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One Item Styled Five Different Ways

At Her Campus Montclair, our fashion and beauty contributors are dedicated to giving our readers interactive and insightful pieces on the latest trends. We wanted to add something new into the mix that would help our audience when they are in a style rut! We’ve all gone through the struggle of feeling like we have nothing to wear, even when we have plenty. After cleaning out your closets and adding new items to the mix, you feel a bit more refreshed. Unfortunately, this feeling only lasts as long as it takes for you to finally implement these new styles into your daily activities. Whether the new outfits you just bought are for work, school or going out – the second you slip them on, that newness you craved just a few days ago has vanished into thin air. Once you put the clothes on, you feel like you can’t wear the new outfit again any time soon so it becomes an endless cycle of having nothing to wear. 

The problem is, we are afraid to get innovative with our closets. There are so many staple items that can be absorbed into outfits that we may not have thought of before. That graphic tee from Urban you haven’t worn since high school? It would go perfectly underneath a sheer top paired with some high waisted jeans. Those fishnets from last Halloween that you spent $20 on for one night? Slap on some ripped jeans to show the netting plus a bodysuit layered under a leather jacket and you’ve got yourself a seriously edgy chic look. 

Without further adieu, let’s kick off the first of this Fashion Five Ways segment with this little black dress (LBD). This segment is inspired by Snapchat’s “Nail The Look”.

1. Slip Dress It!

While this denim look isn’t your typical silky slip dress style, it still has the same effect. The two-toned colors add some flair to the plain black dress and give off a cute hipster vibe. When paired with some sandals and sunnies this makes for the perfect spring/summer look. 

2.  T-Shirt Time

Who says that a garments only function is to serve its original purpose? This LBD can be turned into an…. LBS?? I don’t know, I tried. The point is that by simply tucking in the dress, or even knotting it if the fabric allows, gives the illusion that this is an entirely different piece from your wardrobe. Layer on some necklaces if you’re feeling bold or keep it plain and simple if that’s more you!

3. Jacket of All Trades

Putting a jacket on over an LBD is the simplest way to elevate a look. Since camouflage is back in, I figured this cream camo utility jacket from GAP would be a good choice to help put some pizazz into this look. 

4. Color POP

Accessorize your LBD with accents of color. Whether you incorporate white shoes, vibrant hues or chunky necklaces, any bit of color will help take a plain black dress to the next level. Although this style may be very ManRepeller meets Mod, it is a clear example of how color completely changes the game. 

5. Sweater Weather

The worst feeling ever is having to retire your summer wardrobe for a day of harsh weather. By layering a fuzzy sweater over this type of dress, you can achieve that cozy style while still using something that is meant for warmer days. Not to mention, you won’t completely freeze your limbs off when opting to go out without a jacket. This is a win-win for your wallet and your wardrobe, you get double the use out of pieces meant for conflicting seasons. 

Cassidy Lunney is a fashion studies and journalism student at Montclair State! She is also the fashion + beauty editor for HerCampus Montclair. Aside from fashion, some of her favorite things are her dog, buffalo dip and comedy. Check out some of her content on Instagram: @cassidylunney
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