The Idea

When you find an item of clothing that you love, do you find yourself wanting to wear it over and over? I know I do! Having an item of clothing on repeat doesn’t mean your style has to become repetitive, though. Changing how you style that item can change the look entirely. Plus, wearing an item multiple ways will help you get more bang for the buck from your wardrobe spending.

So, for those favorite pieces of mine that I find myself wearing multiple times, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of those alternative styling options. I first did that with this post about styling a romper for day and for night.

One Dress Two Ways

Now I’d like to share with you the second way I’ve worn this Tibi blush pink dress that I first wore here.

The first time I wore the dress, the styling was more dressy in nature. Then last weekend, for a Sunday morning of walking around town and running errands, I gave the dress a relaxed spin by making four key accessory changes:

  1. I traded the Chloe Faye bag for a Mansur Gavriel canvas bucket bug.
  2. I swapped the Laurence Dacade heeled sandals for some fun Dolce & Gabbana sneakers.
  3. I exchanged the Karen Walker tortoiseshell sunglasses for a pair of Ray Ban mirrored aviators.
  4. I replaced gold jewelry and accessories for silver.

These simple changes totally changed the feel of the look and extended the utility of the dress.

Keep reading for details on my looks and similar options for replicating the looks…

Shop the Looks

Blush Dress : Casual Take

Tibi dress (here; I also like this JCrew blush dress) | Dolce & Gabbana sneakers (here, here, and here, but selling out quickly! Other options: I love these floral Nikes for less than $100! These Jeffrey Campbell boucle sneakers and these Carven sneakers on sale are great options too.) | Mansur Gavriel canvas bucket bag (sold out; similar MG tote bag here; similar options here and here) | Valentino plexi cuff (similar on sale here) | Jennifer Fisher bracelet (here) | Judith Ripka ring (similar on sale here) | Ray Ban blue mirrored aviators (here) | Dior lipstick (here)

Blush Dress : Dressy Take

Tibi dress (here) | Chloe small “Faye” bag (here) | Laurence Dacade floral sandals (on sale here; another similar Laurence Dacade style on sale here; similar look on sale for less than $100 here) | Jennifer Fisher ring (here) | Necklace (gift from a friend) | Karen Walker sunglasses (here) | Dior lipstick (here) | Deborah Lippmann nail polish (here)


Do you like this idea? Do you have a dress with which you could try this “one dress two ways” idea? I’ll try to make this more of a regular feature, as I’m sure we all would like to get more mileage out of our wardrobe!


Photos by Ashley Cardoza


  1. Sheri says:

    Hi Carrie,
    I love this post! I enjoy watching you restyle items and wear them again.

    The Tibi dress is lovely (I have been watching Tibi on The RealReal lately) and I have seriously considering splurging on your Tibi dress for my reunion – it’s still a bit $$$ for me). The JCrew dress is also perfect — good reviews too!

    Have a good Wednesday,


    1. Carrie says:

      Hi Sheri – Thank you for the feedback! I love restyling items, so will definitely keep sharing here.

      As for the Tibi dress, it’s funny you should mention that… I kept thinking of that for your reunion as well! It really is a fabulous, easy to wear, versatile dress. If you’ve not shopped at before, you should be able to use coupon code “newcustomer” to get 15% off your order.

      Honestly, I keep considering getting the white version too! I love it that much.

    2. Sheri says:

      Thanks Carrie. Let me think that through…it is payday this Friday. Thanks for the code too!

    3. Sheri says:

      (I posted a pick of the statement Bauble Bar necklace on IG) :))

    4. Carrie says:

      Cool! I will take a look.

      Also, let me know if I can help with sizing on the Tibi dress…

    5. Sheri says:

      Hi again,
      Just thinking about sizing. I suspect I might be a size 2. I hover between small and extra small in most brands.

      Any thoughts?


    6. Carrie says:

      Hey Sheri – I went with the 2 as well. It’s so loose and flowy around the hips, so I just went off my measurements on top. I don’t know for certain, but I’d suspect a 2 would work well on you too.

      Hope that helps!

  2. 365hangers says:

    Love both outfits and that dress really is worth finding more ways to wear it! So in love with your sneakers by the way, those babies are everything.

    xx 365Hangers

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  3. Jane says:

    Such a cute summer look! Love the sneakers!
    xo, Jane

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Jane! I couldn’t resist. 😉

  4. Kimberley says:

    The sneaks are my favorite! How fun!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, K! Aren’t they fun?

  5. Hayley Larue says:

    I adore your style! Love seeing an outfit styled different ways. I especially love the one with heels! I am a sucker for nude shoes! <3

    1. Carrie says:

      So nice! Thanks so much, Hayley!

  6. Jess says:

    I love the two ways you styled this dress. I’m in love with those sneakers!

    Mimi & Chichi

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Jess!

  7. Carrie, I am always up for a good recycling of dresses for more than one occasion! Almost all my dresses/outfits go through this cycle because I like to keep a check on my wardrobe. I have to say, I am a huge fan of the dressier take on this TIbi dress, may be because I am yet to warm up to the designer/printed sneaker trend with dresses in general..but you rock them anyway!!

    1. Carrie says:

      I hear ya… I was slow to adapt the sneaker and dress look, but love it now. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. Vanessa says:

    Such an amazing look, hun! Totally swoon worthy!
    XOXO, Vanessa

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you, sweet V!

  9. This is such a fun and creative post! And yes, I find myself wearing the same thing allll the time…it’s usually a shift dress or white skinnies. I tend to do flats, pumps and then throw in the sneakers every once in a while (my new found love btw). I totally need to switch up my bags too like you suggested. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Carrie says:

      Isn’t it fun to mix it up? Thanks for stopping by Carly!

  10. Love this simple but super cute look!
    You’ve got very sweet smile:)

    love from Vancouver

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, thanks for the sweet words. :)))

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you, Sabina! So easy and versatile.

  11. I absolutely love your shoes!! Great post!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much! Hugs –

  12. I really love the version with the sneaks! So chic.

  13. Lauren says:

    I love both of these looks! I can’t pick which one I like more!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah thanks so much, Lauren!

  14. Rachel says:

    What a beautiful piece that can be taken from day to night. I love how you styled it.

    1. Carrie says:

      So nice. Thanks, Rachel.

  15. Liz Lizo says:

    I love how both ways you styled the dress it looked effortless and chic. Also, those sneakers are amazing!

    – Liz

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Liz!

  16. Lorietta says:

    both outfits are amazing!♥ I love the colorful sneakers!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much, Lorietta!

  17. Nice and perfect looking outfit..

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