how to style the same outfit two ways

we’ve got a really elegant summer top for you today as we continue this week’s quest for the perfect summer top.  yesterday, we showed you how to wear the same sequin top two different ways.  and on monday, we featured my favorite summer sweater.  today, we’re going show you how to style the same outfit two ways by mixing accessories.

how to style the same outfit two ways

accessories are easy to overlook, but they can change the nature of an outfit.  here on the blog, we’re proponents of fashion reusability and a great way to get extra mileage out of a single outfit is to mix and match accessories.  a different bag, belt, shoes or scarf can change the complexity of any outfit making it wearable in different contexts on different days.  if you’re looking for some accessory inspiration, make sure to read our must have summer handbags and accessories.   

rafia plise top | white jeans | wicker bag | izzie woven belt | arrow woven belt | wedge sandal | dahila flip flop

look 1

our base outfit today is this rafia plise top from Anthropologie.  i’ve been all about Anthropologie this week.  so much so, it’s the second top we’ve featured from them this week.  there’s not much more i can say about white denim that i haven’t said this summer.  i’ve featured it prominently all summer long and will definitely continue to do so.   our first look today pairs our base outfit with a pair of white strapped shoes, a wicker bag and an arrow woven belt.  the black swath of the bag picks up my top, creating a bold look.   the pattern of the arrow woven belt contrasts with the white denim enough creating additional visual interest.  

rafia plise top | white jeans | wicker bag | izzie woven belt | arrow woven belt | wedge sandal | dahila flip flop

look 2

our second looks mixes up the bag, shoes, and belt.  here, we’re featuring a black leather clutch, wedge sandals, and leather belt.   although similar, look 2 is much more streamlined and professional.   it’s amazing how the belt alone affects the overall quality of the outfit.  this just goes to show you that a simple accessory swap can breath new life into the same outfit, giving you more flexibility with your current wardrobe. 

rafia plise top | white jeans | wicker bag | izzie woven belt | arrow woven belt | wedge sandal | dahila flip flop


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  1. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Love both looks. You’re looking healthy and vibrant. Loving white so much this summer! Just makes a girl feel good!~

    Posted 7.15.20
    • Elisabeth wrote:

      I agree. Love the 2 looks! You’re look so great, Beth!

      Posted 7.17.20
  2. Karen wrote:

    Loved the Style Secrets Video! I’m almost 59 and am having more fun than ever with fashion! I look back at photos in my 40’s and “What was I thinking?” I was following the shop worn advice for someone my age and I looked so dowdy. Boxy clothes, minimal eye makeup and wearing my hair short in a helmet style, yuck! My hair has crazy volume and is seasonally frizzy, having length weighs it down and calms the pouff, I feel fabulous now with long hair 8 inches below my shoulders and I’m nearly 60 – so no rules ever!!! P.S. I don’t dress seductively, but many men have approached my husband saying they wish their wives would care about their appearance like I do, they don’t need to wear a size 4 (I’m certainly not!) but enjoy being a woman!

    Posted 7.15.20
  3. Francesca B. wrote:

    You are looking wonderful Beth, so classy, and I love the small details that change the look. The other day my family said how I was looking really nice, really put together with my wardrobe and it is all down to you and your wonderful style tips! Many thanks;)
    Happy week!

    Posted 7.15.20
  4. Demi wrote:

    I enjoy your page! I check almost day to get ideas.

    Posted 7.15.20
  5. Eve wrote:

    Love the black belt and your hair is looking so good.
    Personal question. When I put on a foundation garment, I go down nearly two sizes. My everyday jeans become too big. Do you ever wear a foundation garment? We called them girdles when I was young. I just can’t stand them even if I do look thinner.

    Posted 7.15.20
  6. Pam wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    Love both looks. I have purchased some of the similar items that you have shown in the past. I just added the pretty top from Anthropologie. Something to look forward to receiving. It will be such a nice piece for the summer and well into the fall in warm Arizona. Appreciate you using the pieces from our closets and putting a fresh spin on them to make them feel new again.

    Posted 7.15.20
  7. cindy wrote:

    I love Anthro and hip hip hooray for gray! Love this look on you Beth

    Posted 7.15.20
  8. Lisa wrote:

    Really like the details of the top. The close up really highlighted its uniqueness. And I love white jeans. Levi’s are my favorite.

    Posted 7.15.20
  9. Tina wrote:

    Absolutely loving your new hair cut. I’m saving the picture for my hair appointment in late July.
    The outfit is great too!
    Love Anthropology clothes

    Posted 7.16.20
  10. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Simple changes and bingo–wonderful differences. Great examples. You’re doing well with that knee to be wearing the sandals. Good for you!

    Posted 7.16.20
  11. Fiona wrote:

    I love your look but will it suit me? Can you tell me your height and weight or measurements? You look a similar shape to me but I’m only 5’1″. I live in Australia and I’m a size 12. I don’t know what that is in USA. Thanks.

    Posted 7.16.20

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