Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thrifty Thursday- What I Want Paired With What I Have

When we're shopping for new clothes, it is really important that we consider what we already have in our closets.  We should shop for things that will make new, fresh outfits when combined with pieces we already own.  Shopping this way can help us wear things for years and years.  We can constantly reinvigorate our wardrobes by adding only a few new pieces each season.

 I like making wish-lists before I go on a shopping spree, and when I'm making my lists I always think about how I'd wear the things I want. I look through my closet and take a mental inventory of what I already have.  Then after understanding the trends for the season, I decide on which pieces I'd love to own that will work with what I already own.

Take a look at my shopping methodology in practice:

1. I Want
 A Military-Inspired Parka:
The Gap $98.00
I like this because it's neutral structured coat that will work with flowing dresses, jeans and a t-shirt, or slacks and a blouse.
And I'd Wear it With
This Funky Sheath Dress From my Closet:
  To complete the outfit I'd add some sheer black tights, black suede booties, and some bold, chunky jewelery.  The overall look would be cool-girl chic.

 2. I Want
A Fun Light-Weight Sweater:
ASOS $38.95
This sweater is perfect for layering, and the graphic is so much fun!
And I'd Wear it With
 This Lace A-Line Skirt From my Closet:
 I'd tuck the sweater into this skirt and wear some cozy, textured black tights underneath.  I'd complete the look with some ladylike flats, a satchel, and a cream-colored headband.  The overall effect would be ladylike with some youth. 

3. I Want
Some Leather-Look Pants:
 Urban Outfitters-$68.00
These are a classic rock-star essential, but they've been revitalized in fashion lately.  I love them worn casually to give the t-shirts and jeans look some pizazz.
And I'd Wear Them With
This Sheer High-Low T-Shirt from my Closet:
 I'd wear this t-shirt loose to provide some slouchy contrast to the tight-fitting pants. I'd accessorize with some cool sneakers and spiked jewelry for a casual ensemble with some edge.

How are you refreshing your wardrobe this season? What do you think about how I'm refreshing mine?
Elle Michele
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  1. I love this post! All of the combos are fun! I especially like the first... Military chic with a great geometrically organic dress? Fierce.

  2. Oh yes, I totally use this method too when shopping. Now how much I follow it...that's a different story.


  3. Great post!

    Love your style and see you as such as good inspiration!!

    I'm an instant follower of you now :)

    Please feel free to check out my blog if you have the time



    1. Thank you so much! You're so kind. I will follow you as well.

  4. Really nice combinations :)