Building a Remixable Wardrobe, Part 1: Reimagining Clothes

Style Tips: Tuck Your Shirt

Thank you for all of the great responses you guys sent in for the Wardrobe Help Survey!

After reading the survey responses it was evident that wider questions about wardrobes were begging to be addressed.  I wanted to squish them all into a neatly packaged series, but it got overwhelming so I decided to scrap the Work Your Closet series idea and turn it into a regular part of this blog.  That way, we can cover topics like closet organization, finding your style, shopping for your body type, etc. over the long haul.

Today, I really want to start the posts on building a remixable wardrobe.  Again, I’m not an expert.  Remixing doesn’t come naturally to me and I had to learn it (and am still learning).  These are just some things I’ve learned so far.


Intro

What is “remixing”?
First of all, let’s clarify the lingo.  “Remixing” is basically another term for mixing-and-matching your clothes to use the same pieces to create a variety of different outfits.  I think it was made popular by Kendi, who hosts a 30-for-30 remix challenge in which you create 30 different outfits using only 30 articles of clothing.

When I first tried to participate in a 30-for-30 before I had this blog was when I realized I had created a closet full of one-hit wonders.  I basically had no concept of how to use one piece in more than one way, and even when I tried I didn’t have the right pieces in my wardrobe to be able to do it.

3 Things I Needed to Learn
I was determined to figure it out, and after much closet analysis and studying people who did it well (aka stalking Kendi’s blog like a creeper) I realized I needed to do a few things:

  1. Be able to reimagine garments and not just take them as is.
  2. Learn to shop for pieces that could be versatile.
  3. Add the right pieces that would serve as building blocks to create foundation for mixing and matching.
Besides unpacking each of those 3 things, I’ll eventually talk about learning how to put the pieces together with accessorizing, layering, etc.

Today’s post is dedicated to unpacking the first one–reimagining garments.



 

Reimagining Clothes
When I talk about reimagining clothes, I’m not even talking about crazy things like using dresses as skirts or altering a garment or anything like that.  (Not yet, anyway.)  I’m talking about simple things.  I had such a limited view of a garment that the way I saw it on the rack was the only way I understood I could wear it.  What I learned from my stalking escapade was that I had more control of the clothes than I thought, even without alterations.Warning: This all might sound really dumb or obvious to some of you, especially if you’ve been reading style blogs for a while, but this is where I started!  And I know that others are starting here too.  🙂Shirts
Okay…for example, I only ever wore this shirt like this:

I never wore it with anything but skinny jeans because, since it was flowy and not fitted, it created a weird silhouette with a skirt.  Then I realized you could tuck almost any shirt into a skirt, and voila!  New outfit possibilities!

Can you believe I stopped wearing skirts because I couldn’t find shirts that fit with the skirts?  To think, all it took was a little tucking!  Here’s another example:

Other things I learned you could do with shirts are to belt, tie, or partially tuck them.  I wouldn’t have bought this shirt because it’s a little baggy and long, but after using those tricks, I can do a lot with this shirt.

 
 
Update 9/7/12 – I’m adding this pic below because the impression many people were getting was that reimagining tops is all about belting.  Admittedly, many of these looks utilize belts, but there are other things you can do.  Also, please check the rest of the Building a Remixable Wardrobe for ideas that do NOT require belts.  🙂

Pants
I also learned I could roll up pant legs.  I generally avoided rolling my pants for fear of cutting off my leg line and making my legs look shorter.  Sometimes that happens, so it doesn’t work.  But sometimes, if I roll the pant leg at the right width, it works and adds a cute dimension to the whole outfit.  It’s all about experimenting!

Besides adding some dimension to my outfit, rolling my pant legs was important was because it opened up more shoe options.  For instance, my beloved booties before rolling and after:

The booties looked funny with jeans, so I may have never worn them with pants.  Rolling up the legs made it work!  Other outfits where I roll my pant legs: (1, 2, 3)

And, don’t even get me started again on how rolling up the legs revived this pair of jeans!

Cardigans
Like I said in a recent post, I learned I could wear a belt over a cardigan to give my outfit some shape.  Here is the outfit with and without a belt:

What a difference, right?!

You can also button the cardigan first and then belt it:

Again, it’s just about experimenting, and the point is that you have more control over the clothes than you think!

Dresses
I tend to buy dresses with defined waistlines and therefore I never thought to wear a belt with them.  Why bother, when the shape was built into the dress?  But style blogs taught me that adding a belt anyway can change the look of the dress to make it more versatile.  (Sorry, I didn’t have time to take pics of that, but if you flip through my dresses label you can find a billion posts of me in dresses and belts, and often the same dress remixed.)

Adding a belt to a dress can also anchor the look:

This dress already has a built-in waist line, but it wasn’t strong enough to combat the bagginess the cardigan created.  Adding a belt anchors the outfit and pulls the look together.

Belts
Lastly, after all this talk about belts, I should say that I didn’t own a belt before reading style blogs.  I always bought pants that fit such that I didn’t need a belt.  Also, a belt typically used around my hips to hold up my pants would be way too long when used on my waist and excess belt would be hanging out like so:

It seriously sounds so silly that I never knew what to do with the excess.  I didn’t know I could just tuck it in place, so I never wore belts because I thought I had to get two different sizes of every belt–one for my waist and one for my hips.  Finally, I discovered you could do a lot of different things with the excess belt:

(I made up all these terms, so they might only make sense to me…)
 
Anyway, just experiment.  Don’t take a garment at face value.  Don’t disregard an item because it’s too baggy or too long.  Play around with clothes and see if you can make them work for different scenarios.  As you can tell, there are a LOT of options you can use to make a garment work for you!
On deck for next week, Part 2 of Building a Remixable Wardrobe: Shopping for versatile pieces.  Until then, go play with your clothes!A Note on Belts for Plus Sized Wearers – Update 9/15/12
I also want to add that many women have commented and emailed saying that belts do not work for them because of their larger frames.  PLEASE do not discount yourself from being able to wear belts because of your size–that makes me sad to hear because it does not have to be true!  If you need visual proof that belts might work for you as a plus sized wearer, please check out this guest post on Tips for Belting Your Curves.  Also, check out two beautiful and stylish bloggers who have larger frames than me: Hems for Her and Animated Cardigan.  I’m not saying it’ll work for everyone, I’m just saying to give it a shot because you might be surprised.


Also, please keep in mind that belting is *not* the only way to give your wardrobe versatility.  There are four other parts to this series for you to check out below that don’t involve belting, and some can be done regardless of your size or shape.

 

 
 
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  • Reply
    Kristin
    February 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Great tips, Audrey!  Only since I started reading Kendi's blog have I begun tucking in my shirts and belting my longer cardigans.  For lack of a better phrase, it's almost life-changing!

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    Judith Parra
    February 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Love this! Def. gonna use these tips 🙂

    Judy
    SecondGlimpses.blogspot.com

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    Magan
    February 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I seriously love this post! I have been trying to figure out other ways to wear my bagging button downs. I also opt for belted and I was wondering if the partially tucked look was ok. I'm glad to see it is and I love the tied look too! Oh and the belts. I'm definitely trying those. I can't say enough good things about this! Thank you 🙂

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    Aparna
    February 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Wow… this post is so "enlightening" 🙂 I enjoyed it and have learnt a thing or two. Right now, I am very much at the stage you were before- not being able to look at the mutiple ways to wear my tops. You have written the tips in such a way that newbies like me get it! Awesome Audrey! thanks again!

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    Merrick
    February 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Awesome post, Audrey. You nailed every point.

    Also, I think I need some new fun belts…

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    lace, etc.
    February 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    What an awesome post.  All hail the belt!  It especially made a HUGE difference with that yellow skirt/gray blouse combo.  Without a belt, it's blah and shapeless, and with, it's a totally amazing outfit!

    preethi

    lace, etc.

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    Aubree
    February 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    This is a great article! Once per month I compile a list of my favorite inspiring links about fashion/crafts/photography/food and publish it to my blog. I posted the February edition just this morning, but this post of yours will be on the top of my March list for sure. It will be published on March 16. I know that is a month away, but hopefully it will get a few more readers your way!

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    Sandy a la Mode
    February 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    love this post girl! my faves are tucking a shirt into skirt and wearing belt over it.. and i love your collage of ways to wear belt!!

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    katie
    February 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    LOVE this post!  so many good ideas and advice!

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    Kemi Sorinmade
    February 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Really Great Tips. I've been learning to that with my clothes too. Especially layering tops and shirts that don't look good by themselves. As a result I get more wear out of them. I also got into the business of cuffing my pants when I almost threw a pair of jeans away that just didn't fit right anymore.
    k at http://www.beautystyleandgrowth.blogspot.com

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Wow, thanks Aubree!!

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    Nicole Potter
    February 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I LOVE THIS!   Keeping writing about remixing PLEASE PLEASE!  I too needed to figure out different ways to wear my clothes and I recently also discovered tucking and belts…so easy, why didn't I think about it before!  Can't wait to read your shopping for versatile pieces, I need help with this!

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    7TwentySomethings
    February 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I love all the ways you styled the belt with tuck and knot!! very nice! Thanks for this post!!

    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/ 

  • Reply
    Amanda
    February 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    This post? SO HELPFUL. In the very beginning process of re-imagining my wardrobe, and these are some good starting ideas. 🙂 Thanks!

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    Megan @ Lovely Happenings
    February 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    This is fabulous. I love seeing the how different an outfit can look with a little change. Great!

  • Reply
    Demetrice
    February 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I love this, so many great ideas!

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    H&K Style Journey
    February 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    This is an awesome post! Great advice for everyone 🙂

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    Janessa McCommon
    February 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Oh my word I love your blog. I just came across it today from Lilly's Style and what a great post for me to start with! I have been focusing a lot on refreshing my look. I think a lot has to do with turning 30 at the end of year and trying to feel more put together but still fashionable. I just wanted to tell you I love your blog and I'm adding you to my blog reader right now. I can't wait to read through some archives!

  • Reply
    Kerrie Williams
    February 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I love this post!  Im serious this is one of my favorite blogs!  I love how you showed what a difference rolling a pair of jeans can make!

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    Shanna_schneider
    February 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    This is awesome!  Thanks so much for taking the time to show us all these great ways to remix and spruce up what we already have in our closet!  Gold star for you!  😉 

    Because
    Shanna Said So

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    Jessica Christian
    February 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    loving this! I've been learning these tricks lately too, and it's opened my eyes so much! Thanks!

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    capsulecontents
    February 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    All great ideas!  and magically all of your changes flatter your body!

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    Caitlin
    February 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Brilliant. Just brilliant! You packed so many great tips into this post and now I've got all sorts of new wardrobe possibilites dancing through my head. I can't wait to read more!!

  • Reply
    jenny
    February 11, 2012 at 12:08 am

    wow!!! so informative! I too am learning about mixing and matching! thank you!

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    Sarah
    February 11, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I've been reading style blogs for a little over a year now, and while I have a better sense of my own style, I still feel like I have trouble remixing outfits. To be honest, when I initially read the title of your post, I thought to myself, "Oh great, another blogger who is going to write about remixing." But the way you actually broke it down and gave pictures of EXACTLY how to remix is something I really appreciate. Thanks for the great post!

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    Keely
    February 11, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Wonderful post! I learned soany of these same things from blogging. Such great ideas for stretching your closeted looking polished.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Haha "enlightening"–nice.  Thanks for the feedback, Aparna.  It's helpful for me to know what is and isn't helpful for others so that I can write better posts in the future!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you, Nicole!  That's really sweet and kind of you!  If you have time would you mind emailing me about what problems you run into about shopping for versatile pieces?  That might help me focus the next post more.  If you don't have time, don't worry about it.  Thanks again!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    So glad to hear that, Amanda!  

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks, Janessa!  I love Lilly's Style.  I think I had similar feelings to you when I turned 28.  I work with a lot of college students so I'm roaming college campuses, etc, but I didn't want my style to LOOK like a college student anymore!  I started following style blogs to refresh my look too.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you, Sarah!  About the other posts you've read on remixing, what were they like or what did they talk about?  It'd be helpful for me to know what wasn't helpful so that I can be more helpful for you guys!  🙂

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    lucia
    February 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    WOW! NICE POST! I LIKE THE BELT SECTION

    http://www.aroundlucia.comwww.aroundlucia.com

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    Renee Pech
    February 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    A million times THANK YOU!  This made things very clear!  Okay, I can't say it's completely crystal clear yet because now I have to go look at MY wardrobe in a new way to see if I get it, but this post (actually, your whole site – your writing and your pictures) is so helpful!

    I have to revisit the belts; last year I bought a bunch of plain-jane belts that I have found don't work with my body shape. I'll put some thinner, cuter ones on the next shopping list!

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    Kristen Brastad
    February 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you!  Especially for the part about the belt.

  • Reply
    Nyree Roberts
    February 12, 2012 at 2:38 am

    This is a GREAT post. Thanks so much.

  • Reply
    virginia
    February 12, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Fantastic post! Great job. 

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    jodi
    February 12, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I've said this before on a few posts, but this time I am way serious…this is my favorite! I am totally bookmarking this for future reminders. Love the belt info!

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    Chris @Granola2Glam
    February 12, 2012 at 8:50 am

    This is awesome!

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    ShenDove
    February 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Your tips are so great!  It's amazing how a little refashioning and experimenting can change the whole look of a clothing item. Having this in mind makes thrift shopping so much less daunting because you can really see the potential of items.

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    carri beauprez
    February 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I really love this post! I feel like you took everything in my mind that I was confused on and made sense of it. I have just recently began to follow fashion blogs and began to take some of the advice I am finding. I have been remixing things these past few weeks and loving how far my closet has come. I like you only wore one-hit-wonder outfits and kept buying more and more outfits. Now I just buy staple pieces or search for classics at thrift stores too. Its so much more fun being creative and your post hit the nail on the head. I love the tuck your shirt into the skirt portion and the belt ideas. Keep it up.
    http://www.beauprezfamily.blogspot.com

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    KoyuShoyu
    February 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Great post! 

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    Jennifer Luther
    February 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I've been reading your blog for some time now, but didn't really know where to start in my own closet. I appreciate you starting with the basics as well, because I'm one of those people that need it. I've tried a few of your suggestions with some of my outfits (like belting over a cardigan, and tucking in where I've always left untucked) and I can't believe the difference it's made! I've even been asked if I've lost weight (which I haven't), just because I'm wearing my clothes right now. So thank you!!

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    Kori
    February 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I never wear a belt!  I needed some inspiration Audrey!  I'm doing a Valentine's Day linkup!  Post on What do you love, who you love, who loves you, or what  love means to you?  I hope you can be a part of it!  Have a great day honey!  Kori xoxo 

    http://www.blondeepisodes.com

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    Stacy of KSW
    February 13, 2012 at 3:09 am

    wish you were here to see all the light bulbs you just set off, great series my dear! Can't wait for more 🙂

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    Soo Kim
    February 13, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Great post! I've been following Kendi's 30-for-30 over the past year and I must say I learned a lot of these same tips. It seems so common sense after the fact and I'm definitely a different shopper than I used to be (plus my belt collection has grown exponentially). Your ideas are all great and I love your style!

  • Reply
    Karen J
    February 13, 2012 at 3:38 am

    I soooooo needed this post.  Thanks for all the tips.  Excellent!

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    Megan (Honey We're Home)
    February 13, 2012 at 5:01 am

    I totally love this post- I'm glad you didn't not write it because it seemed too basic- I needed to hear it:)  I love how you show the before and after looks.  You are adorable- I'm a new follow:)

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    Hayley Ethridge
    February 13, 2012 at 5:47 am

    love all of these ideas..i just hate that tucked in shirts look TERRIBLE on me. it always makes me look pregnant because i carry all my extra weight in my stomach.  

  • Reply
    ThreadsAndButtons
    February 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    This is such an awesome and informative post!  Thanks for taking the time to write it up and inspire us all 🙂

  • Reply
    Courtney Thomas
    February 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Wow, such a great post – I love all the great tips!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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    forallthatjas
    February 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    love your yellow skirt. I also love the partial tuck with skinny jeans 🙂

    http://forallthatjas.blogspot.com/ 

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    April
    February 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I stumbled across your blog from a link on Pinterest and I am SOOO glad that I did!  I recently had a baby and am feeling a bit "blah" with what I have in my closet.  I find myself wanting to go out shopping and get a whole new wardrobe, but that just isn't practical.  I've always been one to wear a shirt and jeans, but now I'm off to pull all my clothes out of my closet to figure out what I can re-mix.  Thank you!!

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    Meg Henning
    February 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    great tips audrey!! and cant wait to see what you post this week, remixing is definitely how i get through my closet without screaming that i have nothing to wear although i have been known to do that on occasion. hope you had a great weekend!

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    Barbara McGlone
    February 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Love the remixes! And what great and simple ideas to take an item and put some pizazz in it! Thanks, Audrey!

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    Melissa Uppendahl
    February 13, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I just  started blogging and came across your blog from Mama Loves Papa!  I am very inspired by your story and am looking forward to hearing more!

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    Anne
    February 14, 2012 at 2:44 am

    I learned lots of these things from a few years of following style blogs too – but always good to have a reminder to go back through my wardrobe with an eye to more reimagining… My real remaining issue though is to remember all of this when I'm SHOPPING – but it sounds like that's an upcoming post 🙂

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    Julie
    February 14, 2012 at 3:42 am

    This post was really helpful when I went clothes shopping the other day, to try to focus on pieces that could be used in more than one way.  Thanks.  I appreciated and needed the tips you gave on wearing belts and how to change pieces up a bit.  I'm learning to think about creating "outfits" instead of wearing a top and pants.  🙂

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    Garments Exporters
    February 14, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Your collection is so Nice and lovely and you are looking to gorgeous on all the garments, outfit is too great… thank you for sharing with us…. keep posting..

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    Van @ The Clothes We Wear
    February 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Comprehensive and well thought out, Audrey! I love seeing you break it down this way.

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    whitecardigan1
    February 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    love all of these ideas..i just hate that tucked in shirts look
    TERRIBLE on me. it always makes me look pregnant because i carry all my
    extra weight in my stomach.

    free standing closet

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    Samantha
    February 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I adore this post! I always used to wonder how to wear a belt if it was just a tad too long! I hated the floppy tail at the end!
    Found your blog through Tammy at Lemons, Avocados, and the Bay! New follower here. 🙂 New follower here! Sam
    http://petitefemmejolie.blogspot.com

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    Emily
    April 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Wow.  Thanks SO much for the tips!  I'm adding you to my RSS reader right now!!

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    Laura
    April 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I've found your blog so helpful, thank you! I totally didn't know the belt thing either so had two types of belts! I've been wearing all my hips belt around my waist now and I love it!! You've brought out the crafty side in me and I've even started my own blog 🙂 I'm following and I'm sure I'll be linking back to many of your posts because they're awesome 🙂

    http://mrslauralynn.blogspot.co.uk/ 

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    Dirtdevil1805
    May 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Thank you so much for this! You have inspired me to change my wardrobe starting with whats already in my closet!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    May 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Yay! I'm glad to hear that. 🙂

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    Jessie
    May 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you for being so honest and open about your wardrobe dilemma.  I thought I was the only one that bought "one hit wonders" and couldn't figure out why I still had nothing to wear.  Keep it coming!

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    Heleen Hayes
    May 4, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Thank you very much for this post, especially the 'before and after' pictures. I am going to use these examples to play with my wardrobe. Very inspiring.

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    May 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

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    May 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Thansk for this post.All the pics are superb.

    Wish I’d found this blog earlier. Some really great
    posts.Very interesting. I hadn’t thought of some of these things before.
    Thanks.

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    May 8, 2012 at 11:02 am

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    Dahbeedo
    May 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Great post!  I am inspired 🙂
    btw, you and all your looks are adorable!

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    Lwwyler
    May 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I just discovered your blog.  This whole series on Putting a Wardrobe together and re-mixing clothes is just great.  I have been trying to learn how to do this better.  Your before-after pictures and showing one outfit different ways are so helpful.  Like so many others, I tended to wear outfits just one way and I also had too many print tops.  I am looking forward to learning more about accessories.

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    Tarahnicole
    June 21, 2012 at 2:01 am

    You are adorable. Thanks so much for all the tips!!  It SEEMS simple, but it is NOT. Thanks again!!

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    Nat
    June 25, 2012 at 3:20 am

    I came across your blog by accident, and I am so glad I did.  I too have been avoiding skirts cause I can't find shirts that fit – I will try the tucking.  Thanks for sharing!

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    April W.
    July 10, 2012 at 3:31 am

    So SO helpful. I'm pretty much at the fashion 100 (as in before 101) level and love this simple advice with pics. I can't wait to try it out. I too wasn't a belt girl. Besides the fact that I always buy pants that fit fine without it, I hate having to untie a belt to go to the bathroom. Sometimes I rush to the toilet barely making it in time….let alone with a belt! Eek. Still gonna try it though.

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    Kareemtiheed Williams
    July 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    this was excellent information

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    Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    July 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    OK, so obviously I need some cute belts! Thanks so much for all these tips! And for stopping by my place to share the link with me! Off to read more! 🙂

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    Kimfaith4jc
    August 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

    a friend of mine referred me to your blog and i have really learned a lot! but everyone knows that some styles just dont work for bigger girls (like me), i am wondering if you have a blog that would be appropriate for that?

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    Devi
    August 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Brilliant ideas!!…

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    Becky Herrick
    August 6, 2012 at 1:21 am

    These are simple but great ideas,Thanks for sharing your tips!

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    Karawoman
    August 7, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Ok, this is like the best blog EVERRRRR! I found something of yours pinned on Pinterest and I just LOVE your site! I am currently looking for maternity wardrobe that is mix & match in order to save money.  Pregnant belly or not, I think all of your ideas make sense! 🙂

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    Jessi
    August 7, 2012 at 1:21 am

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    Ehack155
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    Found you on pinterest too and am also in middle of doing a similar wardrobe work-over. It's amazing how much there is to learn. Between you and Stacy and Clinton on What Not to Wear, I might stand a chance.

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    Jane
    August 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    OMG you are too cute. This is a GREAT post (found via pinterest obvs!) and you are talking about so many things that I have only figured out since I got into style blogging. Does a girl wonders doesn't it?

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    Thank you. Inspiring:)

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    August 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Great tips! I am a shortie too so I'm very inspired to try the pants rolling and belting since I have zero torso space. 🙂 Thanks!

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    Tennille Johnston
    August 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    These tips DO work for bigger girls.  I've seen plenty of big girls belting their dresses and cardigans – using a belt to define your waistline can make you look slimmer.  Also I know I personally tend to go for big cardigans and flowy shirts since they are my comfort clothes, but they end up looking frumpy – belting a dress underneath the cardigan allows for a less frumpy look, and if you have an issue with your belly or hips, you can wear a looser fitting or A-line skirt that flows over those areas and still tuck your shirt in.  Check out the Fatshionista flickr group to see examples of these tips in action on big girls.

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    Tennille Johnston
    August 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Get a skirt that flows loosely over your belly, like an A-line or pleated skirt,a nd then tuck your shirt in.  🙂

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    Meg
    August 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

    This is kind of awesome. But I'll admit, belts scare me – mostly because I'm rather…gifted…up top with a short torso, and it always looks to me like they're sitting on the belt….with a little something extra rolling out below the belt. Tips?

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    August 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    i love what you did with clothes but i also loved what you shared about your self

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    trist
    August 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    You know this seems like such a simple/no brainer kind of thing… BUT after reading this post I tried it with one of my outfits and it's crazy how much better it looks! I can't believe I hadn't done it before with that outfit! Thanks for the idea 🙂

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    allie
    August 17, 2012 at 2:47 am

    unreal! this is fantastic!!!

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    Beja
    August 17, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Totally agree! I am totally creative except when it comes to clothes, but I have hope!

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    Ashley @ Simply Designing
    August 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Love your post!! You've inspired me to do a little re-imagining, re-mixing…and to buy me some belts!!

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    Mrs. Gold
    August 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Entering from pinterest also. Loooooove this entry! You made it so easy I had to say duh to myself… why did I never get this?? Actually going into my closet to play with my clothes before I read part 2! THANKS!!!

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    Jane A.
    August 18, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I'm something of a natural remixer by necessity. My wardrobe isn't huge, which can be vexing, but it's led me to be more creative and use what I have to my best advantage. I've also learned that one accessory can make all the difference. For instance, the simple edition of a waist belt, which came with a dress I bought, opened up a whole world of new looks and has led me even to reassess my style. The conclusion: It's time for a style overhaul! So with remixing (especially the 30-30 challenge and re-imagining clothes), practicality, and a concrete (though flexible) game-plan in mind, I'm setting out on my own style journey.

    PS I found you through Pinterest, and enjoyed your post very much. It's encouraging to see someone living within their wardrobe rather than pining for a dream.

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    Christina Roy-Roy Seigel
    August 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I love this post. I really struggle to spend money on things like accessories and shoes (black and brown dominate my shoes and belts) but you've shown me that a few inexpensive pieces might make a big difference in my very plain very frumpy wardrobe. Thanks!

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    Sara Z
    August 21, 2012 at 1:39 am

    This is great! Thanks for sharing. I wish there was a "you" for plus sized girls.

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    June Colip Franke
    August 21, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Great article!!! My rule for a wardrobe with endless possibilities is that each article has to go with 2 other pieces, not just one. e.g when I purchase any kind of top, it has to go with at least 2 bottoms (a skirt & a pants, 2 skirts, etc.) Same with bottoms, each one has to go with at least 2 tops (top & blazer, 2 tops, etc). Accessories and reimagining an article of clothing expands my wardrobe that much more. You can get by with very few articles of clothing by following this rule.

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    barefootsunshine
    August 22, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Great ideas, thank you! I really enjoyed reading your blog, and you are adorable too!

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    steph
    August 22, 2012 at 2:22 am

    found u on pinterest! amazing ideas thanks so much! will do much better with my clothes!

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    August 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    i have close to no style sense and this was one of the best blogs i've ever seen! going to explore the rest of your site now 🙂

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    August 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

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    Shlee Brown
    August 27, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I am loving loving loving your blog. I am such a visual girl, and having all your photos is phenomenal!!! Now if only you could do all this remixing (with photos!) for plus size ladies! Everything looks so cute on you, but some of us choose to down play / up play some of our features… Or are there any other blogs you'd recommend that are like that? (Showing photos of wardrobe combos for larger ladies?)

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks, Shlee! I don't know if you saw Hannah's Makeover (Hannah's Style Makeover, pt. 1) but she's a bit bigger than me. She's not super plus sized, but she was teetering on the line, and I wrote some tips about how to balance her body in particular. Another blog I love for plus sized bloggers is this one: http://www.hemsforher.com

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    Kiki
    August 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I love your blog so far! I love that you have pictures. You are seriously giving me details on things I could never figure out and gave up on! I felt so dumb, but to see you explaining, and know that others have a hard time too with something that seemed simple like wearing a belt around a dress is encouraging! I love it!

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    August 30, 2012 at 6:14 am

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    Zohra Damawand
    September 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I want to reinvent my style and your blog will be my reference point. I have an apple shape body and today's clothes are designed for size 2. so it is hard to find decent outfits. Just like Shlee, I am a visual person and need to see it to like it. Thanks for your lovely blog.

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    Jeanette Logan
    September 4, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Great Blog. Super helpful

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    Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg
    September 4, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Dear heavens. You kept saying, "this might sound dumb/obvious" and every time I thought, "OH MY GOSH!!!! Why haven't I been doing this?" Seriously, this blog is going to be an absolute life-saver as I continue to lose weight and have to restock my closet. Brilliant!

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    talie
    September 4, 2012 at 3:21 am

    I just found you this past week and I. LOVE. YOU!!!! I have a closet full of clothes that I never wear. I put my kidlets to bed and spent an hour re-imagining my wardrobe. I had to write everything down, but I came up with some nice outfits from pieces I never wear. Thank you so much for keeping it simple and easy to follow. You have given me new confidence!!!

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    Melanie
    September 7, 2012 at 2:20 am

    This post is genius and exactly what I needed! I am a total newbie at thinking of stylish outfits. I don't own belts for the same reasons you didn't! I never thought about tucking baggy shirts into things – I always wondered why they would sell something so shapeless! Ha! Thank you!!!!

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    Katie Barker
    September 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I guess I need a big cool belt!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Not necessarily! Read the rest of the series. 🙂

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    September 13, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Meg,

    Belting works better for some than for others…for those of us who are curvier (and short torsoed) it often winds up making us look even stubbier in the torso and adds thickness (who wants that?). What I do when I want a belted look is use a scarf. Use a scarf that isn't too thick…something with good drape…as a belt. You can use a long skinny scarf or for a more dramatic look (that can be very slimming when done right), use a large, triangular scarf and tie it at an angle (waist to hip); wear this over slim or full pants for a Spanish flair or over a full skirt for something a bit more "peasant".

    Also, placing the knot in the right place is important (often off center is better than dead center).

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    Erin
    September 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I was so inspired by your blog today. I decided to hit some stores and test my ability to find "remixes". Guess where I got the best finds..? My local Goodwill store, which as it turns out had a boatload of brand new Target stuff donated to it right from Target themselves. I had a major haul, 4 dresses, 3 shirts, a skirt. One of my shirts was a striped jersey St. John, originally sold for $150…awesome with a belt!! Found a mix of patterns and tones, but all fully mix-n-matchable, fitting structure & scenario requirements. I overhauled a few old belts (I've lost 35 lbs recently after baby so I have a mix of too big and just a little too small belts) and worked them in. Before,
    90% of my wardrobe was a very non-cohesive set of one-hits. Or so I thought. I went through it today and found about 12 totally new combinations (I only had 30 minutes to look, then my 2 year old demanded my attention – but I am confident I will find more the next time I tackle it!)

    Thank you so much for your inspiration, as a losing-weight new mom I really needed help getting back confident & in style and I think I'm finally there!!!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 15, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Erin, this makes me so happy! First of all, a Goodwill that sells brand new Target stuff sounds like heaven. How cool that you found so many new outfits. But how much more amazing that you are getting back to feeling confident and in style!!!

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    Kelly Jurado
    September 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Wow!!! that was so helpful Thank you very much!! you are very pretty, i am def using your tips!

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    Erin A
    September 17, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Your remixable wardrobe series is amazing! Thank you so much!

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    September 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    love, love, love!!! Great blog!! Thanks soo much!

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    Andrea Sertell
    September 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    You are awesome! I love all your looks but especially the belted grey cardigan over the yellow pencil skirt, tall socks and boots!!! So cute!!

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    Sarah I
    September 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    OMG this is what I needed. You're speaking right to my level. I can look at style blogs all day but it's such a big leap from where I'm at that it doesn't make sense. Thanks I'm going to sit down and read your whole blog when I get home tonight!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 22, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Haha, so glad to hear that Sarah! Good luck with building your wardrobe!

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    Living Simply Rich
    September 22, 2012 at 2:26 am

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    We need this information especially because the economy is not cool!
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    May I suggest something?
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    We have our community of women come together for a few hours and if you want to attend you have to bring 5-10+ items (clothing or household) that you do not want any longer. (These have to be in good condition) We place all items rummage sale style and we exchange.
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    Helena
    September 24, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I'm so glad that I found your blog! I'm going to devour this series!

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    Andrea
    September 24, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Thanks for putting this together with pics. I appreciate the work you put into this. Like others when you start saying, "this might seem obvious…" Nope, not here, in fact I could never figure it out so thanks! I think we have similar body types and build and I always see outfits on tall super thin people and cannot figure out how that would look on a real person so seeing your take on clothes is really helpful too. I put my notes in Evernote for my next shopping trip! Thanks!

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    Jess
    September 28, 2012 at 1:16 am

    You are a bit of a clothing genius! Love how just some simple things make your outfits polished. Perfect! 😀

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    Bethany Jett
    September 29, 2012 at 4:53 am

    So glad I found your blog. I'll be coming back for more!!!!

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    Leigh
    September 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I absolutely LOVE every single one of your outfits! They are perfect for everyday casual wear without looking like I've completely changed my wardrobe. Thank you SO much for all of your posts! Will you post what you get when you go shopping so that we have the option to get your great finds??

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    Tracy M.
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    I just found this blog courtesy of moneysavingmom, and it is amazing! I'm so guilty of the solid top, solid pant=boring outfit combo and I'm ready to make my wardrobe more mixable! I've just become a mom of two under 2, so I need easy pieces that all go together, and your blog is going to help me accomplish this. So excited to use it to transform my current wardrobe, and advise me in acquiring new items, especially accessories. Thank you so much!!! 🙂

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    Crystal
    October 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    This is so helpful. Something I need to do more often. I have so many clothes and always feel the need to add more to my wardrobe, when all I have to do is make my pieces interchangeable. Your blog is great! I just stumbled upon it today.

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    Lyndsey21
    October 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    This is very helpful! thank you

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    Jess
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    OMG AUDREY. I just noticed you linked to me! You are the sweetest, and you're absolutely right–belting is for everyone, not just average sized women!

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    JewelsDaRules
    October 10, 2012 at 3:14 am

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    wow thank you for teaching me I could hopefully changing me out of my black/blue/t-shirt/blue jeans only life! we shall see!

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    Julia
    October 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you!! I was reading through this post, loving what I was seeing and getting excited to rethink my wardrobe, when it hit me- "I'm a size 16… I can't do these things." 🙁 I was literally thinking, "How can I find a style blog for larger ladies that is actually good???" And then you did it- you put in those lovely little links and made my day!!! Thank you for addressing this issue, because it is really frustrating for those of us who are not a size 2 who still want to dress fashionably. My favorite part of this post? Seeing those boyfriend jeans- I wear mine probably way too much, but I always get compliments when I go out in them with heels!! 😉

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    I have a question. Can plus size girls pull off skinny jeans and tall boots? I have tried and not sure. Haven't found many pics.

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    EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE OUTFITS IS ADORABLE.

    Thank you so much on this insight–who knew the immense effect a belt can have? I seriously squealed at some of the pictures, they are so cute. Thanks more than you know!!! <33333

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    November 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Hi, I read your series and found it really encouraging. I used to try mixing and matching, but I stopped because I had this problem that all outfit combinations look okay to me, but some of them looked bad to almost everyone else, bad fashion sense I guess! Can you give me any advice?

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    You might my new fav blog. I am starting at exactly the same point you were – I only discovered the beauty of belts this summer – and I'm 30 for goodness sake. I love this guide, I need step by step instructions with photos to "get" fashion. Really excited to start revamping my closet and taking more fashion "risks". You rock!!

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    Carla M
    May 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Amazing… and thank you! I will definitely follow your suggestions…i face the same dilemmas of not knowing how to use belts and i own ZERO! thank goodness I stumbled upon your blog … =)

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    Victoria H
    June 2, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    These are some cute ideas.

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    Yuen
    July 11, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Love all your ideas on remixing the wardrobe! Will definitely try some of these (:

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    Maartje
    July 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I can not even find the words to describe how greatfull I am for finding your blog Audrey. This helped me so much! For the past couple of weeks I have been feeling so bleh about clothes and all. Nothing looks nice (I lost quite some weight) and your tips&tricks are such an eye opener! Today I was wearing my shirt tucked into my skirt and I was like YAY, looks cute! I even added a belt (jeeeeej 🙂 ).

    Ah well, I just want to say thank you!!!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    July 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Oh, yay! I'm so glad to hear that you felt good about your outfit! Keep it up 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    July 20, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Oh, yay! I'm so glad to hear that you felt good about your outfit! Keep it up 🙂

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    aqsmum
    September 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I have never read style blogs… And I love what you are doing here. Thanks. I just wish I knew how to figure out what belts to buy. I see them hanging all together and become overwhelmed.

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    lovestoshop3
    September 2, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Where can I find a mustard color skirt? What season are they usually in?

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    September 2, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Such wonderful ideas! Thanks!!

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    September 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    thanks

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    September 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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    aliceblue
    September 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Not silly about the belts – I always have that problem. Size-wise I'm just between S & m so I ether own belts too tight to wear loose or on my hips or I have what seems like a mile of extra. Time to try those Ms again! Thanks

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    Anita Davis
    September 23, 2013 at 4:44 am

    My problem with belts isn't so much that I'm "big", but that I am short waisted AND, my hips "bloom" immediately beneath my waist AND my hips continue into not-skinny thighs. When I belt I look like my top half has shrunk and my bottom 2/3rds has swollen.

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    Olha
    September 27, 2013 at 9:21 am

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    October 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm

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    December 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for starting from point zero, that's where I am.

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    December 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I love your articles! They're very creative! Also, I appreciate that you have a very modest, classy wardrobe. 🙂 You dress very nice compared to a lot of girls these days.

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    December 11, 2013 at 2:49 am

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    January 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    This article is great! All of the information seems so obvious but sometimes the obvious is the easiest to overlook. The way you break down each of the steps makes it so easy to understand. Thank you!

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    March 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

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    March 25, 2014 at 1:08 am

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    Jess
    April 2, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Just want to point out (despite the age of this comment) that I have a pot belly and I have a large hourglass shape. With bodies, anything is possible.

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    April 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

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    April 10, 2014 at 2:32 am

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    April 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm

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    April 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I think I have a new favourite blog!!

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    Garlic7girl
    June 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    love this!!! I have ideas already!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Haha! Glad to hear that, Reanna! 😛

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    Caitlen
    April 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    THIS IS A LIFESAVER!!! I’ve been having the WORST time finding blouses/tops that fit my figure! I can’t BELIEVE i never thought to belt them!!!

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    Elana Miller
    April 26, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I came to your blog googling tips on how to put an outfit together… I love this post! I’m 32 so many of the ideas make me want to face palm wondering how these ideas didn’t occur to me earlier. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and journey with us 🙂

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      April 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      So glad to hear that, Elana! I only realized that stuff at 28 or 29 (I’m 32 right now), but better late than never, right?! 🙂

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    Anna Sanchez
    September 25, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Omg so cool. I am going to try

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    Lola Montez
    October 8, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    You look adorable, and these are good ideas….if you are slim & young, and have a trim body shape with a defined waist. A FEW plus-size ladies still have a defined waist, and carry their weight in the hips. But most have a large waist AND large hips AND large breasts. It not only looks terrible to be cut in half by a belt (IF you can even find an attractive belt that fits) but it is very uncomfortable if it pinches and digs into your waist.

    I realize as a slim young person, you would not realize this. These are great ideas for expanding your wardrobe with cleverness, rather than cash, but it is limited to those who have nice figures….frankly (again,how would you know this?), the problem that most plus size ladies have is that almost NOTHING really looks good on them. The things that fit are often awful floral tops and tent dresses, or stretchy pants in black or navy. Boring and unflattering! high quality plus size clothes exist, but are hard to find and VERY expensive. And you don’t get them cheap in the thrift stores, because plus-size women do not discard their clothes the way slim women do (*because they are so hard to find in the first place, they just do not dare toss things).

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    Lola Montez
    October 8, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Joanna and Jess: yes, anything is possible. But there are also averages. I’ve seen every possible body shape in my life. But I know a lot of plus size ladies and MANY if not most, have large waists, often larger than their hips. They do not have a nice “hourglass shape”. It’s not a matter if just looking like an ideal figure, but being 20% larger. It is totally different proportions. It can also be VERY uncomfortable for someone with a thick waist and potbelly to have a belt literally cutting into their flesh! and a belt cuts their proportions in HALF. (It also matters if a woman is an average height plus size, a TALL plus size (over 5’7″) or a SHORT plus size.)

    If a woman of any weight has a nice hourglass shape, is well proportioned and average height, and a trim attractive waist — she can wear these tucked blouses and belts. If not, she is better off with an untucked top and no belt, or an over-blouse.

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    Angela
    October 17, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Okay, I really REALLY love what you’re saying here, but I’m presented with a problem. I still have a lot of clothes….and I’ve already cut down quite a bit. I’m afraid to get rid of more because I don’t have the money to replace things if I wear them out. But I’m also tired of feeling like I’m dressed like a 12 year old (slight exaggeration). I’ve read about ‘capsule closets’ and I’ve read about the 30 pieces challenges, but I wonder…What is the cutoff? Is there a max number of pieces in your closet?

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      October 17, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      Hi Angela! This post wasn’t intended to have people move towards a capsule wardrobe. Just meant to help get more use out of your closet. But, on the note of capsules, do it only if it seems like it’ll help you with your goals, not just because it’s popular right now. And if you decide to do it, go with however many pieces works for you, whether that’s 30 or 65 or whatever. A capsule wardrobe should serve you and your needs, not the other way around. It sounds like it’d be helpful for you to focus more on figuring out how to use the pieces you already have in different ways and reworking your style rather than worrying about getting rid of clothes.

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        Angela
        October 17, 2015 at 5:24 pm

        That makes me feel so much better! I was feeling really guilty that I had too many clothes, but what you’re saying is much more reasonable to me than all of the other sites I found. Thank you so much!!

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    Angela
    October 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I really like what you’re saying here (I’m only a year late). I hope you’re rocking your new style and that your baby is happy and healthy!

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    Tina Roselle Fox
    October 19, 2015 at 10:33 am

    This post is exactly what I needed. I’ve been wanting to incorporate more belts into my wardrobe, but I’ve never been able to figure out exactly how. Your photos are perfect at demonstrating exactly what you can do with this one accessory. (I’m slowly working my way through your five-part series, and so far, it’s a life saver!)

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      October 26, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Tina! Thanks so much for taking the time to say hello. I’m really encouraged that the blog is helpful for you!

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    Patricia
    November 2, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Love your blog and Pinterest pins! So nice to see how you style pieces for someone who’s a bit on the shorter side, like me. A lot of my Pinterest wardrobe looks great, but it’s all on 6-foot models!

    I’m just down the road from you in Baja. Like you, I don’t get a real winter, and I have to walk my dogs on the beach twice a day, which really limits my wardrobe choices. But I think I could adapt a lot of your ideas to my closet by just swapping out an anorak and rubber boots when I need to head out for a walk. A lot of your combos look like they’re right out of the Boden UK catalog (here’s a Polyvore sampling: http://www.polyvore.com/capsule_wardrobe_cornwall/set?id=119930148), which I love and seems made for a dog/horse gal like myself. Do people ever tell you that?

    My goal this week is to inventory my closet and come up with a dozen or so new outfits with what I already have, as well as to create a list for what needs to be mended or purchased. Fall is the time to do it, since I can layer a little more, which opens up more opportunities. I might even pull out some of my belts! 😉

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      November 10, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Thanks so much, Patricia!

      I’m glad to hear you feel you can adapt the ideas for your lifestyle. That’s what I hope for everyone!

      I never thought I dressed like Boden, though I LOVE that store! But that Polyvore capsule that you posted does look like a lot of pieces I have!

      Good luck with creating a wardrobe that works for you and that you love!

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    Corina | Now THAT I Can Do!
    January 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    I’ve learned so much from your blog! It has been very helpful as I challenge myself toward simplifying my closet and start my own fashion blog for moms!

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    Corina | Now THAT I Can Do!
    January 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Hey Audrey! I’ve learned so much from your blog. It has been very helpful as I challenge myself toward simplifying my closet and start my own fashion blog for moms!

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    Michelle
    September 28, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Yeah! This is a great blog. Very helpful and organized.

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    Stephanie G
    December 11, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I tie my belts now in the double knot thanks to you!

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    Lara
    January 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    oh, you are adorable in your pictures. I am always excited about remixing wardrobe pieces, especially when I am able to make the most out of my closet. Personally I try to minimize my wardrobe to basic; i love love love the minimal feel…its so calming. letsdolifestyle.com

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    Julia K
    October 16, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I will try out belts more but I fear that I am one of those people on whom they don’t work. On you they look great! But, for example take Cate Clanchett and google looks with belt on her. Destroying the monochromatic look really makes things bad for her. Do you know how one can still wear more loose clothes when monochromatic, long and form- fitted looks look best? Is there a more subtle way to use belts?

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