Convertible garments are no new fashion invention, in fact ancient civilizations used long rectangles of cloth and wrapped them around the body in different styles. These garments have existed for decades in modern fashion as two-in-one reversible garments. However, there has been added interest in the idea of convertible garments offering two or more looks. It’s no wonder why. They are economical and can free up closet space at the time. Here are a few places and garments that might spark your interest in convertible garments.
Butter by Nadia's Signature Wrap Dresses
Nadia Tarr for Butter by Nadia is the convertible garment guru. Butter's signature dresses come in cocktail dress, full-length gown and ball gown lengths in either jersey or satin. Nadia has even added the convertible pantsuit to Butter's convertible garment portfolio. Prices fall between $40.00 to under $400.00 with the Signature Tube at the low end and the Jersey Ball Gown at the high end. All Butter by Nadia Signature convertible garments are a one size fits most in misses.
Go From Work to Date With Dress to Skirt Convertible Options
The Women’s Aster Convertible Dress to Skirt is advertised as being worn on of two ways. You can wear it as a drawstring skirt or a halter dress that ties at the back neck. It comes in three solid colors (Black, Black Cherry, and Dark Smoke) and three prints (Cranberry digital, Indigo digital, and Iris small motif prints). I think you can get one more dress option from this by wearing it as a strapless dress. You can tighten the drawstring just beneath your underarm area and tie it in place. As with all strapless garments you will need to adjust it because they do slip a little. Regular price is $60.00 and it comes in sizes XS to XXL (XXL = 1X or 16W/18W in plus sizes).
J. Crew Factory offers the Factory Convertible Strapless Knit Dress in navy stripe. This convertible dress can be worn as a strapless knit dress but also as a high-waisted skirt. The dress/skirt is only available in sizes xx-small and x-small for $69.50 (original price). Both the J. Crew Factory and Eddie Bauer convertible options are perfect to take you from work to date. I recommend wearing the skirt option at work and the dress option for your date.
15 Formal Gowns for the Price of 1
June is the wedding month but spring and summer are the seasons for many a wedding and formal affair. Who has the money to drop a few hundred on a new gown for each formal event? I surely don’t. I found a pretty affordable option at Nordstroms that offers you 15 formal gowns for the price of one. The great thing is it comes in Misses and Plus Sizes in 26 colors! The Jenny Yoo 'Annabelle' Convertible Tulle Column Dress is advertised as being able to be styled in more than 15 ways. In misses it comes in sizes 0 to 18 priced at $260.00 - $290.00. In plus sizes it fits sizes 20W to 24W priced at $310.00. For the various style options this dress is a good option to invest in. I would even say to purchase another color if you can afford to do so to increase your dress options.
There are plenty of convertible garments out there in various size ranges and price points. These are just three garment/store options to give you points of reference for options. When it comes to convertible garments you need to look at the value added versus price. If you can get 15 dress styles for a single garment that costs think of it as each style option as a separate dress. Therefore, if the convertible dress costs $400 and it can be worn 15 different ways, then you have 15 dresses that cost about $26.67 each. Another convenience factor of these convertible garments is that if another woman is wearing a dress that is similar to yours, you can make a dash to the ladies room and change your look without going home!
Main Image Credit: Avon Inc. The picture of their now discontinued convertible dress.
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