A Cool Way To Repurpose An Event Dress Without Any Alterations!

Summer is the season for parties and black tie events. Most of us have multiple weddings to go to and most of you will invest in those outfits. Whether it's black tie or beach, you buy said dress hoping to re-wear it again at some point because you spent an arm or both legs on it.

The other day I went shopping for an event I was planning on attending. While in the dressing room trying on some pretty pieces the sales associate offered me a pair of heels to try on with my long printed skirt and matching crop top. Although I was wearing my handy dandy white Sperry sneakers I politely declined. A few minutes later my mind immediately started running…I thought to myself: “Yes, I get that one would want to see the whole look together as they imagined in their head”. A pretty dress and strappy heels for a summer black tie event. I already knew which shoe I’d be wearing and found it really fun to see this look with a sneaker. 

Todays’ lesson revolves around the importance of accessorizing. I’m all about finding pieces that I can wear multiple ways.  That’s why I have TONS of jewelry, shoes, etc. I always want to get the most for my money and swapping the little accents is my trick. I get different looks and more bang for my buck! 

I recently wore a beautiful neon peach Elizabeth and James gown. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. The fluidity of the dress and the peek-a-boo overlay panels were breathtaking. I styled the dress with metallic gold strappy sandals from Zara and accessorized with a few gold bracelets.

But now what? How to style this dress a different way to I can wear it again?

My personal style is more sneakers then strappy sandals so I had a thought! What if I were to wear this dress with my white Sperry sneakers (al-la dressing room fashion), a Sanctuary soft floral print bomber jacket that I had just bought and top off the ensemble with a backpack? It seemed like a good idea in my head so I tried it on. Voile! A second way to wear the dress I fell in love with.

Moral of this story is don’t assume that when buying a formal piece that you will never be able to wear it any other way then it was intended. Try out different accessories with it! You might be pleasantly surprised how many great looks you create around that one special piece. 

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Allie Brandwein in Elizabeth and James dress styled for a less formal look.