So I return for a second attempt at a 7×7 Remix (7 pieces used to create 7 outfits) after a very simple learning experience of a first effort. Not only did experience make this round easier, but the ‘boss’, Natalia over at Ma Nouvelle Mode, decided that shoes do not count in the 7 items this time (unlike last time). Having one extra article of clothing made a huge difference in the number of outfits I felt I could create!
Also, to really “keep things real” this round, I tried to use a few actual outfits I have worn recently to show how I truly remix my clothes when I get dressed each morning (and not just when I play dress up to write an addition to my Remix It Up Series). I noted below which outfits I “recycled” from real life so you can check out the series of photos for those get-ups.
My 7 Pieces:
- Pink Dress
- Yellow Cardigan
- Floral Blouse
- Black Skirt
- Black Short
- Purple / Black Tank
I wore this pink dress with pockets a few times recently including back in May to the office.
I wore this skirt and tank yesterday to lunch with a client. I worked from home and then grabbed lunch not far from my place. But the sticky heat beat down even on the few block walk to the restaurant, so I needed something to stay cool in transit.
A simpler take on the pink dress, I also snatched this from the chronicles of real life. I wore this to a work function a month or two ago.
This iteration almost felt like cheating. I basically created a casual summer version of the business casual outfit above (with the black pencil skirt). I find that sticking with a color scheme and replacing just one or two items with another piece of the same color proves to be a really easy method to mix things up.
Just a blouse and some shorts ~ I could switch out the uber-comfy Reefs for some heels and take this outfit up a notch with minimal effort. This might be a good candidate for a day to night transition.
I don’t know if everyone would consider this a “different” outfit from my lunch attire above, but I think it’s a really simple yet genuine variation. The cardigan takes this outfit from summer to fall, and a pair of black tights carry it right into the doldrums of winter. The cardigan could also be the magic piece that transitions the summer version from a hot walk to the office to an air-conditioned cubicle.
Does this actually work? In my head, it looked fantastic. Now I wonder if it needs some tights or maybe a belt to balance out the dark blouse. Either way, I would still wear this to the office. And this remix exercise definitely provides a great learning experience whether it be creating the combinations or checking out what everyone else envisioned.