So my goal in 1 piece / 2 ways is to take one item and remix it to get two completely different looks out of it. For all of us girls on a budget, the ability to make several outfits out of each piece is essential to making those dollars stretch. This time's comparison is with one of the most versatile pieces you'll ever own: a pencil skirt.
I wore this for a day that I spent just running errands. It's a super casual (for me) mix of a pencil skirt, a t-shirt (featuring the one and only Marilyn Monroe), flat sandals and a crossbody bag that left my hands free for shopping ease! For jewelry I kept it really simple with just an unfussy necklace. It took all of 10 minutes to throw the outfit together but it still looks like an intentional put-together look.
I swear, I don't know how other people get by without a pencil skirt or two in their lives. I could never go back to living without them! This outfit was just the skirt paired with a short sleeved button-down, a belt at the waist (of course)and peep-toe pumps. For jewelry, I added a handful of silver and black bangles and a matching pair of the giant "Basketball Wives" hoop earring that are all over the place. Granted, the jewelry wouldn't work in every work environment but that could easily be adjusted to fit yours. It's sexy and it's vampy but it's still work-appropriate. It's the best of both worlds!
Skirt - Forever 21+ - $10.00
Here's a similar one, just in a different color. Sadly, my red version is sold out!