Styling: Have you tried wearing it backwards?

Posted by Sarah Evans on

We believe that fashion should be fun! We see getting dressed as an exciting opportunity to both explore who you are and who you want to be—a chance each and every day to decide how you want to present yourself to the world. Each member of the Idlewild team has their own unique aesthetic, but one place we all converge is our love for finding new ways to wear our staple garments. Who says you can’t wear denim under a dress, sneakers with a gown, a crisp white t-shirt under a slip dress, or *gasp* mix and match patterns?! One of the easiest, and most overlooked ways to switch up a garments style, is to wear it backwards. By wearing a garment backwards, you often find it has a new neckline, a new silhouette, and a whole new vibe. 

In our book, versatility is queen, which is one of the many reasons why we love Nicholas K! The Drifter Dress by Nicholas K is truly a best-seller at Idlewild, due in large part to its comfort, but also its adjustability! We sell out of this style every season, so reorder this dress whenever it's offered. For spring 2022, we have it in Black and Stone Satin, and also in a Pebble Linen, both of which are perfect for the spring and summer.

When the Drifter is worn normally, it features a deep v-neck, and you can either wear it loose (as shown in Spruce) or cinch in the waist (as shown in black) to accentuate your waist and bust, making it the perfect dress for date night! 


If the v-neck isn't your style, or you simply desire a more modest look for the day, turn the dress backwards! You now have a high neck line to style; much better for work or other more casual outings. We love it worn this way with a long necklace over it, such as this Online Pendant by Aumorfia.

Another great example of reversible styling is this Please Please top below. With buttons from top to bottom, it offers multiple ways to wear. When worn normally, buttoned to the top, it features a mandarin collar and a flattering tunic length.

When worn backwards, the Rib Pleats Cardigan becomes a simple mock neck long sleeve, with the ability to be buttoned to the top, or unbuttoned for a sexy open-back look! Try this with a similar piece in your closet and see what you think!


So much time goes into considering what pieces to add to our wardrobes. When we get creative with styling we can give our garments so much more life, and this is the key to finding longevity in our beloved, sustainable wardrobes!

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