Building a Remixable Wardrobe

When I started this blog I had a closet full of pieces that I only knew how to wear one way.  Because I didn't know how to shop for versatile pieces or how to utilize a piece in multiple ways, I found myself feeling like I had to buy more and more clothes to diversify my wardrobe.  One of my hopes with this blog was that I'd be able to build a mix-and-match wardrobe that I could get more mileage out of and ultimately cut down the felt need to buy more.  I wanted to bring depth to my closet instead of continuing to go for breadth.  

Remixing clothing didn't come naturally to me and I had to learn how to do it, and I know a lot of you feel me on that!  So while I'm definitely not an expert, I thought it would be helpful to share what I've learned on the journey so far.  That's how this series was born!


I hope it somehow helps you reach your style goals.  :)

*NOTE: If you are looking to build a new wardrobe from scratch, try the Wardrobe From Scratch Series.


48 comments:

  1. where did you get the leather jacket I saw in your photos?

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  2. Very good and fun to read article series. Thank you! I'm currently in the process of re-inventing my wardrobe and I found your guidelines very useful.

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  3. I love your blog! I have been in a major fashion rut since I had my baby 10 months ago. Seriously been living in baggy t-shirts and jeans. My family and I are moving to Korea soon and I really want to build a small capsule wardrobe before we go, because I won't be able to take all my clothes. Your blog is sooo helpful! I would totally hire you to make over my closet if your services were for sale!!

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  4. I found this blog by pure luck! I've started going through my own wardrobe asking: "Does this satisfy three out of four?". I think I'm driving my boyfriend nuts! :] I think I might be linking back to your blog a lot once mine gets up and going (if that's okay, of course). Thank you for your tips!

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  5. I LOVE your knee high boots! Where did you get them?

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  6. I love that olive vest! Where did you get it?

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    1. There's a link above for Where to Buy My Closet Staples. :)

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  7. Someone just emailed me the link to your blog... I LOVE IT!! Just flipping through pictures has already given me inspiration! I thought I would share another link that has helped me with getting my personal style in my wardrobe http://www.stephanie.dressingyourtruth.com/

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  8. Love love love your blog!! Ever considered doing a series on colour? I have heaps of colored pieces but have trouble combining them. Cheers, from a kiwi in New Zealand

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  9. Thank you for this series. Being a non-fashionista, i have a hard time mixing up my wardrobe. your series gave me inspiration to give it a go. i love your picture examples, what a great way to show how versatile a wardrobe could be.

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  10. I just read every part of this great series & I'm so grateful! I'm totally creative & visual in the rest of my life (I create graphic design & art), but for some reason I've gotten into a total clothing slump & I need a jump-start like this to get me back on track. I'm like you said you were...earrings are my only accessory and I've got basic color bottoms. Off to shop for some accessories & colors to pump up my wardrobe! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas! :)

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  11. I just shopped and and purchased a red skirt, 3 tops tomtuckmor belt and a belt. Thanks for the guidance and inspiration.

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  12. I just want to say that i loove your blog! you have amazing style and i will definitely be taking these tips into account next time i go shopping. Thank you so much!

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  13. Lovely uptown and downtown looks going one there!

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  14. Just found your blog the other day and I love it! I look in my fully packed closet everyday yet never have anything to wear...so Im cleaning my closet out and for now am on a shopping hiatus. I gotta reach my weight loss goal then I plan to get my essentials/basics so i can start remixing. Thanks for your photos they are my inspiration!

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  15. i discovered your blog via pinterest and i have to say: i absolutely love it! you are such an inspiration and the ultimate wardrobe remix queen for me- thank you ♥

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  16. Where can I find the animal print scarf with the mustard cardigan sweater?

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  17. Thank you for your blog. I'm a newly retired, 62 year old, and it's time to purge my closet/s! Thank you for give me the basic building blocks of what to keep and what can go. I'm sure I will be referencing your suggestions often as I baby-step my way into my new life style. I may not be as "hip" in style as you, but I certainly can re-mix and re-create a newer me! Thank you again! Gram.mama in Oregon

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  18. You are awesome!!! Write a book and profit from it. :)

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  19. I'm also in San Diego - do you have any preferred thrift shops?

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  20. I have recently found your blog. I have been so encouraged by what you are posting! I have recently lost enough weight that i am having to clean out my closet and repurchase clothes. What a GREAT problem to have! Reading your blog has helped me be more intentional about what I am adding back into my closet. In the past I have been a binge buyer. The result was that nothing felt like it went together in my closet. Thank you so much!!!! Also, I am 43 and your clothes have a young feel without me feeling like I am trying to dress under my age with the modifications I have made. Thanks!!

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  21. Just want to let you know I read this whole series yesterday and It's already got me re-thinking how I can wear my clothes. I put an outfit together last night with a sweater I haven't worn in years over a button-down and got so many compliments. Thank you for sharing!!

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  22. Hey Audrey...I am revamping my wardrobe and I love all your ideas and tips. I am trying to down size and wonder if you have a suggested number of pieces to keep and how you decide what to keep and what to toss?

    Thanks!

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  23. Where has your blog been my whole life?! I feel like I've doubled my wardrobe so far and I haven't had to buy a thing yet. Thank you so much for showing the rest of us how to build a remixable wardrobe.

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  24. Freaking amazing!!!
    Love, Love, LOVE

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  25. Your blog is amazing! Thank you so much, you have given me the help to get back some style after having my two kids. I love that I found your blog even from here in New Zealand!

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  26. I absolutely love your blog! I'm reassessing my wardrobe and this has been such a gift! This is the most helpful blog for getting a wardrobe together I've ever come across. I love how you show the different routes to assessing an item of clothing. Thank you! :)

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  27. I love that you are so stylish but still very modest. It is very refreshing! It encourages me to know that there is hope to still look trendy but staying conservative. I have a question for you though--you push colored jeans. I am interested in them, but I just wonder how long will they stay in style? I would rather buy something that is classic and that will last a while, than pieces that are more of a fashion fad. Any thoughts on this? Thanks for your help!

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  28. Came across your blog 2 days ago on Pinterest. Have been reading it nonstop ever since. I'm a teacher and find myself wearing the same 5 pants every week and rotating a few shirts and sweaters. I love how you mix and match. I've been searching for a way to update my look. Thanks so much!

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  29. I love your outfits and ideas about a remixable wardrobe! In the past I just shop to shop and now I am trying to find pieces that will help extend my wardrobe! You have inspired me to start my own blog musingsofashopaholicmama.blogspot.com . Thank you for being such a fashion inspiration!

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  30. I linked this post to my blog to help my clients pick clothes for their portrait, you have done some amazing ground work. http://cvanphoto.net/archives/254

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  31. This is so wonderfully helpful! I feel like you are taking the words from my mouth when you speak about your own absence of creativity in your wardrobe. I had a fashion "AHA!" moment reading your posts! This is quite embarrassing because I actually work in the fashion industry with stylists every day... It's such an art form to put together creative outfits!

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  32. I have a problem with shoes for outfits. I have large feet and find it difficult to buy pretty shoes as the range isn't as good. What is a style and colour of summer/winter shoes that pretty much goes with everything. Thanks

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  33. I saw this on October Rebel and am excited to read!

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  34. Ok, I have been looking for something to help me teach my youth group how to make more out of the wardrobe they own, and how to be smart about adding to it. Your series is PERFECT! Thank you so much! Much easier to show with everything you've already put together than explaining it myself!

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  35. You girl are amazing!! I am in love with your blog..

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  36. I love this! Could you do an updated version of this? I feel like your style has really evolved since you started the blog! I would love to see what you would do with more trendy pieces...

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  37. I just discovered your blog through Pinterest - - where have you been all my life? ;o) I creating a shopping checklist for my phone, and made notes on reimagining my clothes. Thank so much!

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  38. Hey... Audrey...
    Im so glad to hv come across your blog... it's just fab..
    im a working professional and just love to shop and hv recently taken up on blogging as well... n trust me... your blog have inspired me a lot to remix my wadrobe and the happiest person on this earth is my husband as im saving some penny... :P
    You rock girl...
    Thanks for the inspiration...
    :)
    Love
    Urva

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  39. I don't know whether to say thank you or uh-oh. I've spent over an hour this morning reading your blog, and I've had shopping sites open and bought a pair of shoes, a pair of boots, three cardis, a tee, and a skirt!!! All on clearance (except the Naturalizer pumps), but STILL! You're dangerous. On the positive side, I feel like I'm getting a handle on really working my wardrobe. Thank you! I think.

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  40. Prayers to your dad and you cherish every moment together.

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  41. OMG!!! *screeeeeams*! This is EXACTLY what I needed. I'm very much a mannequin shopper. If I can't see it already put together in a picture or on someone, then I struggle with reusing pieces. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! I'm taking notes to hang in my closet as a reminder!

    Thanks so much for this!!

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  42. Firstly i thanks for share.and your post is very nice its give information.

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