Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mixing and Layering My Capsule Wardrobe

Do you think a capsule wardrobe is boring? It doesn't have to be. There are lots of ways to spice things up. Scarves, hats, jewelry, makeup, and hair styles can change your look dramatically. But today I want to talk about mixing and matching clothes: layering pieces and mixing prints. 

I tried on a bunch of new outfits using my current capsule wardrobe and took photos to share with you. Some of these are successful, and some are not. Let's take a look, and maybe you'll want to play around with your clothes, too.  

First, I tried layering my red tunic on top of a long-sleeved striped t-shirt. I kind of like it. I think that if the striped shirt had a slightly lower neckline, I might like it more.  

Here I layered the red tunic on top of my white button-down shirt, and I think this is pretty cute. I might like it more with skinny jeans, to balance the loose top. I think I might wear this combination.

For my third outfit, I put a navy top over my white button-down shirt. I think this navy top is just too slinky for this type of layering. It shows all the bumps, seams, and pockets of the shirt underneath it. I do like the colors together, so I may try to create another outfit using a smooth white shirt under the navy top. 

This next outfit combines business-casual pinstripe pants, a white button-down shirt, and moccasins with a motorcycle jacket. I might like this better with boots. I just don't think the jacket and the moccasins go together. I like the idea of mixing casual and more formal pieces together, but this didn't quite hit the mark for me.

Tying a scarf on top of this dolman-sleeved cardigan was a great, simple change. I tied the scarf a couple different ways and I like it both ways. I love how it gives me a waistline and classes up the distressed jeans.

Here I put a shirtdress on top of skinny jeans. I think it's okay, but I'm not in love with it. I wonder if ankle boots would change the proportions a bit and make this a favorite outfit. It seems a little clunky with the tall boots. 

Ack! I do not like this one. Two problems are the length of the top and the shape of the top's hem. I don't think it's a flattering shape over this skirt. I also think the pattern-mixing here is unsuccessful. AND I don't like these grey-blue tights with the outfit. 

Then I layered the skirt on top of my shirtdress. It looks a little off. I'd like to see it with different colored tights and shorter boots.

I love this sweater on top of the shirtdress! I do not like these grey tights or the moccasins with this outfit. I think black tights and ankle boots might make it perfect. I love how the collar of the dress peeks out from under the sweater collar. 

Next I tried my white button-down shirt on top of my shirtdress. Again, the tights are not my favorite, though I'm not sure which color would be best. Maybe black? I think I could use the dress's belt on top of the shirt to improve the silhouette. This outfit would look better with some waistline definition.


Then I tried a cardigan on top of a sweater dress, and I think this is a winner. I like it with the belt added, too. And those grey tights are actually working with this outfit!

And here I put on a crewneck sweater over my sweater dress. I think with black tights, this would be great. I like how the collars fit together. I like the tall boots with the short skirt. Just picture black tights - what do you think?

Here I put a skirt on top of my other sweater dress, and since the skirt is flouncy, I don't think it looks too bulky. I do think I surpassed my limit on how many shades of grey I like in one outfit. Four is too many! I'd like to trade the grey tights for black, and maybe the boots, too. 

With this outfit, I mixed three patterns together, but all in the same colors. The sweater is woven black and white, the tunic is B&W striped, and the pants are B&W pinstriped. I like the different patterns together, but not the shapes of the pieces. I think the loose sweater needs a more fitted top underneath, or else fitted pants. I like the look of some loose styles, like Eileen Fisher's designs, but I think big, loose clothes tend to look best on me when they're balanced with a tighter piece on the other half.

And my final experiment from this batch: I mixed pinstriped pants with a striped sweater. I would definitely wear this. The pattern on the pants is so subtle, it's almost like a solid. I like the silhouette of this outfit. The sweater is fairly fitted to go with the loose pants. I like the length of the sweater, too. 

Did you like any of these outfits? Do you think there's anything in your wardrobe that you could try with a different top or bottom? Do you ever do any unconventional layering or pattern mixing?

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