As my on-going process of purging my wardrobe continues, I have been exploring new ways to wear items that I already own. There was a bright kelly green dress that I came across during my initial closet clean-out in December that I was on the fence about keeping. I talked about keeping items I was unsure about and having a “funeral” for your clothes in my last HUGE post I titled Surviving 30 Days Without Shopping. Well this dress was one of those items.
It was also what I considered a summer dress because of its cut and color, but honestly, the polyester fabric always made me boil, boil I say, during the hot months. To see if it could pass the test of staying or going, I decided to see how I could remix this dress into something I absolutely loved and also be able to wear in the California fall and winter months.
I took some of my interior design principals and applied them to putting color with pattern and texture. Here is my Designing From My Closet formula: Bright Dress + Neutral Top (with interest or pattern) + Fun Shoes = Finding three new ways to remix a dress!
If you have a basic sheath, fit & flair skater style, or maxi dress in a bright color this formula can work to get the most life out of one dress.
LACE & LEOPARD
The sheer quality of the ivory lace top and how the dress color peeks through is what really drew me to put this outfit together. It takes this very casual dress to another level and is perfect now for going out to dinner or even meeting with clients. The belt really helps define my waist as being short-waisted, I really need all the help I can get. There is a subtle pattern mix going on here between the lace, cheetah belt, chevron pattern purse, leopard shoes, & carved wood bangles. All of the texture is making this look something I love.
This black & white Ikat print top has been one that I love, but have had issues with the length when I try to wear it with pants. Now I think this is how it was meant to be! The length is perfect for this application on my body. And I got to wear my ReFashioned black & white wedges again, so this makes it even better. A little “bling” added through the form of a mint colored statement necklace and gold chain bracelet and my look is complete. If you had not noticed, although I am adding black and white patterns in the top, clutch, & shoes, they all vary in scale and saturation of color. The top has a lot of white, the clutch has muted white, and the shoes are mostly black with just touches of white.
SWEATER & STRIPES
Dress: Old Navy (similar) | Striped Tee: LOFT (similar) | Sweater Vest: Part LOFT, Part me (see ReFashion DIY) (similar) | Bird Necklace: Target (similar) | Brown Braided Belt: H&M (similar) | Brown Wedge Booties: JCPenny (similar)
Sorry for the Non-Uniform style of the image, but I took this picture on my iPhone for Instagram the first time I tried to remix this dress prior to me thinking about doing this post. After this day was done, I realized the real potential in this kelly green dress. This is probably the most casual of the three with a white and black 3/4 sleeve tee and ivory sweater vest that I ReFashioned after finding a sweater at Goodwill of Orange County. A fun bird necklace (ah, I love birds!), brown belt, & congac wedge booties round out the look.
Verdict, this green dress is a keeper! I am linking up with Audrey at Putting Me Together for her weekly style challenge. This week’s theme is Wear A Bright Color and I thought that this kelly green dress fit perfectly.
Today’s Postivity Note
Hello Wonderful! You are brave, capable, creative and ready. Go make life happen!
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