Wardrobe Challenge 29-38 – What I Wore and What I l Learned

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 …

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Suzanne on March 27, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Loved seeing you in the shorter jackets and tops as they really fit your petite proportions so well. I’m thrilled to be finally leaving the long over layers behind! They just drag many of us down. Thanks for sharing your personal experiments with us. Learned so much from you over the years.

  2. Grace L Schmidt on April 7, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I am thoroughly enjoying seeing your challenge. When I get home from my vacation I intend to jump in and do it. I am so guilty of only wearing a few items over and over. I just need to keep it professional and limit my leggings😏

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 7, 2019 at 11:14 am

      You are so right to realize that my lifestyle isn’t the same as yours – or really anyone else’s; we all need to adapt wardrobe principles to fit our unique situations.

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