ONE DRESS, TWO WAYS

The longer I work on building a great wardrobe, the more I gravitate toward pieces that I really love and that are really versatile. I used to buy things because I felt like they filled gaps in my wardrobe, not because I really loved them. I also restricted myself with certain purchases because I felt like I already had too much of a certain style or color, so I couldn’t buy anymore. Now I’ve learned that as long as I’m not buy the exact same item, similar pieces are totally okay, and are often helpful for me when styling my closet.  It’s okay to have a ton of different black pumps, because sometimes an outfit really works with a wedge shoe, or an ankle strap shoe, or a stiletto, or a pointed toe pump. So having the versatility is really great.

This striped dress from Lulu*s is a great example. I almost overlooked it because my closet is already overloaded with stripes. I even have a striped dress very similar to this, but my other one is maternity (although it can still work for non-maternity), has short sleeves, and is navy and white instead of black and white. These slight differences in the two dresses make for almost endless remixing options in my closet, so I picked it out and haven’t regretted it a bit. 
My favorite thing about stripes is that they’re so easily dressed up and down. So I teamed up with Lulu*s today to show you two ways I’m wearing this dress, both casual and dressy and join in on their Fashion Face Off contest! Check out the details below to win $500 to their store!
photos by jylare smith

outfit 1:
lulu*s dress, c/o (similar, similar)
old navy sunglasses, similar

outfit 2:
lulu*s dress, c/o (similar, similar)
This week Lulu*s is talking about Florals vs. Stripes, two of this springs hottest trends. Which one are you loving the most this season? Make sure you’re following along on instagram (mine and lulu*s) for a chance to be featured and win $500! Check out more details here, and follow along with hashtags #teamstripes and #lulusfashionfaceoff.

Happy Tuesday!

  • That is what I love about stripes….the many ways you can style them. You nailed it! x

  • Love that striped dress and how you styled it! Looks amazing with the army green jacket!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  • LOVE both these looks – a striped dress is a must have for spring…so versatile!

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

  • Love that dressed up version. The jacket really changes the look if the dress. Your outfit pictures have become so professional and fabulous. I love all the backgrounds and poses you use now ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love this dress. If I had one like it, I'm sure I'd wear it all the time!

    Becky @bybmg
    bybmg.blogspot.com

  • That dress is such a classic, so of course you can own more than one! Love your wedge sandals ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm really glad you pointed out that filling wardrobe holes is not very effective if you don't love the items because I am SO guilty of that! Definitely need to rethink my shopping strategy.

    Maria
    adifferentfashionmm.blogspot.com

  • Such a versatile dress and love both ways you styled it!

  • I'm not sure which way I like this dress better- you look so great and they are both styled perfectly! Love it! ๐Ÿ™‚
    -Rach
    http://www.lamariposablog.com

  • Both looks are cute – I love the dressed up one more, because that's more my style (I haven't ventured into army jacket territory yet). Great look!

  • I love both looks, super cute!

    Krsitina does the Internets

  • That striped dress is awesome! I might need to pick on up!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • I love the first look! It's just PERFECT!

    ยกSORTEO en el blog! Lauraherder.blogspot.com

  • So, now that you have been using the different photographers for a while now…can you tell their different styles of photographs? Just curious.

  • I love Pinterest – and I love it even more when searching for a particle article I happen to run across a gorgeous blog. I'm so happy to have found your blog this morning!

    You are one talented and blessed lady and I wish you were my next door neighbour.

    Love your style, wish you could do a painting for my home and when all that's done, overhaul my closet … in return, I'd do your outfit post photographs ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have an awesome day
    Wendy
    Simply Sassy Style

  • The dress is beautiful, just like in the picture. The seller has great customer service and I received my dress way in advance of the expected delivery date! Thank you designer!
    Pnina Tornai Wedding Dresses

  • Your hair is getting so long! I just love how you style it. Beautiful dress and outfits, as always! -โ™ฅ- Rachel (For the Birds)

  • I love this outfit, Merrick – I agree with you about having pieces that you love! I have several solid black dresses and several black/white striped dresses, but they're all so different from each other and they all get worn frequently, so I feel entirely happy having them all in my closet ๐Ÿ™‚ I especially love your first outfit with the olive jacket. That's one thing I haven't done with any of my striped dresses yet – pair them with my olive jacket!

  • I love this outfit, Merrick – I agree with you about having pieces that you love! I have several solid black dresses and several black/white striped dresses, but they're all so different from each other and they all get worn frequently, so I feel entirely happy having them all in my closet ๐Ÿ™‚ I especially love your first outfit with the olive jacket. That's one thing I haven't done with any of my striped dresses yet – pair them with my olive jacket!