Versatile clothing

May 18, 2012

I go a lot of meetings and do multiple presentations a week. A lot more than normal lately, and I had to start investing in a few keys pieces. Dress clothes have always been an investment to me. I need/want to look polished when I am meeting clients and my wardrobe does the majority of talking. Pencil skirts, crisp shirts, and tailored suits are a staple in part of my circle, and you have to get creative when you’re on a budget.

Recently the Eva from Stop Staring sent over a fabulous dress, and I am in love with it.  The store offers cocktail dresses, business attire and retro clothing. The dresses are very classy and can be worn in different settings.The beauty of said dress is that it is great on its own, but can easily be disguised and worn multiple times in different ways.  The beauty of being on a budget is that you learn how to shop your closet really effectively, and become an expert in trying different combination of clothing on together.

I mixed and matched different completer pieces that I had in my wardrobe and created completely different looks. The beauty of a dress like that is that you can wear on its own or use it as a layering piece. The fabric is amazing, and the dress moulds to any body shape (aka my sister and mom). It’s already a staple in my wardrobe, and I more than likely going to buy the same dress in black, too ($145.00).

Personally I know that my cost per wear will be low as I can wear the dress quite a few different ways. The best part is that I threw on a blouse and a thick belt and make it look like its a skirt and not a dress.


What do you think? Would you invest in a piece that is versatile? 

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  • Call Me What You Want Even Cheap May 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I would definitely buy a versatile dress. That’s why most women have a little black dress, because it can be worn many times and look different. I love the dress above, it’s a cute summer dress and I see that you are going to turn it into as many outfits as possible. $145 well spent!

    • Marissa May 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Thank you. I have tons of black dresses so I went for this colour and I love it!

  • Michelle May 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    A lot of things I have are versatile. I can wear them casually or dress them up for work. It’s much better than way! Usually I have my favorite clothing items anyways, so this makes it easier if they are versatile.

    • Marissa May 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      I completely agree. A jacket is my go to thing, and this dress is a close section now.

  • Jordann @ My Alternate Life May 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I’ve been paying much more attention to the versatility of my clothing lately. I never buy something that could only be worn in certain situations, unless it’s a bathing suit or something. Which is probably why I’m having a hard time getting around to buying a new bathing suit and work heels (I’m the opposite of you, I only wear office style clothing about four times a year).

    • Marissa May 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      I’m learning to mix and match things so they can be work at work and at play. The good thing about this is that I look more polish in casual settings, too, and there is nothing wrong with that.

  • Daisy @ Add Vodka May 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I love pretty much everything in that picture. I have a couple of versatile pieces, but I don’t know that they are work appropriate. I have a lot of work clothes but I feel the best in my work dresses.

    • Marissa May 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      You’d be surprised what a cardigan can do to make something work appropriate.

  • femmefrugality May 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Oooo I love versatile clothes. I also try to stay away from anything too trendy; if it’s going to be out of season next season, I won’t buy it.

    • Marissa May 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Me too, although I wasn’t always like this when I was younger.

  • Jai Catalano May 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I know I said this before but I really think you are blogging as my wife Marisssssssa… Or is it Vivian? 🙂

    • Marissa May 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Hmmm. I don’t want to answer that, but I am hanging out in NY. 😉

  • Jessica May 20, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I love that dress. Heading over to check the store out.

  • Laura May 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Cute dress! I don’t mind investing in a piece that I know I can wear for a long time if it’s good quality.

    I love those jackets BTW…I’ve never been good at adding a jacket to an outfit. I’m more of a jewelry & cardigan gal but I’ve always wanted to get more “into” jackets.

    • Marissa May 20, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Jackets are my go-to instant dress up piece. They class up any outfit.

  • Rin August 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Scarves are also really handy to dress up an outfit and look instantly fashionista. A pashmina scarf I think is a lifelong investment item. I also agree with everyone that simple dresses in neutrals are worth the investment. I highly recommend stretchy, jersey ones – no ironing required. Bonus!

    • Marissa August 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      That’s what I travel with. I hate busting out the iron in a hotel room.