5 Closet Chameleons—and How to Style Them

5 Closet Chameleons—and How to Style Them


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Photo courtesy of Kina Kaapstad

5 Closet Chameleons—and How to Style Them

Certain items—like wetsuits and wedding gowns—serve one intended purpose. On the opposite end of the wearability
spectrum are what we call the closet chameleons: versatile pieces that adapt to two or more completely different
settings. The ones that, coupled with outside-the-box thinking, can stretch your wardrobe significantly. Here, a few of our favorites.

Sleepwear for Everywhere

Deiji Studios’ linen creations are good in bed, and even better outside the house. The kimono-inspired tops
double as dusters, the button-ups can hang with jeans and tailored trousers alike, and the matching sets are
beach-ready with a bikini and a woven tote.

FROM LEFT:
FROM TOP:
deiji studios set, goop, $220;
EPHEMERA TOP, goop, $160;
DEIJI STUDIOS DRESS, goop, $192;
deiji studios
set
, goop, $210;

deiji
studios set
, goop, $281;

ANEMOS
TOP
, goop, $155;

JOSEPH
SANDALS
, goop, $170

Wear It With


  1. Jade Swim top goop, $90

    Jade Swim
    top
    goop, $90

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  2. Jade Swim bottoms goop, $90

    Jade Swim
    bottoms
    goop, $90

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  3. Cult Gaia Tote goop, $498

    Cult Gaia
    Tote
    goop, $498

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  4. LoQ sandals LoQ, $285

    LoQ
    sandals
    LoQ, $285

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One-Pieces as Bodysuits

With wide-leg pants and woven accessories, your favorite maillot easily approximates a bodysuit. It’s a look
that works for sweltering summer days and any time suitcase real estate is tight. This black-on-black combo is
endlessly chic, but we also love a colorful suit with cream trousers.


  1. Marlo Laz bracelet goop, $1,130

    Marlo Laz
    bracelet
    goop, $1,130

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  2. Chloé basket bag Net-A-Porter, $590

    Chloé
    bag
    Net-a-Porter, $590

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  3. Loewe bucket hat Loewe, $650

    Loewe
    hat
    Loewe, $650

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  4. Toteme Swimsuit Moda Operandi, $250

    Totême
    Swimsuit
    Moda Operandi, $250

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  5. G. Label katrina wide-leg pantskatrina wide-leg pants goop, $495

    G. Label
    katrina wide-leg pants
    goop, $495

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  6. Hereu sandals goop, $430

    Hereu
    sandals
    goop, $430

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Boxers as Bottoms

If the last few years have done anything for fashion, it’s making cozies more wearable than ever. One look
that’s dominating our feeds right now? The boxers-and-button-up combo. We’re fans of Comme Si’s cotton poplin
options (they’re as crisp and breathable as a set of hotel sheets) and this silk pair by ESSE.


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Photo courtesy of Megan Adelaide Vega

Button-Ups as Cover-ups

Leverage a button-up by shrugging it over a bikini on your way to the nearest body of water. The more
oversize the silhouette, the more easily it will slip coolly off your shoulders. And the more lightweight
the cotton, the better it will billow in a breeze. Complete the look with a neutral cap and minimal jewelry.

Photo courtesy of Megan Adelaide Vega


  1. Matteau string top goop, $135

    Matteau
    top
    goop, $135

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  2. Matteau string bottoms goop, $135

    Matteau
    bottoms
    goop, $135

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  3. G. Label Fabian striped button-up shirt goop, $395

    G. Label
    Fabian striped button-up shirt
    goop, $395

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  4. Sarah Chloe x goop pinky ring goop, $118

    Sarah Chloe x goop
    ring
    goop, $118

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  5. Celine baseball cap Celine, $530

    Celine
    baseball cap
    Celine, $530

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  6. Medina Mercantile basket goop, $65

    Medina Mercantile
    basket
    goop, $65

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G. LABEL Maddy Denim Skirt, goop, $395

G. LABEL MADDY
DENIM
SKIRT, goop, $395

One Skirt, Three Ways

Subbing in a denim skirt is an easy way to give your favorite jeans the day off without stepping too
far outside of your comfort zone. Every detail of this midi, from the paneled A-line cut to the dark-wash
Italian denim, lends itself to whatever you pair it with: little black bikini, prim blouse, cashmere
cardigan, whatever.

G.
LABEL MADDY DENIM
SKIRT, goop, $395

Slightly More Daring Ideas

Full-length lingerie moonlights as an evening dress with strappy sandals and diamond earrings. A cardigan turns
into a chic top when you pop the top button and shimmy it off the shoulders (fashion tape is your friend here).
And bike shorts go from gym gear to dressed up with sharp shirting and fashion-forward sandals.

LEFT:TOP:
olivia von halle dress , Net-a-Porter, $450;
g. label apple circle pavÉ drop earrings, goop, $1,450;
emme parsons
sandals
, goop, $395
.

MIDDLE:
g. label alisha
v-neck cardigan
, goop, $595;

loquet necklace, goop, $3,190.

RIGHT:BOTTOM:
maria mcmanus shirt, goop, $480;
HÉROS bike shorts, goop, $120;
dior sandals, Dior, $1,150.

We hope you enjoy the products recommended here. Our goal is to suggest only things we love and think you might, as well. We also like transparency, so, full disclosure: We may collect a share of sales or other compensation if you purchase through the external links on this page.



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