Don’t you “love” those “day to night” style remix posts that show you how to do things like “transition this pair of jeans from day to night” and the outfits look absolutely nothing alike? Styling a fun piece in unique ways is great. But remixing a pair of jeans to show how it works for both day and night? Just not that impressive.
Those types of posts definitely have their place. And it’s great to see how the same piece can give off a totally different vibe when paired with different pieces.
But… this post is nothing like that.
I love remixing my pieces. Even better, I love wearing the exact (or nearly exact) same outfit for two totally separate occasions and fitting in without missing a beat.
Such is the case with this outfit. Without changing anything, I shuffled from an afternoon with the family to a casual night out with some girlfriends (at Second City, which was absolutely hilarious, for the record).
I’m not exactly a wild party animal. Quite the opposite in fact. Although I live in a neighborhood full of bars and late night clubs, I don’t visit them.
Truth be told, my night life is not that exciting, and that’s totally how I like it. If it was, surely a family-friendly sweater dress wouldn’t transition smoothly to a night of drinking and dancing with crazy ladies. But for a relaxing, low-key night at a comedy club (after which we all headed home), this fit the bill perfectly.
All the Same But the Bag
An easy night out with friends requires fewer “supplies” than an afternoon with my boys. To make the quick transition, I simply switched out my bag.
This Libby bag from Kelly Moore has been phenomenal as a ‘diaper bag’ when I’m out with my boys as well as a carry-on for travel (for business, with the boys, and sometimes even both). Last week, a woman approached me at an event to inquire about where I purchased this bag, and I unapologetically rambled on about how much I loved it and why.
Not needing a bag full of gear for a comedy club, I opted for the small crossover bag and was on my way. Sticking with something in the same style and color scheme made the style switch seamless.
Your Forgiving Style Chameleon
Back to the dress, sweater dresses generally transition pretty well from casual to more dressed up. I have a few in my closet because they are great chameleons of style. Dress them up when needed. Let them take on a casual vibe when more fitting. And they’re comfortable, to boot.
Remember this burgundy and black sweater dress I wore to work and then out for Valentine’s Day? This remains one of my favorite outfits, especially with the high black booties that are also really comfortable.
I also love that sweater dresses can be pretty forgiving. Our bodies change over time, so flexible pieces like sweater dresses that are versatile and transitional can really help expand style choices without adding pieces to your closet.
A Responsible Wardrobe is Often a Smaller Wardrobe
About a year ago, I started my 90/10 Socially Conscious Style Challenge in order to curate a more responsible wardrobe. As that challenge evolved, I developed a yearning for a much smaller collection of clothes as well. By no means did I dump my entire closet in a donation bin overnight. But I’ve slowly been shrinking my closet by thoughtfully parting ways with pieces sent to charities, friends, sisters, and resale shops.
As my closet becomes less cluttered, I’ve also made a concerted effort to ensure the remaining pieces are versatile and make me feel great. It’s been a really wonderful side effect of a more conscious approach to style.
Do you wear sweater dresses? Do you find them to be a versatile component in your style arsenal?