Do you do this? You create an outfit one day, like it, and the next day you swap out a couple of pieces and essentially wear it again? That’s what I did with a Sunday afternoon going to the oyster farm outfit where I was socializing with wonderful friends all day. I got up Monday morning, thought about what I was doing that day, and decided to improvise on what I’d worn the day before.
I was going to be working in a client’s closet most of Monday creating fall outfits from her existing wardrobe along with purchases from a recent shopping trip.
I stuck with my theme from Sunday – a column of color – but changed the tone of the outfit when I made a few adjustments. I swapped out Sunday’s navy tunic for a navy lace blouse (Ann Taylor). I kept the navy pleated scarf that I’d worn the day before. It was so cold out at Tomales Bay that Sunday that I had tied the ends of the scarf together and wrapped it three times around my neck to keep me warm.
On Monday, I only wanted two wraps around the neck. I love the contrast in textures with the pleats in the scarf and the lace in the blouse.
Instead of my multi-tiered long necklace (by the Sol Sisters) that showcased Sunday’s outfit, I wore a simple quieter gray strand of pearls on Monday. I knotted them in the middle before I put them on so they hit a little higher, peeking out at the neckline.
The vintage alligator handbag worked just fine two days in a row. So did my gold bangles.
Since I was going with a ladylike theme for work on Monday, I chose to wear my patent leather Mary Jane pumps by Paul Green. Adding a fancier shoe made me feel more “dressed up” in my dark indigo Eileen Fisher skinny rolled jeans that I’d worn the day before.
While I felt more rough and tough in my Sunday outfit (but who’s kidding who – I wasn’t exactly roughing it!) , on Monday I was not on the dusty trails anymore. I was in Belvedere, in a lovely neighborhood, with a lovely client, working with pretty things all day, feeling pretty and professional, my way.
Isn’t it fun how one idea leads to another? The Anatomy of One Outfit turns into the Anatomy of Two Outfits without much effort. Although the functions were quite different from Sunday to Monday, it just took a couple of changes to riff on the original outfit and get a completely different result. Fashion is fun like that, wouldn’t you say?
How do you come up with new combos?