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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Building an Outfit


What:
Cardi- Joe Fresh
Blouse- Winners
Belt- Joe Fresh
Necklaces- Ardenes
Jeans- Gap
Boots- Aldo


I was doing so good at taking my pictures outside this winter, but when the temperature is -35*C outside the last thing I want to do is set up my tri-pod and take pictures in a foot of fresh snow.  Most days I wait until 4:00pm when Brody gets home so he can take my pictures outside, but this day (a few days ago) all I wanted was a nice warm bath, and I wasn't waiting for anyone!!


I don't know how everyone else decides what they wearing each day, but I figure I will explain how this outfit came about. 
With the cold weather all I could think about was wearing jeans...but I had worn jeans the previous day, so I wanted to make sure there was something interesting about my outfit.  I grabbed this striped cardi and scanned my closet for something that would look unexpected under it, this blouse seemed perfectly unexpected (ruffles + chiffon + bright flowers + bright yellow = perfection).  I love how it looked under the stripes!  Next I grabbed my double wrap green belt, and two necklaces to add even more interest the the outfit.  By then it was time to start my vehicle, so I grabbed the easiest shoes to put on (these boots) and ended up loving how they totally didn't match, but still worked with the outfit.  The whole time I had been thinking I would wear my flat OTK boots, but I like this much better!

What is your outfit building method?

PS.  I signed up for another 30 for 30 challenge...who else is doing it?

17 comments:

Lisa Fergus said...

ooo I love how the yellow top looks under the stripped cardigan! Great outfit!

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Alessandra said...

Loved reading how this outfit came about and you totally inspired me with the striped cardigan + frilly floral top. You look fantastic.

I usually start from one item I definitely want to wear - clothes, shoes or even accessories and then work from there. With an eye on the weather outside, too.

You know I'm in for the challenge - can't wait!

GIRL AND CLOSET said...

Congrats, on joining the 30 for 30 challenge! I look forward to seeing all of your outfits come together -so fun. And I am sooo inspired by the striped cardy paired with the yellow floral top (which is gorg) -looks fab!

Melrose said...

was it Monday? Damn it was frigid that day! And yes, pants are key on days like that.
I liked hearing your thought process... you always have wonderful little pops of the unexpected!

406 Olivia said...

Wait. People have methods for building successful outfits? I do not have one, but have been contemplating this very notion lately. Thinking about how if I select a few tried-and-true silhouettes I'd avoid the nothing-to-wear syndrome that strikes so frequently.

Also, can't get enough of those boots. With their rubber sole, I bet they're even surefooted on snow and ice. A++

Law Mama said...

I have a similar method of outfit building - just start trying to pull things together and see what works!

I signed up for the 30 for 30 challenge again too. Should be fun!

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

I love the pattern matching here and your explanation of how your outfit came about. It's always fascinating to see how people decide on a look.

My outfits are planned in my head based on colours or something I want to recreate that I have seen elsewhere. Then it tends to be about mixing things up or carrying a look through (depending on my mood). Lots of things come about by chance too - normally sorting the laundry throws up some unexpected combos.

From Suns To Moons said...

I love that cheerful print with the stripes and it makes me excited about your next remixing series. As for me, I think I'll pass on this round and wait for the spring or summer one.

Patina said...

Pretty outfit...love the mix of flowers, colors and stripes.

*chameleon* said...

u succeeded to make such a great mix!!i like so much your cardi!;)

SvGLove said...

Wow I really admire that your method works!
Because I almost have the same method, but it never works for me!
I can never choose "unexpected" stuff like you;)
Anyway, with the motivation you gave to me, I'll certainly try it once;)

CUSTOM BLENDS BY CORRINE said...

Great! I think they look fantastic! A little punch of sunshine in a dreary environment!

LOVELY!

LaToya said...

I love your outfit! Stripes + colorful top = cuteness! I would love to take pics outside too, but it's too cold here as well. I'm also jumping on board and doing the 30 for 30! Very exciting!

Hugs,
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K.Bean said...

Thanks for documenting your outfit process. I always enjoy a peep into a stylish person's head!

Kelly said...

I love how the floral top looks with the stripes - what a fun look!!

Elizabeth said...

Oh yes. I am allll over the 30 for 30 this time. I've already started setting aside my items. Well I set aside one item. It's a start. I think I'll probably actually figure out the rest this weekend. I'm really excited to finally do this.

exoh,
Elizabeth

Lisa D. said...

I also base a lot of my unplanned outfit choices on the weather. Of course, cold for me is like 40 degrees fahrenheit... (which make me feel like a huge wuss when I see all your snowy photos). I wear a lot of jeans - my office is really casual. So, most of my quick, cold-weather outfit choices revolve around pairing unexpected tops and cardigans and tying my outfit together with a matching belt and boots.

Love your pairing of the yellow floral and b/w stripes here. You look casual and relaxed. =)