This economy has caused many of us to tuck our credit cards away and become more creative in how we wear our existing wardrobes versus buying new items. I have been among these individuals in trying to abstain from any future fashion purchases, which has caused me to be quite creative indeed in what I have combined in my wardrobe. I have to say, I think I have to give a nod to the economic restraints, as I had many very fashionable outfits that I had no idea existed!
Two of my favorites stand out and may benefit others with budget restraints.The first is the long-sleeved top with the little black dress. Yes we’ve all put the long-sleeved top or turtleneck under the tunic or wool shift, however I never thought of utilizing this same layering technique with my go-to LBD! I own a v-neck sleeveless solid black dress with semi-pleated skirt that ends at the knee. Under it, I paired a long-sleeved gray billow-sleeved cotton top with a full gathered sweetheart neckline. To pull the look together I donned a black belt with a decorated gunmetal buckle around my waist. I first wore this look at a dinner event with sheer black hose and round-toed patent pumps and a silver clutch. I also wore the ensemble to work with black fishnets and gray knee-high boots. Both were fashionable, both made a statement, and both brought a whole new look forward from my very own closet without me having to buy a single item!
The second look that I created isn’t as inventive as it’s been published all over the magazine advertisements; however, it isn’t one that I personally thought of bringing forth to my own fashions. Well, never say never my friends! The look that I speak of is the cardigan underneath the blazer or jacket. I’ve always been the type of girl who wears a scoop-neck top with a cardigan wrap or scarf. Adding that additional layer has not only added additional warmth in these winter months, but it also has stepped up my regular look and made it a lot more sophisticated and put-together. Plus, it’s fun playing with three layers of texture and color versus just two. For example, the other day I wore a dark gray camisole under a deep plum 3/4-length-sleeved cardigan and all under a dark brown velour blazer with large statement earrings and a blue and tan infinity scarf. I’ve also donned the white camisole under the black embellished cardigan all under the black silk blazer for a more dressed up look.
These are only two examples of new outfits I’ve discovered that currently exist in my wardrobe. Before I restricted myself from shopping, I easily would have run out to my favorite boutiques and purchased a new accessory to go with my silk blazer or a new black skirt to go with my gray top. I’m very happy to know that the next time I have an urge to buy something, I will stop, go back to my closet, and play with what I what I already have. That could bring a lot more fashion (and value) to my wardrobe.
1. Moschino Cheap and Chic Silk-Blend Lace-Up Belted Dress $730
2. Preen Line Newton Cotton-Blend Dress $555
3. MCQ Cowl-Neck Jersey Top $260
4. Diane Von Furstenberg Matador Pleated Satin Blouse $285
5. DKNY Studded Crepe Jacket $425
6. Marc By Marc Jacobs Sunny Cotton V-Neck Cardigan $160
7. Elizabeth and James Ruched-Sleeve Blazer $395
8. Juicy Couture Beaded Silk-Blend Cardigan $160
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