Just a quick note that I will be hosting a Celebrate Independence Day Style Link Up tomorrow, so stop back and share your Fourth of July festive outfit. I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s ideas and inspirations!
Today, I am back with another installment of Remix It Up. Check out my first and very simple remixing exercise if you haven’t seen it already. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite series, and I already have next week’s lined up to remix the heck out of a summery thrifted skirt.
I recently bought this dress and immediately fell in love with it. To ensure I make the most use of it, I challenged myself to remix it in as many ways as I could and then decided to share it with you. As I danced through my closet, I created some expected combinations but also found a few ways that pleasantly surprised (at least) me. Here’s a look at each iteration:
Let’s start simple. The dress has a great fit and fabric so it can stand on it’s own in the summer heat with an easy pair of flats. Done and done.
By throwing an easy blazer over the dress and stepping up to slightly fancier flats, I can wear this to work. Awesome!
I have balked at so many others who have thrown a skirt over a dress; it seems so uncomfortable and only manageable long enough to pose for a photo shoot. I refuse to wear clothes that I spend the entire day adjusting. But I decided to give it a try and found out it can actually work. This dress is very lightweight and not bulky at all. I’m a believer now. And this time of year, I don’t need the scarf (thank you summer sun) but a majority of the months around here require as many layers as one can pile on. Come fall, the scarves will be back!
When Scarf wakes up from hibernation, she will undoubtedly show up with her good friends Tights and Boots. In a city where temperatures fluctuate over 100 degrees throughout the year (I’m not kidding!), pieces that can be worn year round win high praises in my book. I offset the bulkier blazer with boots to keep the outfit balanced.
Tights still held their ground for this version, but I surely couldn’t post a dress remix without a cardigan as one option. It’s simple and sweet. Because the cardigan is lighter than the blazer above, I chose flats to finish the look and keep it light from top to bottom.
I mentioned a look or two surprised me; I stumbled on this combination as I sifted through my closet and loved it! The belt keeps the bulky sweater from overwhelming the dress and gives the outfit some shape (so not to leave me frumpy and dumpy) – thank you Belt.
I intended to move in a different direction with this remix but surprised myself again. The clean edge of the button down shirt allows it to be worn without being tucked in. The belt pulls the pieces together and, like before, gives the outfit a slightly more shapely look.
And last but not least, another twist on the cardigan. Although the dress has plenty of bold color and pattern on it’s own (which is why I stuck with mainly black and gray to remix), I wanted to give a shot at adding another pop of color to contrast the teal. Despite my “Chicago tan,” I like the yellow. This cardigan (on it’s own here and here and in combination with the flats here and here) has been a surprisingly versatile contributor to my arsenal.
Let me know what you think? Any other ideas to remix it?