Waterfall (1 Dress, 3 Ways)


Hi everybody, happy hump day!

Today I’m speaking about a topic that is near and dear to my fashion-crazed heart. This issue has been emphasized four-fold over these jet-set lifestyle I have been on these last four months. But before your mind pictures me in first class popping bubbly on the way to Paris – think again. I have champagne taste on a college beer-bong budget. What this equates to when studying abroad and traveling in Europe in cheap and at times questionable flights, that give you next to nothing baggage allowance.

Ok, we have all been there. Stressed, panic-stricken and quite possibly jet lagged. The packing protagonist inside of you weighs the alternatives: high maintenance or style-less? Well, with a little creative layering you can have the best of both: fab style and no excess baggage (literally).

I have learned to fine-tune the art of this. Wearing way too many layers all at once onto a plane, and looking down into my sorry-looking carry on, knowing I only have a few (very selectively chosen) pieces to somehow magically produce a weeks worth of noteworthy fashion. Believe me when I say to not give up hope, it can be done.

For the next three days, I will show you three completely different looks using the same blouse dress, ankle booties and basic handbag. Mission impossible can turn into mission impressive in no time with a couple of key styling tricks.

So here is the base for your style equation:


So for the first of the three looks, we are pairing our dress with a skirt over it to give a blouse-like effect. Then, I added tight and a sleek belt to give a holiday feel to the look and define my waist. A little bling along the line of the collar and a silver arm party set the mood for soiree like style.






Old Navy Dress (worn as a top) // Old Navy Skirt // Karen Walker Sunnies // Target Belt (similar style) // Coccinelle Bag // Ankle Booties via PacSun (very similar) // Stella & Dot Soiree Studs // Stella & Dot Sutton Necklace (just the jeweled necklace worn) // Fossil Watch // Stella & Dot Renegade Bracelet // Segue Bow Bracelet (similar) // Nails: Trade Winds by Revlon

Shop these versatile styles for yourself with the options below:

Blouse-Style Dress: 1 // 2 // 3 (all under $20!)

Boxy Black Bag: 1 // 2 // 3

Black Ankle Booties: 1 // 2 // 3

As always, thank you for reading.


  1. Shannon Wrote:

    This look is perfect!! I love the print of the top and the bright cobalt blue skirt! I can’t believe it’s from Old Navy! So cute!

    <3 Shannon

    • Thank you so much, and with a discerning eye, Old Navy has some great finds.

      Xo Brenna

  2. lalovesblog Wrote:

    I’m with Shannon, I was so surprised when I saw that most of this outfit was from Old Navy.. I love everything about it! Time to revisit Old Navy!! Can’t wait to see how you style your other two looks!

    • Old Navy can have some surprisingly great pieces, especially when you use a high/low mix mentally like I do. Thank you so much!

      Xo Brenna

  3. I look forward to seeing the other looks! If you stopped by my blog at all last month, you know I’m a big fan of remixing 🙂

    ~Sarah of Sarah’s Real Life

  4. dapperdolly Wrote:

    AWESOME photography, great outfit, you’re a fab model and very practical first post for good tips – love it!

    • Thank you so so much, that is such a great compliment 🙂

      Xo Brenna

  5. i have the grid print dress as well and have only worn it as a dress. thanks for the inspiration to change things up! I spotted the skirt at my old navy a while back as well, but my size was gone 🙁 bummer, b/c it was on sale and I’ve been wanting to try this skirt silhouette! http://buddingfashionista.com/

    • I love the new bell silhouette, and I can’t wait to see how you try to switch things up!

      Xo Brenna