Versatility continued

So last week’s post was all about the amazing, wear-in-a-hundred-different-ways, chameleon dress. Today I’m going to elaborate a bit and give some tips on how to jazz it up and what to add that may already be in your wardrobe.

These kind of dresses require some playing in front of the mirror, I little experimentation and some creativity. You’ll get miles and miles of use out of the dress, and best of all you won’t be accused of wearing the same thing more than once!

This is a great way to wear the dress – over a vest or a tee (long-sleeve in winter), giving it a slouchy cool pinafore edge. Team with pumps or gladiators for day, tights and boots or pumps for winter.

Another option for casual daytime chic.  Wear the dress as a skirt, either tying around the neck (for a new take on the suspender look), or in a bow at the waist.  Vests and tees, with the a little cropped jacket or bolero make this a winner.

I really love this take on Greek goddess.  Draping is always in and this style can easily be worn daytime with flats (gladiator of course) or night-time with some gorgeous strappy heels and a great clutch and cuff.

Or try this variation on the Grecian theme – understated, with draping in all the right areas.  Wear with leggings or tights and shoe-boots in winter.

One word: sexy!  Cleavage revealing and bust enhancing.  This is the way to tie the dress for that date with that man!  Match up with heels (of course) – this season’s new cage heels in metallic will add a harder edge to a feminine style.  You mean business after all!

An illustration of the endless ways to tie, wrap and transform this dress.  Flattering, binding the waist and drawing the eye to the collar bones and shoulders.

The absolute bonus with this dress is that the tie can be switched with one of another colour, ribbon, rope, etc.  Taking the dress from ‘fun’ to ‘formal’ in a blink of an eye!  Talk about recessionista!

Chameleon dress available from FriendsWithJenny, jenny@friendswithjenny.co.za, www.friendswithjenny.blogspot.com

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