One Dress Two Ways - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish -Fashion Over 50
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One Dress Two Ways

Karina dress, Born Boots

Happy Monday Ladies

Hard to believe it is March 2nd!! I expect to be wearing floral dresses and lighter colors any day now! But, for the time being, I have been inspired by many of the bloggers I have seen that have taken dresses and worn them in several ways.

Karina dress, Cole Haan Flats

MY FALL LOOK: Karina Bronze leaf dress, Rebecca Minkoff satchel, Cole Haan woven leather flats

If you recall, this was one of the looks I had shown you in the fall. This is one of my Karina dresses, the Megan in a bronze/brown fall leaves print. I love the colors and thought they would work well with my hair. This is how I styled the look for fall. The dress was worn with a real copper covered leaf as a necklace, and leaves and earrings. The necklace were purchased in the artsy fartsy town of Asheville. ( I say this with much love) I love nature and this was just a beautiful piece to remind me of so. Taking the browns in the dress, I chose to wear my comfortable, yet stylish Cole Haan woven flats, and one of my favorite light cognac colored textured bags by Rebecca Minkoff.

Karina dress, Cole Haan Flats, Loft sweater

Karina dress, Cole Haan Flats

Karina dress, Cole Haan Flats

Rebecca Minkoff bag, Karina dress

Born boots

Loft pumpkin sweater, Rebecca Minkoff handbag

I have not yet styled one of my dresses two different ways in a post, so I thought this was a great opportunity. With the brown being a very conducive neutral, I added one of my favorite colors, pumpkin, in a cardigan, with chiffon detailing down the front. I also decided to add my rich dark brown leather Born boots to the ensemble. By now, the snow has turned to that wonderful, yummy slush color and texture that I am more than familiar with living in Pittsburgh for over 30 years.

Nevertheless, I wasn’t taking pictures sloshing through the puddles of leftover snow. If one wants to go from fall with a more casual look, one suggestion is to take a print or color that transitions well to a season, add a blazer or a complimentary sweater. Perhaps change out your jewelry or add a different scarf/accessory. Lastly, if you were wearing heels or flats, change to booties, OTK or knee high boots. This gives one ample opportunity to expand one’s wardrobe, and we ALL love that right?

I appreciate the bloggers who have given me the inspiration to take a dress I love and transform the look two different ways.

How do you make the most of your wardrobe? How do you style one dress perhaps for 2 different seasons ?

Linking up: with Visible Monday, Still Being Molly, Share in Style ( every other Mon), SHoe andTell Manic Monday, Tues: Style Sessions, Walking in Memphis Wed: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On, Random Wednesday, Thurs: A Labour of Fashion, Reason to Dress,  Throwback Thursday  Friday:Passion 4 Fashion,Style Elixer,  Fun Fashion Friday Sat: Stylish Saturday

  • Ada
    Posted at 05:27h, 10 March Reply

    That is a lovely dress – nice print. I love how it loos for Winter. =)

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:24h, 10 March Reply

      thank you Ada 🙂 Hope you are doing well. I am going to try my hand at link up and beginning next Tues the 17th would love for you to come. I am calling it Turning Heads Tuesday , and would love to see your lovely style. xx

  • elb743
    Posted at 15:42h, 05 March Reply

    Love the print and color palette of this dress! The card has such wonderful details, as does that beautiful bag.
    This is beautifully done, as always.
    it can be challenging to use a clothing item for a few season,s but many things, like this dress, can be done so well!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:27h, 05 March Reply

      Thank you Elle, I am a fan of these colors, and thought lets add the cardi to this great dress. Glad you like the looks! xx

  • Monica Siembieda
    Posted at 22:51h, 03 March Reply

    Loving this dress, great look!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:22h, 04 March Reply

      Thank you Monica, I appreciate the lovely comment! xx

  • Olga
    Posted at 09:11h, 03 March Reply

    This colour palette suits you so much! Everything is so perfectly coordinated: dress, boots, cardigan, bag, jewelry. Very beautiful!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:33h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you Olga, glad you like the look. I am a fan of browns, rusts and pumpkin colors ( would look great on you too) I appreciate the comment! xx

  • Sabina “OceanblueStyle” B
    Posted at 07:15h, 03 March Reply

    This is an amzing style transformation and I love checking out blogs like yours where I can see the difference. I feel the summer is just a killer but your “warmer” version you pulled off well, too. Spring is just around the corner over here and the sunny is shining while I am writing this. Have a great day! xo Sabina | Oceanblue Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:32h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you Sabina, glad you like the 2 looks, I think we all need to make the most of our wardrobe! It will be warmer here this week, I am ready for spring! You too, enjoy the day xx

  • Maggie Dallospedale
    Posted at 05:36h, 03 March Reply

    OMG you look stunning!
    Great look! The cardi’s very nice!
    Maggie D.
    Fashion Blog Maggie Dallospedale fashion diary

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:30h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you Maggie, I appreciate you stopping by and the lovely comment. Glad you like my look and please drop by again! xx

  • Ana María
    Posted at 04:00h, 03 March Reply

    Beautiful dress and tighs.

  • Happiness at Mid Life
    Posted at 23:18h, 02 March Reply

    This cardigan goes so perfectly with your dress and I am loving your RM purse.


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:26h, 03 March Reply

      Hi Alice, thank you . This was bought a few years ago, but I love the color. enjoy the day xx

  • Katie
    Posted at 21:38h, 02 March Reply

    Love the colors of this dress and how it compliments you hair and complexion. I never though you could do much with dresses, compared to separates, but blogging has also helped me challenge myself to style dresses in different and unique ways.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:25h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you Katie, so true! I have learned a fair amount of styling tips as well. Glad you like my outfit! xx

  • Linda Cassidy
    Posted at 19:45h, 02 March Reply

    love this with the tights and boots and that wonderful contrasting cardigan

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:29h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you Linda! Glad you like the outfit! Will stop by tomorrow and check out what you are wearing as well. Have a great week! xx

  • Lorna Mai (@LornaMaiLtd)
    Posted at 18:59h, 02 March Reply

    Love the pattern and style of your dress, the pumpkin cardi is the perfect match! Another fabulous handbag Jess! you look great.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:29h, 02 March Reply

      Thanks Lorna, I just have a small collection 🙂 You know I love your Ted Baker bag, Glad you like it! I need to experiment more with your color tips! xx

  • Shannon
    Posted at 18:18h, 02 March Reply

    Loving both of these looks! The layering is perfect and those boots are so amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:20h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you Shannon. I found these boots for a steal, they are Born, so really great quality , like new on Ebay for $75 🙂 Glad you like these looks hon have a great week!! xo

  • Johanna
    Posted at 16:55h, 02 March Reply

    You have such an amazing figure and this dress looks stunning on you. Just gorgeous Jess.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:10h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you Johanna! I am just getting back to swimming in a warm water pool, andI use the pool weights, makes for a good workout. You are too sweet! Have a great week. xx

  • Dawn Lucy
    Posted at 13:56h, 02 March Reply

    What a beautiful dress! I really need a Karina dress in my life! Love both ways you style it. You look fabulous and those colors are SO pretty on you! Hope you’re well!
    Dawn Lucy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:04h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you Dawn! I am actually just working with Modcloth/Karina right now, private message me and I will explain. Glad you like my outfits.. Thank you for your well wishes! xo jess

  • Denise
    Posted at 13:04h, 02 March Reply

    Dear Jess,
    I really love your combination. I like the colors, the design and your fantastic hair color! TOP!

    Best Regards,


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:07h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you for stopping by! Glad you like the outfits and I am working on growing my hair longer as well. Have a great week!

  • Shauna
    Posted at 12:34h, 02 March Reply

    These colors look beautiful on you. Such a classy look!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:42h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you Shauna! Glad you like the looks. I love pumplin and rust colors with brown. Have a great week! xx

  • Lady of Style
    Posted at 12:26h, 02 March Reply

    I do restyle my dresses a lot as our summer season is too short and I want to make the most of my dresses.
    I love both versions on you, Jess! This sodt, warm brown looks amazing on you.
    We had snow again today and it is so wet, probably wellies are the best option 😉 Can’t wait to wair lighter shoes again…

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:41h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you Annette, see we have a pretty long spring summer, or sometimes it just goes winter to hot. I need to make the most of expanding my wardrobe this way. When I moved here from Pennsylvania, I had more winter clothes than spring, sothat is what I have been buying recently.
      Glad you like both looks. I know everyone is ready for a change.have a great week! xx

  • Patti
    Posted at 09:47h, 02 March Reply

    Spring is late coming in your part of the world, eh? You look totally gorgeous in this Karina dress, and you’re right about the colors and your pretty hair. I shall add this Karina to my wish list! Happy Monday, xo.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:07h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you Patti!, yes I am so ready for warm weather. Sometimes Charlotte goes from winter to summer weather and skips spring altogether . Just ready for some bright clothes about now. Glad you like the dress, you would look amazing in this style too! Have a great week Patti! xo

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