Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Putting It All Together (Building a Wardrobe, Part 2)

So, yesterday I posted about the shopping Lillian and I did, to try and update her wardrobe and style.  The following are a compilation of various outfits that can be assembled from the pieces we purchased.  Thinking along lines of "easy," as well as cute, I created the following layouts as a guide for Lillian.

Outfits 1 & 2

Both of these dresses are easily paired with the gray cardigan and finished with the looping lanes belt and some sandals for the summer.  To transition to fall/winter, swap out the sandals for some tights (any color suggestions, readers?) and tall boots.  Keep the short sweater on, but layer a long-sleeved scoop-neck  layering tee (like this $10 iteration from Charlotte Russe) under the floral print dress for warmth, and if necessary, layer a longer 3/4 length coat over the dress and cardi to ward off the winter chill.  Or something like the Alice in Autumn sweater coat (sigh, did anyone else notice that it's already sold out online?  Seriously?  C'mon!  It's July!!) in ivory would be perfect over these dresses too.  (I'm really hoping it gets restocked.  Fingers crossed.)

Outfits 3 & 4

Lillian owns a knee-length, a-line white linen skirt already.  In fact, she told me, when we were shopping, that she was struggling with how to style it, so we came up with the above left outfit - ruffled tank, gray cardi, Looping Lanes belt, and necklace.  The outfit to the right utilizes the jeans she already owns.  Combined with the pewter camisole and the fuschia cardigan, Gucci flats, and necklace, this outfit is relaxed but still sophisticated.

Outfits 5, 6, 7, & 8

One of the best things about dresses is that they can be paired with any number of different toppers, and instantly become a new outfit.  Both of these dresses would look stunning paired with the black leather jacket - the juxtaposition of the feminine details on the dresses against the toughness of the leather lend a playfully edgy feel to both.  Similarly, the fuschia wrap cardi (which looks more like a lilac color, in person) could be layered over either dress, making them both feel more cozy-casual, again in a fun, playful way.  The longer cardigan can also be belted over the blue floral dress for a more finished look.  (Belts can also be worn over dresses and beneath cardigans as well - they don't need to be worn just on top. Play around with placement to see what look you like best.)

Hope this was helpful, Lillian (and others), and remember, enjoy yourself!  Don't wait for an occasion to wear pretty clothes - every day is an opportunity!  ^_-