When I first moved to Minneapolis, I lived in a neighborhood called Uptown. Near my tiny little studio apartment was a place that was a combination video rental store and tanning salon. Same shop, two very different services. And, initially, I thought this was quite odd but the longer I lived here, the more multi-tasking businesses I discovered. Bowling alley / restaurant / black box theater. Art gallery / accountant office. These places exist and thrive here. Perhaps because Minnesotans value a bargain, and engaging multiple activities in a single place is a good value.
This kind of value – the multi-purpose kind – can be found in your closet, too, if you use your imagination. Here are a few possible wardrobe multi-taskers to consider.
Necklace as belt
This is the example is poached from an older post about alternate uses for jewelry. Just about any long, fairly regular necklace will do. I prefer to use clasp-free necklaces myself, and slip a ribbon through to seal the deal.
Belt as necklace
Of course, it works in the other direction, too! Most leather belts will make fairly wacky looking necklaces, but beaded and chain belts are likely candidates. I’m almost certain I learned this trick from Kasmira, shown here, who kicks it up a notch by layering her chain belt over a marvelous printed scarf.
Scarf as bracelet
If you’re looking for a way to inject more color or pattern into an outfit – or just wondering how the heck to make use of a tiny vintage neckerchief – try rolling it into a snake and tying it around your wrist, cuff style. Add a watch or wrap a long chain bracelet around the scarf for a funky, modern touch.
Skirt as dress/tunic
Zounds, I’m reaching into the archive for some of these. Need to practice what I preach a bit more, I guess! This patterned tunic is actually an asymmetric-hem skirt that I thrifted years ago. It looks downright awful on me as a skirt, but so fun as a tunic. Depending on the cut and length of the skirt, hiking it up to your armpits can transform it into a flirty dress or fun tunic. This works best with skirts featuring elastic waistbands and fairly full silhouettes. (Pencil skirts are unlikely candidates.)
Brooch as hair ornament
Sure, this is a bit more likely to work on dressy occasions, but why not decide that “Thursday” is occasion enough? Brooches often languish unworn because they can feel like an afterthought, but many of them can easily double as barrettes. Either slip the pin mechanism through an actual barrette, or carefully slip the pin itself through a snug portion of your up-do.
I’m always on the lookout for more wardrobe multi-taskers. Do you have anything to add to this list?