Building a Remixable Wardrobe, Part 5: Accessorizing

FINALLY!  This last post in the Building a Remixable Wardrobe Series is a few months overdue, but here it is!  So far, here’s what we’ve covered…

Make or Break
Prior to this blog, I wasn’t a huge fan of accessories.  The only accessories I wore were big earrings, and once in a blue moon a necklace.  And I wore scarves when I was cold.  But as I studied style bloggers, I read Kendi say that she believed accessories could make or break an outfit, and I was utterly intrigued.  As I then paid close attention to accessories on people, I began to recognize how true that statement was.

I marveled at how, whether with a subtle touch or a loud statement, accessorizing really could do wonders for an outfit.  They can take a boring combination of basics and turn them into a stylish, put-together outfit.  They can make the same dress go from work-appropriate to a casual weekend to a wedding.  They can make an outfit totally work when, without the accessories, the outfit doesn’t seem to work.

Now, I don’t think accessories are the only way to complete an outfit, and I don’t think every outfit needs to be decked with accessories.  For some outfits, accessories are arbitrary and don’t make that big of a difference.  However, sometimes they really, really do.  For that reason, I’ve come to appreciate accessorizing as one tool among others in my tool belt that I can use to create more versatility in my wardrobe.  (The other tools being things I’ve written about in past posts: layering, colored bottoms, reimagining clothes, etc.)

This post was daunting to write because the world of accessorizing is vast and some consider it kind of an art–one that I still feel like a beginner at.  But I decided that I’ve delayed the post for too long, and that I just needed to get this over with.  If you’re looking for an accessorizing guru to break it down for you, you’re looking to the wrong person!  Instead, what I’ll attempt to do is talk about accessorizing as it pertains to creating more versatility and outfit options with your wardrobe.  How you do it is up to you, but hopefully this post will give you a framework for changing up your outfits with accessories!


 

My current faves and some that I’m hoping to pick up!
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Your Basic Accessories
First thing’s first: let’s just go through a list of basic types of accessories.  This might seem trivial, but like I said, not even a year ago my world of accessories was limited to earrings.

  • jewelry: earrings, bracelets/cuffs, necklaces, rings
  • statement necklaces
  • scarves (for all seasons!)
  • belts
  • hats: beanies, sun hats, fedoras, etc.
  • glasses
There are probably more that I’m forgetting or am not aware of, but those are the basics.

Provides a Focal Point
Putting aside the “art form” of accessorizing, on a functional level I think the addition of even just one accessory can make an outfit “work” when without it, the outfit didn’t seem to work.  I find this to be true most often when I’ve put together an outfit that seems to be missing a focal point or an anchor.

I don’t know how best to describe an outfit that’s missing a focal point except to say that for me, it’s usually when I think my outfit looks droopy, unpolished, or like I’m in pajamas or shapeless clothes.  The best I can do is illustrate for you:

Top Left:  I remember being amazed when I first discovered the difference a belt could make.  I’d always worn that brown dress by itself, and when I tried to put a cardigan on it looked sad and droopy.  I don’t know what stroke of genius caused me to put a belt on, but I’m glad for the moment because it opened me up to a whole world of possibilities!

Bottom Left:  This outfit was a product of learning to use belts to make an outfit work, as mentioned above!

Top Right:  Without the accessories, I felt like I was wearing pajamas in this outfit.  Adding the necklace gave the outfit a focal point and an anchor and gave the outfit the extra oomph it needed.  It was subtle, but important.

How this applies to remixing and working your closet: Sometimes an accessory can save an outfit that otherwise appeared not to work, thus giving you more outfit possibilities!

 


Make a Normal Outfit Special
I think the point of accessories is to make outfits special, but I also think it’s fun to see side by side what the difference can be.  There are some outfits that are just outfits–they’re fine on their own, or they’re almost there, but an accessory can make it something special.

I found that to be true for some of the outfits below:

Top Left:  I think the outfit is fine by itself, but that little tiny rosette necklace makes the outfit pop!  It still blows my mind to think about how a tiny thing can have such a big impact.

Top Right:  I remember seeing a picture of Hilary Duff in a magazine wearing the complete outfit with a similar scarf.  I was in awe.  Why?  Because the base of the outfit is a tank top and jeans–something I’d probably do manual labor in.  But the simple addition of a pretty scarf magically made it a cute outfit that you wouldn’t dare do manual labor in!  Amazing!

Bottom Left:  Again, the outfit is fine on its own, but I think the addition of a colorful statement necklace pulls together the look.  I love statement necklaces for that!

Bottom Right:  This example actually adds a jacket, a scarf, and glasses.  However, even without the jacket the outfit was fun.  The scarf added visual interest to the outfit and the glasses created an entirely different feel.  I never used glasses as an accessory before this blog, but it’s pretty fun!

How it applies to remixing: You can take the same base (use any of the outfits in the pics above, for example) and add a different accessory to give you a new look.  Either adding a necklace instead of a scarf or vice versa, adding hats or bracelets, or simply using a different scarf will vary your outfit possibilities.

 


Change the Feel of an Outfit
And finally, accessories can completely change the feel of an outfit.  With the same outfit base, accessories can help you dress it up or dress it down, make it work in the summer or the winter, make it preppy or boho, and so on.

And yet again, I’m using this olive dress to illustrate some remixing:

Okay, I’m running out of time to write this post, so no explanation about the different looks.  Hopefully you can see that they’re different.  Ha.  🙂

All in all, I’ve totally come to appreciate even just a tiny bit of accessorizing to maximize my wardrobe.  I invested in a few statement necklaces, some good belts, and a few lightweight scarves and felt ready to go.  Since then my collection has grown simply because accessories are shiny and colorful, and I have a hard time staying away from those types of things!

And I’m proud to say that this concludes the series on Building a Remixable Wardrobe!  Yayyyyyyy!

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  • Reply
    margaret daniel
    June 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I just found you website recently and wanted to give you kudos for doing such a great job.  I adore these before and after accessories pics.  This is the area i totally need to step it up a notch.  Thanks so much for the great info!
     

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    Merricksart
    June 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Perfect series ending! Love this post…great tips!

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    Charlotta, Afternoon Apparel
    June 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Again, such a great post! I love that you photographed the outfits with and without accessorizing to show the difference – and the difference is huge!

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    Phong Van Nguyen
    June 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    There are some accessories with which I need to experiment more, such as bracelets and colored tights/leggings.  My wrists are small and most bracelets look huge and will slide off.  I'm not comfortable with the whole idea of coloring my legs.  I stick with the normal tan sheer pantyhose and black tights and leggings.

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    Kelsey Wilburn
    June 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    you're so good at this – the side by side comparisons are unbelievable!
    kw, ladiesinnavy

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    Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie
    June 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I am going to put a necklace on right now!! I am the worst about not accessorizing- especially with jewelry. Or going overboard, or rather feeling like I'm going overboard and getting too "busy". I'm going to give it  a shot though!

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    Lwwyler
    June 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    This whole series has been fantastic.  Every single article just adds to and builds on the others.  You have done such a great job of putting these together.  The examples of before and after really get the message across.  Thanks for taking the time to share.

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    simplysarahstyle
    June 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    what an excellent series – well done girl!! Love it, thanks for all the great tips!

    sarahsavvystyle.com

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    Evi
    June 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Love all the series. You are doing such an awesome job. Keep them coming! Love your blog.

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    LindsayJEveryday
    June 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I love this series, thank you so much because you have opened my eyes to all kinds of possibilities in my current closet! I have been eyeing that lovely old navy scarf as well, love the touch of mint in it!

    -Lindsay @
    http://LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

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    Mini Me Style
    June 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    This series is amazing, and I love how investing in a few accessories can expand your wardrobe exponentially!  All the looks you've put together are great!

    Mini
    Me Style Blog

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    Sarina
    June 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Audrey, you are just the cutest little thing!:) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this series! It has opened up my mind to all kinds of new possibilities and given me awesome inspiration. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! lol.  And by the way, I really think you have a teaching gift.

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    Shea Sayers
    June 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Well, I have loved this whole series so it's no surprise I love this installment too. Accessories are sometimes the hardest part for me–the thing that I sometimes forget about. Since I've been blogging (and reading blogs) I've definitely gotten better, but I still could use more accessorizing advice, so thank you!

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    Taylor Laree
    June 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    These tips are so wonderful! I love accessories, but my problem is going a little too overboard at times hahaha. I really like that yellow belt on your "current favorites"! 

    flouncesandhubbub.blogspot.com

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    June 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    At $5.80, that yellow belt is looking mighty enticing!  The only thing stopping me is that I already have a yellow belt…but this one is so much better!  You should get it, and I will live vicariously through you.  

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    Jane Squared
    June 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I really enjoyed this series!

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    Dirtdevil1805
    June 9, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I really like this! I'm learning more and more about fashion and how to mix and match and complete a look but when it comes to accessories I always have a hard time trying to figure out what goes with what

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    Clara
    June 9, 2012 at 4:11 am

    This series has been so inspiring in so many ways. I've learned so much from your use of accessories and your styling in general – and have been inspired to increase my own use of accessories! I've even caught myself noticing when an outfit could benefit from an accessory, and then realizing I don't have quite what I want…so I think I'll be making a few more additions to my accessories wardrobe soon. So many great ideas, thank you so much for taking the time to share what you have learned!

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    Louise
    June 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

    You have created an incredibly sensible fashion-help series & I have noticed my choices of style/dressing to have been influenced by it. From reading it I have refined what I think is my signature style, all from shopping my own wardrobe! My spending splurges recently have only been to fill holes in my wardrobe, making me spend more wisely & with confidence.  Bravo Audrey!

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    [email protected] Greater Than Rubies
    June 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Woohoo! I love the whole series. And I'm referring to it constantly during the June challenge. So glad you wrote it!

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    Cassandra
    June 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Wow. Amazing entry!
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    clothes and creativity
    June 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Please checkout my blog! Really like the way you illustrate things in your blog! 🙂 Please checkout and give feedback! Thanks!
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    dotty
    June 11, 2012 at 2:20 am

    i really like the idea of making a "normal outfit special" because that is totally what adding a necklace or belt does!  what a great series, lady!
    dash dot dotty

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    Kacie Ellis
    June 11, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I love your Building a Remixable Wardrobe series! You do a great job and have inspired me to add more bottoms to my wardrobe. I was always a dark wash jeans kind of girl and am now expanding my wardrobe thanks to you 🙂

    http://www.daisyraeboutique.com
    http://www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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    CP
    June 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    This is so inspiring and helpful! I completely agree with your points about accessorizing and your examples are pitch perfect! I'm feeling super excited to try some new things in my own wardrobe!

    ~CP,

    ladiesinnavy

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    Stacy of KSW
    June 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I didn't own a single accessory (save earrings & necklaces) till I started reading your blog. I now own about 5 scarves, 4 belts, A HAT (big deal for me) and let me tell you they have made all the difference. People have begun commenting on my "wardrobe" which is really just a few basic pieces I finally know how to make into outfits — all because of you, & Van & Kendi. Love you doll! P.S. Who else should I be reading?

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    Kate
    June 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I am such a fan! I just stumbled across your blog through Pinterest, and it has been inspiring me to update my wardrobe as I prepare for a career change. I would love it if you could do some tutorials for different ways to play with accessories…tying/styling a scarf several ways, tying a shirt in different positions/different knots etc. Keep it up. You look beautiful!

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    Kate
    June 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Oh, I forgot to mention that videos of these styling tips would be particularly helpful for us visual learners! And I would LOVE a video of how you style your belts too (to add on to tying scarves, knotting shirts, etc.). 😀

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    June 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Dude, that's awesome, Louise!  And I love hearing that you've been spending more wisely and confidently.  🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    June 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

    STACY!!  You've always been so crazy encouraging from the very beginning.  I think you still owe Van and I some pictures!  

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    June 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Hi Kate!  Thanks for taking the time to write.  🙂  And thanks for the video suggestion–I'll totally consider it!

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    Katie
    June 28, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Oh my god, you have saved my life.. and money. Haha I have been wanting to change up my look for such a long time, but never knew how. Thank you for being awesome and spending the time to do this! 

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    Printingtextil Natasha
    July 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Great ideas. I use this tricks, too, with accessories and stuff. I like your outfits! Fantastic! Don`t stop! I`ll follow you! Visit my blog if you have time
    http://printingtextil.blogspot.com/

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    Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    July 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I LOVED this series!!!! Again and again thank you for sharing it with me! I have so many things I can't wait to try now! 🙂

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    Mindy
    July 31, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Thank you for this series! In the process of going through my wardrobe and this'll help a lot. I am trying to break out of a 10+ year rut, and I'm barely into my 30's. This is much more concrete for me than trying to watch YouTube "What Not to Wear" episodes.

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    Rachel
    August 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I just happen to come across your log & LOVE it!! Question, where is your wide brown/cream belt from that you wore with the 1st. pic of green dress & your boots with the jeans? I have been looking for a perfect new boot for the fall/winter & a belt for a long time! Thanks and keep on posting & inspiring! 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Welcome to the blog, Rachel!  That belt is from Forever 21 last summer.  $6.80!  I'm sure they'll have similar ones in rotation regularly.  My boots are DV by Dolce Vita bought at Macy's.

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    Breanna
    August 4, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I can't say how amazing this blog (and you!) are and how much help it is for me! i'm nearing the end of my university degree and needed to get out of the jeans and t-shirts rut, but had NO idea how to do it. My boyfriend, family, and of course I thank you for helping me look more put together and polished! Thank you!!!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Yay!  So glad to hear, Breanna.  Thanks for sharing!

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    Debi P.
    August 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I think you're a genius!  I am extremely narrow-minded when it comes to clothes.  I never know what colors go with what or even what shoes I should wear with what outfit.  I always feel like I have nothing to wear and I basically hate my wardrobe.  You've inspired me to reimagine and remix my wardrobe.  Thank you!

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    Priya
    August 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    You are a genius. Read through this whole thing and can't wait to look back at it again and again when I'm getting dressed. I seriously hope your job is a stylist writer because you are amazing at it! You need to write a book!

    perfectly priya

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    Rthy29
    August 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    i was about to go shopping thinking i needed a lot more clothes, but i spent a whole day rethinking my clothes , layering and wow. i fell in love with my clothes again. i just need accessories and new shoes! Thank you soooo much.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    SO glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing!

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    Nancy
    August 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Agree, Audrey IS a genius–she's giving me a whole new way of looking at the things I already have. 

    Thanks, Audrey!

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    Sally Ruchman
    August 15, 2012 at 11:16 am

    i just love it!!!

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    anonymous
    August 16, 2012 at 2:14 am

    You are totally brilliant! I love your blog, please keep on posting!

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    Rebecca
    August 16, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Where are your tan boots from?! Love them! 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 16, 2012 at 3:07 am

    They're from Macy's!

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    Heather Skaggs
    August 18, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Just read all five in the series! I've needed something like this forever! Makes me want to tackle my closet and go shopping at the same time. Haha! You've made this seem so simple that even a girl like me can do it! This totally changes the way I look at what I already own and at the way I'll shop from now on. Thank you for these principles and examples! Love your blog! 🙂

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    KYGAL2012
    August 19, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Audrey, thanks so much for all the information on your blog! I ran across this on Pinterest and have been reading for the last hour! I recently lost a significant amount of weight and have really struggled rebuilding my wardrobe. I am so glad I found your posts and now I am excited to go shopping again! I can't wait to try some of your suggestions. Thanks again, and please keep it up!!

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    Carmen Hays Brown
    August 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    You are awesome! This series has helped me in so many ways, I had to come back on here and tell you!! Thank-you so much! After a month of tearing apart my closet, I am on my way! I have shopped and tossed and tried on everything 10 times over 🙂 But I feel confident now that I can open my closet and I have something to wear! THank-you so much!!
    Carmen in Canada

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    Amy San Juan
    August 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Your best accessory is your smile. You are adorable!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I'm SO glad to hear that! Congrats on your weight loss. I hope that you find a style that helps you confidently showcase the change you've worked so hard for!

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    Sarah Brown
    August 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    How do you store/organize your accessories?

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    Aldara
    August 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I happened to find this series on Pinterest and I have to say it is changing the way I look at my clothes. I am hopeless and shopping is always so difficult for me. I have some cute clothes but I do need some more. I am definitely in a t-shirt/jeans rut and you have given me some great ideas. I have noticed belts on sale and now I have to stock up on some along with cardigans. I recently purchased my first jean jacket and I need some boots. Off to go shopping and hopefully no more boring mommy look.

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    Common Fashion
    August 28, 2012 at 4:23 am

    You need your own show! You are really doing a great thing here. Your compassion shines through your blogs! Thanks for your help! I just got a promotion and your blog has helped me see my clothes in a new light and be able to confidently start on the right foot looking professional and put together! Thanks again!

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    Kailee
    August 31, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Your blog is awesome!! I'm already putting together outfits from my closet in my head that I never would have otherwise 🙂 Thanks!!!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 31, 2012 at 3:27 am

    So glad to hear that, Kailee!

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    Nikki
    September 2, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Hi Audrey! I'm really interested in purchasing the rosette necklace from Etsy. I had one question first. Do you know what length your necklace is? It's sold as an 18" necklace but you can request it longer. So I just wanted to see if you knew the length of your necklace as I think it sits quite nicely and would like the same. Thank you!

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    Marg P
    September 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Amazing!

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    Jill Schindel
    September 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Has anyone ever told you that you're the cutest person in the world? Also, none of your advice is "news" to me, and yet, the way that you execute your accessorizing/completing/remixing is always so spot on. I'd trade closets with you in a heartbeat (or take you clothes shopping, anyway! You'd be a good shopper!)

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    KM0
    September 12, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I'm a busy med student, so my wardrobe is currently a whirlwind of dressy (at the hospital), casual (at school), and super comfy (studying)…and I have about $0 to spend on new clothes. I just read through your 5 posts, and I am so excited to start remixing my closet! I know there's lots of potential there–thanks for the inspiration!

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    Heather
    September 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

    So glad I found this blog! Excited to start trying new outfits! I think I'm going to start taking some pictures of my outfits. It is so much easier to see the subtle differences side by side.

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    Nichole
    September 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I've only ever worn the same tops with the same bottoms and I have toooonnns of accessories (they are my weakness), but I never wore hardly any of the accessories and I never mixed up my wardrobe. I recently got some new tops and bottoms along with necklaces. Finding this blog gave me a whole new look to my wardrobe and I can't wait to try out some different mixes of my clothing choices! Thank you!

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    sarah
    September 22, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Wow, this was revolutionary for me! THANK YOU! Loved reading your 5 part remixable wardrobe. I immediately went to my closet and started putting "new" outfits together. 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 22, 2012 at 1:20 am

    So glad, Sarah!

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    Ashley
    September 22, 2012 at 6:48 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I just started understanding how important fashion is and I started trying to expand my wardrobe and make an effort, but always felt so lost. There were so many things I didn't understand, but after your blog I feel MUCH more confident and like I am armed with the proper skills to get me on the right path. I feel like I can find my style now. You are amazing. 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Yay, Ashley, I'm glad to hear that! Good luck building your wardrobe 🙂

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    nikki_tyler
    September 26, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I LOVE your blog! I have been obsessively reading through it since I discovered it a few days ago! You even inspired one of my most recent "looks" on my blog http://wickedsweetlife.blogspot.com/ ! Thank you for your inspiration.

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    Selina
    September 26, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Just came across this page and im loving it !!!!

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    Valery
    September 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I'm going to London next month and I am SO glad I came across your blog! I've already built lots of "trendy" outfits from things that have been sitting in my closet for months! Thanks a million!

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    Jacoba
    September 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    My sister just recommended your blog to me – I'm loving it! I am wondering if you remember where you got the red/black/turquoise and grey chevron-print scarf that you are wearing in the bottom right photo of "Make a Normal Outfit Special"?

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    alieta
    September 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Ooh, i was just thinking how much I'd LOVE for you to show how to tie the scarf so super cute, too!! Just found your fabulous blog on pinterest, and I'm absolutely loving it!!!

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    Stephanie
    October 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks so much for this series! I love how practical and basic you made it. Amazing!

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    Megan
    November 3, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I want more! This has been a huge eye-opener for me. I hate shopping normally because I just don't know what to do with clothing. I think the next time I go I am going to feel 10x more confident in putting together an outfit! Thanks so much!

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    May
    November 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I love your blog because it blends Normal, Practical, Trendy, and Unique into one beautifully balanced smorgasbord of fashion and style.

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    Haley RN
    November 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you! I'm leaving behind my 5+ career as a nurse to work as a Public Health Nurse aka "buh-bye scrubs! Hello office attire!" Before stumbling on your blog (Pinterest), having the right clothes to wear at the office was the biggest stressor of this big change! Your blog has given me the right tools to shop and dress with confidence! I feel as though I've been out of the game since graduation and I'm the same as your "before" (lots of jeans and cute tops with little versatility)! I'm actually really EXCITED now for the endless possibilities of trendy, cute office looks! Thanks again! 🙂

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    Natalie Cressionnie Yarbrough
    November 22, 2012 at 1:46 am

    You're just amazing. Thank you!

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    Shoni Steans-Freeman
    November 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Excellent job! I recently lost a lot of weight so i'm learning my new body shape and also building a new wardrobe. This is very helpful!

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    Michelle Serrano
    November 25, 2012 at 1:32 am

    this is wonderful! I am going to use this guide!

    Thank you!

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    Scat
    December 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I love your ideas and I have a million more weekend-style things to try, but I have a professional job where jeans are a no-no. Can you post some more on ways to fun-up business attire?

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    Jessica
    December 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I've really enjoyed reading your "Building a Remixable Wardrobe" series because I'm trying to incorporate minimalism into my wardrobe (less pieces that get worn more often!). This has been a huge help because I was thinking that I could only buy solid colors that fit together on the color wheel so they would go with each other. I think I would have gotten bored of that very quickly. You've shown that you can have fun pieces (prints, stripes, bright colors) that all go together. Thanks so much!

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    Absynia
    December 24, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I love this post so much! You really illustrate the difference a well-selected accessory can make. I make jewelry so I tell people ALL the time: accessories are the finishing touch. You can really see the difference here. Will definitely be showing this post everywhere.

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    Helen
    December 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Hi, I discovered your blog via Pinterest and love, love, love it! I'm. A stay at home Mum, having previously worked in an office and have fallen into the jeans and top rut. I'm now feeling inspired and ready to tackle my wardrobe and reinvent my new style. Thank you!

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    Seandré Elyse
    January 19, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Recently stumbled across your blog thanks to a few lucky search words on Pinterest, and I am SO excited to have found it! I was wondering… what material are your belts made of or where do you find belts that last through many uses? I only own three belts (2 big chunky belts and one skinny belt), and they're 100% leather. I haven't had much luck with polyurethane in my life, but that's all I seem to find on sites like F21, NY&Co, Express, etc. Thanks again for imparting your wisdom on all of us 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 19, 2013 at 5:19 am

    The belt I wear the most is from H&M. It's a braided leather belt, but like the cheap kind of leather. However, I've worn it a LOT, lot, lot and it's held up well. Thin F21 belts have broken on me, but the thicker ones that rely more on elastic and less on the "leathery" parts have been okay so far too. Most of my belts are from Target and Lulus.com–only because I won a gift card there a while ago.

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    Seandré Elyse
    January 19, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I certainly don't need another excuse to shop at Target 😀 For some reason, I've never thought to look at their belts, but now I will. We finally got an H&M store here in town last year, so I'll check out their belt selection, too, Thank you!

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    D
    January 20, 2013 at 5:18 am

    This series is great, but it seems like you still have a lot of clothes. Is it just because the remixing works so well? How many pieces of clothing would you say you own? I'm moving from a tropical climate to a Nordic one, so I'll pretty much be starting my wardrobe building from scratch.

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    Lisa
    March 18, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Thank you so much for opening my eyes. I'm looking at my wardrobe in a different light.

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    Marianne
    April 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Amazing!! I love your tips!! I've always felt blah about my outfits because i like plain stuff. I'm excited to try new things thanks to you 🙂

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    Lauren
    April 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    This series is life changing. Thank You!

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    Lynley Holman
    April 20, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I have read this entire series twice and put notes and lists on my iphone. THANK YOU. I have never really cared much about fashion and now I will never look at shopping the same way again. I am having fun trying to get creative with what I already have too. Best blog ever for a busy mom/professional.

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    Kim H
    May 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing!! Needed this break down of all the many things to consider. You did a great job of explaining to a total non-fashionista.

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    Kathy
    May 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I just love fashion and finding new ways to mix the clothes I already own…my husband will give me a head to toe scan and I know he's thinking I just blew my paycheck at Nordies, when all I did was remix!
    If I may offer one tip that has saved me hundreds if not thousands of dollars: don't be afraid to shop resale stores or better yet, Goodwill!!! Yes, ladies, Goodwill! I've found some amazing tops, skirts and sweaters there from J. Crew, Loft, Banana Republic, and more, for usually no more than $5-$10 a pop.
    Your blog is so helpful and a quick reminder when I go to my closet and think I have nothing to wear, I'll refer to the pics I've saved on my phone! Thankyou!

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    Krysten Buchanan
    August 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I have tons of scarves because they are pretty and I love them, but I always have a hard time actually wearing them; thanks for your tips on ways to re-imagine my wardrobe!

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    Steph Markadonatos
    August 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I loved reading your series! I often look at magazines and other websites and stumbled upon yours. You have done a great job! I am in the process of developing a blog about fashion and you inspired me. Thank you!

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    Kate
    August 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks for a GREAT series on remixing wardrobes! So helpful for those in a fashion funk…like myself.

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    Sara
    September 28, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hey Audrey! Thank you for a great series of posts! They were wery inspiring, especially the one about using different colored bottoms, and i liked the tips about how to handle the excess part of a belt by doing cool shapes with it.

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    NYULawGrad
    January 18, 2014 at 12:19 am

    The pictures really make all the difference in this article. I love "shopping" from my closet but what an impact to see the difference in each look! Stylebook app has been a great resource for reminding me of all the combinations of clothes and not getting a rut (especially mid winter). The best $4 I've spent on iTunes! Thank you so much for this!

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    FashionLearner&Lover
    February 26, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I love your blog! I have read many "how tobuild a wardrobe" blogs and yours has been the simplest and most narrowed down ever! I have some friends I'm willing to sbare your blog with and hopefully have fun experimenting remixing our wardrobes! God bless!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 27, 2014 at 2:42 am

    I'm so glad it's helpful for you! Thanks for reading and for taking the time to say hello! 🙂

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    Kate
    March 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Very helpful and well explained blog of how to build a wardrobe! Thank you for taking the time for this. Being a fashion victim, I always fell for individual pieces without knowing what to put on in the morning!

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    Vanessa
    May 14, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Thank you!!!!

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    Christina
    May 17, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Such simple things but so helpful! Thank you!

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    Abbey
    May 28, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I LOVE your ideas! Thanks so much for these! 🙂 🙂

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    Ashley Jackson
    August 7, 2014 at 12:23 am

    This is PURE GENIUS!!! How do u manage to look so amazing?!!! I've been looking for a way to oomph my wardrobe for a whil as I'd kind of lost track of what I wantsd to look like. I agree a lot about how accessories can make it break an outfit, and the difference reimagining and layering makes is incredible. I saw some pregnancy pictures and i know your kid will be as stylish and beautiful as u are. Congratulations!! xox

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 7, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Thank you, Ashley! I'm glad you've found some new inspiration for your wardrobe!

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    Sasha
    September 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I've just discovered your site and it is AMAZING!! Today I tried a belt with one of my print dresses and took a head to toe picture and was shocked at the difference it made! I was never partial to wearing belts (I never used them with my pants etc) but the outfit looked so much better! I look taller and leaner and have a defined waist! I love your before and after pictures so that we can all see and understand how important accessories truly are!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 23, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I'm so glad to hear that, Sasha! Isn't it CRAZY how much of a difference a small tweak in an outfit can make? Thanks for taking the time to write–really encouraging to hear!

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    Bri
    September 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I love your advice and examples! Where are your brown strappy heels from? They're so cute!

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    Jayne Wang Richardson
    February 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    As a petite asian, I love your affordable, reasonable, style tips! I am a busy working mom with 2 young kids and your blog inspires me to take some time for myself and revaluate my “mom drobe”.
    Seriously, this is now my favorite blog.

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    Love Cook Eat
    May 25, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Hi Audrey! I love reading your posts because they are short, simple, and easy to adapt to ones personal taste. I also appreciate style tips for someone who likes to dress modestly (which is hard to find today). Keep on doing what you do….we appreciate it!

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    Dee
    June 10, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Just discovered your blog. EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for in a fashion blog! Thank you!!

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    Anai
    July 1, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Audrey, thank you so much! I am in the same spot you were before learning about setting up a wardrobe, some jeans and a lot of tops. It’s been SO USEFUL! 🙂

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    Gayle Nishikawa
    July 18, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you Audrey for your series. At 62, I am still learning what to do with remixing. I learned a lot from your easy to follow suggestions and photos.

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    Julia K
    October 16, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I just found your site and I am SO happy to have found this. I am really bad at accessorizing, mostly because I just don’t like a lot of different things in my look and a lot of accessories look bad on me, but this post is really helpful. Thank you 🙂

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