Re-Purposing Your Summer Dresses, featuring the Long Boyfriend Cardigan

Confession time: I usually hate dresses. Oh wait. I already told you that around Easter (see post HERE).

I am so uncomfortable in nearly all of them, and ninety-nine percent of those uncomfortable feelings stem from being so tall and dresses being so short (and the desire for modesty).

Searching high and low for dresses that are long enough, budget-friendly enough, and not too girly in the print is basically a task that one could only describe as soul-draining.

But dresses can also be so versatile. GROAN.

Dresses can be great for literally almost any occasion. A dress can make you look polished yet casual or dressed up just enough for that weird occasion that you can’t quite figure out how to dress for. Like I said in my last post, an outfit can be totally changed just by accessories alone.

Here is a church look I put together with a dress I bought for my sister Mallory’s bachelorette party.

And here I am at her bachelorette lunch a few weeks ago in the same dress.

Mom, me, and my sisters Mallory, Ashley, and Paige.
Picture is a tad dark, but the first time I wore the dress, I just accessorized with basic cognac/tan peep toe heels and my trusty gold rebel pendant necklace.

The bridesmaids wore black for the bachelorette party, and since I knew we would be outside a good portion of the day, I wanted a short dress. I thought to myself, well, I will probably only wear this dress this once since it is a tad shorter than what I typically wear.

To prove myself wrong, I tried to re-purpose it by wearing it with black skinny pants underneath. Result? I looked like a woman wearing a dress and pants at the same time. FAIL. I wish I got a picture…

TAKE TWO: Instead, by adding a long cardigan for church, I think I may have made the dress appear longer than it actually is. SCORE.

I go for subdued rocker mom at church, and I am confident that I achieved that look by adding mixed metal accessories, my trusty fringe tote, and my lace-up sandals.

These sandals were the find of the century to me. I LOVE lace-up sandals (told you about my Fergie snakeskin lace-ups in THIS POST), and while I styled them with “mom shorts” in that post, I like them almost better with the dress.

Moral of the story: Don’t give up on those pieces (like my short dress) in your closet. Work at re-purposing them to add dimension to your wardrobe.


Cardigan from Forever 21 (literally ten years old and my favorite cardigan ever)
Dress from Old Navy (found in-store, but HERE you can find the same silhouette with different prints)
Necklace from Stella and Dot
Bracelets from Groopdealz and Stella and Dot (old)
Tote from Target
Sandals from Target (sold out online, found in-store)

ONE FINAL NOTE…I’m still working with my curling wand that I briefly mentioned in THIS POST. A review of it is coming soon (once I try it for curls and waves multiple times…)!


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