I love to take one well-fitting basic piece or foundational outfit, as I did previously in several posts including 10 Easy Looks, 1 Basic Foundation and 5 Statements Looks, 1 Basic Foundation, and create multiple outfits using my accessories and other items from my wardrobe. Not only is this a useful activity that saves me time and energy deciding what to wear in the future but it’s fun too!
This time around I chose to style a simple black shirt dress I bought at Old Navy recently. I found it easy to create 6 ways to wear this lightweight and comfortable dress. It is sure to be the ideal dress to wear as we transition from the long hot days of summer into the slightly cooler days of early fall here in Wine Country.
I’ll begin with just the basic look with no accessorizing, outside of nude ballet flats. As you can see, this dress is a true shirt dress, buttoning all the way up the front. I bought a “tall” size and was happy to discover the dress hits me right at the knee. It comes with a removable belt and two tiny looped belt holes.
For my first styled look, I wore a summery Panama hat – borrowed from my husband – my everyday gold pendant from Florence, Italy, black sandals (similar) and my bone-colored Kate Spade bag. This is an outfit I would wear to a winery or out to an al fresco lunch with friends.
For my next look I went a bit dressier. I tied an Hermès Silk Duc Carriage Horse Twilly scarf, a gift from a friend, around my neck and threw on some black sunglasses. I wore a block heeled sandal by Miz Mooz (similar).
For my third look, I went for a “Weekend at the Farmers Market” casual outfit with a denim jacket (thrifted), TOMS Avalon slip-ons, and instead of a handbag, I carried my favorite farmers market tote.
For a look with a boho vibe, I wore a beaded tassel necklace by KayandStar (similar), my gladiator sandals and carried a Mulberry Bayswater bag (similar). When the weather gets chilly, I can layer this look with a long cardigan in black or another neutral color.
For a date night look, I took off the belt that comes with the dress and added a leather wrap belt by ADA Collection. It easily covers the small belt loops on the waist of the dress. I wore flat strappy sandals (similar) and carried a Rebecca Minkoff tassel clutch for some added color.
For my final look, I folded a light blue and yellow Versace silk scarf I bought in a town near Milan several years ago into a belt, wore strappy flat sandals and carried my Adora by Adrienne bag.
I will be giving this shirt dress lots of attention in the months ahead. I hope to wear it in cooler weather, too, with tights, booties, tall boots, shawls and jackets. I think this would make a great dress for travel too!
Have you added any shirt dresses to your wardrobe this season?
Make it a rich day!