I Wore the Same Dress to the Office for a Week and No One Noticed
So this whole idea came about when we interviewed Zero Waste author Bea Johnson. We were blown away by the fact that she only owns 15 items of clothing and even more amazed that her black infinity dress can be worn over 22 different ways. It got us thinking about that ubiquitous LBD hanging in our closets. It’s time to bring it out! Why stress in the morning over what you’re going to wear when you can literally wear the same thing every day and look completely different. It’s time to fool your co-workers. We challenged our stylish production designer Hilary Pearson (who lives in Levi’s) to try wearing one dress every day for a week. Did she save time in the morning? Did anyone notice? Read on!
When presented with this challenge, I was a little hesitant. My day-to-day uniform typically consists of a pair of Levi’s, a sweater or blouse, and a simple pair of shoes that are commuter friendly. The concept of wearing the same dress every day for an entire week was totally foreign to me, but I was up for the challenge. I found a simple linen shift dress on thredUP from Talbots (only $27!) and started brainstorming different ways I could wear it.
My initial instinct was to layer a different blouse under the dress and style it with a new pair of shoes every day, but with the help of a few other stylish thredUP staffers, I explored a few looks beyond the basics. In the end, I found that a simple black dress can truly be one of the most versatile items in a woman’s closet. A simple blouse, a pair of heels, a statement earring or a new clutch can take it to the next level, or make something old feel new again.
When I opened my closet at the end of the week, I felt like I had a fresh perspective. I’m excited to start exploring new ways I can wear other items I own. Turns out the basics aren’t so basic after all. I was surprised by how different all the outfits looked and I swear no one even noticed.
Talbots linen dress. H&M striped shirt. Silver Steve Madden pumps.
Striped turtleneck, black dress, metallic heels? Yes, yes, yes. I think I found my new work uniform.
Talbots linen dress. Levi’s jean jacket. Vince booties.
Two wardrobe staples; a denim jacket and a little black dress. Paired with these amazing Vince heels? It’s polished, but comfortable and casual at the same time. I would wear this again and again.
Talbots dress. Old Navy sweatshirt. BCBGMAXAZRIA suede heels. Banana Republic earrings.
These strappy heels were everything I never knew I wanted. The bright blue suede is the pop of color every neutral outfit needs.
Talbots linen dress. Urban Outfitters peasant blouse. Zara bow flats.
This light, airy blouse transformed this dress into a look that I feel can only be described as boho meets boardroom. Flats meant I didn’t have to sacrifice comfort, but the bow on the back gave the look an extra bit of whimsy.
Talbots linen dress. Loeffler Randall heels. Gap clutch.
A pair of statement heels and a simple clutch were all I needed to take this dress from day to night. The shape of the dress is polished, but the linen fabric kept me cool and comfortable for a warm summer evening on the town.
Feeling inspired? Do it! Take the style challenge and tell us all about it in the comments below. Need a little black dress? Find hundreds of them right here at up to 90% off. We have styles from all your favorite brands (J.Crew, LOFT, Talbots, Banana Republic, Eileen Fisher).