[When moving into either a dorm or an off-campus apartment, your wardrobe will face two major challenges: 1. A major lack of funding (to add more to it), and 2. A major lack of storage space (for all the crap you’ve got). For these two reasons, maximizing what you already own becomes essential. That’s why you need to learn to Shop Your Closet. Each week, I’ll show you how to wear 1 item 3 ways – with the stuff you most likely already own! – to get the most out of your purchases.]
I’m a huge fan of dresses. They’re feminine, comfortable and instantly make you dressed up, even if you just rolled out of bed. But despite my dress devotion, the colder it gets outside, the less inclined I am to actually wear one. Or at least, that’s how it used to be. Since I learned the art of layering, suddenly almost everything (chunky sweaters are the exception – there’s no way those can be worn in the middle of summer) in my wardrobe can be worn through all four seasons.
Especially the strapless dress.
It’s one of the easiest, most versatile dress styles to layer. Because you don’t have to worry about the awkward layering of different necklines, it’s easy to toss a shirt underneath. And like every other dress in your closet, throwing a cardigan or blazer over top is quick and chic. The other thing I like is that a lot of strapless dresses have more structure to them (in order to hold them up!) which means you can still show off your figure despite being completely covered up and cozy.
This look is pretty basic, but still way cuter than your traditional jeans and tee. Put on a long sleeve tee and tights (you could also wear a thicker legging) underneath your dress to winterize the look. Then put on your everyday boots (if it’s really cold, add a pair of knee-high socks; they can either peek out of your boots or not). Top with a bright scarf for a pop of color. Instantly chic and easily adjusted depending on the temperature outside. Added bonus of this look – since you have a long sleeve tee on, no need for a strapless bra!
For a night on the town, rock out your wildest pair of tights. With a basic strapless dress, anything goes when it comes to legwear – leopard print, fishnets, bright purple. Add a pair of gorgeous heels, and a blazer to keep you warm when you’re not dancing up a storm. The final touch is a piece of statement jewelry. I chose to add a great necklace based on the cut of the dress, but you could easily add bangles or a statement ring if that’s more your style.
Belted cardigans over dresses are a favorite look of mine. Toss on a thick open cardigan over your dress, and cinch it together with a skinny belt. I put some subtle leopard tights with this look, as only your knees will be shown between your dress and boots, but you could just as easily wear a solid colored tight with this. Your go-to boots and a necklace complete this everyday, perfect for class look.
Find out other ways to re-work what you’ve already got stuffed in that closet of yours.