I’ve read articles for years about how you can take just a few items of clothing and get a week or more of varied outfits out of them, without it being blatantly obvious that you’re recycling.
I think I’m starting to get the hang of this.
To start, I chose two contrasting pairs of pants; one from the warm family, one from the cool. I think if I had gone with the caramel pants with, say, an army green, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve the contrast I was going for. You can shop the pants and other items at the links down at the bottom of this post.
I chose three different tops that could match either pair of pants (although truthfully, the striped sweater matched the gray pants far better than the caramel ones).
I also made sure that the tops were distinctly different from one another in style and color. One was a red cotton v-neck with three-quarter length sleeves that fit loosely through the torso. The second was a creamy cashmere. The third, a fitted turtleneck sweater boasting horizontal gray stripes.
I chose two scarves in different colors and patterns to keep things varied. I felt it would be more obvious that I was repeating things if they were both solid colors, and truly I only had one patterned scarf that I liked!
I threw in a black tote and a cream tote. As with the scarves, I felt that being able to alternate accessories kept the recycled pieces fresh.
And (because we can never forget about shoes!) a nude patent heel worked beautifully across the board.
For all three tops, a cream lace-trimmed camisole really added a little something at the neck and/or hemline. It added an element of femininity, while also serving to create more varied texture in the outfit.
I kept jewelry very simple; studded pearl earrings and a leather Pandora bracelet. I struggle with the necklace + scarf combination when the scarf is an accessory, rather than functional for warmth. Likewise scarf + earrings, unless the earrings are studs. For me, dangles and hoops are perpetually caught in the scarf when I turn my head. Does anyone else have this problem??!
What I especially love about learning how to do this is its amazing potential for travel. Looking at this spread, I have to believe it would all fit into a small carry-on with relative ease.
Especially since I now know the right way to pack a suitcase!
SHOP THE POST:
Lace trimmed cami: http://bit.ly/lacetrimcami
Red v-neck sweater (similar): http://bit.ly/redvneck
Cream Cashmere sweater: http://bit.ly/cashmeresweater
Striped turtleneck sweater (in black): http://bit.ly/2j9FydV
American Eagle x4 Sateen pants: http://on.ae.com/2iH1boY
Gianni Bini nude patent pumps: http://bit.ly/2hWp0u3
H&M Plaid Scarf (similar): http://bit.ly/2iJUQaf
Coach Mickie Tote (purchased second-hand)
Black Victoria’s Secret Tote (free gift with purchase!)
Green Pashmina (purchased years ago)