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1 Dress, 4 Outfits

Posted: 02/ 1/2012 9:23 am

One Dress Four Outfits

Every woman has at least one classic dress in her wardrobe whether it's black, white, cream, brown, purple, or any other colour under the rainbow.

A classic dress doesn't automatically mean a LBD. Instead, a classic dress is defined by the simple lines that are in it. There aren't many details.

Clients often ask me how to create different looks using pieces in their wardrobes. Here are a few examples (above) to show how you can change the look of a dress for multiple occasions using accessories.

When doing so, try to keep in mind the following:

1) Stick with one metallic shade. While we all love gold and silver, it's easier to put together an outfit when sticking with one metallic only. If you're looking to spice it up a bit, have jewel tones in the jewellery you're wearing.

2) Don't be afraid of prints. Many women often tell me they are uncomfortable wearing multiple prints at a time. Not to worry -- with something classic, often one funky print is all you'll need to pump up an outfit. Try it in a scarf or belt to start small.

3) Get bold with jewellery. Statement pieces can really change what you are saying about yourself in an outfit. Have fun expressing yourself in various pieces -- there are so many selections to choose from.

4) Play with colour. Don't constantly get stuck in the rut of only wearing neutrals. Change it up by having an outfit with an assortment of colours in it. You'll be happy you did!

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  • Erdem Dress

    LOOK 1: At the Trooping of Colours event in June 2012. LOOK 2: At a friend's wedding in September 2012. (Getty/Ikon Pictures)

  • Whistles Dress

    LOOK 1: At the Diamond Jubilee Concert, June 4, 2012 LOOK 2: At the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, August 12, 2012 (Getty photos)

  • Roksanda Ilincic Frock

    LOOK 1: North American Royal Tour in Beverly Hills, July 8, 2011 LOOK 2: Arts reception during the 2012 London Olympics, July 30, 2012

  • Jane Troughton Brocade Coat

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: At a wedding in London on August 14, 2009. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: At a celebration for Prince Philip's 90th birthday on June 12, 2011, wearing a Zara dress and L. K. Bennett shoes. (Getty photos)

  • Ted Baker Trenchcoat

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: At the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival in England on March 14, 2008, wearing a black fedora, scarf and boots. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Arriving at a hotel in Yellowknife on July 4, 2011, wearing navy pumps. (Getty photos)

  • Issa Dress

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Arriving at the Goring Hotel on April 28, 2011, wearing L.K. Bennett wedges. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Speaking with volunteers in Ottawa on June 30, 2011, wearing Pied à Terre slingback wedges. (Getty photos)

  • Gold Sign Jeans, White Ten Gallon Hat

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: At a rodeo demonstration in Calgary, Canada on July 7, 2011, wearing a blouse by Temperley. <br> <br> <strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Watching a rodeo demonstration at the BMO Center in Calgary, Canada on July 8, 2011 in an Alice by Temperley blouse. (Getty photos)

  • Jane Troughton Gold Brocade Coat

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Worn with a feathered fascinator to the nuptials of Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Paired with an elaborate hat at Zara Phillips' wedding. (Getty photos)

  • L.K. Bennett Nude Pumps

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Arriving in Ottawa, Canada in an Erdem dress on June 30, 2011. <br> <br> <strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Arriving at the Calgary airport in a Jenny Packham dress on July 7, 2011. (Getty photos)

  • DVF "Maja" Dress

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: At the British Consul-General's residence in L.A. on July 8, 2011. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: At Zara Phillips' pre-wedding party. (Getty photos)

  • Reiss Dress

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Keeping it simple while posing for official engagement photos. (AP photo) <strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Arriving at the Canadian Museum of Civilization for a Canada Day celebration in Quebec on July 1, 2011, wearing a Sylvia Fletcher/Lock and Co. hat. (Getty photo)

  • Sebago Shoes

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Attending a dragon boat race in Charlottetown, Canada on July 4, 2011, wearing J Brand twill pants. <strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Boarding a sea plane in Yellowknife Canada, wearing J Brand pants on ​July 5, 2011. (Getty photos)

  • Pied à Terre Slingback Wedges

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Speaking with volunteers in Ottawa on June 30, 2011, wearing an Issa dress. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Boarding a plane in Yellowknife, Canada on July 6, 2011, wearing a Smythe blazer and J Brand twill pants. (Getty photos)

  • Smythe Blazer

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Departing for Canada on June 30, 2011 in a Roland Mouret dress, carrying a Mulberry bag. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Boarding a plane in Yellowknife, Canada on July 6, 2011, wearing twill J Brand pants and Pied à Terre wedges. (Getty photos)

  • Katherine Hooker Coat

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: At the Cheltenham Races on March 17, 2006, keeping warm with a fur hat. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Launching a lifeboat in Wales on February 24, 2011. Catherine got the coat shortened (a look we much prefer!). (Getty photos)

  • J Brand Twill Pants

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Boarding a sea plane in Yellowknife, Canada, wearing Sebago boat shoes. <br> <br> <strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Boarding a plane in Yellowknife, Canada on July 6, 2011, wearing a Smythe blazer and Pied à Terre wedges. (Getty photos)

  • L.K. Bennett Black Wedges

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Arriving at the Goring Hotel the day before the Royal Wedding in a dress by Issa. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Leaving Buckingham Palace the day after the Royal Wedding, wearing a Zara dress. (Getty photos)

  • Zara Dress

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Leaving Buckingham Palace the day after the Royal Wedding, wearing L. K. Bennett wedges. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Celebrating Prince Phillip's 90th birthday on June 12, 2011 in a Jane Troughton brocade coat. (Getty photos)

  • Princess Diana's Repurposed Earrings

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Paired with a Temperley London frock at Wimbledon on June 27, 2011. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: On the last day of her North America tour, in a Whistles ensemble. (Getty photos)

  • Amanda Wakeley Suit

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Meeting with children at a soccer club in Darwen, north-west England on April 11 with a half-up hairdo. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Posing for the official North American Tour portrait on June 3 in London with a sleek, natural-looking coif. (Getty photos)

  • Natalie Handbag By L.K. Bennett

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Worn with a hand-painted, chinoiserie silk dress by Jenny Packham to a polo match in Santa Barbara on July 9, 2011. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Worn with a canary yellow Jenny Packham dress at Calgary Airport two days earlier. (Getty photos)

  • Queen Elizabeth's Maple Leaf Brooch

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: Stuck on a red Catherine Walker coat during the couple's last hours in Canada. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Pinned to a purple Issa dress on Canada Day. (Getty photos)

  • Suede Prada Pumps

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: At a welcome ceremony in Charlottetown, Canada on July 4, 2011, wearing an Alexander McQueen dress. <br> <br><strong>LOOK 2</strong>: Meeting participants in an Inner City Arts program in a Whistles skirt on July 10, 2011. (Getty photos)

  • Lavender Jenny Packham Dress

    <strong>LOOK 1</strong>: The wedding of Emily McCorquodale and James Hutt on July 7th, 2012, paired with her bronze pillbox hat and a gray Katherine Hoooker coat. <strong>LOOK 2</strong>: At Kate Middleton and Prince William's Royal Canada & California tour, on July 9, 2011. (Getty photos)

  • Blue Tweed Coat Dress By Missoni

    LOOK 1: Diamond Jubilee Event at Fortnum & Mason, March 1, 2012 LOOK 2: Diamond Julbille visit to Nottingham, June 13, 2012 (Getty photos)

  • Pink Pleated Dress

    LOOK 1: Sovereign Monarchs Jubilee Lunch in Kensington, May 18, 2012 LOOK 2: Diamond Jubilee Party at Buckingham Palace, May 26, 2012 (Getty photos)

  • Alexander McQueen Sailor Dress

    LOOK 1: Canada tour in Prince Edward Island, July 5, 2011 LOOK 2: Wimbledon, July 4, 2012 (Getty photos)

 

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