Double Duty Fashion

We love a two-fer! Taking one stylish piece and wearing it two ways from items in our own closet. Even better when the "new" item comes from a swap boutique like Give + Take. I took in several items from my closet that, while still in very good condition, I was ready to retire from my wardrobe, but offer up to another gal. Then with my new riches in points at the swap boutique I shopped the racks and nabbed this striped sundress. I created two looks - weekend and work.

GAP Blue Pinstriped Sundress

 

 

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Dolce Vita 'Cassi' Navy/White Striped Dress, $67 6PM

Hudson Signature Jean Jacket, $158 Zappos

Kate Spade New York 'Holland Walk- Eren' Striped Tote, $248 Nordstrom

Tory Burch 'Robinson' Mini Tote, $475 Nordstrom

Gucci Red and Green Striped Belt, $270 Gucci

L.K. Bennett 'Stila' Navy Patent Pump, $325 Nordstrom

 

I am obsessed with stripes and love an homage to the nautical trend. Lucky me, I found these Peter Som pants from my favorite swap boutique, Give + Take located in Santa Monica. I've held plenty of swap parties in LA and NYC, but nothing beats the chance to bring in bags of clothes, get the value of them to turn around and shop a boutique stocked with goods from Diane Von Furstenburg, Kate Spade, Hudson, Juicy Couture, Free People, and many more. There are clothes, shoes, accessories and jeans galore. You pay a low monthly membership fee (approx. $30) and you can constantly swap clothes from your closet and their shop. You can even choose an item, wear it once then go back to swap that item again. Genius!!

Here's my double duty styling with the pants.

Peter Som Wide Leg Nautical Style Pants

Ahoy mate!

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Petit Bateau T-shirt with Vintage Boat Print, $60 Petit Bateau

Joie 'Javina' Wide Leg Pants, $198 Joie

Tory Burch 'Thea' Cross Body Bag, $375 Nordstrom

 

Perfect weekend outfit.

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Hudson Jean Jacket, $158 Zappos

Petit Bateau Jersey Mariniere Top, $94 Petit Bateau

Wear it now, later and multiple ways. There's no reason a flirty floral skirt can't stretch from summer well into fall. I'm known as "The Fixer" among TV producers and many of the clients I style and that's partially because I always talk about never buying an item and wearing it just one way in your wardrobe. I help "fix" wardrobe issues. I love this pale pink patterned skirt from Ted Baker London that I just bought at Bloomingdale's. I shopped my own closet to style the skirt multiple ways and just like my clients, I found items I haven't worn in awhile. 

The Skirt

Ted Baker 'Ginene' Botanical Bloom Print Skirt, $225 Bloomingdale's

Pair the skirt with a punchy colored top and nude heels. Or choose gold heels for a cocktail party.

Shop Similar:

'Tanyana' Silk Blouse by Diane von Furstenberg, $106 (on sale) Saks Fifth Avenue

French Connection 'Calista' Nude Heels, $60 6PM

Wear it when the weather gets cooler with a white fitted button down shirt, neutral hued leather jacket and pumps.

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Michael Kors Leather Wrap Jacket, $1,500 Stylebop

Pink Tartan White Grosgrain Button Shirt, $275 Nordstrom

Ted Baker London 'Iyyah' Pump, $180 Nordstrom

I'm keeping a strong hold on summer as long as possible and I just re-introduced myself to this sunny yellow wrap cardigan in my closet.


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Fine Guage Yellow Linen Sweater, $78 Max Studio

Michael Antonio 'Raxine' Pump, $23 6PM

 

Style Makeover and Wardrobe "Stretch"
If your clothes could talk they'd probably complain of boredom and fatigue. The skinny jeans would say, "Please girl, not again, I just want to rest in the drawer awhile. Choose a dress for a change."  Time to reinvent your wardrobe, experiment with what you own and find multiple ways to wear one piece. I help women "shop" the rack in their own closet to cook up some new looks with just one new addition in the "Style Dish" fashion makeover series.
 
And Now In:
Style Dish - Episode 4 - Alison & Christa:

Meet Christa, a pretty girl who is also super sweet-a great combination! Christa has a job at a PR firm and since she's fairly new in the biz she neeed help building a wardrobe that didn't cost her whole paycheck.  She admitted she didn't know how to "stretch" her wardrobe and mix up what she already owned. As her Style Chef, check out how I took one key "ingredient"- a black lace mini skirt available at Macy's and styled it three ways in Christa's wardrobe for episode four of Style Dish.

 

MADE Fashion Week black lace mini-skirt for Impulse, $25 Macy's

Super simple way to style this skirt. I paired the large lace design mini skirt with a small lace design top and black blazer. Load up on some accessories and break up the black with red suede heels.

Christa challenged me to create a casual weekend look with this pretty mini. A plaid cotton shirt and fringed printed open cardigan does the trick. Now, the lace mini won't seem frou-frou when she heads to brunch with friends.

Ok, so the skirt is too short for a conservative office, but in a creative workplace environment this should be approved. Just be sure to keep the rest of yourself covered or wear tights.

 

My fashion philosophy is that every item you own should be working triple-duty in your wardrobe. Every piece has a purpose and at least three ways to wear it.  In each episode, I visit a new woman struggling with her style. I'll walk through her wardrobe, find out what she's got going on and what simply has to GO, and then bring her guest back to the Style Studio.  With just one new ingredient -- a dress, a top or the perfect skirt -- I "cook" up three different outfits, mixing the new item with pieces pulled from our guest's very own closet!

I show how to inventively mix-and-match pieces, how to wear it for work AND the weekend, and how to mix up black-tie or first date, cocktail party or concert. I'm serving up style here, boosting women's confidence and teaching them to be more inventive, creative and experimental with their wardrobe.

 
Fun Fashion Makeover and Reinvention
Your closet's calling me and it has A LOT to say. Those black pants and skinny jeans are crying for a much needed break and that dress you bought on sale says it's lonely and unworn. Time to reinvent your wardrobe, experiment with what you own and find multiple ways to wear one piece. I help women "shop" the rack in their own closet to cook up some new looks with just one new addition in the "Style Dish" fashion makeover series.
 
And Now In:
Style Dish - Episode 3 - Alison & Kimberly:
Meet Kimberly, simply said she's beautiful inside and out. She was in the Peace Corps and now works for Step Up Women's Network where I'm a Luminary Circle member. Kimberly needed my help mixing conservative pieces with her trendy purchases. She admitted she was choosing the same items over and over again in her closet. Since I am your Style Chef, check out how I took one key "ingredient"- a sleeveless printed a-line dress by Bar III available at Macy's and styled it three ways in Kimberly's wardrobe. And on a charitable note, we love to encourage other cool women to join us, so please take a moment and click on SUWN.org to learn how to help teen girls become confident, college-bound and career ready and network with genuinely lovely professional women in LA, NYC and Chicago.
 

Bar III sleeveless printed a-line dress, Macy's

Theory belt and H & M blue blouse

J. Crew vest, Tory Burch belt, Vince cable knit cashmere sweater

H & M navy and black blazer

My fashion philosophy is that every item you own should be working triple-duty in your wardrobe. Every piece has a purpose and at least three ways to wear it.  In each episode, I visit a new woman struggling with her style. I'll walk through her wardrobe, find out what she's got going on and what simply has to GO, and then bring her guest back to the Style Studio.  With just one new ingredient -- a dress, a top or the perfect skirt -- I "cook" up three different outfits, mixing the new item with pieces pulled from our guest's very own closet!

I show how to inventively mix-and-match pieces, how to wear it for work AND the weekend, and how to mix up black-tie or first date, cocktail party or concert. I'm serving up style here, boosting women's confidence and teaching them to be more inventive, creative and experimental with their wardrobe.

Fashion is Fun!
 
Time to reinvent your wardrobe, experiment with what you own and find multiple ways to wear one piece. You try on clothes in a department store, so think of your closet like one. Start "shopping" the rack, shelves and drawers in your own closet to cook up some new looks.
 
And Now In:
Style Dish - Episode 2 - Alison & Alissa:
Meet Alissa, she's a cool girl who works for Step Up Women's Network where I'm a Luminary Circle member. At SUWN, we help and mentor teenage girls to become confident, college-bound and career-ready. Alissa was already quite stylish, but she wanted some help with being more experimental with her fashion picks rather than make "safe" choices. Since I am your Style Chef, check out how I take one key "ingredient"- a chartreuse zipper moto jacket from RACHEL Rachel Roy available at Macy's and style it three ways in Alissa's wardrobe. (And we love to encourage other cool women to join us, so please take a moment and click on SUWN.org to learn how to help teen girls and network with genuinely lovely professional women in LA, NYC and Chicago.)
 

RACHEL Rachel Roy zipper moto jacket, $70 Macy's

Lace shorts give a break between stripes on top and bottom.

I added an animal print skinny belt for a subtle edge to the look. White jeans are the perfect neutral to help other colors pop!

My fashion philosophy is that every item you own should be working triple-duty - every piece has a purpose and at least three ways to wear it.  In each episode, I visit a new woman struggling with her style. I'll walk through her wardrobe, find out what she's got going on and what simply has to GO, and then bring her guest back to the Style Studio.  With just one new ingredient -- a dress, a top or the right pair of jeans -- I "cook" up three different outfits, mixing the new item with pieces pulled from our guest's very own closet!

I show how to inventively mix-and-match pieces, how to wear it for work AND the weekend, and how to mix up black-tie or first date, cocktail party or concert. I'm serving up style here, boosting women's confidence and teaching them to be more inventive, creative and experimental with their wardrobe.
 
 
 
 
 
My fashion philosophy is that every item you own should be working triple-duty - every piece has a purpose and at least three ways to wear it.  In each episode, I visit a new woman struggling with her style. I'll walk through her wardrobe, find out what she's got going on and what simply has to GO, and then bring her guest back to the Style Studio.  With just one new ingredient -- a dress, a top or the right pair of jeans -- I "cook" up three different outfits, mixing the new item with pieces pulled from our guest's very own closet!

I show how to inventively mix-and-match pieces, how to wear it for work AND the weekend, and how to mix up black-tie or first date, cocktail party or concert. I'm serving up style here, boosting women's confidence and teaching them to be more inventive, creative and experimental with their wardrobe. - See more at: http://www.alisondeyette.com/#sthash.PGWHwsMF.dpuf

Style Dish - Episode 1 - Alison & Val

Admit it, you stand in front of the clothes in your closet and claim you have nothing to wear; but in reality your wardrobe is packed full of impulsive choices, frustrating outfits and dresses that still have the tags on them.  What's that? You try to branch out? But then you gravitate back to the same items and styles you've been wearing day in and day out, and the rest of your wardrobe hangs unworn and unwanted. Check out how I style a fringe cardigan for Val's wardrobe in three different ways... from chic to a little more edgy!

Just like the Top Chefs that can make something delicious with a few items you have in the pantry, I am your Style Chef Du Jour. With Val, an amazing makeup artist in our first episode, I dish up the fashion, cook up some great new looks with what she's got in her closet and add that one key ingredient that will make her wardrobe sizzle!!

INC International Concepts Long Sleeve Fringe Cardigan, $32 Macy's

Carmen Steffens heels


Boohoo.com pants
 
My fashion philosophy is that every item you own should be working triple-duty - every piece has a purpose and at least three ways to wear it.  In each episode, I visit a new woman struggling with her style. I'll walk through her wardrobe, find out what she's got going on and what simply has to GO, and then bring her guest back to the Style Studio.  With just one new ingredient -- a dress, a top or the right pair of jeans -- I "cook" up three different outfits, mixing the new item with pieces pulled from our guest's very own closet!

I show how to inventively mix-and-match pieces, how to wear it for work AND the weekend, and how to mix up black-tie or first date, cocktail party or concert. I'm serving up style here, boosting women's confidence and teaching them to be more inventive, creative and experimental with their wardrobe.


 

The white jacket - crisp and clean on the rack, but daunting when thinking about stylish options beyond pairing with black pants. I take that piece and show it ready to take over the boardroom, cocktails to celebrate and the weekend to recuperate.

White jacket by Zara

 

Rachel Roy print dress, Vintage necklace, Reiss patent belt, Hobo clutch, Manolo Blahnik heels professionally dyed

Steven Alan plaid shirt, Diane Von Furstenburg striped sweater, Gucci belt, Carolina Herrara bag, Joe's Jeans, Cole Haan kitten heels

 

My fashion philosophy is: Never buy an item that can only be worn one way or to one event. I know, we all sometimes stand in front of a closet full of clothes and claim we have nothing to wear. So, I'm here to kick clothing boredom in the butt and help re-introduce you to your wardrobe, before you head out the door to shop some more. Here's my take on a pleated skirt from Tulle worn for day and night.

ASOS.com denim tie-neck shirt, Gucci belt, Tory Burch bracelet, Manolo Blahnik heels

Diane Von Furstenburg white denim jacket, Cynthia Vincent pale pink top, Banana Republic gold belt, Kate Spade gold heels, Alexis Bittar jewelry

 

Take the challenge and send me your Double Duty Fashion photos.

 

 

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