This group of mixed-and-matched outfits takes us well into February. You’ll quickly see that I haven’t gotten any better at taking selfies. But I’m learning a lot about my clothes and accessories – hope you are having a similar experiences mixing and matching in your own wardrobe. It’s fun to re-discover old favorites, and equally worthwhile to identify things that just don’t work and need to be updated, or cycled out, and in some cases replaced.
- Super-soft gray jeans with past-season Cabi Circle Sweater, brightened with turquoise tank. I have probably 20 tanks and camis – budget-friendly under-layer tops to really stretch my mix/match options. Love how they let me avoid pulling long-sleeved jackets and cardis over another set of long sleeves – ugh!
- Same gray jeans (Ann Taylor) with a gray/jade polka dot cardigan and another one of those versatile camis. These tops also work with dark gray ponte pencil skirt … a pan for another day.
- Black ponte leggings, long-sleeve silky tee in jade green and sweat-fleece gray double-breasted pea jacket. The jade green and silver necklace elevates this combo. So often it’s all about the accessories, and I have enough jade green in my wardrobe to justify the necklace. It’s mottled coloration means it will blend with slight color variations in my clothing.
- This glen plaid skirt makes another appearance – this time with a bright green jacket and matching scarf. The jacket – a number of years old – is now too snug through the bust. It’s narrow double-breasted, so moving the buttons a bit (reducing the overlap) was an easy way to get the added room I needed.
- Brown ponte leggings and basic long-sleeve tee, overlaid with turquoise cardigan. The longer profile on the necklace is a nice way to visually lengthen and trim my torso area – is that a solution that resonates for you?
- Black ponte pencil skirt and shell, topped with bright red boucle jacket. Matching black tights elongate the look – important to a shortie like me – and the asymmetrical hemline on the jacket avoids adding a shortening horizontal to the combination. Fun (old) red baubles and silver necklace pops up again – further evidence that fashion jewelry items in your best colors are great long-term investments in a wardrobe.
- This exercise is the only thing keeping me from grabbing this long gray cardigan every other day. Here it’s layered over a black skirt-and-shell column and popped with a long silver charm necklace. Another day I can double-wrap the necklace for a shorter profile. Matching tights and booties keep the hemline of the cardigan from creating an awkward, shortening horizontal emphasis.
- Remember the 2-piece print jersey dress from Day 6? Here is the mock-wrap top with a chocolate brown pencil skirt and faux suede cascade cardigan. I found this necklace from a local designer at a charity event – fun to add a great piece to my collection while supporting a good cause too!
- Same pencil skirt ( I admitted to being lazy, remember?) with a wood-grain print shell and blush cardi. This top is such a fave I plan to some day take it apart and make a pattern so I can duplicate it in a assortment of prints. This necklace is another local designer piece — that I have never worn in the dozen years I’ve owned it – until I started this outfit-a-day challenge. Hope you’re having some equally fun finds within your own closet. Do share …