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Friday, October 4, 2013

Outfit Formulas


Okay...I suppose I could have tied that knot a little better, but c'est la vie.  This is pretty much a combination of my outfit from two days ago (striped tee tied over a skirt) and from yesterday (maxi).  When I took a reader survey a while back someone commented that I need to change up what I wear, saying I pretty much wear the same pieces in different ways or wear the same outfit formulas with different pieces (like different skirts with different shirts tied over them, for example).  All I could do was laugh!  Because...yes...that would be the point of this blog.  Simple ways to utilize what you have and breaking down outfit formulas to reuse to make life easier.  Things are too busy to reinvent the wheel, you know?  

Is there a particular outfit formula have you been wearing lately?

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Shop for the Look:
Top: Target (similar, similar)
Jacket: Target (exact)
Skirt: Target (exact, similar, similar)
Shoes: Target (exact, similar, similar)
Necklace: c/o That's Mine Boutique (exact)

39 comments:

  1. Experimental BeautyFriday, October 04, 2013

    I like that you use the same pieces in different ways! It encourages me to shop less and use what I have more. Don't ever change girly! :)

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  2. what? the point of your blog isn't to showcase brand new clothes every day and wear them once and then never again?


    I love the color of that skirt. Truthfully I'm not a big maxi fan (I like them on others, I don't like wearing them myself) but I may change my mind with this skirt. DARN YOU. I'm not supposed to be shopping.

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  3. I like how you remix your clothes - it makes you seem more "real."

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  4. I love that you show us how to mix and match the clothing that we have! Because who really buys a new outfit every week. I've learned a lot and been inspired to try different combinations with what I have in my closet...and learning to not buy something I've been looking for if it doesn't meet all the criteria I'm looking for :-) that has saved me a good amount of money!

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  5. Love this outfit! Love your blog! Love the point of your blog! Yay remixing!!

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  6. I am super sad that I haven't found that Target skirt. Especially since you keep posting great outfits with it. Ugh. :(

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  7. I agree, I thought that was KIND OF the point of this blog! You have taught me SO many different ways to wear pieces that give me so many more options with the clothes I have (although I am still buying WAY too much). Keep up the good work :) We love you and this blog just the way it is!

    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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  8. I like this! It's good to have a go-to uniform!
    I've been doing denim and pencil skirts lately. It just feels right to dress them down.
    -Ash
    www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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  9. Ha, that IS the point of the blog. I totally love it too, you have inspired me to use colored bottoms when I have always been a strict jeans person and I totally love them! I love your outfits and the re-mixes that you do. Keep being awesome!

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  10. Keep remixing, that's what we come here for! :)

    xo, Nina

    afterthe40barfinish

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  11. Your outfit formulas are definitely the reason why your blog is so helpful! You truly help me to understand what I'm putting together and why it works! You are great, Audrey! Keep up the good work.
    whitneyalamode.blogspot.com

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  12. Good for you to laugh it off! The very reason I enjoy your blog is how you show the same pieces in different ways. Keep remixing!

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  13. BTW, your maroon skirt looks fantastic on you!

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  14. I agree with the below comments! The fact that you keep wearing the same pieces in different ways is one of the reason I love your blog! Before I decide to follow a blog, I go through at least 10 posts and see if they wear some things over and over again (even if it's just shoes) because I can't relate to someone who wears brand new clothes all the time. I love seeing how you remix and coordinate the same pieces.


    You're awesome. Don't change!

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  15. The exact reason why I love you! I'm having trouble mastering your simplicity so don't leave me me in the dust just yet!

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  16. Please don't change! I love the way you remix your stuff. I consider myself a fashionista yet you still inspire me. Especially since we share a few of the exact pieces you make me say" oh that's a new way to try this":) Before you I wouldn't be caught dead in anything mustard, now I own a few pieces and its amazing how easy they are to remix. Your loyal fans are here because you are real and don think this is a runway show.

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  17. Your blog is my favorite fashion blog. You keep the items reasonably priced and modest. Love that. My style formula right now is different colored skinny pants and longer shirts to cover my not so slender mid-section. Please continue to be you!
    Laura

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  18. I agree with everyone else...I love your blog because of all the formulas and remixing! My latest formula has been skinny pants/jeggings, loose blouse and comfy shoes. I've learned to choose outfits for fit and proportion from your blog. Even with the simplest pieces I get compliments because I've learned how to look more put together! Thank you for all your tips!

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  19. Finding your style means discovering what works for you while giving new things a try too...and you do that on your blog! Love the skirt, I need to order it!

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  20. I was thinking in these exact same terms lately.. that I have been using an outfit formula. I have been wearing different pair of skinny jeans (coloured or regular denim) with button up shirts (chambray, plaid, etc) and circle scarves. It's so easy but changing up the colours and patterns on the different pieces really work for making it different.

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  21. Yes, that is the point of this blog - affordable, stylish outfits that are attainable for the average woman. You are adorable. Keep up the good work!!

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  22. I love that that's what you do! Keep it up :)

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  23. I love your blog for this very reason! I have definitely been using a formula lately; it's just so easy and I never have to worry about what to wear. Straight leg jeans + sleeveless shirt + long cardigan + necklace/scarf. It's easy to dress up or down with shoes and accessories and I can wear slacks or a skirt for work.

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  24. It seems very hard for fashion / style blogs to make more conscious decisions when shopping -- what's the secret behind the dirt-cheap clothing from retailers like Target, Forever 21, Old Navy, etc? Sweatshop-like factories and cheap labor. I'm not criticizing anyone for their fashion choices, I just want to spread the word and hope people will put more thought into the clothing's whereabouts before buying.

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  25. Great outfit - love the maxi skirt :)

    ofbeautyandnothingness.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. I swear maxi skirts are the perfect thing ever. I just recently got my very first maxi from H&M!

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  27. I don't read a lot of "fashion" blogs because I find them so useless...just impractical or sometimes even way too weird. It's hard to translate that stuff into my own life. I am constantly putting into practice the stuff I've learned since I found your blog almost a year ago. :) I don't have the time or the budget to be constantly adding stuff to my wardrobe. I need to know how to use the stuff I have and to add items wisely.



    My outfit formula at the moment is my mom uniform: skinny jeans/flowy blouse/ankle boots/cardigan because the weather can't decide what the heck it's doing around here. ;)

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  28. Your practical blog is my go-to #1 how-to-wear-what-you-own fashion read. More often I am wearing what I already own AND I am shopping less. What a blessing! When I find a piece of clothing that flatters me, I usually buy it in 2 or 3 colours (skirts, tees, jeans, tanks). So I am able to wear my outfit formulas in differing colours using my great collection of scarves, belts, bags, necklaces & bracelets to change it up enough. As a on-the-go Mum to 3 teenagers I feel casually comfortable and trendy and presentable, AND did I mention I was shopping less? I LOVE my closet. I can now say I shop my own closet when putting myself together! You do NOT need to change up what you wear - that feedback is ridiculous and obviously that reader needs to find a different blog to suit her needs :) I have done enough purges in my closet to love every single piece AND I'm wearing every single piece over the course of each season. That's a big achievement!!

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  29. Thanks for chiming in, E. I'm really glad to hear that this stuff has been practical and useful for you!


    I love your mom uniform. I'm not a mom, but that is one of my go-to formulas as well. Can't me away from jeans :)

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  30. That's amazing, Louise! It's so inspiring to hear that you love every single piece in your closet and actually using them. AND that you're shopping less! Sounds like you've got the dream wardrobe right now!

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  31. I love your phone case! Where did you find it?

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  32. Yes I know, hey! When I started reading here (2011) I made myself a closet goal & I told my husband that I would aim to wear everything I own (at least) once each season, or else give it away. To wear all my scarves (20++) at least once in Autumn/Winter (I did it too). To use all my summery tote bags at least once during Summer (did that also). To wear each of my coloured jeans (6 pair) on cool/rainy days (jeans are easy). Etc, etc! Maybe what I haven't worn as often are my dresses - I love dresses but the occasion needs to be right for a dress to feel nice. And shoes are the same - I own a lot but don't get through them as often because some are for occasions. Your blog was the spark for me back then to get ruthless and challenge myself to stop wasting money on always buying. The balance in my closet has come good since the beginning of this year so my closet is like my Aladdin's Cave. I am a happy long-time reader :) ((and I spell colour like this because I'm Australian.....I'm not a poor speller!!!)) Bless ya!

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  33. Whenever I don't want to think too hard about what I'll be wearing, I inevitably reach for some combination of denim, khaki and black/white, lately with red accents. Can't go wrong.


    Agree with the other commenters: keep doing what you're doing. There are plenty of blogs that are about *not* wearing the same thing twice ever. Chacun a son gout. (And if that reader doesn't like outfit formulas, I can't imagine what she'd make of the 30-for-30 remixers or the Project 333 folks!)

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  34. My go to outfit/formula for getting ready...Skinny jeans (my fav gap medium wash in particular), simple tank, chambray, and sweater or blazer and always a scarf! I love layering and am always cold so i need layers to be warm.

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  35. And, that's exactly the reason I LOVE your blog, it's my favorite because it's so practical for the average woman. I mean really, to me the point of buying a piece I like is to be able to wear the heck out of it!

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  36. Amen, sister! No more reinventing the wheel. Remix that closet! I always love your looks. :)

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  37. I love this! I always struggle with my maroon maxi skirt...but this is perfect! Yep, I'll be wearing this outfit soon... :)

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  38. I have been so behind on blog reading lately... I was just perusing the internet to find inspiration on how to wear my maroon maxi skirt, and lo and behold, this post was on the first page of my google search. I would love to see more ways you've worn this, or even suggestions on what to wear it with.

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