When It Comes To Dressing Up, Two Pieces Are Better Than One

With a million formal obligations on the calendar this season — proms, weddings, baby showers — you have a lot to get gussied up for. And don’t forget the less-formal but still-presentable one-offs: your college roommate’s baby shower; the 4/20 potluck with all of your ambitious home-chef friends; your best friend’s 4th of July barbecue. You might not go hog wild here, but it would nice to have something kinda fresh, right? While it’s tempting to immediately type “cute dress” into Google, but hold that thought — we have an idea.
What if, for the price of a single dress, you could get two items — a top and a bottom that would function independently and as a team? If you're anything like us, you’d jump for joy. We love the idea of wearing a two-piece dress to the next party, and then splitting up the pieces and letting them liven up our existing wardrobes. Maybe you can use the top to dress up jeans, or combine the bottom with a boxy fashion button-down. And when one purchase will result in essentially three outfits, it takes a lot of the guesswork out of dressing for your social obligations this summer. Scroll through to find the two-piece that’s going to be your number one warm-weather companion.
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Love this Fame and Partners silhouette? It's available in twenty colors, should you want to go down a decision-making rabbit hole.
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The kind of dress you want to throw in your carry-on and whisk away on a spontaneous, tropical getaway.
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We couldn’t let our round-up end without presenting you with at least one leopard option — and this Reformation set does not disappoint. Look closely — it's a bodysuit-and-skirt combo. We’re so excited for the endless summer dressing possibilities here.
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Black lace is a classic choice; a sheer two-piece set is a subversive one. Inhabit the best of both worlds in this Dress The Population set.
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A butter-yellow set from Black Halo that will be your all-summer-long companion.
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The seemingly demure combination of pencil skirt and cropped tee sizzles when rendered in a shiny, evening-friendly shade of rust.
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This delicate, embroidered Free People set looks like a spot-on Rose Bowl find.
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If you’re not totally comfortable with the idea of a set, trying playing with the illusion of one. This two-piece lining of this Bardot dress is attached to the mesh overlay, so your wardrobe will stay put all night long.
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Go for the class crop-top and ballgown skirt combination from Blondie Nights, and channel Carolina Herrera with a button-down shirt when the tank needs the night off.
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An asymmetrical crop top is a summer must-have — and a matching mini skirt? Even better. At $66, we declare this Kolena set official bang for your buck.

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