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Dress Up, Dress Down: 80s Asymmetrical

Back by popular demand! I’ve got another outfit to show you dressed up and down.

Admittedly, I’m starting with a very casual dress: an asymmetrical collared, gray cotton jersey that I found on the deep discount rack in the JC Penney’s junior department. I didn’t have high hopes but for $7, it was worth a shot.

I wore the dress to Target this morning because they just brought back their designer collective and I wanted to be comfortable grabbing dresses off the rack and running around the store in a state of euphoria. I didn’t want to wear pants because that would slow down the trying-on process. I matched my tights to a skinny belt and wore my stompin’ boots. I feel like I can take on the world in them.

gray dress down

Dress: JC Penney’s
Belt: Steve Madden (via Nordstrom Rack)
Tights: Hue
Umbrella: Gifted
Boots: Hot Topic

When I got back from Target (with four amazing dresses!) my husband invited me to happy hour. I decided to “pretty things up” a bit, so I swapped out the G.I. Jane boots for something equally fun but slightly more polished (like I mentioned, this is a really casual dress; I’m not going to wear it with pumps—although, I bet a patent pump in bright yellow or hot pink would work and add to the 80’s vibe. Sadly, I don’t own a pair). I grabbed a faux leather zipper clutch, and away I went. By the way, if you’re ever at Wild Ginger in Bellevue, I recommend the peach bellini and tofu satay. Yum!

 gray dress up

Dress: JC Penney’s
Belt: Thrifted
Tights: Hue
Clutch: Boutique in Pittsburg
Boots: John Fluvog

How do you dress things up or down? What accessories make you feel pulled together?


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