This is a guest post from Penny Saver from the blog The Saved Quarter. Penny is a frugal mom, making the most of meager means, saving her quarters to save a quarter of her income. She recently took on Project 333 for both her wardrobe and makeup.
When planning my Project 333 wardrobe, I carefully considered each garment and how well it plays with others. A shirt that only matches one skirt has no place in a streamlined, minimalist wardrobe, whereas a more versatile piece that coordinates with more items garners a higher spot on my list. Similarly, garments that could be worn in multiple ways gained a spot over those that only had one option. A number of clever designs are on the market now, and you might find one will fit neatly into your 33 garments and add fun and variety to your outfits. Here are 5 pieces that can each be worn in at least 5 ways.
1. Infinity or Convertible Dress
Available at every price point, from a $995 Donna Karan version to handmade by The Jersey Maid on Etsy for under $100 to a $29.99 Target option, this dress really does have infinite – or at least several hundred – options for wearing it. Tons of videos can be found on YouTube for how to tie this dress (or skirt, depending on how you tie it), which can be formal enough to wear to a wedding or casual enough for a day at the beach. If you have basic sewing skills, you can even make your own following this tutorial.
(These images are from Etsy’s The Jersey Maid. I love how she’s styled it in so many ways, with other garments, to really show off its flexibility!)
2. Cozy Wrap
Another Donna Karan design (by DKNY) that can now be found at any price point, this sweater can be worn in dozens of ways. DKNY even offers an iPhone app for how to wear this sweater! I made a very similar sweater using a Simplicity pattern (also available in plus sizes) in black jersey cotton and have worn it at least a dozen ways. The sweater can be worn as a shirt or as an outer layer, to look like a shawl or scarf, and there’s no wrong way to wear it.
(This image is from DKNY‘s website.)
3. The Uniform Project’s Little Black Dress
This dress is so versatile that The Uniform Project‘s Sheena wore it every day for a full year. Watch her slideshow and be amazed at how many ways she wore it by varying her accessories! It’s reversible – the back can be the front, the front can be the back. It’s tunic length, allowing it to be worn as a shirt or dress. It can be worn open like a vest or closed. Layer it to look like a skirt or wear a skirt on top to use it as a shirt. You can buy it for $110 or, if you sew, you can make your own with their pattern, available for $20.
I’ve been a fan of scarves for their utilitarian neck-warming feature for a long while, wearing it in the same one or two ways for years. Recently, I found this video on Youtube with 25 ways to wear a scarf and, in addition to being impressed by the clever way the video was made, have started to branch out in my scarf-tying options. I have two scarves in my 33 pieces.
5. Long, single strand,beaded necklace