Mix & Match: From Dressy to Casual

Mix & Match: From Dressy To Casual | Designing From My ClosetRemixing items in my wardrobe is something I love doing.  A couple of recent purchases have integrated so well into my closet that I wanted to show a way I mixed and matched them from a dressy look to a casual look.


Anthropologie Style Plus Size Dress from Macy's | Designing From My ClosetMacy's Dress, Anthropologie Necklace, & Vintage Clutch | Designing From My ClosetI love how the pattern flows onto the back of this dressPatterned dress paired with a jeweled necklace

My dressy look is this patterned dress from Macy’s that I featured here.  By pairing it with a large color beaded necklace, strappy heels, & a gold beaded clutch, the dress takes on a party flair.  I wore this to my family Christmas party this last Saturday and it was so comfortable.  It was wonderful to see everyone and catch up with what they have been up to.  I finally took charge as the photographer this year and yelled out to this group of approximately 50 people that we should do a dramatic photo like Solange Knowles wedding and I got blank stares back.  That is when I realized that no one really had no clue what I was talking about.  Oh well.


Putting a sweater over this patterned dress gives the appearance of having a new skirtI love how the pattern on the skirt mixes so well with the snake print clutch, gold wire cuff, & coral beaded ringThis necklace is an unexpected color combinationThe pattern of the dress peeks through the open weave of the sweater

By placing this burgundy Ruche sweater that I featured here over the Macy’s dress, it takes on a little more casual look.  Now this dress looks like a fun pencil skirt.  The necklace picks up the orange and green in the dress and draws that color up to the top.  Brown wedge booties, a large snake print clutch, gold wire cuff, & coral beaded statement ring complete this fun look.


The Provincetown Curvy Plus Sweater in Burgundy | Designing From My ClosetEathy Mix: Burgundy sweater, wood bead necklace, leopard print bag, & carved wood braceletsBurgundy sweater from Ruche | Designing From My ClosetI love how the open croquet work goes down the side seam

Now that same sweater turns totally casual when paired with skinny jeans and brown riding boots.  Pattern is now introduced through the leopard handbag.  I kept the color palette pretty simple on this look and focused on texture with the wood bead necklace & carved wood bracelets.

 Both of these pieces are going to be worn quite a bit this winter and I can see many different colors of tights going with this dress.

What about you?  Do you like to remix?  What are some of the tricks that you do to mix & match items in your closet?

Today’s Postivity Note

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. -Wayne Dyer

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  1. I’ve admired this dress since I saw you post it to Instagram. I’m so pleased that you’ve featured it in a second blog post where you show how to remix it. There’s such a different mood with the dressy outfit compared to the dressy casual look. You and Nina have both inspired me today to try layering tops over my dresses. The dress is truly such a stunner – a statement piece you’ll have for years. It looks like something Anthro would have, doesn’t it? Except it would max out at a size 12. And run like a size 8.

    I also like how you organized this post by transitioning from the dress to the top. I have a few new pieces that I might feature in a similar way. It’ll be a great way to see how they mix-and-match with other pieces in my closet. Featuring a few news pieces in a single post is a great way to knock out a few birds with one stone!

    Have a very Merry Christmas, Janeane! So pleased to have “met” you and gotten to know you better these past few weeks!

    ❤ Liz

    1. Yes, it this dress is so Anthro style. I even had my family who I know shop at Anthropologie ask me where I got it. I was inspired to start trying my hand at using a dress as a skirt and now I am hooked. Thanks for the compliment on the post. I had fun with this one and I was able to utilize some previous pictures. Have a wonderful Christmas and I am so happy we met as well.

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