I love to create several looks from one basic outfit. It makes getting dressed so much easier when I know I can begin with a simple foundation and build from there.
In the last several months I have put together posts on this very subject. I’ve started with a few different foundations like a black top and black skirt, a white long-sleeved tee and white jeans and most recently, a black outfit featuring ponte pants that I turned into five get-noticed statement looks. I have also styled one specific piece, like a budget-friendly tunic, and styled it multiple ways.
#1 Glam in Gold
For my first tank and jeans look, I wore a long gold brocade jacket I purchased a few years ago at a consignment shop. I love to wear this jacket with denim – edges it up a little.
The gold herringbone chain necklace was given to me by my father-in-law recently. It once belonged to my husband’s mother, who is deceased. I was very close to her and am honored to wear a piece from her beautiful jewelry collection.
I carried my Louis Vuitton clutch, a birthday gift from my husband a few years back, and kept the rest of my accessories to a minimum.
These “Valentino on a Budget” pumps with a 2-inch heel and gold hardware are by I.N.C. at Macy’s. The pretty blush shade ties the tank in nicely. I was surprised how easy these pumps are to walk in and I love the not-too-pink color. It would work well as a neutral and you can’t beat the price. A tenth the cost of Valentino Rockstud pumps!
#2 Edgy in Black
For my next look, I wore a long kimono by Flynn and Skye with button and loop closure.
My Kay and Star tassel necklace helps to elongate my look and add some texture. I wore my Aquatalia booties that I bought in Seattle last fall. They have helped me get through this rainy winter in style. For my handbag, I carried my black Adora bag
This tunic is not for everyone. I am very tall – 6′ 2″ and it hits me well below my knees in the back. I love it and look forward to wearing it this summer with denim shorts and sandals.
#3 Boho Casual
It seems I can’t do one of these multiple outfit posts without a Boho outfit. Here, I layered my tank with a cropped sweater from Stella Carakasi.in an off-white color that brings out the pink of the blush top.
I wore a Janet Harrer geode necklace and carried a Steve Madden faux leather fringe bag I bought last fall in Las Vegas. My favorite hat, an Australian Outback style from Montecristi Panama Hats in Yountville, topped off my look.
#4 Out on the Town
A waist-length tuxedo-style jacket and sexy suede pumps with ankle laces add an evening flavor to the tank and jean foundation. This jacket is trimmed along the bottom with chiffon fringe. So fun and flirty!
#5 Pops of Color
and carried my new Rebecca Minkoff clutch. My husband gave me a gift card to Nordstrom for Christmas. I had planned to be practical and buy some undergarments, running shoes, yoga pants and socks but when I saw this bag, I had an instant change of heart! Isn’t it darling? It comes with a long strap so it can be worn as a cross body and shoulder bag too.
There you have it!
Five outfits that all started with a ripped up pair of jeans and a flowy tank top.
Reminder! The deadline for submissions to be featured in the next How I Wear My is February 1st. February’s theme is Rose Quartz or Serenity, the two Pantone colors of 2016. Send a photo of you wearing either or both colors to firstname.lastname@example.org and please be sure to include a description of your look.
Make it a rich day!
Disclosure: The Stella Carakasi pieces featured in this post were given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.