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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Another 8 Pieces, Another 15 Outfits

Hello, you lovely people!  

Since I've been traveling so much, I've been trying to come up with an easily remixable packing list that I can reuse so that I don't have to spend time rethinking my list each time I travel.  I was so inspired by Merrick's guest post 8 Pieces, 14 Outfits, plus I heard so much feedback from you about how helpful that was, so I whipped up another one for you!  (But really, to help me pack!)

I created outfits and chose pieces with spring in mind.  I generally kept the shoes neutral so that they would be interchangeable because when I actually travel with this set of clothes, I'll probably only bring flats and maybe a pair of wedges.  

Like Merrick's post, I picked pieces that are similar to ones you are likely to already have:

I generalized their descriptions so that you could go with your own prints or color schemes.  For example, you don't have to have a pink top or a floral printed dress.  You could use a solid blue top and a polka dot dress instead, etc.

Note: If you don't have an army vest, a chambray shirt will work in a similar way!

Here are the outfits:



Outfit #1:

A striped tee provides more visual interest than a solid colored top.  The mustard cardi gives it a little color, while the rosette necklace (shop) adds the final touch of "something special."  I cuffed my jeans simply to change up my normal skinny jeans routine.

Outfit #2:

I chose a tank instead of another tee just because some days sleeveless is the way to go!  (Especially since I'll be using this set of clothes during my spring/summer travels.)  You can substitute this top for any patterned tank you own.  I like the mixture of "tough" from the army vest with "soft" in the floral tank.  I usually do the vest with my strappy wedges, but I chose flats just to do something different.

If you're using a chambray shirt instead of the army vest, wear it open like a jacket and put a belt over it.

Outfit #3:

A solid top in a bright color keeps it interesting.  I added an animal print scarf to focus the outfit and tie the two solid colored pieces together.

Outfit #4:

A plain striped tee and army vest are made a little more special with a statement necklace.
If you're using a chambray shirt, wear it open, or tie a loose knot at the bottom.

Outfit #5:

I've worn this top belted as so with two other colored cardigans (here and here).  It's yellow's turn!  I love prints with a lot of different colors because they can easily be paired with many different colored cardigans or bottoms.

Outfit #6:

I added a fun scarf with an interesting print to this solid colored top.  Easy peasy.  Something I already wore this last week when I didn't want to get dressed.  

Outfit #7:

Just like the floral tank in Outfit 5, this is the third colored cardigan I've paired this dress with.  (Others seen here.)

Outfit #8:

I love the idea of a dress paired with an army vest!
With a chambray shirt, there are a lot of variations.  Wear it open like a jacket over a dress.  Or, if you need more definition in the waist, leave it open and belt around it.  Or, you can tie the chambray shirt into a knot at the bottom like in this picture for "over a dress."

Outfit #9:

In Part 1 of the Building a Remixable Wardrobe series I mentioned tying a shirt into a knot.  One of the many ways that comes in handy is to turn your dresses into skirts by tying a shirt over them!

Outfit #10:

The dress by itself, with some orange pumps for character.  And just because orange pumps are fun.  :)

Outfit #11:

I love how an army vest changes the entire feel of an outfit.  I was sold on getting one when I realized it could be worn with a dress and a skirt, too.

Outfit #12:

This is the same floral tank + cardigan combo as outfit #5, but done with a light colored skirt.  I love how light and feminine this look is, with a touch of funky in the orange pumps.

Outfit #13:

This simple combo is made interesting with a contrasting turquoise necklace and an animal print belt.  I kept the shoes neutral and clean.

Outfit #14:

I don't usually do this, but I loved pairing white on white here!  Knotting the top made the outfit feel a little more laid-back, and I again used contrasting colors in the accessories--a turquoise necklace and orange pumps.  


Outfit #15:

Using the same base as in outfit #14, I buttoned and belted the cardigan for a different feel.  This way, the cardigan acts as another shirt!


You might have noticed many of principles from the Building a Remixable Wardrobe series put into action here.  You don't always need to buy more clothes!  Having the right pieces in your closet can open up an array of outfit possibilities, and learning to accessorize well can change up your outfits in surprising ways. 

There are so many possibilities that I can't even decide on which one is my favorite, but I'm really loving the looks with the white skirt right now.  Do you have a favorite?

BTW, I owe you guys one last post in the Remixable Wardrobe series, and it happens to be on accessorizing!  When it will appear?  I don't really know, but I'm slowly working on it.  Sorry it's taking so long!



*UPDATE*

I've been getting a few requests about these items, so here are some links for similar ones:

54 comments:

  1. Hey Audrey, Are you in the right profession. You do this remixing thing like a pro
    Great job! I will definitely keep this in mind when packing for my next trip.
    k at www.beautystyleandgrowth.blogspot.com

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  2. I love this post, Audrey! This is so very helpful! I have most of these items already in my closet and you've been teaching me to remix more and shop less :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart 

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  3. Ooh, good timing!  I'm going on vacation in 3 weeks so I really need to start planning what to pack.  I have 3 vacation wardrobes to figure out (mine + 2 kids) so this is great inspiration :)

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  4. I know this will sound silly but I didn't even think how totally useful planning like this would be for a vacation. Great 'capsule wardrobe'.

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  5. Thank you for doing this; I love seeing all the outfit possibilities you came up with.

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  6. LOVE these posts. No money to spend, but I can use posts like these to remix what I already have.  Plus I am going on vacation in July and have been looking for ideas on what to pack (lightly).  THANKS A BILLION.

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  7. This is great! I'm getting ready to move, so this gives me great idea as to what not to pack away - just because most of my clothes are in boxes doesn't mean that I have to dress like a schlub! 

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  8. 7TwentySomethingsThursday, April 12, 2012

    I love outfit 9!! Very cute post... I have to travel a lot in the next few weekends... so this will help!! :)

    Sara :)
    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/ 

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  9. I think #12 and #13 are my favorites but I love them all!

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  10. outfit 9 is definitely one of my favorites.  i need to do that with my shirt/dress!

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  11. Great looks!

    http://fiveminutefashions.blogspot.com/

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  12. You look amazing in everyone of them.... Your gorgeous

    http://goo.gl/FjWHG

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  13. I have such a hard time turning a dress into a skirt but I will definitely be trying the shirt tied on top! Great combos!

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  14. Love it!! Great pieces, and even better outfits!

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  15. Wow!  I'm on a mission to have such versatile pieces like these.  Can't pick a favorite outfit, I like them all!  Looking forward to your post on accessories!  Love that necklace you have on in outfit #4.

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  16. Nice! I love the white/cream skirt -- all those outfits. They all feel very spring and you look so pretty! It's a great shape.

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  17. Thanks so much for this post!  It must have taken you forever to put all these pictures together.  I'm learning so much from your remixable wardrobe posts!  I just bought my first vest in about ten years, inspired by your army vest.  I'm on a mission to remix my same clothes so I keep my wardrobe small and my budget under control.  I really appreciate your blog!

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  18. I love seeing others remix!! What a fabulous post with great ideas! I've seen the top tying but haven't tried it yet. We'll see...reminds me too much of elementary school.:)

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  19. You make it look so easy!  I'm an over-packer, so I will definitely give this a try on an upcoming trip.

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  20. I've knotted button-downs over dresses/skirts before...but reaaaaally love the idea of knotting tees!!!  That's going to make a definite addition to my wardrobe this summer.  Thanks for the fun post!  Love seeing how you remix everything.

    <3 Cambriajupefashion.blogspot.comEnter my Shabby Apple GIVEAWAY!!!

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  21. Hi Audrey. I am your newest follower and I love your blog. You got so many cute, fun and creative outfits (and ideas) in this particular post. I think a person can totally remix her wardrobe if she changes up her jewelry, shoes and accessories. You are 100% proof of that. This is only my first post (I read0 but I promise to catch up on your blog from the very beginning as I plan on reading EVERY SINGLE POST!!

    I am fairly new to blogging myself so please check me out & start following me as well.\


    Lots of love to you beautiful, stylish girl. Take Care, Ada. =)

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  22. thanks SO much for this post!! it's such great inspiration!!! remixing is soo fun but i am no where as good at it as you!!!

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  23. I have a soft spot for them all, but I think it's so amazing how you re-worked everything with those certain pieces. Definitely an inspiration for when I travel next. 

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  24.  Wow! I wanted wanted to say thank you, I've been trying to learn how to remix
    better and your posts have been VERY helpful and eye opening! Ever since I've
    started following you I've been getting positive comments on my outfits, so
    thanks! Also I am amazed by the quality of your blog, the amount of work you put
    into your posts is just amazing, with all the pics and everything. Thank you so
    much, you are very inspiring!

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  25. I love these posts! I do try to pack really remixable stuff for trips, and it almost is a fun game (almost... I don't love packing that much). But I think getting yourself to think like this on a smaller scale for a suitcase is a big help in getting yourself to think like this for adding pieces to your wardrobe!

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  26. I love this series--I have many similar pieces in my closet, so I can't wait to try out some of these looks. You are quite the remixing guru!

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  27. I recently found your blog and I LOVE your style!!  Thanks so much for posting this!  I have several similar pieces and have spent a large portion of the day shopping online using this as inspiration.  

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  28. capsulecontentsSunday, April 15, 2012

    I love these looks...I just went through your blog and read your series about putting together a closet...so AWESOME!!

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  29. This is brilliant!! I can't wait to try a few of these looks. =)

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  30. Great post~~~You put a lot of thought into this.  This will help me travel lighter.  Hauling a suitcase through the airport with contents that you don't end up even wearing is a drag....literally!!!!  You are very talented!!

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  31. Great post!  Happy to find your blog! I love God too! I have some of these pieces you used, you gave me some ideas! Thanks.

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  32. you have totally inspired me! I think I'm going to do this in the next couple of weeks :-)thanks

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  33. Girrrrl! I love how well put together and thought out each look is! You are so cute! Im super excited to learn how to work my closet to revamp classic pieces and cut down on shopping to find cute looks! Im your newest follower! Love your style ❤

    Chioma
    Chocolattesbox.blogspot.com

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  34. Hi Audrey, I was wondering if these were recent purchases or items you had in your closet? I have some of the key pieces, but would like to add a few for these looks.
    Cheers
    Crystal

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  35. Hi Crystal!  The pink top and skirt are pretty recent and they're still in stores.  

    Pink top: http://www.oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=72300&vid=1&pid=463966&scid=463966012

    Skirt isn't available online anymore, but it was my most recent purchase out of all of those.  

    The dress is still in some Target stores, though not online.  However, I recently found one that I like even better: http://www.target.com/p/Mossimo-Womens-Elastic-Waist-Dress-w-Ruffle-Cascade-Assorted-Prints/-/A-13957617

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  36. Hi Audrey,
    Thank you for the quick response!

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  37. I am so excited to have discovered your post from Pinterest. I never seem to follow fashion blogs due to the potential cost of the items that would be added to my wardrobe. I love this idea of mix and matching and want to express my appreciation in your inner fashionista finding itself by shopping at affordable stores. Thank you!

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  38. Ooooooh! Happy to find this; we're moving from Europe back to the southeast and will be living out of a suitcase for at least six weeks. This makes packing light fun without being mind-numbingly repetitive. Thanks for the time you're putting into this, my suitcase certainly thanks you.

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  39. Wow. This is amazing. All these outfits are SOOOO cute! I'll have to reference this later. I'm a horrible packer! I pack my whole closet! hahaha

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  40. I just found your blog thanks to the wonders of Pinterest! Wow! I have gotten SO MUCH out of it-thank you for your posts!

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  41. I found your blog through a friend and have to say I'm ecstatic! Such fun, simple ideas! I'm not a fashionista by any stretch of the imagination, tending to enjoy plain and simple clothing, and your suggestions (especially in this post) are right up my alley!

    I love, too, how the outfits you suggested in this post make a solid wardrobe if you're a minimalist. I'm in the process of losing weight, so this is a perfect collection for each stage of the process.

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  42. Really great job, here. I have seen similar posts on other blogs and in Lucky magazine, but yours is really down to Earth since you used pieces most girls already own. I pinned your pieces and the pic of all the outfits to my Pinterest page. Good luck with your blog.

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  43. Your blog is nice but please lern to smile in different ways. YOu have exactly the same face expression on all pictures where you are smiling, lol..like your face is freezing..funny..

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  44. Just have to say - OMG, how cute are you?!

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  45. I just happened upon your blog, I LOVE it! I am so glad you are using pieces that are accessible to everyone! Keep it up.

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  46. Oh my god... this page are just that i was looking forrr..!!!! congratulations

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  47. Audrey,
    I am LOVING your blog and have started adding belts and cardis to my wardrobe....gotten lots of compliments and given you lots of shout outs! The one problem I seem to have is with tucking shirts into skirts...HOW in the world do you do this without that odd awkward bunching effect?

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  48. Woohoo for compliments! That's awesome! :) As far as the tucking into skirts, first of all the skirt waistband has to be fitted. Also, for me, if I want a neat, clean tuck (versus kind of "messy chic" haha) I usually prefer a skirt that hits at my natural waist instead of hanging on my hips. I tuck it all in and then pull down from the other side to straighten it out. If that doesn't work, you can tie the top over the skirt, however tightly or loosely you want to make the knot and depending on what the shirt is able to do.

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  51. Audrey,
    I love this article! And I LOVE that you got all the pieces from Old Navy, Target etc... very affordable and do able for the average gal! Thanks! :)

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