I bet as you’re reading this post that a little black dress is sitting in your closet. Maybe it’s collecting dust. Mine was. I last wore mine in June. Now that fall is here, I started thinking about the LBD and how I could repurpose it for the changing season. I am not a skirt person by nature, but I love the look of skirts/shorts with ankle boots. So instead of buying a skirt I may not wear all that often, I decided to see if I could make the skirt/ankle boot work with my LBD. So the LBD will be “on repeat,” if you will.
My dress is from the Old Navy Outlet (purchased in May), and it was $10. I snatched it up right away. I love how it’s just such a versatile canvas – I could really dress it up for a holiday party in the next few months, or I could make it work more casually. So I’m exploring the casual side today.
Here’s the dress (with no accessories). I couldn’t find the exact one online, but here is the closest match. I just searched “black dress” on oldnavy.com, and by doing that search, you can find a silhouette that best works for your body type. (Try to focus on the dress instead of the kid with one sock on playing with his tools. How did the one sock thing happen? I don’t know, honestly…)
Here’s how I styled the dress this June. To add a fun, casual vibe, I paired the dress with a colorful statement necklace and pulled a color out of the necklace in my shoe choice.
Necklace: ILY Couture (multi) Sorry about the creepy close-up, but this necklace is amazing and deserves its own picture.
Earrings: Stella and Dot (I LOVE these studs. I probably wear them 3-4 times a week.)
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden (Lanii in fuschia pony)
Now that we’ve explored the summer look (that may work for you in the next few weeks), here are two options I will be trying out this fall…
Fall Transition Option 1
Army jacket + statement necklace + ankle boots
Here I am trying out different ankle boots in my “lab.” The black ones felt too heavy for this outfit, so I finally settled on the taupe. I know you will probably feel like a big dork, but taking selfies of your outfits really helps you see what works and what doesn’t. I was dead set on the black ones when I came up with this outfit, but when I saw the picture, I just knew the black ones weren’t quite right.
Jacket: GAP Outlet (old)
Earrings: Stella and Dot
Bracelet: Stella and Dot
Boots: Steve Madden Cinch in taupe
I love how the jacket and the boots dial down the “seriousness” of the black dress and how the gold statement necklace adds something unexpected and fun.
If you remember, I blogged about the Courtney Bib and the Steve Madden taupe boots. I am so very happy with these two pieces. Being real with you here…I have lost my way a bit in the fashion realm since I’m no longer working, and wearing the Courtney Bib just feels so me again. I may end up wearing this outfit this weekend, actually. Just act like you haven’t seen it if you see me out and about. P.S. I have a Steve Madden obsession.
Fall Transition Option 2
Oversized sweater + ankle boots
The whole basic tee + jogger pants + heels outfit I showed you in my last post has really inspired me to think a little more creatively. I never would’ve thought to pair the oversized sweater with a dress, but I kind of like it…Again, a little uncomfortable, but in a good way… I actually bought this sweater last season when I was pregnant, but I’m excited to repurpose it this season now that it will actually look a little slouchy.
This outfit is a little unconventional, yes, but I am really liking this exploration thing I have going on since I’m in a little bit of a fashion rut.
Sweater: Forever 21 (last season)
Booties: Target (last season)
So my advice? Break out that little black dress and have some fun making it casual. I have another option in making the LBD casual that I will show you next week!