Reinventing the basics: Looks that go from day to night


The plain white button-down shirt and the little black dress. Two classic wardrobe staples that everyone has but may not know how to style and accessorize. Sure, you can tuck that shirt into a pair of khakis or throw on some heels to match that dress, but why not try to make them a little less boring?

With a little thought, you can take these simple pieces and turn them into stylish, flattering looks for day and night. And what better way to reinvent staples than by dressing them up with pieces from local consignment and thrift stores? You can look your best, effortlessly, and be environmentally fashionable by reusing pre-owned clothing.


$10, Savers 



corduroy blazer, $19.50; trouser jeans, $18; necklace, $15; suede flats, $14.50; all from Fashionista Exchange.



brocade skirt, $29.50, and rhinestone belt, $8, Fashionista Exchange; peep-toe heels, $15, and patent clutch, $8, Savers; rhinestone bracelet, $3, Clothes Mentor. 



$16, Clothes Mentor


ruffle cardigan, $10; skinny patent belt, $4; leopard-print flats, $5; satchel bag, $8; all from Savers.



statement necklace, $9, Clothes Mentor; bracelets, $1 each, peep-toe heels, $15, and colored tights, $5, Savers.



• Try a funky statement necklace to liven up an otherwise classic look.

• Roll up your sleeves and open up your collar to look less buttoned-up.

• Keep the look of a flashy skirt but opt for something a little longer (if you’re too modest for a mini) like this metallic accordion skirt, $12, Clothes Mentor. And the wide elastic waist is more comfortable than a belt!

• For the weekend, layer the white shirt under a long cardigan, and pair with leggings and knee-high riding boots.

• The super-versatile black dress can be mixed and matched with most anything — you could even layer your white shirt under it!

• Try colored or patterned tights to punch up your look while keeping your legs warm.

• Instead of going sleeveless at night, cover up with something like this vintage-inspired checkered jacket, $14.50, Fashionista Exchange.


Where we shopped: 

Fashionista Exchange  8777 W. 95th St. • Overland Park, KS

Clothes Mentor  11610 W. 135th St. • Overland Park, KS

Savers 13509 S. Mur-Len Road • Olathe, KS

Photographer: Brooke Vandever

Art Director: Jaime Albers

Stylist: Jessica Marshall





lmile2's picture

Black and white color can match with different type of colorful wearing dresses.these two colors make good combination and makes match to other one.
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jupeter41's picture

Black and white combination are always looks pretty and awesome....these two colors are always used to make combination to any color.
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tuneseo's picture

Many type of dressing accessories are available in stores but need to select the combination for wearing neat and suit for every one.Black and white dressing looks good for every one.
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steelrange9's picture

Well said its such a nice article..
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Great write-up, I am a big believer in commenting on blogs to inform the blog writers know that they’ve added something worthwhile to the world wide web!..

As long as your wardrobe includes a white shirt and a black dress, you are officially saved. You can work around these two pieces and create outfits worthy of a catwalk. If you want to make things even more interesting, you can use clothing patches to stand out. This is the perfect alternative for that wardrobe overhaul we have in mind each year.

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