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ONE VERSATILE DRESS STYLED IN MULTIPLE WAYS

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I try to have Mondays set aside to showcase affordable fashions. Typically, I use price as my benchmark for what makes something affordable, but occasionally I consider the number of wears that an item can have. If you wear it a lot, then the price per wear goes down. When an item is versatile, it can become affordable no matter the original price tag.

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Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is styling a striped dress from Free Assembly in multiple ways8

Striped Tank Dress

This unique Striped Tank Dress with Twist Accent is affordable in price, and it is also versatile, making it doubly affordable. The dress is of excellent quality, especially for the price, and it is a nice thick material. I wasn’t sure of the size I would need, so I ordered a large, and it is too big for me under the arms. Large is what I used to wear in dresses, but now that I’ve lost weight, I need to make myself order mediums instead. The dress probably runs TTS; I am just having issues figuring out my actual size. Lol!

The twist accent at the neck is so cute, and I love small details like this. However, you would probably need to wear a strapless bra to keep your bra strap from showing. I like that the twist lays flat so there isn’t a big bulge under a jacket or cardigan. The jewelry I added for this simple look is a pair of Statement Hoop Earrings, Adeline Link Necklace, 18 Kt. Gold Vermeil Cross Necklace and a David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is styling a striped dress from Free Assembly in multiple ways

Casual Style with a Denim Jacket

The first look that I’m styling with the striped dress is one that I will wear on repeat during the summer. Adding this Wrangler Denim Jacket, one of my favorite purchases this year, looks great with this sporty striped dress. The jacket is versatile, and I have worn it with dresses, jeans, and shorts this year. I’ll be wearing it a lot this fall, so I’ll quickly get my money’s worth from this item. I’m wearing a large, and I’ll still have room to add a lightweight sweater under it.

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Here is a look at the back so that you can see the length of this jacket.

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How cute is this boxy Straw Crossbody Handbag??? This handbag is so adorable, and I love the synthetic straw style; it is perfect for spring and summer. The gold link chain elevates the style and gives the handbag a dressy vibe, and I like that the shoulder portion is in faux leather for comfort. The handbag is small, but you will be able to put all of your essentials inside. The bag also comes in black and is priced under $40.00.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is styling a striped dress from Free Assembly in multiple ways

I love wearing sneakers with sporty dresses, and these all-white Leather Sneakers are by Puma. White sneakers are everywhere and can be worn with anything. It might take a little getting used to since most of us think of sneakers as athletic wear. However, sneakers are a fashion statement, and you might want to start incorporating them into your wardrobe. Spring and summer are a great time to start wearing white sneakers if you’ve resisted them in the past.

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Dress/Casual Style with a Cardigan

I love a dress/casual outfit, especially when I am unsure what I should wear. This look will be fine for a casual event or if the event is more on the dressy side. I took the striped dress and changed the accessories for a different look. The first thing I changed was the casual denim jacket, and I replaced it with a lightweight linen cocoon cardigan. I have several cardigans in this style, but I struggle with making them look exactly right. Am I the only one who has issues with this style?

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Here is the view from the back. I bought this cocoon cardigan from J.Jill; however, I don’t see it on the website. So, I’ll link to several different cardigans below that would work.


The navy sandals are a pair that I bought last year from Talbots. They are no longer available, but I found a few similar ones that I think you will like.


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This is a leather Raffia wristlet in truffle, and I love the material and the size. The bag is perfect for shopping or going for a quick errand when I don’t need to bring my large handbag. This wristlet has HOBO Bags’ signature circular handle, and I love the textured design. The interior has a bill slot and six credit card slots. The interior back has a zip pocket for items you want to ensure don’t fall out. I’m still debating getting a larger bag from this company since I like this one so much.

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For my accessories, I added the Insley Gold Hoop Earrings in Blue Lapis, Insley Convertible Gold Long Pendant Necklace in Blue Mix, and three Riviera Stretch Bracelets. I also kept on the Adeline Link Necklace, 18 Kt. Gold Vermeil Cross Necklace and David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet for this outfit.

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Dressy Style with a Blazer and Heels

This is the dressiest of the looks that I’m styling the striped dress. You can dress up almost anything by changing out the accessories. This striped tank dress is sporty and casual, but it looks great when I add dressier accessories. Since the look is dressier, I added a pair of Espadrille Wedge Heels. These are a great neutral color, and I can wear them with almost anything.

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Switching out the denim jacket and navy cardigan for this White Linen-Cotton Blazer made a massive difference in the outfit’s look. I don’t care if you are wearing distressed jeans with huge holes, putting on a nice blazer makes the look dressier. I love a white linen blazer for spring and summer, and I’ve already worn this one several times this year. This is a summer essential that everyone needs in their wardrobe. I’m wearing a size 12 in the blazer, and I love how it fits.

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I didn’t think that this Lonnie Crossbody In Signature Jacquard would be one I would like. Usually, I’m not a big fan of the Signature Jacquard pattern, but I love the Light Khaki Chalk combination. This crossbody can go with dressy or casual looks, and I love the bag’s versatility.

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The accessories that I added for this look are in shades of white. The Sand & Shore Short Necklace is one that I love because it reminds me of the beach. I also added the Elaina Beaded Stretch Bracelet beside the David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet. The stretch bracelet is one I wear a lot since I love the look of pearls, and it is in the Final Sale right now, so you’ll be getting it at a great deal.

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I love wearing Lapis jewelry, and the Ember Gold Triple Cuff Bracelet in Blue Lapis looks great with this outfit.

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Finally, I added the Danielle Link Earrings in Gold/Ivory Mother-of-Pearl. These earrings are easy to wear with almost anything since the MOP color is a great neutral. I almost forgot to mention the long multi-layer necklace. These are two of the three layers of the Davis Multistrand Necklace. This is a versatile piece of jewelry like the dress since you can decide how many of the strands you want to wear.

Since this is a long post, I’ll give you all of the links to each look below.

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Striped Tank Dress with Twist Accent // Wrangler Denim Jacket // Statement Hoop Earrings // Adeline Link Necklace // 18 Kt. Gold Vermeil Cross Necklace // David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet // Straw Crossbody Handbag // Leather Sneakers are by Puma

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Striped Tank Dress with Twist Accent // Adeline Link Necklace // 18 Kt. Gold Vermeil Cross Necklace // David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet // Raffia wristlet // Similar Cardigans and sandals are in the widgets above

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Striped Tank Dress with Twist Accent //White Linen-Cotton Blazer // Lonnie Crossbody In Signature Jacquard // 18 Kt. Gold Vermeil Cross Necklace // David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet // Sand & Shore Short Necklace // Danielle Link Earrings // Ember Gold Triple Cuff Bracelet in Blue Lapis // Davis Multistrand Necklace // Elaina Beaded Stretch Bracelet //

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