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One Piece, Three Ways

Since I’m a pack rat at heart, another one of my resolutions is to find new ways to wear things that are already in my closet. This philsophy also happens to be a little easier on my bank account than my usual “I have nothing to wear so let’s go shopping and spend money I don’t have” line of reasoning.

Inspired by Marian over at The House of Style looking fab in her strapless velvet top, I picked a piece that I love but rarely get a chance to wear: a military style bustier from Grey Ant. (Full disclosure: I really had to suck it in to get into this thing. Good thing resolution #137 involves hitting the gym! )

To me, it’s always been more of a “going out” piece, but I wanted to find ways to wear it casually, and a way to make it appropriate for work:

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Wearing it over a cotton tank tank with cuffed jeans and a thrifted army shirt takes advantage of the military style and brings it down a notch. Pairing it with a classic button down, pearls, and a pencil skirt adds a bit of refinement while still, as Puffy would say, “preserving the sexy.” Layering it over another bustier with cropped pants, purple heels, and Claudia Kishi worthy feather earrings makes it ready for a night out!
  • Marian

    January 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    ROCKING!!! darling you worked that bustier out! it looks great in all three looks. A little creativity goes a long way,as see how it works even for work.
    I adore it!
    big kiss and have a fabu week ahead my sweet.

  • may

    January 12, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    congrats, this looks appropriate for every occasion.

  • juley

    January 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    I love what you did in look #3! It’s a bold way of looking chic without looking like a clubhopper as most girls would do with it. Kudos!

    • Tamia

      January 14, 2009 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks, Nina! I lucked up on this one on sale at

  • The Cheap Chica

    January 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    cute looks! i especially like #2 for work.

    • Tamia

      January 15, 2009 at 5:58 pm

      Nice. I’m a fan of some of the other lines they carry, too.

  • danz

    January 13, 2009 at 10:50 am

    All three looks are fantastic!

  • Whistful Wind

    January 13, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Wow, I love your style! casual with style for eaveryday look. Good job,girl!

  • Whistful Wind

    January 13, 2009 at 11:47 am

    oops, I frogot to ask what’s brand of the jeans for #1 ? Thanks.

  • chomy

    January 13, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    yes yes yes…I love it!!! the bustier is on superhero status innit.

  • Nina

    January 13, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    damn. you look seriously fierce in all 3 outfits! i have been searching endlessly for a bustier that works for me but i have yet to find one. i love your grey ant one.

  • Joan

    January 15, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I love how Grey Ant has maintained its cool during the premium denim fall out. La Rousse in Seattle has a bunch on sale for 50%-70% off. Even the new styles including the overalls. Really cute. Check out!

  • Jay♥

    January 17, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Very cute! I love all three looks!

  • Trendy Gourmandise

    February 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    i like casual look !

  • Afroniquely

    June 12, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Love it!!! How the heck did I not know about this blog sooner?? Wow..But I’m loving it all

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  • Angel

    May 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Luv your style you should do video on youtube i will subscribe to ur channel =)