Fashion (My Style) · OOTD

The "Gray Area" of Style

For the past 8 months, I have been seeking out the perfect, basic sweatshirt dress to add to my closet.  There have been many more pricey ones that I’ve drooled over (still trying to get the drool stains off my computer keyboard…ick!), but I can’t seem to justify in my head spending $100+ for a gray sweatshirt dress.  So I’ve found myself dress-less and wiping my drooling mouth a lot for the better part of the year.

That is, until I found THIS dress…

It’s not the Madewell dress that I was lusting after, but this one is perfectly comfortable and perfectly fit and flattering (even on me).  

The basic gray dress is a great item for a versatile wardrobe because it becomes a great foundation piece.  You can wear it on its own with a nice statement necklace and heels to dress it up a bit.  Or you can create a more casual fall look with a scarf and boots.

And don’t even get me started about layering.
Layering pieces can transform your look (and life)!

Dress – Old Navy Women’s Terry-Fleece Shift Dress; Jacket – American Eagle Faded Denim Jacket; Bootsfrom G.H. Bass & Co. Outlet (2012); Knee Socks from Banana Republic (old); Necklace – gift from InChul (Nicaragua Mission Trip)

The dress that can be anything and everything…how could you NOT love it?  It’s like the middle ground…the gray area…that I can shape and manipulate to become what I desire.  And for a fledgling (not so) fashionista like myself, I need my clothes to be stylistically forgiving like that.

So when shopping, focus on adding versatile pieces that you can dress up in multiple ways.  This way, by adding just one basic item (like a gray shift dress) into your closet, your outfit and style options can grow exponentially. 

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