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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 

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Rain in Style

Hi again! It's me, Lorraine, on a rainy day, writting for my blog Rain In Style... That's a lot of rain, and boy have we been getting a lot of actual rain (not me, Rain) recently.  But it got me thinking, about how on a rainy day, you need to find new ways to keep busy - for your sanity and so the kids don't destroy the house and eat all the food. So, why not take the idea of finding new ways to do something and apply it to style? This week I want to talk about using one piece of clothing and styling it in multiple ways.  However, trying to create several different outfits using one basic piece can seem a little bit like trying to make leftovers into a new gourmet dish. Or like finding new ways to entertain restless kids on a rainy day.  Is it even possible?!?!! Well, friends, let's give it a go.

I tried to think of one basic piece that everyone should have in their wardrobe and style it a few different ways. The little black dress (henceforth I shall use the acronym LBD) came to mind. It's a staple, and yes, you need one.  So let's take a very basic LBD and let's take it from casual to dressy. To start, an easy way to make something look more casual, is to add a denim jacket or vest and wear wedge style sandals. Here I did black wedge sandals and a leopard print espadrille sandal (espadrille is a fancy term for a canvas shoe with a woven or fiber sole). 

 

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Want your LBD to look a little more edgy? Add a faux leather jacket or even a motto style jacket. This one is a acid washed denim jacket that has faux leather accents on the sleeves. It's like the epitome of edge. Add booties for comfort and edge.

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Here it is with a faux leather vest, for when you are feeling extra feisty, which for me is often.  In fact, I think I might wear this exact outfit tomorrow.  

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Another way to make the same dress look different is to add a cardigan... here I did a long white one, a long floral one and a grey leopard print one.

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You can also take the same dress and add either a graphic tee over it, or a chambray shirt over top. Make sure to knot them at your waist.

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Want to go more casual? Why not pair it with flat sandals, or even chucks! I don't love flat shoes for me, personally, but it can be done! Just keep other accessories casual and maybe add a jean jacket with the chucks

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Of course every LBD can be dressed up. Simply add heels, and a statement necklace. If you are great at hair and makeup, then go for it!  I'm not, so my hair and makeup usually stay the same. You can also easily wear the same dress all day, styling it casual for daytime then changing a few pieces to make it more dressy for evening. Perfect for when you don't have for a full outfit change. For this picture, I chose my Zigi Soho gold glittery heels, but you can also go with pretty much any color.  Try a red heel for a fun pop of color! 

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So, there you have it.  I took the same dress and by changing accessories or adding to it, I created multiple different outfits.  Kind of makes me wonder why I have a closet full of clothes, when I could just wear the same dress and style it differently every day.  No one would know... except that doesn't leave any time for washing it.  LOL.  Laundry is overrated anyway...

 

What do you think, are you ready to give this a try?  I challenge you to create multiple different outfits using the same piece of clothing in all of them.  It doesn't have to be a little black dress, just give it a try, and let me know how you do.  

 

As always head on over to www.raininstyle.com for more style fun

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