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One Item Three Ways: The Black Slip Dress

As you may already know, I’ve consciously been trying to participate in more sustainable fashion by buying second hand (via thrift stores/op shops, eBay or Gumtree, and lately through Facebook buy/swap/sell groups). However, there are times when I can’t find what I’m looking for through these channels so I will hit the shops to get what I’m after. When shopping this way I try to be conscious of the 30 wears rule, and this was the case with the black slip dress.

Of course, 30 wears is a lot more than 3 but if you can wear an item in 3 ways or more you get a lot of variety out of the piece of clothing and this will certainly make the 30 wears challenge a little easier. In today’s post I’ll share 3 ways that I’m planning to wear my newly acquired black slip dress.

I had been after a black slip dress for some time now – I actually did have one from a dress I haven’t worn in a long time but found it too short for my liking. I made the mistake of trying on a delicious dress at Alpha 60 but couldn’t justify the $120 price tag, so I ended up buying this Sample dress in the January sales:

Outfit #1: As a dress

Well, this is the most obvious way. It was pretty humid in Sydney today so I just wanted to keep it minimal with a pair of black Birkenstocks. There are times when I’m feeling a bit like a rugby player with my shoulders so I’ll probably throw a kimono over the top (unfortunately forgot to take a pic with my favourite kimono).

Outfit #2: Layered over a tee

I am loving the layered trend from the 90s revival – I totally rocked this look back in the day with floral slip dresses, a white Bonds tee and black 8-hole Doc Martens boots (my mother was horrified). I’m going with a less grungy version by layering the dress over this white Reformation tee which I bought through one of the Facebook buy/sell/swap groups I’m a member of. I would have preferred slides for another nod to minimalism but my feet aren’t exactly slide worthy at the moment so went with my trusty Stan Smiths.

Wearing: Reformation tee (similar | similar); Adidas Originals Stan Smith sneakers

Outfit 3: Under a boxy shirt

Here I created a faux knee length skirt by layering the dress under a boxy fit top. I often have trouble finding a knee length – being petite, let’s face it, they’re often not knee length on me – but the beauty of this dress is the adjustable straps so I can shorten or lengthen as needed. This would be great for work, and then with a change of shoes straight to date night (elusive as they are these days #mumlife).

Wearing: denim bell sleeve top given as a gift (similar | similar); Topshop loafers
(Gucci unicorns)

Winter will also bring with it a variety of other ways to wear the dress (a striped turtleneck layered under the dress, worn with tights and black ankle boots come to mind). Do you have other ideas on how to wear the dress? Let me know in the comments below!

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