Divine Secrets of the Blogger Sisterhood

A New York Love Affair :: Mix & Match

The blogging community is a sisterhood. I know that sounds so cliche – but it really is true. The girls I’ve met (both in person and over the internet) are so supportive, and have become great friends of mine.

What I love about this sisterhood, is we all kind of “get it”. We understand the late night writing sessions and the early morning photoshoots …  the crazy event schedules and the endless Instagram hours. Sure, sometimes we vent and commiserate … but we also share advice, give suggestions, and compare resources. And in an industry that tends to get a bad rap for being highly competitive and full of divas, I’m happy to report that my experience has been generally the opposite.

A New York Love Affair :: Mix & Match

Dress #1: Forever 21 (love this) | Dress #2: Francesca’s (similar) | Hat: Ralph Lauren (love this) | Shoes: Aldo (similar) | Bag: Michael Kors (always a classic) | Belt: Francesca’s (cute option) | Sunnies: DVF (similar) | Watch: Marc Jacobs | Bracelets: Stella & Dot + Stella & Dot

Today’s look is inspired by a tip I garnered from a few of these fellow fashionistas.  A tip that will increase the versatility of your summer wardrobe 10-fold! One that’s so simple, you’ll be surprised you never thought of it yourself…

A New York Love Affair :: Mix & Match

A New York Love Affair :: Mix & Match

A New York Love Affair :: Mix & Match

The sisterhood secret? I merged two dresses into one. Mind blown, right?!

How to try this at home:

  1. Pick two dresses — whether they be complimenting colors or patterns — and decide what part you’d like to be on top, and what part to make up the bottom.
  2. Put dress #1 on first – this will serve as your “top”.
  3. Then take dress #2, and fold the top part inward, creating a makeshift skirt.
  4. Step into the newly created “skirt”, tucking in dress #1 in the process.
  5. Belt it, and you’re ready to go!

This genius little trick can work with any top + dress or skirt + dress too! Same basic principle applies.

A New York Love Affair :: Mix & Match

A New York Love Affair :: Mix & Match

A New York Love Affair :: Mix & Match

This little secret will unlock endless possibilities for your summer wardrobe. Have fun with it — pair polka dots and stripes like I did, or maybe try some color-blocking. Play with different textures and materials. Here’s your chance to play designer, without having to sew a single stitch!

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A big thank you to my sisterhood of blogger babes … you know who you are. Your advice, mentorship, and support make this experience so worthwhile. Thanks for sharing some of your secrets with me.
Today I’m linking up with:
I Do deClaire
Style Elixir

28 Comments

  • Reply June 23, 2015

    Amanda Miller

    Haha that is the cutest idea, I love it!! What a great way to save money and mix up a few dresses for a twist! I can definitely relate to having an amazing blogging sisterhood ;).
    xoxo Amanda

    The Miller Affect

  • Reply June 23, 2015

    Darcy

    Love how you reworked the pieces to make this look! Also YES love the blogging community!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

  • Reply June 23, 2015

    Monica

    I definitely agree with you that the blogging community is a sisterhood. I just met with a few of my blogger friends and it’s true that they just “get it.” Most of my friends are bloggers now because they understand what the life of a blogger is like, especially if you’re still working full time. I love this outfit and will definitely have to try this idea one day!

    http://www.jerseygirltexanheart.com

  • Reply June 23, 2015

    Brenda

    Amen, sister, to the sisterhood ;)

    And OMG – this is genius! I really need to try diversifying my stuff. I always get so overwhelmed because I’m always running late and I can’t ever think of anything – AKA – I have a giant closet overflowing with clothes and nothing to wear! LOL

    xoxooxoxox
    Brenda
    À LA PLAGE style

  • Reply June 23, 2015

    Elle Spann

    so cool! I have never thought to do this. and I agree- 99% of bloggers are nice and understand each other. I love that:)
    Elle
    Southern Elle Style

  • Reply June 23, 2015

    Nicole Walker

    I would have never thought to do that! Thanks for sharing such a great tip and I’m excited to rock two dresses now!!

    xoxo Nicole

    http://www.brazenbrunette.com

  • Reply June 23, 2015

    Anna

    An adorable patriotic look! I LOVE the striped skirt! XO

    Anna
    alilyloveaffair.com

  • Reply June 24, 2015

    Mae

    Love this tip! I have worn dresses as skirts and dresses as tops, but I’ve never actually combined two dresses. You’re so right – endless wardrobe possibilities!

    I’m so thankful for the blogging communities I’m a part of, too. I’m sure there are some divas, but my experience with them is limited. When I first started blogging, I had no idea what to expect from other bloggers, but everyone has been so positive. We’re all working toward similar things and, like you said, “get it,” so it makes sense to help one another.

    xo, Mae // Mae Amor

  • Reply June 24, 2015

    Adaleta

    I love the intro to the post because it’s really sweet. To be honest with you, I’ve had good and bad experiences. Our group on Facebook is super awesome and I feel like a few of the girls and I have truly become friends but there’s other bloggers that are JUST SO DAMN competitive and won’t give advice and insight which is so frustrating. Helping them but never getting anything back in return is super frustrating and when they don’t respond to emails- forget it! Haha speaking of venting…right?

    I love this tip and I have NEVER in my life heard of pairing two dresses together like this. I have a feeling one would be poofy and shown on the bottom but I just need to play around with it. Super HELPFUL tip so thank you!! xx

  • Reply June 24, 2015

    Taylor

    OMG I would have never thought by looking at your pictures that this was two dresses!!! I’m totally going to have to try this! The perfect way to mix up your wardrobe!! Loving your hair too girl!! xo
    http://www.styleiseverythingblog.com

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