That basic hanging in your closet is more versatile than you think.
A basic shift dress is the perfect one-step outfit, but when you add glitzy accessories or a waist-defining belt, you can wear this wardrobe staple anywhere. Here are three easy ways to upgrade a standard shift dress, making it perfect for date night, a weekend hang, or an important day at work.
For Date Night: Add Fancy Accessories and a Belt
Heels and a clutch elevate this casual staple to a date-night go-to, while a cinched waist gives the boxy silhouette a more structured, flattering shape.
To buy: Babaton Patricio dress, $135; aritzia.com. Suzanna Dai Turks earrings, $220; suzannadai.com. Forever 21 Faux Leather Braided-Trim belt, $7; forever21.com. Urban Expressions Bahamas clutch, $60; urbanexpressions.net. Etienne Aigner Martini heels, $148; etienneaigner.com.
For the Weekend: Add a Jacket and Sandals
Laid-back, summery pieces—a denim jacket, a gauzy scarf—create a versatile warm-weather outfit just right for wandering the farmers market or boardwalk.
To buy: Babaton Patricio dress, $135; aritzia.com. Loft Banded Collar Denim jacket, $90; loft.com. Dear Drew by Drew Barrymore Central Park Square scarf, $68; amazon.com. Hat Attack Classic Raffia fedora, $98; hatattack.com. Adia Kibur earrings, $52; adiakibur.com. SO Dory sandals, $40; kohls.com.
For Work: Add Trousers and a Pin
A strategically placed brooch transforms a T-shirt-style frock into a draped tunic you can wear to work.
To buy: Babaton Patricio dress, $135; aritzia.com. Ann Taylor Chelsea Skinny pants, $79; anntaylor.com. Nicole Romano Miramar necklace, $275; modaoperandi.com. Pono by Joan Goodman Angle bracelets, $50 each; ponobyjoangoodman.com. Alexis Bittar Crystal Encrusted safety pin, $125; alexisbittar.com. Zac Zac Posen Earthette Accordian Shoulder bag, $450; revolve.com. CC Corso Como Jackey Slingback flats, $119; lordandtaylor.com.