Today I went to Salvation Army to try to find a birthday present for my husband. I was not successful in that. As usually happens, however, I found something else: a $2.99 Ann Taylor knit jersey dress.
I’ve been dealing with early-morning wardrobe crises for the past few weeks. As a fashion grad student, I feel a certain obligation not to wear T-shirts to class. Summer was easy — I could throw on a maxi dress and some earrings and head out. But, with very few of my dresses suitable for fall, I now have to think to put together an outfit. Thinking is not my best function early in the morning. So this afternoon I pulled out all my fall/winter clothes to evaluate. And, since I obviously can’t wear this sleeveless number by itself when it’s 50 degrees outside, I decided to see how many different ways I could accessorize this dress.
I stopped at eight looks, although I could do several additional things with it (and would do an entirely different set for summer!). This is just to demonstrate what you can do with one basic dress, a few cardigans, and some accessories. If you have a limited budget and/or wardrobe space, here’s what you should look for when shopping:
- A few simple basics — a pair of jeans, some camisoles, a couple of simple knit dresses (which, by the way, are excellent for traveling).
- Traditional cardigans in several colors — if you shop carefully, you can find well-made classics that should last for years. They can be worn with dresses, jeans, or skirts, and they look good every time.
- Scarves in a variety of colors — multicolored scarves are most versatile and can tie together pieces in an outfit that might otherwise look mismatched.
- Belts in a variety of colors.
- A good assortment of costume jewelry. You can accomplish a lot for a little money if you make it yourself — basic fishhook earrings and necklaces can be made easily with very little experience.