How to remix your wardrobe like a pro - My 5 top tips
Posted on April 23 2017
We've talked about this before but it's worth repeating, learning how to remix the clothes you already own to create multiple outfits will save you valuable time and a ton of money. Who doesn't want that? If you're anything like me, you don't have the time or budget to spend on a lavish shopping spree to update your wardrobe every season. I'm a real housewife and working mom from Mt. Prospect...not Beverly Hills. My husband may not agree but I am pretty conservative when it comes to shopping. I like to invest in good quality pieces and remix them from season to season and day to day. I am not constantly shopping for new pieces, I'll dig into my closet and figure out how to wear a particular piece a few different ways. Do I shop, of course, let's not get crazy but I'm not out mindlessly buying clothes. I always ask myself, "will this piece fit into my wardrobe and can I wear it with what I already own". If the answer is no, I usually don't buy it. If something is on sale and it's a good deal...that's another story. It's fun to shop and get new pieces, I get that, but I try to be mindful when I shop.
Here are a few outfit ideas for remixing what you already own.
I took a look I wore last fall and transitioned it to spring. Same base pieces- jeans and a striped sweater, pretty basic. I ditched the heavy scarf, loafers and puffy vest, replacing them with a light army jacket, sandals, cuffed my jeans and added our Spot-On Kuhfs. Same basic pieces...totally different look. I can remove the army jacket and Kuhfs, throw on a different scarf and have another look at the ready. That's three looks with the clothes I already own. This army vest will always be in style making it a great versatile piece to add to my wardrobe.
I wore this outfit last winter and loved it. A cashmere sweater, checked blouse, jeans, and our Key To My Heart Kuhfs (to give my old riding boots a new look). I wrapped a scarf around my neck for warmth and added our red cashmere flower scarf Kuhf to bring personality to the outfit. Fast forward to spring and I remixed the sweater and blouse for a completely different look.
I am in love with this checked blouse. I bought it about 5 years ago ( I told you I keep and wear my clothes, a lot) It was $96.00 and I had a hard time swallowing that price point but here it is 5 years later and still looks good as new. This blouse was a turning point for me. I realized how important it is to invest in your wardrobe. Instead of buying 5 or 6 poor quality blouses and having to replace them, I invested in this blouse and it has been my wardrobe BFF ever since.
Same vest, jeans, blouse, Kuhfs, and purse ( Jules Saddle Purse ) remixed for a weekend casual look. Again, I could remove the vest and change the Kuhfs to remix it once again. You get the idea.
Same jeans...different vibe
If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest (which you should by the way ) you'll notice I remix the same pieces over and over to get the most out of my wardrobe. I paid good money for these clothes so you bet I'm gonna wear them as much as possible.
Follow my top 5 tips and you'll be able to remix your wardrobe like a pro.
1. Accessories are your best friend. Have a nice selection of accessories (like Kuhfs) at the ready so you can switch up the look of your base pieces.
2. Build a wardrobe, don't just buy clothes. Think before you invest in a piece. Make sure it will mix and match with what you already own.
3. Use seasonal pieces out of season. Use your cute summer tank tops as layering pieces all year long. A maxi dress or skirt can be worn all year if you pair it with a jean jacket and scarf.
4. Use accessories to dress an outfit up or down. You don't need two wardrobes, one for the day and one for the night. Adding heels and upgrading your purse and jewelry will take an outfit from day to night.
5. Forget about fashion rules. Not wearing white after Labor Day is so outdated. Your purse and shoes have to match...says who? Never pair navy with black or black with brown...nonsense. Ignoring these rules will allow you to be more creative with your wardrobe.
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I added a link here to a similar post I wrote last summer that talks about this same message. Check it out to see how I mixed and match in that post.
Read about it here.
Where I shop:
Army vest and sweaters from Marshalls ( this season)
Brown cut out wedges from Marshalls ( this season)
T-strap sandals from Target and Payless (many seasons ago)
Jeans are WHBM ( White House Black Market)
Black wedge sandal from Gap (at least 5 years old)
Tan wedge sandals from DSW ( 3 years old)
Click here to shop the accessories from Kuhfs.
Jules Crossbody Saddle purse
Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch
Emma Gold Leaf Round Earrings
Lincoln Park Clutch in Berry color
Payton Spike Necklace
Key To My Heart Kuhfs
Smooth Sailing Kuhfs