Five Ways to Style a Dress

(Dress: Old Navy)
One thing I had to pay attention to when learning to build a remixable rardrobe was to understand how to style a garment in different ways, whether it be three different casual looks or three different life scenarios.
Personally, I think I’ve paid more attention to the type of remixing like three different casual looks and less of the kind where you take a garment into different life scenarios.  Honestly, it feels a little weird to me.  All it takes is changing up the shoes, and maybe the accessories and/or the layering garment (cardigan, blazer, etc.), and all of a sudden you can go from a casual hanging out look to being fit for a party?  That just seems too easy.  Like cheating.  But that’s what it is–soooo easy–so I should do it more often!  Dah!

Yesterday I showed you how I wore this dress to a wedding and then to the “classy casual,” post-reception backyard after party.  Today I’m expanding it to three more looks.  Oh, yellow dress, how I love thee!

Before we get into it, let’s not forget what we talked about regarding finding a remixable dress from Part 2 of the BARW series.  Once you find a dress like that, these are simple ways (read: ways to cheat) to style the dress differently.

1.  Casual

I showed this yesterday.  A cropped jacket and sandals are my casual-wear staples.  A cropped denim jacket works just as well.
2.  Dressy

Also from yesterday’s post.  Like I said, I wore this to a friend’s wedding.  I paired white wedges with a shiny, pearly necklace to give it a more delicate touch.  I was honestly a little stressed that my dress would be too casual, but I totally got compliments on it!  (Summer Southern California weddings don’t tend to be that formal, anyway.)

3.  Professional

Add a blazer and a simple belt so as not to be too distracting, throw on some pumps, and all of a sudden you’re ready to work.  Seriously, so easy, it’s cheating.  You should know by now that I LOVE blazers, so blazers and dresses?  Umm, YES!  
4.  Classic

A neutral cardigan, a belt, and simple jewelry come together to create a look that’s classic and can actually be worn nearly anywhere.  

5.  Funky

I don’t know if “funky” is quite the right word for this look, but I think compared to the Classic look, it’s kind of a funky color combination.  Red and yellow–I don’t think I’ve ever paired those together before because they scream, “McDonald’s!!” to me, but with the grey and white mixed in I actually really like this combo!  I haven’t worn it yet, but remind me to do it, okay?  🙂

That’s it!  Of course you can do more variations with colored shoes, colored cardigans, and scarves, etc.  And we didn’t even touch tights and boots and how to dress this for different seasons!  I just wanted to show you the basics in all their simplicity.  Easy peasy.  Cheating, I tell you.  It’s so easy that through out the time I was writing this post I kept asking myself, “Why am I even bothering to write this?”  Because I LOVE THIS DRESS.  And love knows no bounds.  Ha.
But really, style doesn’t have to be complicated.  Just because something was easy to put together does not mean it isn’t stylish.  So, I’m encouraging you to cheat.  Go now and cheat, and make me proud.  
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    Alissa Futhey
    August 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for this post, I have a dress that I need to wear while I am on vacation and this is the perfect way for me to pack lighter.

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    August 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I love all of these!

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    Ashley Mcneese
    August 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Love this post! I've never been able to wear blazers with any measure of success because of several things (one of them being my football-style broad shoulders) but I liked yours with the dress. All 5 looks are super cute!

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    Oluwaseun S.
    August 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Nice. The casual and funky look are my favorite. I like the pop of color you used in both looks 🙂

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    August 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I love all of these options…I'm thinking I really need a red blazer!

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    August 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Your remixing of the cute yellow dress is making me crave it. Badly.

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    August 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Love the classic look! So cute!

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    Sarah Harrell
    August 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I think dressy and professional are my favorite! It's great that the dress looks so nice on its own, but also with belts, cardigans, blazers, etc. over it. Definitely the ultimate remixable number!

    Sarah's Real Life

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    pretty little things
    August 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    love how you showed to remix a dress! all these looks are great in their own way! xo

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    Kerrie Williams
    August 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I've got so much to learn haha and I NEED some nude shoes already

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    Lindsay Patrick
    August 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Love these looks Audrey, so pretty!

    Lindsay @

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    August 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Talk about versatile!U did amazing putting these outfits together, i love them all

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    August 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I love this!  I'm currently putting together a post on wearing 1 dress different ways for formal occasions.  I have 6 weddings in October/November and 2 dresses to work with. ;o)

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    Rejina Tyson
    August 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    This dress is so cute and versatile. Love the print.  I would totally rock all these options.

    You Like It? I Made It!

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    August 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Such a cute dress and I love how versatile it is!


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    August 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I love when you do these! I love all of these!


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    Sarah With A Bow
    August 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    The last one is my favorite. If I were doing this post, I'd also use the dress as a top with a skirt over the bottom and as a skirt with a top over the top. (:

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    Sharon S
    August 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    These are all such great styling ideas! I love the dressy look 🙂

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    Always Maylee
    August 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Love the yellow dress, and clearly it's a winner. Love all the different ways to wear it.. Funky is my favorite!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee 

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    Kate, Perpetual Student's Wife
    August 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Another big win! BTW, I am really in love with how simple and cheerful the look you wore to the wedding is. 

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    Feathers & Freckles
    August 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    So cute! I love how versatile this dress is, and it looks great with a pop of red. 

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    Judith Parra
    August 1, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    The funky outfit is my favorite. The red blazer looks great with it :).


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    August 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    love love the professional look!

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    Kacie Ellis
    August 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I love this type of post! My fav has to be the "funky" look! Wonder why? LOL 

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    H&K Style Journey
    August 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Super cute! Can't pick a favorite, love them all!

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    August 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    thats such a pretty dress and it looks amazing on you. your so pretty. my favorite styles are classic and funky! I am your newest follower. I cannot wait to read more of
    your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow The Preppy
    . I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope
    to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog! Have a happy Wednesday:)

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    August 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Looks great!  I've said it before, I really love how you have pictures of all the looks next to each other.  Makes it easy to see how one look changes to the next.

    I saw this dress at Old Navy yesterday and I thought of you 🙂

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    August 2, 2012 at 3:51 am

    I have this dress!  Thanks for showing me new ways to wear it!

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    August 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Youve inspired me to get back to shopping my closet. I have more than enough dresses to wear in different ways. Thank you!

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    Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie
    August 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I love the idea that style doesn't have to be complicated. It SHOULDN'T be complicated, you know? To me the best style is the one that look natural, not overly contrived. I think that's why we get along so well. I want to wear what I feel comfortable in (and any of these combos would be perfect). If I feel like something is "wearing" me I will not look or feel stylish. 

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    August 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Great styling ideas!  My favorite look is the "funky" look…so fun with the red!

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    Caitlin @ Greater Than Rubies
    August 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Love! I especially like the one with the blazer. You really are the remixing queen, my friend!

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    Camden Morgante
    August 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Audrey, I just discovered your blog and I love it! I am not too creative when it comes to clothes and remixing, so your tips on that are really helpful! I too am a fan of Kendi. 🙂 And I bought this yellow ON dress last week! I thought I could only wear it casually, but now thanks to this blog post, I can wear it to work with a blazer and heels. Thanks!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 5, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Welcome to the blog, Camden!  So glad you like it.  I looooove this dress (if that wasn't obvious) so I'm glad you have more opportunities to wear it now!

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    August 10, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Wow, I love the way you can wear the same thing and make it look so different!  I've been "shopping my closet" after reading your blog!  Thanks so much!

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    Ruben & Chantelle Chavez
    August 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Audrey – Thank YOU! I needed this post so badly. I'm recently married and in-laws are constantly throwing parties that require me to dress up. I dress up for work but usually can't make my wardrobe transition from work/casual/dressy… lots of one hit wonders. We're attending a 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow and I've been hunting for yet another dress (to wear once) without luck. Tonight I’m going to remix a ‘work’ dress and see if I can come up with something for the party tomorrow. Thanks again and keep sharing all your great inspiration and ideas.

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    Camden Morgante
    August 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks, I did wear it to work and it looked great with a blazer and heels and cream belt around the waist. I look forward to more of your outfit ideas! 🙂

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    Meg Henning
    August 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    audrey that dress is stunning on you!! i love love love all the different ways you styled it

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    September 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Audrey! I just discovered your blog yesterday and I absolutely love it! I have this same dress from Old Navy, and I also have a green army/safari vest like you. I was wondering what you think about wearing these two pieces together? I live in Northern California and it's still REALLY hot up here! I've tried on the dress with the vest, and I accessorized with tan sandals and a tan belt… I think it looks cute, but I'm not quite sure – I'm still learning! Any thoughts?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 13, 2012 at 4:23 am

    I definitely think it works!

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    Shoshana Morris
    April 4, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Thank you for sharing these basic "cheats". Inspired me to go and try different looks with my dresses.

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    May 23, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I love how you did pieces. but i would did different casual no jacket and some gray fats and diamond studs earrings and necklace. dressy white shoes you have but I would did satin white clutch for wedding and layered a brunch of pearls think coco channel. work ivory blazer nude heels and purse. classic gray cardigan and gray flats and chain belt.

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