Since moving out West, I’ve had to learn to dress down for occasions that I would have dressed up for in D.C.. And it’s weird. I still relish any opportunity to break out a good dress or a tailored suit or cocktail attire, but they’re further and fewer between. But I still want to look nice and dress well, so what’s a girl to do?
To make it through the early fall months, I’ve picked up a few pieces that bridge that fine line between dressy and casual. The kind of pieces that can be dressed up or down by changing shoes, bags and separates. Multi-taskers. Here are a few of my favorite inexpensive, versatile pieces.
I can wear this dress today with colored flats and a simple tote. I can wear it in September with bare legs and ankle boots. And I can wear it after the snow flies with tights and knee-high boots. It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s a must have.
I bought this top in both ivory and black. I loved the black, and returned the ivory. Why? The fabric is on the thin side, which is no problem in the darker color, but deeply annoying in the lighter one.
I like the texture and the puff sleeve. I’ll wear this with skinny jeans, colored trousers and pencil skirts all fall long. Come winter, I’ll layer it under white blazers and chunky cardigans.
Leather and leather trims are huge for fall. I don’t want to splurge on them myself, because they’re not going to be staple pieces. But a fun blazer like this with the notched collar and a rolled sleeve spices up basic tops and tees. You can also layer it over dresses for warmth on a chilly fall night.
This is this skirt’s third appearance on the blog. I love it that much. The berry and teal hues are the perfect wear in multi-season colors. Wear them now with lighter neutrals or pastels. Wear them in the fall with charcoals, camels and navy.
The quality is excellent for a skirt twice this price, the fit is awesome and I’ve already worn mine a half-dozen times since I bought it last month. Great purchase.