Elizabeth And James Sneakily Teaches Us 4 Ways To Wear A Shirtdress

We're all about maximizing our wardrobes. Of course, we want to get the most use out of our favorite fashion items, enjoying every bit of 'em until it's time to consign them. Thankfully, the styling tips in the Elizabeth and James pre-fall '14 lookbook teach us clever ways to do just that. The Olsen-run line used two long-standing trends — plaid and shirtdresses — to illustrate just how much potential there is within our own closets. That is, f we know how to use it.
With one red, tartan, tailored dress, the brand created four looks that are far from just "button it and go." They're fitting for a variety of environments or occasions and simple enough for anyone to execute. Promise. Actually, we quite appreciate the sneaky style tips for many reasons. After all, searching for multifunctional wardrobe staples is a solid piece of financial advice, too. So, read on for the Elizabeth and James tips that'll multiply your closet in four simple steps.
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Layer a full, voluminous skirt beneath and a fitted blazer on top. You've just fashioned yourself the perfect plaid shirtdress sandwich. Voilà!
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The buttons down the front of your dress serve many purposes. You could fasten them up and wear the garment as intended, but we like the idea of keeping them undone and throwing your new lightweight, plaid coat over your favorite fall outfit.
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Who says it doesn't count unless your arms are in the sleeves? Roll up your dress, and tie it around your waist as a grungy belt for all your floral maxis.
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A pencil skirt is devastatingly flattering, and this fitted number makes for the perfect mate for your plaid, midi-length dress. The embellishments on the skirt play up the party vibes in a not-trying-too-hard way.

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