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    Updated on Sep 13, 2020. Posted on Sep 11, 2020

    25 Versatile Pieces Of Clothing You Can Dress Up Or Down

    In the immortal words of Hannah Montana, "Dress it up or dress it down, don't forget your guitar." Okay, fine, the guitar is optional.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A soft mini skirt that's basically fashion cordu-royalty — it rules no matter if you rock it with a graphic tee and sneakers or a sleek top and booties.

    Amazon, Heather Braga/BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Heather Braga has and loves this cutie! Here's what she has to say about it: "This skirt was there for me in my time of need! I had a broken foot, so when last-minute plans came up and I was in need of a cute outfit (that didn’t require trying to pull pants on over my cast) I took a chance on this lil’ number. And I’m so glad I did! It’s stretchy, soft, and made my butt look fabulous. Def ordering in another color.”

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in eight colors).

    2. A ruffled off-the-shoulder bodysuit to slip on whenever you want to tuck in your top without all the lumpy extra fabric.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is the best purchase I've ever made on Amazon. It's SO GOOD. I ordered my normal size. The color is beautiful and it's so comfy. Sometimes the strap around the shoulder rides up, but it's still cute when it's higher up. I'm going to order it in more colors for sure. It's definitely worth the money." —Stacy Frost

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes XS-3XL and in 10 colors).

    3. A sleek slip dress that's an instantly hot, dressy outfit on its own (just add heels), but can also be tossed under a sweater and over your fave boots for a chill fall day spent listening to Folklore and gazing at distant falling leaves.

    The white, tie-shoulder midi slip dress with button details on the bodice
    Nordstrom

    Get it from Nordstrom for $129 (available in sizes XS-L).

    4. A twirl-worthy midi skirt with pockets that's sure to become a new wardrobe staple. I mean, is there a single top in your wardrobe you couldn't wear with one of these?

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "If you're on the fence, BUY IT! I love this skirt. It's a great length and you can dress it up or down. It's a good quality and beautiful color. I get tons of compliments on it. It's held up to general wear and tear excellently and still looks brand new. This is one of my favorite clothing items now, and I'm definitely ordering more in different colors." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.88+ (available in sizes 2-18 and in 14 colors and prints).

    5. An embroidered tunic dress you can rock to oh-sew many places.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This dress is beautiful! It's made of a really nice material that's thick and not see-through at all. The embroidery on the chest and sleeves is almost perfect. It hits at a great length — it's not too short and not too long. There are so many different ways you can wear this dress, from dressing it up with some heels to wearing with some flats or sandals. I will definitely be recommending this dress and wearing it a lot!" —Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 13 colors and prints).

    6. Stretchy, pull-on (I'm talking no buttons or zippers, people) bootcut pants comfy enough to wear even when you're off the clock.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    They've got over 1,000 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "I love Rekucci pants! I have six pairs now and keep adding more. They come in great colors and are a nice price, and I love the pull-on aspect as well. The waist doesn't have much give, so don't expect these to be like yoga or maternity pants. That's nice though, because they don't sag, and unlike dress pants with buttons/zippers, there's no bulging or puckering. I can wear a form-fitting shirt that goes over the waist without having a bump under the shirt. I get compliments on them all the time. I normally wear black dress pants and black shirts or blazers, so having interesting, colorful pants is a nice way for me to add a little spice to my conservative wardrobe without being over the top. I wash and dry them with all my other clothes (warm, normal dry, etc). I don't like work clothes where I need to fuss with extra laundry loads and whatnot. These are great. I have one pair that I've had for almost two years now and they still look new after repeated wear and washing. They do shrink slightly in the wash. These are the best work dress pants I've found and the price is great. I've worn them out socially with a casual top and sneakers, too." —jmp

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes 2-20 regular, 0-20 tall, and 2-16 short and in 45 colors and prints).

    7. A dream-worthy tulle skirt, because I refuse to accept tulle as a formal-occasion-only fabric. Pair this baby with a tee and combat boots and go to the hecking grocery store.

    A model wearing the dark gray knee-length skirt
    thelotusbloomco/Etsy

    This shop, which specializes in tulle and bridal pieces, is Black woman-owned!

    Promising review: "These skirts let my roommate and I live our best Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City/fairy princess lives. Elegant and gorgeous." —Liz Jacobson

    Get it from Thelotusbloomco on Etsy for $149 (available in sizes 0-16 and in 10 colors).

    8. A soft swing dress with 3/4 sleeves that I bet you'll be able to wear to more than 3/4 of the places you go in your life. It's no wonder it has over 1,000 5-star reviews!!!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this dress! I like how this is a little more fitted but still has the flow of a swing dress. The heavier fabric is really nice and it's really good quality (I sew most of my own clothes and I am really picky!). I'm planning to order another one! This is my go-to when I want to throw on something comfortable and I love that it can be dressed up or dressed down!" —TammyN

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in 28 colors and prints).

    9. A fabulous animal print tie-neck blouse that'll be ~wildly~ chic whether you tuck it into a skirt or jeans.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes 0X-3X and in four styles).

    10. A balloon sleeve faux leather shift dress I fully support you never taking off for the rest of your life. Try it with literally everything in your wardrobe (statement necklaces, sneakers, a trench...) and get back to me if you find a single thing it doesn't look cool with.

    Target

    Faux leather is one of the biggest trends for fall, and you truly do love to see it. I've noticed even higher-end brands opting for this animal-friendly option that looks just as cool as real leather, especially when made into unexpected pieces like dresses and pants.

    Promising review: "This faux-leather dress costs a fraction of what I've paid in years past for real leather dresses, and looks ten times more expensive! I purchased this dress in black in my usual size and it fit like a dream. Beautifully draped. Perfect for work or a night out. I worried that the elastic around the three-quarter sleeves might pinch, but they didn't. The lining is a satiny fabric that adds to the elegance of this dress, which is machine washable. Who could ask for more?" —NY2NJwoman

    Get it from Target for $39.99 (available in sizes XS-4X and in two colors).

    11. A retro chic off-the-shoulder top you can swap in any time you were just going to wear a basic tee or tank for a much more stylish twist.

    A model wearing the black short sleeve top with a white border around the V-neckline
    ModCloth

    Get it from ModCloth for $24.99 (originally $29; available in sizes S-4X and in two prints).

    12. A breezy ruffled tunic dress so great for any occasion, it's actually hard to think of places you couldn't wear it. Plus, since it works with or without tights, it's totally seasonless.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "So. Dang. Cute!!! I love this loose, flowy dress for any occasion. It fits true to size and the color is great! If you’re looking for a form-fitting dress, this is NOT it. It’s flowy and causal while still flattering!" —Robin R.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL in seven colors).

    13. A knotted and embroidered cropped tee just begging to be paired with anything high-waisted, be it bike shorts, jeans, or a skirt.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Some reviewers say it runs a bit large!

    Promising review: "I love it. What I thought was going to be an ironed-on print turned out to be actual embroidery. It's perfect for work and for a day out." —Claire O

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 20 styles).

    14. A classic silk button-down shirt so timeless, it's worth the splurge. Worth it enough to buy multiple colors, in fact.

    Everlane

    Promising review: "I love the look and feel of this shirt — so soft and versatile. I wear it with jeans, tucked into a pencil skirt, or tied into a crop over a long slip dress." —kjenkins

    Get it from Everlane for $66+ (available in sizes 00-16 and in 17 colors and prints).

    15. Statement-making plaid pants you can pair with black or other colorful pieces, but they'll steal the show either way (and I can't promise the rest of your wardrobe will be too ~plaid~ about it).

    A model wearing the high-waisted teal, black, yellow, and purple slim ankle pants
    ModCloth

    They're machine washable!

    Get them from ModCloth for $79 (available in UK sizes 4-16).

    16. A Calvin Klein zip-front top, which can look professional or ~sexy~ depending on how low you adjust the zipper. Hello, new go-to piece for Zoom meetings *and* Zoom Bumble dates.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this shirt. The fabric is so comfortable and breathable. It's a loose-fitting shirt. The zipper is really good quality and can go anywhere from your midriff to your neck. The strap and button on each sleeve allow you to adjust the length. It definitely pairs well with jeans, slacks, or skirts." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $35.93+ (available in sizes XS-3X and in 14 colors and prints).

    17. Raw-hemmed statement jeans with a floral lace applique that'll have your basic blues retreating to the back of the drawer in shame. These with a black blazer? Ooh la la.

    Express

    Promising review: "Do yourself a favor and BUY THEM!!! Fit like a dream, no weird gaps, sagging, or anything. The raw hem is beautiful." —Vidu

    Get them from Express for $108 (available in sizes 00-18).

    18. A ruffled gingham mini skirt that actually is here to make friends — with all your sweaters, bodysuits, and tights, that is. Heck, it's posh enough you could probably hand it to Blair Waldorf, tell her you got it at Bergdorf's, and she'd pop it on.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    And as the two reviewers above demonstrate, you can style it for hot or cold weather!

    Promising review: "I buy everything on Amazon based off of reviews, so I wanted to come back and tell you guys that if you are on the fence, BUY THIS! It’s such a cute skirt, and I got sooo many compliments on it! I can’t wait to wear it again!!! I would order a size up for comfort." —Simone

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    19. A flirty cropped wrap top with a self-tie detail, so you will ~knot~ be limited in the ways you can fasten it to get the perfect look for your body and the rest of your OOTD.

    A model wearing the very cropped long-sleeved burgundy top with a plunging neckline and a tie at the bust with high-waisted jeans
    Keer Orr

    It's from a Black woman-owned business!

    Get it from Lilly's Kloset for $42 (available in sizes S-L and also in olive green here).

    20. A fab long leopard cardi that's exactly the easy-to-layer fall piece you've been ~on the prowl~ for lately.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is seriously a must-buy. I looooove this leopard cardigan. It’s thick, so it will keep you warm. I want it in every color! I love the pockets too! Get it, you won’t be disappointed." —J.J.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 12 styles).

    21. A sleek Blank NYC faux leather moto jacket to add a rock 'n' roll finishing touch to every ensemble.

    Amazon

    This brand makes really great quality faux leather jackets — I have one in a different style! They do tend to run a bit small sometimes, though.

    Promising review: "I wore this all winter. Obsessed. I constantly had people asking where I got it." —Crystal

    Get it from Amazon for $58.80+ (available in sizes XS-L and in three colors and prints).

    22. A polished and practical pencil skirt that actually has stretch, so you won't be desperate to get out of it ~write~ away.

    A model wearing the knee-length skirt in black
    Eloquii

    Promising review: "I love the length and the stretch of the skirt. It will be comfortable and great for any season. The price was excellent as well." —Desiree J.

    Get it from Eloquii for $69.95 (available in sizes 14-28 and in two colors).

    23. A posh collarless coat I could honestly see fitting right in on a starlet in a classic movie, effortlessly tossed over a dress on her way to a red carpet, but also on your errand runs for falls and winters to come.

    Amzon, amazon.com

    Reviewers say it fits true to the size chart!

    Promising review: "I love this coat! The price was awesome. The quality is very nice. It's a great coat for any occasion. I originally bought it for church, as I like to have a light coat on during service, but I like it so much that I'm using it as my daily coat for work." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $62.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in five colors).

    24. An upgraded denim jacket with a dark wash and shiny buttons that make it polished enough to wear to work or future special occasions. My tip? Add some glam gold jewelry, too.

    A model wearing the jacket with the sleeves pushed up to their elbows
    J Crew

    Promising review: "I love it. The quality is good and I love the style and color. I was really excited to get this and it did not disappoint — I just need the weather to cool down. Fits well, not tight anywhere, and could wear light sweater with it." —JoMc

    Get it from J. Crew for $148 (available in sizes XXS-XXL).

    25. And a gorgeous tweed blazer from luxe label (and master of *chef's kiss* perfect jackets) Veronica Beard that could obviously be part of a polished professional look, but with distressed jeans, a tee, and booties? OMG.

    Mytheresa

    Get it from Mytheresa for $695 (available in sizes 0-12). Want to make it a suit? Get the matching skirt here.

    This will never be you again, now that all of your clothes work for pretty much any occasion:

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    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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