Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Remix: Round One

I know that Fashion Instruction Legends Stacey and Clinton always urge people to buy pieces that they can then mix and match, but I find that I keep getting hung up what I think of as the One Outfit Thing.  The one outfit thing is where my brain says: That skirt, you wear it with that top, maybe that other one, but no other.  This results in me not only buying the same clothes over and over, but also wearing the same thing all the time.  I have a full closet, so there's no reason for this to happen.  I also have a tendency to just wear the stuff on the top of the pile, and neglect the clothes a couple layers down, but I blame my closet's poor design for this as well as my own laziness.

Does this happen to anyone else?

This fall, I am going to make a serious effort to remix my wardrobe and trick my brain into thinking that I have more clothes than I do.  Hopefully, this will make my existing wardrobe more fun for me and I'll stop buying new outfits.  I'm also quickly realizing that with fall semester comes the "everyone wants a piece of Andria" time of year.  School is starting, which means that I have to teach a whole lotta classes at job #2, and job #1 is going to start giving computer classes in October, which I will also be teaching.  This means extra running around, and extra standing in front of large groups of people, for which I'd like to look good.

I'm going to spend some time trying on outfits, and, in the spirit of Cher Horowitz from the movie Clueless, I'm going to take pictures of them so I remember what I did.  It would be nice to be the type of girl who just opens the closet door and yanks out the perfect outfit, but I have to admit, time has proven that I am not that girl.

For my first trick, I re-evaluated my navy skirt.  I bought it because it's a classic piece, has a great shape, and because it goes with everything.  What I failed to remember is the part about it going with everything!  The first time I wore it, I paired it with a lighter blue sweater, and the result was apparently so pleasing to me that I haven't worn it with any other top since.

Last week I set out to change that.

This is my standard outfit when I wear this skirt:
Cute, right?
Totally comfortable and cute, I'm just sick of wearing it.

Here's the remix:

White polka dots on a dark brown shirt because,
brown goes with navy!  It took me a while to
figure that out, sadly.
This outfit is a double remix because that brown shirt was languishing in my closet, unworn, due to the fact that it had some serious ruffling going on in the front.  It was just too much ruffle.  Then, when I looked at it, I realized that the edges of the ruffle were unfinished, that means I can cut off the offending ruffle without ruining the shirt!  So I did!  Now I have a shirt that I like and will actually wear, and this outfit inspired a man in a tracksuit to say "I like your style."

The goal is to remix at least one outfit per week.  Let's see how I do.  I wish a had a mannequin...


  1. When I buy something I'm afraid I'll only wear with one thing, I make a list (I'm very OCD) of all the other things I can wear it with. I have a running list on my computer. I'm thinking about building a database of some sort so that I can mix and match more effectively.

    I think I'm more OCD than I realized. I need help. Maybe you should just disregard this comment.

  2. This may be my favorite comment I've ever gotten--that's brilliant! How do describe the clothes so you actually know what it means after the fact. I feel like I'd wind up saying "Blue wrap top from banana republic, looks similar to other top but is shorter" or something inane like that. Hence why I'm going with photos, but photos are a pain in the ass and mine don't look very good (see above). Conundrum....

  3. Don't worry too much about what matches with what. I'm a big fan of random patterns combining with random colours, and just about everything works with everything else, really. Maybe not like, fluorescent pink with peach, but just about everything else. Navy and brown are neutrals so mix them up! Navy and black are OK! Black and white stripes worn with navy and white polka dots is also fine!

    Then again, maybe people are too nervous to tell me I dress like a crazy person. But I think it all works. Matching is my enemy.