Clothing Ingenuity

It happens to the best of us.  Even to me.

Occasionally, we look into our closet and we hate everything.  Literally everything.  Even that item you loved so much the day before now seems utterly passé and would be a source of shame and embarrassment if worn in public.

And as you stare into the abyss that is your closet, tears burning in your eyes, a light goes off.  I can do this!  Ingenuity is practically my middle name!  And you pick yourself up off the ground and you begin to compose yourself.

Now is the time to get creative.

Come on, you know what I am talking about!  You do, right? Right? It is the great Closet Remix!!!!

No?  Well, consider this your lucky day.  Lukus photographed my latest clothing breakdown-to-epiphany and I am sharing it with you here:

1) Start with a blue jersey dress, black tights, black platform sandals… all types of boring.

2) Add a graphic printed skirt… better, but now I need a layer.  It is November after all.

3) Top it off with a men’s (aka Lukus’) grey cardigan (the key here was rolling up the cardigan’s sleeves- without I would have been swallowed by it). Tada: a brand new look using the same old things.

Are you an expert at the Closet Remix?  Do you exhibit fashion resourcefulness?


  1. Love this! I’m better at styling others to be honest. I’m kind of good to go with a tee and jeans most days…but those times I have to dress up, yes they can be tear inducing…and then there’s that ‘why didn’t I drop that off at the cleaners when I need it right now!’ wail, haha!

    p.s. thank you so much for your sweet comment about my interview yesterday!

    xoxo Mary Jo

  2. I love this! I really like seeing the step-by-step thought process to see the whole look come together. You’ve done a great job, and I love that skirt!

  3. You are one pretty lady by the way! Love the outfits!

  4. Love it! I love how you mixed up the dress and made it a 2piece outfit! Even a 3piece!


  5. Very cute, but then you can anything make look cute and adorable! To answer your question….yes, I do closet remix and I can honestly say I am pretty good at it.

  6. Great idea!!! I should be doing it too!!

  7. Nice work! I love how you look progressively happier the more layers you add!

  8. I love this post! My favorite yet!!!!! Oh such needed inspiration. I definitely need a remix. I did a remix the other day with a vest I have, and I loved the result. I thought to myself, that I must remember this outfit. And now, I don’t think I could put it together again if I tried.

    BTW- You are beautiful. That was my fave part of the post :)

  9. I’m not great at styling skirts for the winter – this looks great on you and love the mix of textures.

  10. Definitely know this feeling!!!!! Good look to come out of a rut

    Shasie of Live Life in Style

  11. Great job! I am totally feeling this way about my closet right now :)

  12. love it – excellent remix <3

  13. Love it! I find that updating my closet each season and moving the last season’s stuff into storage at the top of the closet really helps that “I hate everything” feeling. I do the closet remix every so often too, and really do come up with great things! I love the outfit you put together. It’s really fun.

  14. you are too cute! I love the evolution that your outfit underwent.

  15. yes, I’ve been there too…looking at my closet and seeing nothing that I like!
    Sometimes remixes work but sometimes they don’t…but I don’t give up!!

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