If I’m going to spend a lot of money on an item of clothing, I always think about how many times I’ll actually wear it and how. There is nothing worse than spending way too much on a shirt, jacket or a pair of pants only to find it sitting in the back of the closet with the tags on it a year later.

For this post, I teamed up Rosana Vollmerhausen, personal shopper and stylist. Vollmerhausen, a Silver Spring native and owner of DC Style Factory, has seven years experience styling for individuals, local fashion events and photos shoots. So, who better to show us how to maximize that one investment piece (a $395 Theory blazer in this case) to make sure we get our money’s worth?

See how Rosana styles this blazer for many different occasions….

Weekend Casual

My favorite outfit combinations are those that combine dressier and more relaxed elements. The tailored jacket  paired with slouchy boyfriend jeans, some playful wedges, and a pop of color (purse) adds a grown-up feel to this casual look.

Theory Gabe Jacket (Bloomingdale’s – Shops at Wisconsin Place)

DV by Dolce Vita Button Back Top (South Moon Under – Wildwood Center)

1969 Boyfriend Jeans (Gap – Montgomery Mall)

Marta Lace-Up Wedges (Anthropologie – Shops at Wisconsin Place)

Bora Watch (LUNA – Bethesda Row)

Leopard Print Infinity Scarf (South Moon Under- Wildwood Center)

Copley Saddlebag (J.Crew – Chevy Chase Pavilion)

Office Chic

Leather is big this fall season so i knew i wanted to work it  into a couple of the looks. The obvious choice would be for going out, but leather can also be sophisticated and work-appropriate if done in a knee-length pencil skirt. Leather always has an edgy feel to it and can come off severe so i wanted to pair the skirt with pieces that felt “softer,”  — like the sweater vest and the petal pink pumps.  

Theory Gabe Jacket (Bloomingdale’s – Shops at Wisconsin Place)

Equipment Blouse (LUNA – Bethesda Row)

Cashmere Vest (J.Crew – Chevy Chase Pavilion)

Leather Pencil Skirt (Zara – Montgomery Mall)

Sailor Knot Necklace (Anthropologie – Shops at Wisconsin Place)

Champenoise Pointed Pumps (Anthropologie – Shops at Wisconsin Place)

Catarina Bag (Hobo)

Going Out

Office blazer…sexy? With some leather leggings and killer pumps…yes! The leather leggings, animal-print clutch, green pumps all have a sexy, look-at-me feel and the blazer helps tone down and anchor all those elements.

Theory Gabe Jacket (Bloomingdale’s – Shops at Wisconsin Place)

KAUFMANFRANCO Silk Shirt (Bluefly)

Leather Effect Jeggings (Zara – Montgomery Mall)

Giles & Brother Necklace (Saks Fifth Avenue)

House of Harlow Tribal Cuff (LUNA – Bethesda Row)

Lola Clutch (Simply Soles)

Steve Madden Traisie Pump (Steve Madden)

If you love these outfits and want to learn more about Rosana Vollmerhausen and DC Style Factory, click here.