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How to Wear a Two‐in‐One Dress
Two-in-one dresses, or convertible dresses, are dresses cut in a fashion that allows you to change the dress's style based on how you tie the straps. You can do many different types of tops, as well as different cuts, by altering how you wear the dress. From there, you can change your dress for different occasions, adding different accessories and shoes. Using different layers and jewelry, you can help tweak the style of a dress. To change a dress for the season, you can layer up differently for different times of the year.
Altering the Top of the Dress
Create a cross front halter top.A two-in-one dress usually has two long straps that can be tied in different ways depending on the cut you want. For a basic cross front halter, simply take the two straps dangling from just below your chest on the dress. Cross them over one another, making them intersect just below your neck. Then, tie the two straps around the back of your neck so the crossed lines lay flat on your chest. This creates an easy cross front halter that can work for many occasions.
Go for full coverage.For some occasions, you may your front covered completely by the straps, creating the illusion of small sleeves. To achieve this, drape both straps over your shoulders. Letting the straps hang somewhat loosely, resembling short sleeves, loop both straps around your front. Then, loop the front around your back to secure your look in place. Tie the straps tightly at your back, but leave enough slack that the straps create a sleeve-like effect.
- When you're done, it should look like you're wearing a v-cut dress with short sleeves.
- This may be hard to do alone. Ask a friend for help.
Add a bow to the back.A conventional halter top will look much fancier with the addition of a bow. Pull both straps around the back of your neck and tie them together. Two straps at the front of the dress should cover your breasts. Use what's left of straps dangling behind you to tie them into a nice, attractive bow.
Make a Grecian cross along the back.Take both straps and, before your begin tying, twist them to create twine-like twisty straps. Leave enough of the straps untwisted to cover your breasts. Tie the straps together behind your neck. In front, two straps should cover your breasts. In back, twist the two twisted straps together with one another. Follow the twist down the center of your back. Then, untwist the remaining slack. Move the untwisted portion of your straps around your front, then again around your back. Tie the straps together to secure.
- When you're done, you should have two straps covering your breast in front. In the back, you should have one braided twist stretching across your back.
Changing the Cut
Make the dress one shoulder.Start with both straps gently draped over your shoulders. Move one strap to the right, overlapping the other strap. This should create what looks like a longer strap over your right shoulder. Then, weave the straps behind your back together moving down until you're halfway down your back. At this point, move the straps over to the front of your body and then loop them around to the back of your body. Tie the straps together tightly in the back. When you're done, you should have a one shoulder dress.
Add a bow to the single shoulder look.If you want to add some flare to the one shoulder look, repeat the same process above. However, stop when the first two straps are at your front. Instead of looping them around the back to tie, tie them together in the front. This will create a lovely bow for your dress.
Go strapless.Start with the straps draped across each shoulder. Hold the straps together just above your breasts with one hand. With the other hand, move the straps off your shoulders. Move the straps behind your back. Then, loop them around to the front and pull them around to your back once more. Pull the straps together tightly at your back and tie them. You should be left with a mermaid-like sleeveless dress.
Go for a dress with straps.Leave your strapless dress secured, but take the slack from the straps tied around your back. Pull them over your to your front and then toss them over your shoulders. Tie them together at the back of your neck. This will create two small straps for your dress.
Make short sleeves.To create sleeves, leave your strapped dress in place. Unfold both straps slightly, and pull any balled up fabric downward covering your shoulders. This creates two short sleeves for your strapped dress.
Changing Your Style Different Occasions
Add cardigans and blazers for a formal flare.If you want to make a basic dress more formal, layer a little. Cardigans and blazers can give a dress a professional feel, especially a sleeveless dress that may look out of place at work otherwise.
- For example, say you have a basic black sleeveless dress. To add formality, wear it with a form-fitted black blazer to match.
- A short-sleeved t-shirt dress can be made more formal with a conservative cardigan.
Use a woven dressy belt for a night out.If you want to wear a dress out, but have a plainer two in one dress, there are many ways to tweak it for the occasion. A plain loose-fitting dress can be altered with a woven belt. A local clothing shop or thrift store should sell decorative, woven belts. You can wear these around your waist or just above your hips.
- Pick a belt that will look fun and carefree. For example, try a colorful woven belt with beads.
- In addition to adding a little extra to the dress, a looser dress will flatter your figure more when worn with a belt.
Wear flats during the day and heels for the night.You can switch up your shoes and wear the dress at work and then to happy hour afterwords. Wear formal flats or dress shoes for your workday. Keep a pair of heels in your purse or bag to wear at night.
- In addition to changing up your shoe type, do other things to switch your outfit to something more casual at the end of the day. For example, you can let your hair down if you wore it up, remove layers like cardigans, and add some extra makeup.
Add fun jewelry for a night out.If you're going out in an otherwise plain dress, add some jewelry. Add flare to a plainer two in one dress with a clunky, flashy necklace and long, dangly earrings. You can also add bracelets, rings, and hair clips.
- Go for jewelry that is attention catching. Anything with sparkles or sequins works.
Use a belt to flatter your figure.To change a loose-fitting dress to a new look, use a belt. Pick up a belt that cinches at the waist at a local clothing store. Wear the belt over your middle to give yourself a more flattering figure. This can make a looser two-in-one dress more stylish and flattering.
- Remember the occasion. Choose a more formal belt, like a plain black belt, for work. Go for something fun and colorful for a night out.
Switching Your Dress Based on Season
Use a sheer sleeved dress over a dress in the winter.A sleeveless dress can be worn in the winter with one quick alteration. During the colder months, find a sheer or see through sleeved dress. You can wear this over your sheer dress, providing you warmth as well as a new outfit.
- For added warmth and style, accessorize with scarves and hats.
Wear something under the dress.A long, loose dress can be worn under another outfit. Consider slipping on a thin t-shirt or even another very thin dress first. Then, pull your dress over the outfit. This adds dimension and warmth to your outfit.
Alternate between boots and lighter shoes.Some dresses are relatively warm and can be worn year round. To switch up your outfit, use your footwear. Wear different shoes based on season to make a dress work for multiple times of the year.
- For example, for winter you can wear warmer flats, boots, and work shoes with your dress.
- During the warmer months, opt for things like sandals, light flats, and flip-flops.
Use tights based on season.Many two in one dresses can be worn with and without tights. To switch up your look by season, wear a dress with tights during the winter. During the summer, go for stockings instead of simply go bare-legged under the tights.
- For example, you can match a red and black striped dress with black tights during the winter. During the summer, switch out the black tights for red stockings.
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