Friday, August 7, 2015

Seven Ways to Style a Striped Dress [Toddler Girl Edition]

You've all heard of the capsule wardrobe concept, right? Basically you have 10 (or however many) basic pieces that can be mixed and matched to create many awesome, creative outfits! It's such a fun idea, and--more importantly, it would help with the frustration that comes from picking out a fantastic skirt or pair of jeans, and then not knowing what top would match it!

Summer is hard on kids' clothes (with all the playing outside in the dirt!), and I knew I'd gotten rid of a few of the girls' tops as the summer went along. But, I had no idea how bad this situation had gotten until we were leaving for the afternoon, and one of the girls announced that she didn't have any tops to wear. I opened her drawer, and she must've had 10 (or more!) skirts and shorts, and not a single presentable shirt. 

With the cooler weather coming, I decided it was high time I re-did the girls' wardrobes. And because I had to buy clothes anyway, I decided to give the "capsule wardrobe" idea a try. 

I didn't go completely hard-core, but I did find around six tops, and four or five skirts or shorts that could be easily interchanged to create some cute outfits! 

I also had the idea to find one item that could be could be styled in a variety of ways, to make it appropriate for summer and fall! That's when I found this striped dress. It was exactly what I was looking for!

It's cute all by itself with sandals, or with a fun bubble necklace!

No one would guess it's the same dress, if it's tucked into a bright skirt!

Here's some fun belt action, along with mint-colored leggings...

I especially love how this dress is a perfect transitional piece between summer and fall. Layer a long-sleeved shirt and sleeveless jacket or a cardigan, and you're still looking fresh and bright but with the right amount of warmth for the cooler weather. 

I love how many fun printed leggings there are to choose from. Pair the dress with some cute leggings and BOOTS and you're definitely ready for fall!

And finally, the classic jean jacket, some gray tights, and matching accessories. This ensemble looks completely different from the first summer-y outfit, and yet at the heart of all these outfits is the same basic, striped dress! 

I hope you enjoyed these seven ways to style a striped dress! Even if you don't have a toddler girl to dress, I'm sure you could use these principles to style your own clothing. 

Happy Friday, folks!


  1. That's really cool! And Rachel is adorable. :)

  2. This is really great and so creative. I love this. It's so helpful. Thanks!