One Piece, Two Ways

Master 24-hour style with these five statement items, which we show you how to style for both day and night.

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Let's play a quick game of "Would You Rather?"

Would you rather: Spend the money on the perfect J.W. Anderson skirt you've been eyeing since you saw it on the runway, and which will likely last you forever, or spend time searching for something to fill the void, inevitably buying three more affordable options that leave you eternally unsatisfied?

Our bias here is clear in the phrasing, but we also think it's justified. Sometimes—often, even—springing for the more expensive piece can actually be more worthwhile. And in this case…well, just look at it. 

Contrast-Stripes Ribbed-Knit Wool Skirt by J.W. Anderson, $450, matchesfashion.com.
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You can wear the J.W. Anderson skirt during the day with a flat sandal and a graphic T-shirt and dress it up for night with an off-the-shoulder top and heels. By the time you take it off at the end of the day, you will not only have maximized its wearability, you'll have given extra play to the pieces already in your wardrobe.

Day Look:

Flat Sandals With Crossover Strap, $70, zara.com.
Neue Wave Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt by Koza, $80, netaporter.com.
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Night Look:

Satin Poplin Off-The-Shoulder Top, $245, tibi.com.
Royal Ankle-Tie High Sandals, $85, topshop.com.
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24-hour style doesn't take long to master, and once you have, it can help justify spending a little hard-earned cash on the things you really love (though this also works with any piece, no matter your budget—as you'll see below). It's what we would call a win-win situation. Read on for more ways to style one piece, two ways.

Yonelia Off-The-Shoulder Printed Voile Midi Dress by IRO, $450, netaporter.com.

IRO's floral-print maxi dress is as perfect for a daytime picnic and a candle-lit dinner. All you have to do is swap out slip-on sneakers and a denim jacket for block-heel sandals and statement earrings.

Day Look:

Embroidered Denim Jacket by Moto, $92, topshop.com.
Slip-On in Navy, $45, vans.com.
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Night Look: 

Leticia Perforated Suede Sandals by Tabitha Simmons, $695, netaporter.com.
Silver-Plated, Agate and Enamel Hoop Earrings by Etro, $265, netaporter.com.
Faux Leather Camisole Dress, $36, zara.com.

Dress down Zara's trendy faux-leather slip with checkerboard sneakers and a patterned T-shirt and transition into a date night look with a white blazer and mesh Chloé shoes.

Day Look:

Eyedot Printed Cotton T-Shirt by Être Cécile, $105, mytheresa.com.
Checkered Leather Sneakers by Saint Laurent, $545, netaporter.com.
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Night Look:

Robiva Crepe Blazer by Theory, $445, netaporter.com; Lucy Mesh Block-Heeled Leather
Sandals by Chloé, $443, matchesfashion.com.
Wide-Leg Satin-Twill Trousers by Helmut Lang, $450, matchesfashion.com.
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When it comes to tailored black pants, it's always worth trying to get yourself a more luxurious (read: high-quality) pair. They are destined for wardrobe MVP status because they pair equally as well with printed loafers and an embroidered T-shirt as they do with a fancy gingham top and platforms.

Day Look:

Princeton Horsebit-Detailed Jacquard Slippers by Gucci, $695, netaporter.com.
Tag T-Shirt, $20, zara.com.

Night Look:

Gingham Strap Peplum Top, $60, topshop.com.
Lucy Metallic Faux-Leather Flatform Sandals by Stella McCartney, $465, matchesfashion.com.
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Metallic Pleat Midi Skirt, $95, topshop.com.

The pleated metallic skirt is everywhere this season, for good reason. Throw it on with a peplum sweatshirt and flats to run errands during the day and head straight to a party by changing into embellished slingbacks and a silk, white shirt.

Day Look: 

Cotton-Terry Peplum Sweatshirt by T by Alexander Wang, $330, netaporter.com.
Crystal-Embellished Slides by Christopher Kane, $635, matchesfashion.com.

Night Look:

Off-The-Shoulder Satin-Trimmed Silk-Crepe Camisole by Dion Lee, $395, netaporter.com.
Flat Shoes With Detail, $50, zara.com.
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