Styling a dress for two very different looks

When Sammy from Bargain Bag Lady asked if I wanted to collaborate, I thought “hell yeah!”. I’ve followed Sammy for a while now on Instagram, and I love how we share a fondness for op shopping and bargain hunting. After a couple, well let’s say a few, back and forth emails we settled on the challenge “One Dress styled two ways”.

To see how Sammy styled her gorgeous floral look, see here.

I chose this periwinkle blue dress which I bought from The Wardrobe Green, a second hand online store on Instagram (@the_wardrobe_green). It’s not a typical dress I would purchase, or wear, especially as it’s quite a long length and well fitted. But I fell in love with the colour, and have been determined to style it.

The first look I went for really highlights the long lines of the dress. I wore it as is, with my burnt orange duster (which I wear to death), and colourful scarf. I wanted to keep all the long lines; so the dress, duster coat and scarf all sit at a similar length. Because of my shorter stature I found that I needed to wear heeled sandals with it, otherwise you’d barely see my legs!

duster-coat-blue-dress

 For the second look, I wanted to show how you can style a piece of clothing quite dramatically different to how it’s originally supposed to be worn. I’m a much bigger fan of mini/shorter skirts as they make me appear taller, so I shortened the dress by tucking the bottom section into the top of my tights. Perhaps not the best if you have to go to the bathroom! However it does show the versatility of a piece of clothing. I layered a blouse over the top of the dress, and belted it to highlight my waist, very important if you have boobs and hips like me.

black-blouse-blue-skirt

Outfit Details:

Outfit 1
Dress: No label, from The Wardrobe Green $10
Duster: Bought new (on sale) from Dotti
Scarf: Gift from a friend
Heels: Old

Outfit 2
Skirt: Same dress as above, but shortened
Blouse: Old from Cotton On
Belt: Thrifted $2
Boots: Urban Sole - thrifted from Salvos $18

What piece of clothing have you styled differently? Let me know below! 

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Em xx