If you have ever had access to fashion magazines and even read one or two of them you might already be familiar with this concept: Take a few basics and then build more than one outfits around them. I did something similar with a suitcase full of things before, but now it’s about only one dress.
A few weeks ago Verdinium challenged me to create three budgeted outfits with one dress, and I was bored and happily obliged. We decided on themes – classic/retro, dark and comfy/casual. And, of course, things I’d actually wear myself (at least mostly).
I set myself a 100,-€ budget and got to work. By now the dress I worked with was marked down (hm, this might be a good opportunity to get it myself…), and it’s this one. It looked basic enough to work with different styles yet was not too boring and had a bit of detail (read: lace).
I started with something rather classic. I’m a big fan of the pleather shoes – I probably wouldn’t wear them myself, but I think they are cute and far too rarely seen nowadays. There’s also a bit of whimsy going on with the tights and the key necklace to make it less conservative. And I opted for a chunky oversized cardigan rather than something more sophisticated to go with the jersey dress. This is supposed to be comfortable, after all.
I’d imagine this would be a nice outfit for an afternoon in the library or a pretty café.
Nightshade could also be called strega, or gothpunk, or something like that. I tried to make an outfit for something a bit more Shadowrun, hardened, but not too hard. Maybe a city witch? The lace on the dress and the dangling earrings break the hard lines and the different textures – the leather (also the details of the boots), wool and dark grey jersey of the hoody make it more interesting.
This is obviously the one I’d wear on a daily basis. It’s a shame that I couldn’t find a shawl with a badger print, but other than that I’m happy. It has comfy shoes, dainty details (the dandelion necklace and the lantern earrings), house colours and chunky accessoires like the leg warmers and the flannel. And that Head Girl pin I’ll get some day, even though I think that antique silver would have been prettier with the yellow, but nevermind.
I hope you enjoyed this post, somethings like this might happen again.