{fashion post} Start with the Basics, L.B.D. Style

 I’m so thrilled to be a contributing writer over at Living on Love and Cents! {reposted from there} Twice a month I’ll be sharing some beauty/fashion “secrets” of mine that get me out of my beloved Mommy uniform (velour pants and a t-shirt), and into something a little more fashionable, all while saving money! As Momma, aka CEO of our household, I’m all about taking care of everyone in our little family of four, and usually putting myself on the back burner. That’s unlikely to change, but this year, even with spit up stains and food in my hair from my sprouts, I decided that I deserve to look and feel great for myself. You know what? You deserve it too! I hope I inspire you to step out of your comfort zone, and join me on this fashion journey.
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As I was rummaging my closet thru my unpacked boxes from our not so recent move, I realized that my “closet” was begging for some pieces that could really revamp my wardrobe. I got to thinking about pieces that would be considered “my basics,” meaning items in my closet that would be easy to mix and match and can be worn a multitude of ways.


I know buying a plain dress or even a white button-up blouse doesn’t sound terribly exciting right? But imagine if you styled them an infinite number of ways, it opens up a world of possibilities. Not just for your wardrobe, but also for your wallet.

Dallas Stylist, Valerie Elizabeth’s “Little Black Dress Experimentillustrates how easy it is to reuse and reinvent one piece of clothing, that you might already have in your closet. Want to look chic without spending a fortune? I know I do!!

Elizabeth wore the same dress for 30 days. By using different accessories, shoes and lots of different layers, she was able to create a new look each day of the challenge!! Wowza! I am not advocating wearing the same article of clothing for an entire month, because I don’t think I would be up for such a challenge, but I encourage you to look thru the above experiment for inspiration on getting maximum mileage out of great basics.


 So thru my closet I went, and realized I didn’t even own a LBD aka Little Black Dress (insert shameful face here). Do you? So I am definitely on the hunt for one. For now I put together some outfits below after finding this perfect little number. 
Worthington dress

Here’s some ways I would style the above dress. Remember by post last month about using your dress as a shirt? Boo-yah!
And I am so crushing on Coral for Spring that I had to use it! I added some black leggings underneath the dress and a fun stretchy top and flats for running errands WITH my sprouts. I can totally see myself being able to use this outfit to an impromptu run to the park, which is an extra bonus! 
LBD Experiment

Wish me luck on my LBD hunt, and look for a future post styling it.
Do you own a LBD dress? How have you styled it in the past? Feel free to leave links in the comments or email me at jandmseyecandy@hotmail.com. I would love to feature you! 
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Comments

  1. Ohhh.. good luck on a LBD! If you find a great one let me know.. I dont have one either (insert sad face!). Great outfit combos.. I love the coral too

  2. Ohhh.. good luck on a LBD! If you find a great one let me know.. I dont have one either (insert sad face!). Great outfit combos.. I love the coral too

  3. Looks good! Love that LBD too! I’m thinking I need a stretchy black sleeveless dress for summer! Let’s do it!
    Love your fashion posts!

  4. Looks good! Love that LBD too! I’m thinking I need a stretchy black sleeveless dress for summer! Let’s do it!
    Love your fashion posts!

  5. I could use a new little black dress! I also love coral and need some coral things in my wardrobe!

  6. I could use a new little black dress! I also love coral and need some coral things in my wardrobe!

  7. I love the combos..I may or may not have an ongoing obsession with coral..don’t TRY to interfere with it, ok? 🙂 And good luck on your LBD search! I finally found one last year…and I was OH-SO-RELIEVED!!

    Jenna

  8. I love the combos..I may or may not have an ongoing obsession with coral..don’t TRY to interfere with it, ok? 🙂 And good luck on your LBD search! I finally found one last year…and I was OH-SO-RELIEVED!!

    Jenna

  9. I love the two different scenarios of what you can do with a little black dress, SO CUTE! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  10. I love the two different scenarios of what you can do with a little black dress, SO CUTE! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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