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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Enlightened

Dress: Old Navy  |  Olive cardigan: Target  |  Belt: H&M  |  Wedges: Target  |  Bag: gift; ebags.com (shop)

While this outfit may not look particularly special to you, it's significant to me.  I've had this dress and this cardigan for a long time, long before I discovered style blogs, but I'd never put them together.  I think it was partially because the cardigan didn't provide shape to an already baggy dress plus I just hadn't thought to do black and olive before.  Then I discovered style blogs and I figured out that you could belt a cardigan and that a belt could pull together a look in a cinch.  (Ha, sorry, couldn't resist.)  In my enlightenment, this outfit was born, and I was a proud mama.  It marked a new way of looking at my wardrobe that I was excited to explore and ultimately led to creating this blog.  

I suppose I should be saving this kind of stuff for my posts about building a remixable wardrobe, but really, this whole blog is about figuring out how to work my closet, right?  Right.  I still haven't written the remixable wardrobe posts, but they're a'comin!

23 comments:

  1. I love those shoes! I have a really similar cardigan, I love belting it with a dress too!

    sweetenedstyle.com

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  2. I love how this turned out! It's always awesome to discover new ways to wear pieces.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  3. i need to be better about remixing my wardrobe too! you've inspired me! :)

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  4. Discovering style blogs did the same thing for me - previously, it never would have occurred to me to even pair a dress like that with anything at all... but it's like a whole new item of clothing when you add a cardigan and belt! Still simple and easy, but it makes you look so put together and stylish.

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  5. I love when two old pieces are suddenly put together in a way you never thought of! Love the olive and black together!

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  6. i think that is precisely why you should post outfits like this!  i have had many similar revelations... i love seeing someone else try something and realizing that why can't i try that too?!  it makes getting dressed so much more fun!

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  7. I love how this came together! I'm hesitant to pair long cardigans with dresses for the same reason but that belt makes it perfect. I have a striped top that has the same color scheme and I just love it. The camel color pulls the navy and olive together nicely.

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  8. I love all the style tricks I've acquired throughout my blogging career. This outfit is killer, so I'm glad you've learned that lesson, too. (:

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  9. I agree, that's one of my favorite things about having a fashion blog, I feel like I'm getting a lot more out of my closet.

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  10. Must be my monitor cuz I thought that dress is navy. Still it looks cute. and I love your shoes.

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  11. Such a GREAT look on you! :) 
    www.cathykhayes.blogspot.com

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  12. I love this outfit! The art of belting is also something I learned in style blogs, its great!
    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/ 

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  13. Style blogs revolutionized the concept of belting to me. Pre-style blogging, all I knew about belts was they went through loops on pants. Just putting a belt over my cardigan was a) terrifying and b) eye opening. I love it now!

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  14. Belts are amazing! Sometimes I fear I depend on them too much though :) Love these colors together.

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  15. This look is so classic and classy. Love it. All of it.
    xx, M

    http://www.themarcystop.blogspot.com

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  16. Audrey! I love this....especially your belt and your shoes...they tie in perfectly with the darker tones in the rest of the outfit. 

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  17. Loving this look Audrey - the belt really pulls it together, and the colors look great together :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray 

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  18. I love the way you belted the cardigan.  It emphasizes your waist, which is important. 

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88 

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  19. This is a gorgeous outfit! Just really simple and sophisticated. Definitely a win!

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  20. Great mix.  Love the dress. :)  You are always so adorable. :)  Stop it!  No, just kidding!! Keep being you... you are very good at it!!  :) Hope you had a great Valentines.

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  21. I found you from the Pleated Poppy WIWW. I'm stopping by to check out your post. I think olive is perfect for this transitional time of year.. This week I'm featuring a cool new denim find called 3x1. Check it out:

    http://www.momtrends.com/2012/02/3x1-denim/

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  22. LOVE it!! You are absolutely adorable! I'm so excited to be your newest follower and see what other super cute outfits you come up with! :)

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  23. P.s. I don't know why my profile isn't showing up in my comment, but you can visit me at www.theburtis.blogspot.com

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