“I can’t afford what you show.” “What you show isn’t right for my lifestyle, my shape, or my coloring.” “Your looks are dated.” I have received many similar comments over the years. Today’s post shares randomly grabbed inspiration photos. I used them to challenge me to create modern looks, using only the items in my closet. Sharing this exercise may help you recreate looks from inspirational photos in an appropriate way for you. In the process, you may discover new outfit combinations while shopping in your closet or learn to purchase basics that can serve you in many ways.
This $530 Georgia Alice cropped jacket is on the Net-A-Porter site. The items shown on this site constitute a significant investment, but the ideas are free. A team of professional stylists created modern and youthful looks. My take will always be more mainstream and appropriate for me.
The cropped black knit jacket from my closet was purchased on sale at the end of the season at Dillard’s. It is by Armani Exchange. The dress is from my now-closed shopping site. The shoes are several years old by Kenneth Cole Reaction. The bag is also several years old.
Both the jacket and leggings are by Clara Sunwoo and were gifts from My Fair Lady. (Please note that I would never wear leggings with a short top, the look is shown only for this project.) The white microfiber tank was from Chico’s. The bag is several years old from T.J.Maxx. The shoes are also several years old from Macy’s.
My navy trench coat is from Everlane. Mustard yellow would never work with my coloring, so I added a Malibu Punch tunic (old) and Montana Moss jeggings from Chico’s. I don’t own any plaid pants, but I pulled the color inspiration from the photo and used a bag with a plaid(ish) pattern. The mini Sade bag is from F&W Style here. The Rockport heels are old.
My faux leather moto-style jacket was on sale for around $100 at Stein Mart about ten years ago. I don’t own a checked or plaid asymmetric hem skirt, but I do own a midi-skirt. I purchased this skirt at T.J.Maxx more than twelve years ago. It is the only skirt I own. I tied an old plaid Halston scarf on the diagonal to relate to the original skirt’s pattern and make my skirt look less fancy/more modern. The bag is old.
I would never purchase a bulky furry coat. My animal print coat is old from Ann Taylor Loft. The gray tank and the So Slimming Girlfriend ankle jeans are from Chico’s. The booties are by Marc Fisher. The Italian Leather bag is old.
I’ve addressed the power of a minimal wardrobe of high-quality basics many times. If you own pieces that look good on your shape and complement your coloring, you can layer, accessorize, and adapt those pieces to any look that suits your mood or the weather. If you enjoyed this project, let me know in the comments below. I’ll do more if this is helpful to you.
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