Day to Night: T-Shirt Dress

When learning to remix and trying to rework my wardrobe, two major lessons I learned revolved around accessories.  Number one: accessories can make or break an outfit.  Number two: accessories can totally alter an outfit.  Changing your accessories is a simple way to remix your wardrobe till the cows come home.
Yesterday I showed the outfit on the right as a look for going out, and today here’s the contrast between styling the dress for day vs. night.
Like I said yesterday, I never thought of t-shirt dresses as things that could be dressed up.  They’re so comfy, and I don’t know about you, but when I feel like I could sleep in an item of clothing I think it’s a sin to wear it out, much less wear it out for a special occasion.  But, no, not the case!  
Dress: Target (very similar, similar)  |  Jacket: Target (similar, similar)  |  Shoes: Target (similar, similar)  |  Tote: c/o Conversation Pieces  |  Sunglasses: Kohl’s (exact)
For “day” or casual wear, I styled it with a denim jacket and sneakers–two staples for casual wear.  It’s pretty hot around here (or maybe it’s only thanks this little heater of a baby inside me) so a denim jacket in the summer is a little rough.  But even without it, the sneaks alone make it an outfit fit for running around in.  Flats and sandals and all other shoes work too, of course.  I’m just super into white sneakers these days!  And finally, a red tote–because, why not?

Dress: Target (very similar, similar)  |  Jacket: c/o SheInside (similar, similar)  |  Clutch: Macy’s (similar, similar)  |  Necklace: c/o Love Shopping Miami (similarsimilar, similar)  |  Shoes: H&M (exact, similar)
The evening look is surprisingly simple, but like I said yesterday, was an epiphany to me.  Black pumps, a shiny statement necklace, a streamline black belt, and a leather jacket.  All in the same color–does it get much easier than that?  If a denim jacket feels rough in the summer, then a leather jacket might certify you as insane.  At night it’s not too bad…at least not around here.  However, since I’m currently carrying a built-in heater in my belly I made sure that this dress still looked dressy without the jacket.  
I love that you can basically just swap your shoes and slap on a necklace and make a super comfy dress (or almost any dress, really) work for totally different occasions.  It seriously feels so wrong to me that I hesitate about it all the time.  But once I try it and am reminded of how freaking awesome it is to be able to make such small adjustments for big changes I want to be wrong all the time.  All the time!

What are your go-to pieces to make an outfit/item casual, and what are your go-to pieces for dressing something up?  For me, casual is a denim jacket and flats or sneakers.  For evening, a clutch, heels, and a shiny statement necklace!
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    Anne
    July 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Denim jacket & sneakers for the win! I'm so into them with dresses/skirts this summer, and this is a perfect example. Love the day-to-night remix too of course.

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    misstiff
    July 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Accessories are HUGE! Definitely need to discuss more, that last accessory post was 2012. It was illustrated perfectly though. Let's revisit and discuss this more. I agree with Anne, denim and sneakers for the win 🙂

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    Shopping My Closet
    July 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I agree accessories are a must to change the feel and look of an outfit!

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com
    Style Me Wednesday fashion link-up

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    Sarah Dunetz
    July 10, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    How do you belt things that don't have a defined seam/waist? Doesn't it get bunchy?

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    Miss Hot Couture
    July 11, 2014 at 3:10 am

    I need to get me a denim jacket! Can't believe I used to own 2 and donated them!

    Cheresa
    http://www.misshotcouture.blogspot.com

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    Jana Koh
    July 11, 2014 at 3:53 am

    So, I'm one of those stalkers who read your blog all the time but rarely comment. 🙂 But your talking about accessories got me thinking, and I'd love your advice on casual ways to wear a statement necklace. I love statement necklaces, but I have a very very casual job and life, and whenever I try to incorporate them into my outfits, I feel like they don't fit or make my outfit too dressy. Any tips?

    Also – I'm expecting my first baby, too – and it's been so fun to watch you grow and style your bump along the way! 🙂

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    sandyalamode
    July 11, 2014 at 5:58 am

    love it! i love styling things for day to night!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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    Kay
    July 19, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Love your blog….now what if your a person who seems to look good in every color. How do you go about choosing two colors from the 2/3 rule? I have plenty of neutrals (black, white, tan, and gray) but I also have every color in the rainbow plus more.

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    Kay
    July 19, 2014 at 1:06 am

    http://www.pinterest.com/kashpowell/outfit-ideas/

    This is the link to my pinterest fashion board….

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    July 19, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Hi Kay! It sounds like you don't need to build a wardrobe from scratch, which is what the point of nailing down colors is–to give you a foundation. If you have a ton of colors already then okay with them! You should try the Building a Remixable Wardrobe Series to help make better use of your clothes.

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    Kay
    July 19, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Thanks Audrey because every once in awhile I get into a style rut. I'll see it and then forget the entire outfit when I decide to wear it. I'll be looking at that series tonight

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    Hillary
    October 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    WOW! I am so motivated and inspired by what I've learned from your blog since discovering it yesterday. I recently realized that I had way too many colors and patterns in my wardrobe, with nearly no neutrals. So I went off in search of neutrals! Only, it still wasn't working. Thanks to you I figured out part of my problem: now there are too many different neutrals. I've decided that brown and dark gray work best with my skin tone and hair color. I feel so relieved to have figured it out! Thank you so much Audrey, I'm excited to learn even more from you. I feel like a new woman already 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    October 22, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Thanks so much for writing, Hillary! I'm so glad to hear that you cracked the code with your wardrobe. Have fun with it!

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    Kristi Powell
    October 31, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Absolutely love, love, love this site!! Thank you for this valuable and well written information. Very easy to follow.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    October 31, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you, Kristi!

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    Alison McDonald Laming
    January 19, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I've recently lost a lot of weight and have absolutely nothing to wear. I will quite literally be building a new wardrobe from scratch. I'm so glad to have found your blog to help me. If I could offer just one little suggestion; I find the font style you use to be very difficult to read. Some of the letters look washed out and the color used for links looks kind of washed out and hard to read.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 26, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Olive is considered a pseudo-neutral, which means it could count either way you want it to! I think it's different than tans and browns, but it definitely goes with them.

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    Kelsey T
    February 6, 2015 at 12:06 am

    I love this blog! What colors usually look best with ivory skin, Blondel hair, and light blue eyes?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 11, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Kelsey! I think a lot of colors would look good with your coloring. I think saturated and brighter colors would look great! Particularly, oranges and yellows, but also pinks and blues.

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    Jamie S
    March 2, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Hi! First, I adore this blog! Second, I'm not the best with color coordination and all that, so using colors from outfits I liked and clothes I actually have, plus this, this is what I created http://www.color-hex.com/palettes/5383.png
    I was wondering if you had any advice or if any of these clash too much. I'm really pale and blonde, if that helps 🙂 thank you

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 3, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Hi Jamie! I don't think these clash at all. You'll be super colorful! And if you're ever worried about your outfit being too loud, just use the colors in smaller doses and incorporate more pieces in neutral colors instead. I love the colors you chose!

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    Jamie S
    March 3, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Thank you!

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    Cody Doll
    March 25, 2015 at 11:24 am

    This is what I needed. A written up plan for starting my closet. I am starting to realize my childhood and teen clothes no longer fit my life style but I had no idea where to go. Your posts have been a big help. Yet, it's so hard to choose just two colors. I did but still I like "but what about that color or ohh that color looks great on me" haha.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 26, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Cody! You don't have to be totally limited to two colors. It's more just to build the foundation. You can (and should) add more as you go! Have fun rebuilding your wardrobe!

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    Cody Doll
    March 29, 2015 at 12:45 am

    I realized that as I read the rest of the series and then your remix series. I see now why I had such problems. I had alot of pieces that just didn't go together and were one hit wonders.

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    Sloan
    June 24, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I can't seem to get the link to academichic's website to work, so I was a little confused :). I think I got the jist of it though, and I was wondering what colors go well with blondish brown hair, brown eye and beige but easily tanning skin? Thank you!!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    June 25, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Oh no! I think their site expired or they didn't renew their blog domain since their blog is defunct. So sad!

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    Diana
    June 25, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    What colors work with blonde hair and brown eyes? Love your site

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