Outfit One: Target Dress/Madewell Top/Forever 21 Flats/Madewell Necklace

Outfit Two: Target Dress/J. Crew Necklace/Michael Antonio Pumps/Kate Spade Clutch

Welcome to a new segment on sarah kate style: Double Take. I’ll start with a basic (or not-so-basic) piece, and show you two ways to style it – casual (fit for a day out museum hopping, a low-key party, the like) and chic (for dinner out and formal events).

First up is the LBD – just about the most classic piece you can buy next to a good pair of black pumps, the little black dress can take you just about anywhere. While it’s generally associated with black tie occasions, if the dress is right, you can pair it with more laid-back pieces for a casual but still put-together look. Just think of it as a body suit with a skirt. This one also features side cutouts and a no-fuss fabric which give it a cool, slightly edgy vibe. For the first outfit, striped flats and a denim shirt tied at the waist make for a nautical inspired look. The bright colored, statement-making accessories in the second outfit make the look modern and graphic.

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