versatility... the choices are endless for a dress like this . It's style is classic, so it goes with just about any particular look. I could trade the boots for heals, I could throw on a leather jacket or denim vest, wear leggings underneath, or I could wear a hat and a statement necklace. There are so many options with a versatile dress like this, which is why I love it.
Below, I have shared four of my favorite tips when buying versatile pieces. I know not everyone is like me and tries to never outfit repeat, but versatile pieces are fantastic, whether you have your seven favorite outfits or twenty outfits you may have yet to wear. Whatever your style, versatile pieces will serve you best.
Tip 1: Buy Quality. This blog focuses mainly on sales, thrift shops, and consignment stores. I absolutely love a good bargain! But when it comes to buying a good versatile piece, I would encourage you to be willing to spend quality money. Now, just because it's on the sale rack does not mean it isn't quality, I mean take the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! There are some amazing pieces for fabulous prices, they aren't just trying to get rid of the outcasts! So don't be afraid to start in the clearance. Nevertheless, when you are buying a piece that can be worn multiple ways, in multiple outfits, I just encourage you to be willing to invest.
Tip 2: Buy solids or simple, timeless patterns. Now I am all about some trendy colors and patterns, but when buying a versatile piece, this can get you in trouble. Often I find that the most versatile pieces are either a solid or a classic pattern because they mix-and-match the best. Trendy patterns are great, but trendy patterns seem to gravitate to a particular style/season that they represent, instead of being a classic piece of your wardrobe. Your may happen to change a bit from one season to the next but a versatile piece grow with you. Take for example, a plain v-neck tee shirt. A plain v-neck can be worn under a leather jacket, tucked into a skirt, knotted with jeans or cut offs, or with some athleasure leggings. So in most cases buying those versatile pieces is a great investment, simply because it goes with so much!
Tip 3: Create outfits before you buy. When I am considering a new piece for my wardrobe (and I'm not impulse buying), I require myself to make three outfits, in my mind, using that particular piece. That way I won't risk buying something for a one-time wear. It just takes a couple minutes, and you'd be amazed at how many lovely and creative styles you can come up with!
Tip 4: Make sure the neckline, hem line, and style are ones that can be worn with different accessories, shoes, cardigans/jackets, and could flow from one season to the next. You would be amazed at the effect hem lines have on style. If something is too long, you may look silly wearing your favorite cardy with it. If something is too short, it may not work with that particular top you were excited to pair it with. Same with the neckline. If it's is too low it may not look good with that statement necklace you wanted to accessorize with. If it's too high your choice in baubles may be narrow. You catch my drift? You want to keep in mind the outfits you just mentally created and make sure that the hem, the neckline, and the style will work for those outfits. You even may chose to do some alterations yourself! Whatever works.
I hope this will be helpful next time you go out to buy a fun versatile piece. Versatile pieces keep my creative juices flowing, because I always like to find new ways to wear them. Allow your closet to be unique and interesting, allow yourself to dream up new outfits. And if you aren't sure about what you made, ask a friend who will give you an honest answer about whether the outfit looks good or not. Or even, feel free to share them with me, email me or post a picture in the comments. Just allow yourself to get those pieces in your closet.
Have a wonderful Tuesday! Thank y'all for such great love and support. You really are the best.
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