I am SO excited about today’s blog post – maybe more excited than I’ve been about anything I’ve worked on for the blog all year. First, thanks to you for being patient with me while I took a step back this month. Maybe it didn’t feel like much of a step back to you, seeing as I was still posting two times a week, but it was a really big deal for me to not think about blog content every single night. I read a book, I binge-watched a whole show without also being on my computer, and I went to bed early nearly every night. My quality of life has already improved so much!
The other big change is that I finally had time and space to think about what I want to do with this space. In realizing that I don’t have to treat my blog like it’s my full-time job, I got to think about how I do want to treat my blog. A huge theme in my job as the editor of a major wedding blog is providing value – and utility – to everything we publish. We avoid just featuring things that are pretty because we aim to be a resource, not just something nice to look at. It almost makes me want to kick myself that I haven’t been treating my own space the same way.
I put out all of these outfit posts – posts I’ve sacrificed my quality of life in order to put out into the world – and they don’t even really have usefulness! Sure, you may get an idea here or there and even pin some of the outfits I post, but I haven’t been approaching my content from the perspective of providing you with a resource to help you improve your life starting in your closet (oh hey, that last sentence is my personal mission statement!).
SO. Knowing this now, how do I intent to move forward? I’ll still be sharing outfit posts (you can bet your bottom dollar!), but you’re going to see a lot more closet remixing around here. Styling and re-styling really is my passion and the skill I hope to pass along to you. It’s hard to not get caught up in the rat race of buying new things all the time in order to have something to share, but I’ve got a closet full of clothes I love and don’t always need something new. And when I do get something new, I want it to be because I really love it and can’t wait to rock it with half my closet!
In the spirit of what I’ve been really loving lately, I thought it would be fun to kick off the new season with a colorful fall capsule remix. This capsule includes a couple of old pieces and a handful of new and new-to-me pieces, all of which I’ve been wearing a ton lately. For the next few weeks, you’ll get to see 10 outfits I made with the following 10 pieces:
1. Forever 21 Yellow Peter Pan Collar Blouse | I’ve had this blouse for a couple of years now and it’s already been majorly remixed here on the blog and in real life. It’s a fall staple in my closet and I love the color so much! Mine is several years old, but here’s a similar yellow blouse under $20 and a one under $100.
2. & Other Stories Navy and Red Contrast Collar Striped Shirt | This tee has been on my wishlist since seeing the pink/orange version on Kelly Mindell of Studio DIY. I’m still waiting for that colorway to come back in stock, but grabbed this navy and red one for my Asheville trip (thinking it would be cold enough to wear it – I was wrong!).
3. Lush Floral Ruffle Bell Sleeve Blouse | I bought this top during Nordstrom’s anniversary sale knowing it would be a go-to when the temps cooled down. I wasn’t wrong – I’ve already worn it five or six times in the last month and it isn’t even cold here yet! This blouse is sold out now, but here’s a similar bell-sleeve blouse under $30, a similar one in a solid color, and a similar one under $100.
4. & Other Stories Pink and Red Contrast Collar Striped Shirt | I am my mother’s daughter, so of course I bought this shirt in color colors! Both are a size 10, though I find they run a little small and might size up next time.
5. Gap Corduroy Button-Front Skirt | Since I’ve worn my black denim skirt a ton this summer, I knew I wanted a mini skirt for fall/winter. However, after shooting this outfit a few weeks ago, I thought I’d prefer the proportions of an A-line style with long-sleeved tops and sweaters. This button-front skirt perfectly fits the bill!
6. ASOS Woven Peg Pants with Obi Tie | ASOS carries these Obi tie pants in a ton of colors, but I stalked this teal pair for weeks waiting for my size to come back in stock. (Note: I got a size 12 and they fit TTS!) I had a particular outfit in mind for these using one of the tops in this challenge but was excited to remix them in general.
7. Old Navy Cropped Wide-Leg Jeans | I’ve been trying to decide if I wanted to keep these jeans, and what better way to decide than by throwing them into a remix challenge! I inherited this pair from a friend, but here’s a similar pair!
8. Zara Floral Cropped Trousers | The pants that started it all! These pants are the inspiration for my fall closet and for this capsule. I can’t stop, won’t stop remixing them and could have probably done this whole challenge as just ten ways to wear floral trousers! I can’t wait to show you that even something as wild as floral trousers can be remixed again and again.
9. Madewell Jean Jacket in Pinter Wash | I finally upgraded my denim jacket game and I’m so happy! I’ve been rocking a vintage denim jacket for the last couple of years, but it was pretty snug and I realized that was keeping me from wearing it as often as I’d like. The fit and quality of this Madewell jacket is worth every penny. For reference, I got it in a large so I can wear it with sweaters under it!
10. Old Navy Yellow Cardigan | No fall capsule is complete without a chunky cardigan, and no colorful capsule is complete without this shade of mustard! Luckily, this sweater, AKA the best and most-used item in my closet, has the best of both worlds. I bought this at the end of 2016, but here are a few similar options: one, two, three.
And that makes 10! Stay tuned over the next few weeks to see the 10 outfits I put together!