Thursday, June 28, 2012

1 Dress - 3 Ways, Vol. 1

I recently found this black and white print dress on the clearance rack at Target for only $12.50! I thought it was a great buy and wanted to demonstrate its versatility without spending a lot of money. It was a few inches longer - I hemmed it to the petite-friendly length of right above my knees. I hope you enjoy these pairings and are inspired to find some creative uses of something from your own closet or clearance rack!

Casual At The Movies
Dress: Merona at Target {here}
Sweater: LOFT {similar here}
Bag: Coach {similar here}
Shoes: Sigerson Morrison
Bracelet: thanks to INPINK {here}
Ring: Amrita Singh {here}
Watch: Michael Kors {similar here}
Sunglasses: Tom Ford "Anouk" {similar here and here}

I paired a casual striped sweater with this look because if you're anything like me, while the temperatures are hot outside, the air conditioning inside many places (like movie theaters, for example) is freezing! Add a deep bag for sneaking in snacks and some comfy flats and you're ready to go!

Lunch Date
Dress: Merona at Target {here}
Cardigan: Merona at Target {here}
Bag: Chloé "Paraty"
Heels: Talbots "Lyra" {similar here}
Necklace: Vintage and thrifted
Earrings: thanks to INPINK {similar here}
Bracelets: Target and thanks to INPINK {here}
Ring: Kendra Scott "Tela" {here}
Sunglasses: Chloé "Ammi" {here}

This dress is very easy to mold into an office or lunch date appropriate look. The v-neck, defined waist, and drapey fabric give a feminine silhouette without being obvious. Add a bright cardigan, nice jewelry, and statement bag and you're ready to go!

Evening At The Ballet
Dress: Merona at Target {here}
Belt: black ribbon with vintage brooch {similar here}
Purse: Vintage {love this one}
Heels: Christian Louboutin "Decollete" {here} {similar here for $125 and here for $25}
Necklace and Earrings: Made by me
Sunglasses: Tom Ford "Anouk" {similar here and here}

For this look, I added a vintage brooch pinned to black ribbon, a vintage bag, and elegant jewelry. I think many frocks can be dressed up with a great pair of heels - especially like the cut and patent material of these Louboutins. No ankle straps keeps my short legs looking long. But please ladies, no giant platforms like this - they're really not the ticket to creating an elegant look.

I found this dress easy to play with - adding and subtracting accessories was really all I did. Readers, which look do you like the best and how would you style this dress?


Mrs C said...

Love all the pairings.. amazing how this dress can be dressy and casual!

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Louisa said...

Love this idea, my favourite is lunch date but they all look great.

immerlight said...

Wow! So different combination and all are great!

Juju said...

it's a great idea: dress is posh and your three matching are perfect for all occasions

Rejina Tyson said...

Cute post! I love all the ways you rocked this dress. You're always such a chic lady. ;) Also, thanks for dropping my blog and telling about you giveaway. ;)

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alison*elle said...

Great deal on the dress and cute idea for a post, Mary Ann! I like it all ways but especially the third :)

xo, alison*elle

Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

YOu did a great job with this, and I'm amazed that you got it for $12.50. You must shop a lot in order to find these deals.

Elena said...

Amazing idea! Love all three looks! The pattern of the dress is amazing!
So glad I found your blog dear/following you girl

Jamie said...

Love the versatility shown here. Clothes that can be worn to many different kinds of events are the best kind and often just switch accessories is all you need! Love it!!

The Jones said...

These are all great options...It's amazing how much you can change the look of a dress by pairing it with different shoes/accessories!

<3 Cambria

theM.A.D.creationist said...

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Katie- Hems for Her said...

Great post! I have been wanting to do a similar post, and after seeing how great this looks, I know I will!

Jenny said...

Great post! That is a fabulous dress and I love how you styled it in each of these looks! I really love the striped sweater with it. The 2 black and white prints together look great. You have the best accessories in all of these photos!

<3 Jenny

Samantha said...

I love the second pairing with the yellow cardigan! Actually, I wearing something similar today (and have a future post coming)! And I love seeing how versatile an item is -too fun!

xo, sam

Jenee C. said...

What a great idea for a post! I've been throwing around the same idea for a while but never gotten around to executing it. I love the second look. Yellow and black is a perfect match.

xx Jenee C.

Paolina of Calur Villade said...

i love your creativity. the dress looks very nice all three ways, it is so versatile :D

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Martina said...

i love your smile!

Bernadeth G. said...

so gorgeous! <3

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Georgina said...

LOVE this post - what a wonderful idea! Gorgeous dress :)

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Tam said...

What a great bargain dress! I love how it transitions so well from casual to dressy. Great styling!

Natalie said...

favorite would have to be the one with the yellow cardigan!!

GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

$12.50? What a steal! Love Target sales rack. You look beautiful in it. I like it best with the yellow card.

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Kat said...

that dress is soo beautiful!! i love how its so veratile :D

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Well... said...

I've been wanting to do a post like this! Haha, I love how you've styled this dress in all looks. My fave is the Lunch Date one. I'm a sucker for color :)

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Bravoe Runway said...

When the City Concept Target opens up I hope to find great finds like the one you have on!

Fashion babel said...

Thank you tons for visiting me!
Love that dress!Nice combinations, they look so good on you, and you have an amazing smile!

María Lapetiteblonde said...

wow dear!!perfects 3 looks!!love all!!

Mira said...

I love all looks. Can´t decide which one I like the most :D


Ask Erena said...

Amazing how you changed the look of the same dress! Great post!

hugs from New York,
Ask Erena

Bespoke Gina said...

I especially like it with the cardigan. Just lovely.

Claire said...

definitely a versatile dress and what a great price!!! i like the bright yellow pairing. it would be fun to do a mixed print with this, maybe a floral? or wear it with a denim jacket or vest for a casual look!

Jessica @ Here(and)Now said...

I love this dress, and all the ways that you remixed it! The yellow cardigan is definitely my favorite!

Marisa- Broke With Designer Taste said...

SUCH a cute dress! Love all three looks! Thanks for stopping by my blog. We should follow each other :)


Melanee said...

Great post on the dress!


Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog said...

Such a beautiful dress. I always think black and white is one of the most versatile combinations. I love the way you have styled it especially the lovely yellow cardigan.

Corinne said...

love this!! i love taking a piece of clothing and making it insanely versatile! sometimes it's not so easy but you've totally pulled it off! (& i am in love with the dress!)
& learning how to hem is seriously something my tiny self needs to know how to do haha ;D
xx Corinne

May Loh said...

Like how you have paired the dress with the yellow cardigan! :)
May x

Self-Dressed said...

this dress is super cool!
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like to follow each other? I hope so...! we could stay in contact!
kisses dear!

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Alicia, River City Chic said...

i love the dress and the fact that it is so versatile makes it even better! you look amazing!

alicia // river city chic

Heather Fonseca said...

Cute! I like the dress with the yellow sweater. It's a versatile piece.
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Fernanda said...


morganvsmorgan said...

I love all the looks, but my favourite is the last one- its shape is lovely!

Lindsay said...

Gosh! It would be hard to decide on a favorite! They're all so adorable. I love the dress and it looks like you can style it a million different ways. Love the casual look, too. I wouldn't have thought of that.