one item, three ways...maximize your closet!



I love the simplicity of this sweater, yet the fun subtle touches of the polka dot heart print. Today I have put together three different ways to wear this one sweater.

♥ By adding a button up underneath the sweater I can add a pop of color to the outfit. I took it a step further and matched my boots to the button up to pull together the look and make it look even more complimentary!

♥ By pairing my sweater with a bright yellow pencil skirt, and some black heels, I instantly upgrade this outfit out of an "everyday" look to a more dressed up ensemble.

♥ By adding some black pants, black shoes, and a black gingham top, I have created a comfortable monochromatic look. There isn't much I love more then something monochromatic :)


I realized the other day that by posting my personal style posts, it doesn't necessarily HELP anyone. I mean, you might see I have a cute sweater and wonder where I got it. Or you might be inspired to try wearing something a different way. But for those of you who don't consider yourself fashion savvy, or feel like you have any clue how to put outfits together, it might be hard for you to recreate a look you like or understand why I wear something a certain way.

I feel like just posting pictures of me prancing around in outfits might just not be doing anything, so I have decided to take my personal style posts and guide them into a more informative direction. You know, a "How can I help YOU?"

Now before we start, I don't consider myself an expert or anything when it comes to fashion, but I do love clothes and I feel like I have a good eye when it comes to dressing the best for YOUR body type. When I put on weight, almost no one could even tell, why is that? Because I know how to dress my body. Or just the basics to dressing in a way that flatters women's bodies.
 
One thing I have found so helpful over the last several years of exploring my personal style on this blog is how I could maximize my closet. You don't have to go out and buy all new clothes, you could have all the staples you need to create a lot of great outfits in your own closet right now! I learned this mostly through participating in the ever popular 30 for 30.

I saw my clothes in a whole new light, "that" shirt I only with "that" skirt could be worn 10 more ways then I originally saw. So I hope to share with you what I have learned about my closet and clothes through my one item, three ways!

I will be taking one item, and remixing it into different outfits. By doing this with your clothes you are able to maximize the clothes you have in your closet. By doing the 30 for 30 I was forced to figure out how to mix and match items to create outfits. Sometimes looking at your closet can be daunting and you get the feeling that you "have nothing to wear" even though you are staring at a closet full of clothes!


So what is REMIXING?
"Remixing" is a coined term for taking an item of clothing and mixing and matching with all your other clothes to see how many different outfits and variety you can get from the piece.

For some it will be hard at first to really re-imagine the way they see a piece of clothing, but I hope my posts can help! I hope to help you see what you can do with the clothes you already have, help you learn to shop for future versatile pieces in the future, all to create the foundation you need to have a closet full of clothes that you can always wear.


I would love to address specific questions or style needs, so please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me so I can do a post on it :)


51 comments

  1. I love this! This is one thing I really struggle with, making a piece work in multiple ways. Great job!

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  2. I am so excited to see more posts like this! Seeing an item worn several ways is so helpful!

    Fizz and Frosting

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  3. love the photo! how did you do that?

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  4. love this, and i'm pretty impressed with your photoshop skills :) my favourite is the 3rd look

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  5. So cute! Love the sweater and all the ways you remixed it!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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  6. This is so fun!! I love how you pieced the pictures together too...how did you do it? And I'm super excited to see more remixed outfits. I wish I could just get rid of everything in my closet and start over. Haha.

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  7. SO cute! I love all these looks (: the monochromatic look has to be my favorite though ;)

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  8. This is a great post, I like all the looks! -Hanna

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  9. You are so clever with your photo editing and I agree with every single look. I find that I like to take a single look and change it only with accessories and shoes. Maybe a post on that?

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  10. I love this photo. How did you get all 3 of yous in one photo?

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  11. I love this post!! Such great info! I heart the 2nd and 3rd outfits :) That is also a very cool shot you did to make it look like you are a triplet ;)

    xo,
    Shio

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  12. Love each way you wear that adorable sweater!

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  13. Um, You are literally the cutest ever! I NEED those hunter Boots and that heart sweater. Killing me. Always love your cute blog!

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  14. I love it with these wellies, and I love how you did these photos!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  15. Great helpful hints :) thanks girl! If only I had a fashion sense like you!

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  16. I definitely could be better at remixing things. I have a lot of items and when I was in HS I was so much more creative because I cared less what people thought - I just wore crazy things and rocked them. I need to go back to that.

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  17. This is amazing! The outfits and the picture! I need to take your advice and learn how to remix some items. :)

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  18. I always find myself thinking I have nothing to wear, and my closet is jam packed. This is such an awesome post! Now I want to rummage through my closet and see what I can put together.

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  19. ok you are so freaking cute! love the way you styled these!

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  20. THose are such a cute outfit! I like your plan to put a little twist on outfit posts. I do regular outfit posts too--but I decided long ago that since I don't know enough about fashion to help people, I'd use my outfit posts to entertain people, and I like putting that kind of twist on it. My latest post was about how a belly dancer scarf is the latest must-have spring accessory. ;)

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  21. LOVE this idea! And seriously, SO incredibly helpful. What about how to style a blazer? Whether it's a neutral like black/navy or a stand-out like hot pink?

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  22. Hi!

    I've overcome anorexia about 3 years ago and now obviously am not the size I used to be. My natural body weight has always been higher and I am a curvy woman: a little bit of stomach, round booty and big legs, I have a nice waist and boobs. I just dont know how to dress myself nowadays. HELP?!

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    1. Thanks for reaching out Petra!!! I can e-mail you specifically if you want :)

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    2. Hey Alycia!

      Stoked to have you reply! Been reading your blog for a while here in Finland and I'm hooked ;) That would be awesome! Here's me email: petrakorkeila@yahoo.com

      Have a beautiful day! :)

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  23. Love the way you styled these pieces Alycia! I think this is such a great idea too! Can't wait to see what other remixes you come up with! :)

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  24. While your outfits are darling, I'm most impressed with your photoshopping skills! How in thee world did you do that?!

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  25. Awesome! I love the outfits above, and I'm a fan of monochromatic too:) I'm glad you're going to do more posts like this! I'm really tempted to try something like this out for myself, I feel like I'm in such a style rut. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. Love this!! I love seeing different ways to wear one item!!

    Balancingahecticworld.blogspot.com

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  27. Love this post!!! Esp the middle outfit. Never thought of mixing my sweater with pencil skirts and heels, until now. ;)

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  28. I love remixing & reducing cost per wear on an item of clothing by wearing it creative ways! I love love love look #3 - you look so cute :)

    I'm currently giving away a box of favorites on my blog & would really appreciate it if you joined! It's so fun!

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  29. Girrrrrrrrllll.. were we supposed to be inspiring? I was doing it just so I could see how I'm dressing.. my bad...

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    1. haha well I just wanted to take it a step further I guess :)

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  30. love your take! i try to do the same...way more informative when a blogger shows 'how-to' instead of 'this is how i wore this'.

    :)cheers.

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  31. p to the s. howwww did you edit your photo to have you in 3 different spots? let me guess...photoshop...that I do not have? :)

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  32. You are so cute! Love how you styled the outfits and I LOVE the boots. Like, may need to add that color to my closet!!

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  33. How darling is this post!! I am obsessed with this photo!! You are too cute.
    I am hosting a jewelry giveaway today...would love if you stopped by.

    Enter the Giveaway Here!

    xoxo
    Erin

    The Fashion Canvas

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  34. Great post! I love all three outfits. Random fact... this house is right by my apartment! Love it! My husband always tells me that I need to go take my fashion shots over at that house.

    XO!

    Kati
    Glitz & Gold

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    1. This house is right by MY apartment! haha Are we in the same ward? What is crazy is how small of areas fill up entire wards here in Provo, so you might not be! haha

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  35. LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea.
    and you have inspired me a LOT in my wardrobe. i think i have 5 new things from F21 that i found because of you :)

    my question is this....hubby and i are currently on a weight loss journey, and my "trouble area" is my tummy. i'm pretty short (5') and tend to carry most of my weight there. what's the best way to deal with this, as far as clothing goes?

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  36. Great photo and idea for a post--well done!

    blue hue wonderland

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  37. love love loved this post. You are brilliant.

    http://everythingsalwayssunny.com
    Kristin
    xx

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  38. So fun! I'm loving the look with the hunter boots!

    Shannon
    http://GBOfashion.com

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  39. You are gorgeous! And so sweet. That sweater, I want! I'm on a new dressing learning curve at the moment after baby number three. Dressing around nursing convenience, with wider post birth hips is a pain on a small budget. But seeing how other people style multi functional outfits helps a lot!

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  40. I love how you show the three different looks!

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  41. You look amazing in all three outfits. I love them all. Love how you set up your photo as well. It's so fun!

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  42. Love all three outfits, especially 1 and 2. Also how did you do that picture, did you edit it in photoshop.

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  43. I love each outfit. What a great idea to break it down for folks who need a little more guidance.


    -Karen
    www.yourstylistkaren.com

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  44. Love this idea! Super cute. (and the middle is my favorite)

    Dani // Andbubblegum.com

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