s”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 already in my closet. Sharing this exercise may help you to recreate looks from inspirational photos in a way that is appropriate 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 the 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. Similar jacket here. The dress is from the now-closed shopping site. The shoes are several years old by Kenneth Cole Reaction. Similar shoes here. The bag is also several years old. Similar here.
My blue moto-style jacket is here. The leather-look leggings are here. Both these items are by Clara Sunwoo 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 is here from Chico’s. The bag is several years old from T.J.Maxx. Similar bag here. The shoes are also several years old from Macy’s. Similar lower-heeled shoes are here.
My navy trench coat is from Everlane here. Mustard yellow would never work with my coloring, so I added a Malibu Punch tunic (old) and Montana Moss jeggings here 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 here.
My faux leather moto-style jacket was on sale for around $100 at Stein Mart about ten years ago. Similar jacket here. 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. Similar here. I tied an old plaid Halston scarf on the diagonal to relate to the pattern of the original skirt and to make my skirt look less fancy/more modern. The bag is old. Similar here.
My wool jacket is from Everlane here. (This is how I wear leggings.) The black leggings are from Chico’s here. My Vince Camuto over the knee boots are old. Similar here. The bag is here. The belt is old. Similar here.
I would never purchase a bulky furry coat. My animal print coat is old from Ann Taylor Loft. Similar here. The gray tank is several years old via Chico’s. The So Slimming Girlfriend ankle jeans are here from Chico’s. The booties are by Marc Fisher here. The Italian Leather bag is old. Similar here.
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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