Still going strong on the project of combining my garments into a different outfit every day. It’s just amazing how — even as someone who does clothes for a living — I’m learning new things about my own wardrobe choices and options through this process. It’s so easy to fall into a rut of wearing the same things over and over … and totally overlook other equally interesting options hanging right in front of me. And equally easy to keep things hanging there that I really don’t enjoy wearing. Here’s what I found this week …
- I love my long gray cardigan so much that I added a navy one from the Spring Cabi collection. Here it’s paired with the rosy silk shell and scarf you saw last week with dark jeans. Compare the dressier suede booties in this outfit with the chunkier, open-toe pair in the far right photo. Swapping them would create a different vibe for each of the outfits, right?
- If two long cardigans are good, a third is even better. Thinking of outfits with this silver one, I went to my accessory collection, where this oblong scarf inspired this mix with black skinny jeans and a pink cami.
- Another riff on the rosy shell, this time with jeans and a chunky short cardigan jacket. Tried a different scarf for this combo – an abstract swirl with touches of caramel mixed in — loved how that color picked up the jeans topstitching. However, we had sold out of our inventory of the item, and I let a client talk me out of this one. I’ll miss it, but it was perfect on her!
- Now I’m on a brown kick. I love the sophistication of mixing black and brown and this animal print knit shell is an ideal link. The first combo is brown suede cascade jacket with brown ponte pencil skirt. Second time I went with a black skirt, tights and booties instead.
- Third view is a Lauren side-ruched sheath in a black/brown animal mini-print. I bought this dress when I was at my all-time skinniest … ultimately re-gained a few pounds and sadly passed the dress along to my daughter. More than a year later I spotted the identical dress (but one size larger) on a sale rack and snapped it up faster than you can say … whatever. Since the garment felt too dressy and visually lightweight for opaque tights, I opted for a nude legwear and a low-vamp shoe to create the longest look possible. Gold-silver mix jewelry is the perfect accent for this brown/black color combo.
- This green tweed skirt was a quickie sewing project, finished by just unravelling the bottom 1″ to create a self fringe. I also sewed the center front seam to the outside and fringed that to create a vertical detail. Right now I only have black tops to wear with it, but I found the perfect green bamboo jersey to make a shell and cardigan, so watch for that coming soon. Didn’t think I had a single accessory in that color – but magic abalone shell to the rescue. That rectangular pendant is a regular chameleon, changing to just about any blue/green/purple color you put it with.
- Another jersey print dress – love these things when I need to look dressed up by want to feel like I’m wearing jammies. Repeat of the gold/silver mix necklace, nude leg and peep toe shoe for elongation.
- Multi-print jersey mock-wrap top pairs with lots of bottom options – here it’s a royal blue ponte pencil skirt. Another little-worn necklace — royal blue and silver – fits perfectly into the V neckline.
How do you enjoy wearing the dresses and skirts in your wardrobe?