Split Personalities

August 8, 2009 • Magazine

Split Personalities

Split Personalities

Sat, 2009-08-08 08:00

Jacqueline Zenn

Every woman has a few items in her closet that look completely different depending on what they are paired with; these items are usually the quality basics that are the workhorses of most wardrobes. However, it is entirely possible to find items that are standouts but still work in a variety of ways. Here are some of our favorites.

This midnight blue RM by Roland Mouret pencil skirt could easily go from sexy secretary (with a button down, pearls, and pumps) to edgy and urban (with a tank, boots, and a pile of necklaces). The color is also an interesting alternative to black, but it is close enough to navy to remain neutral. It is definitely a solid investment, especially if you work in a more formal office environment. 

If a little bit of sparkle is good, a lot of sparkle can be better, like in this J. Crew Sequined Georgette Tank. Worn with jeans and a casual cotton blazer, you have a daytime look that’s special but not overdone, but with a pair of wide leg trousers and heels you have an elegant evening option that’s perfect if you’re tired of cocktail dresses. 

Nothing walks the line between ladylike and sexy like a pair of leopard pumps. These Dolce and Gabbana stillettos are subtle enough to be paired with a tailored suit but the leopard has enough edge to set off your slinkiest little dress. Besides, leopard has crossed the line from a trend to a classic – this look is not going anywhere.

Repurpose your flowy summer dresses – belt them and wear them over skinny jeans like tunics (add a blazer or long cardigan when things get chilly). We like the Aztec Paisley dress by Tibi for this purpose, since it is short enough that you won’t be drowning in your layers and the colors don’t scream summer. 

A wide belt with lots of hardware is the ideal way to anchor everything from a floaty little summer dress to chunky winter knits. This Alice + Olivia double buckle belt could easily go from rock chick (with jeans and a tee) to being the one thing that keeps a chiffon frock from being too saccharine; it is definitely one of those pieces that you’ll reach for again and again.

Pieces like these might be the one example where having a split personality is nothing but a good thing.

1. RM by Roland Mouret Cyclone Stretch Wool-blend Skirt $610
2. J. Crew Sequined Georgette Tank $395
3. Dolce&Gabbana Leopard Print Patent Leather Pump $495
4. Tibi Aztec Paisley Dress $180
5. Alice + Olivia Double Buckle Chain Belt $98

Image Layout: Khyra Cooper

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