11 In Getting Dressed/ Series

Two looks in two days with a minimum of clothing changes

Showing two similar outfits for two different days on Brenda Kinsel website

Varying an outfit from one day to the next

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.

Sticking with my column of color on Brenda Kinsel website

Swapping a navy tunic for a navy lace blouse

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.

Wearing ladylike shoes on Brenda Kinsel website

Wearing my ladylike heeled Mary Janes

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.

Sticking with my navy theme from Sunday to Monday on Brenda Kinsel website

Feeling pretty in my column of blue

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?



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  • Reply
    September 6, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Brenda, love your blog. Thanks for the fashion inspiration!

    I need (NEED) those Mary Janes. Can you share a link?

    Thank you from Lise

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      September 6, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Lise,
      I went online to see if I could find these exact shoes but couldn’t. I bought them at Nordstrom, Corte Madera. On http://www.nordstrom.com I see other variations but not the exact one. If you can wear higher heels they have some great Paul Green ones that look higher. Hope that helps!

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        September 8, 2016 at 3:23 am

        Thank you ;-)!

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    September 6, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Both are great outfits, Brenda. I always love column of color outfits, and I need to remind myself to do it more often. Thanks for the inspiration. I really enjoy your blog. And I love, LOVE that scarf. Do you have a link to it by any chance?

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      September 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Isn’t that scarf divine? My Mother passed away over a year ago now. Slowly I’ve been going through her things when I go back to Minnesota for visits. I cleared out her scarf drawers last month and this was in there. I never remember seeing her wear it (she wore scarves all the time!) so she must have had it a few decades. I LOVE it! So, sorry, no link for that scarf but it tickles me that you asked! Mom would be flattered!

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    Marcia Miller
    September 6, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    That is a wardrobe saving idea for travel

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      September 6, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Very good point, Marcia!

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    September 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Love this creative recycled process! Beautiful outfits btw…

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      September 7, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Thank you! I like how you described it as recycling. Who knew recycling could be so much fun?

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    September 7, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Oh, how lovely that that beautiful scarf belonged to your mother. Like your mother—and mine, come to think about it—I love scarves. I finally had to winnow my collection recently as the scarves threatened to overflow the drawer and boxes I store them in.

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      September 8, 2016 at 7:48 am

      I too winnow my collection down from time to time. On the other hand, I know for sure that a few years ago I would have looked at that scarf of Mother’s and thought of it as old-fashioned. And now I’m gaga over it! I surprised myself. I’m going to have to post a pic soon of another one I got from her collection that I can’t wait to work into an outfit. They add so much!

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