Shopping Your Closet: The Mini Dress

[I used to show you how to pull off runway trends in the series “Rock the Look.” In this new series, I’ll be taking a different item you probably already have in your closet each week and showing you three new ways to wear it. After all, the best shopping tip anyone will give you is to only buy pieces that work with something you already own. Last week we built looks around the classic white shirt and this week we’re going glam with the mini dress.]

A mini dress is one of the most versatile pieces in your closet since it can be worn as a dress or a top. Therefore buying one is like a double investment, right? (Right?? because I just bought six.)

The mini dress can be worn dressed up or casual, and can easily go from day to night. And if you never made it home last night? Well, go you! And lucky for you, it’s pretty simple to transition back to day as well, so no one has to know about your late night tryst.

This Sky mini dress is available at Fashion Chateau for $123, but you can get one of these puppies in any style, color or budget.  Here are three ways to wear this one (or yours!).

1. As an actual dress. Rock this look with sky-high heels and a sparkly clutch when you’re heading out for a special night out, such as your girlfriend’s 21st.

BCBGirls Shoes – $110
Foldover Clutch – Charlotte Russe $7.49

2. With leggings and boots. While it’s still a little chilly (and perhaps windy?), you might want to skip the bare legs in favor of leggings with a hot pair of boots. On the way to your destination, pair it with a leather jacket.

Black leggings – Forever 21 $13.80
Black/Gold Cinched Clutch – Target $16.99
Unlisted by Kenneth Cole Black Boots – $49.99

3. With jeans, flats, and a casual jacket. Tone down the glam factor of your dress for daytime by pairing it with casual yet chic pieces. This look is perfect for a day of shopping or getting lunch with friends.

White Denim Jacket – Old Navy $29.50
White bag – meet mark. $30
Bullhead Jeans – Pacsun $39.50
Mossimo Flat Sandals – Target $19.99

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