Visible Monday #40: A Dress Can Be A Skirt

Welcome to Visible Monday #40! If you want to participate, it’s so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the simple how-to.

This simple black Banana Republic dress has gotten many wearings in the last two years. I dread the day it can no longer come out and play. It’s a sleeveless knit with a plain top and knife-pleated bottom. The bottom makes a great skirt!

This time I wore a feminine ruffled blouse over the dress and it makes for a nice silhouette. On colder days, I’ve worn a slouchy sweater on top, or a well-made tee and a blazer.

It’s blogging and reading blogs that’s taught me how to multi-purpose my clothes. Thanks, everyone!

Blouse: GAP; Boots: Nicole, thrifted
Probably the last showing of the boots until October — goodbye, dear friends!

Now, let’s see what you’re wearing!!

The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple!

  1. Any Monday, whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on this cute little link:

In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!


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  1. This is a great idea. I usually put something under a dress. This coming fall/winter, I'm going to change it up a bit.
    It's sad putting the boots away. I love boots.
    Your whole outfit is great. Can't go wrong with black and white!

  2. Supercute! Dress-as-skirt is a new trick to me, too, and I like it! Saying goodbye to beautiful boots is so hard, isn't it? Thanks for hosting Visible Monday. It's always such fun!

  3. You look so lovely, Patti! I would agree that I owe a debt of thanks to the fashion blogosphere – my own style would never have grown the way it has without being inspired by so many creative people. 

    Sheila (of Ephemera)

  4. Very chic and what a great idea.  I'm learning about so many new blogs through brilliant Visible Monday.  You are the major connector!

  5. I love this chic, sophisticated look. Great idea to layer the blouse over a basic black dress. One I would have never thought of my own, before I started reading style blogs. Thanks for hosting Visible Mondays!

  6. First time linking up!  Thanks for hosting… I decided yesterday it was time to say goodbye to my boots myself!  Sad… but not too sad when I think about all my sandals!

  7. I really need to try that dress-as-skirt thing, particularly since I'm always bloody cold, and could use an extra layer. You look lovely.

    Thanks for hosting! I look forward to this every week.

  8. Love the dress as skirt.  It's one of my favorite tricks and you did it very well indeed.

    Also, thanks for hosting Visible Monday – I'm excited to link up this week!

  9. Patti, you look lovely. It is so wonderful that we are all learning from each other and trying new things. I would've never tried some of the outfits I have if it had not been for reading everyone else's blogs. Your Visible Monday is such an inspiration!

  10. You shine as usual! I also learned from other bloggers to both use my dresses as skirts and as tops. The style blogging community is so full of inspiration and lovely ladies! I have found many of them through Visible Monday!

  11. Don't you just love getting extra mileage out of garments? I have a couple of dresses I can do that with (dress as skirt) and wish I could pull myself away from all the shiny internet objects to sew some more. Someday…

  12. The dress as a skirt looks great on you – I love the idea of making your clothes do double duty. I have to take a new look at my dresses and see if any of them can be used the same way. Thank you for giving us all this opportunity to get more exposure every Monday!

  13. Clever! I will have to try this with my newly thrifted Club Monaco dress…
    Thanks for hosting VM! xoxo, A

  14. very feminine and flowy outfit, I like it with the boots. And the dress now looks fabulous as a pleated skirt.

  15. Great idea! I love items that can double up like that – I used to have a chunky knit maxi skirt which I used to use as a strapless dress which I belted around the waist.

  16. Cute! The outfit looks breezy and beautiful, and the layering works with the boots. Your ideas never fail!

  17. I love your ruffled light top over your dress! And you have taught me "knife pleats." Thank you! I struggle sometimes for the correct terminology… 

  18. Hi Patti!
    Lovely! I love a simple black dress that is so versatile! I'm sad about putting away the boots, too! Happy April, and have a wonderful week!

  19. This top over a dress is a trick I don't think I've ever tried, though you've given me an idea for something in April…

    Thanks Patti for organizing our Mondays for us!

  20. This worked great!  Lovely outfit…I learned how to do this on a blog a couple of years ago and it is one of my wardrobe-stretching tricks!  Nice job!

  21. Patti, what a great idea to maximize a wardrobe!  Thanks again for hosting Visible Monday…you look beautiful as always my dear!

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