How to Ensure Wearability and Versatility with Statement Pieces

You know those pieces in your wardrobe that would attract attention if you wore them two days in a row? You know, those pieces that prompt strangers to compliment you every time you wear them? Yes, those! I love statement pieces, and I believe that no closet is complete without them. Of course, when versatility and wearability are a priority, it might seem more prudent to opt for basics. But, signature pieces can offer versatility and wearability too. Here’s what I do to ensure I get both.

Anthropologie dress (old)

1. Opt for silhouettes that flatter

Dressing to flatter your figure might seem like a no-brainer, but trends can sometimes push us to experiment with silhouettes that look okay but aren’t the most flattering. For me, items with a midi length or culotte cut aren’t my best looks. When I choose statement pieces I want to wear often, then, I opt for details like a maxi length or a halter neckline because I feel fabulous when wearing both, and hence do so often.

wearability versatility statement pieces

2. Opt for colors and prints you feel connected to

I like to experiment with colors and prints, but over the years, I’ve developed a fondness of some over others. I think we all have those colors and prints we feel a strong connection to, regardless of trends or seasons. When I choose standout pieces, I look for colors and prints that evoke positive feelings.

3. Opt for items that work for different occasions

I love to restyle an item, but for those statement pieces that ought to be worn as is, I strive for versatility and wearability in other ways. Take today’s featured maxi dress for example, I would never belt or layer with this beauty. I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of it (and will continue to) by wearing it on all sorts of occasions. I’ve worn it to a fashion show, a fancy summer party, Sunday brunch, and on a tropical vacation.

Location: Moto Wall, Midtown, St. Louis

See this dress worn before here.


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  1. Clara
    May 22, 2018 / 7:19 am


    There was a Zara dress that you posted before whose print was amazing. Could you do a post styling that please?

    • May 22, 2018 / 8:05 am

      I’d be happy to do that, Clara! Would you describe the dress? Was it the dot dress or the color blocked style or something else? Let me know.