Pandemic Wardrobe: Mixing It Up

Pandemic wardrobe: mixing it up. We’re getting comfortable with outfits-on-repeat, yeah? Throughout the pandemic restrictions, I’ve been buying much less, and shopping in person not-at-all. I’m still happy with my small wardrobe (37 hanging items, about 50 total pieces when I add folded tees/sweaters). My one-in, one-out guideline still applies, unless I can find a way to freeze-dry my clothing and then just add hot water to revive it! (Remember freeze-dried coffee? So cool at the time).

I’ve been creating little wardrobe challenges for myself, like a week with no jeans (that doesn’t mean naked from the waist down).

This week’s fun test will be: can I wear the same black knit pencil skirt three times and make it look different, and stylish, each time? The skirt I’m showing, and own, is a Vince Camuto knit modified pencil skirt. I used Shoplook to design these outfits, but all the items are similar to ones I have in the closet, exceptions noted.

Look #1 includes a casual but still Zoom-appropriate Breton striped tee, calf suede boots and a wrap bracelet, and the can’t-afford-it piece: a gorgeous wrap by Marine Serre. Here’s an affordable similar. I wear this combination – most any tee will do – for a day going outside the house, to one of the safety bubble zones.

Similars: tee, skirt, bracelet, boots, wrap

Look #2 incorporates a light chambray shirt, black leggings, and brown belt/booties. I love a long cardigan like this one, and just grabbed one from Nordies. The belt is only for style, I confess; I don’t often wear one in my pandemic wardrobe.

Similars: shirt, belt, glasses, bangle, sweater

Look #3 has me wearing a plaid flannel tunic (plaid is, as always, a hot trend for Winter), studded boots – not dead yet – and a warm colorful scarf:

Similars: plaid top, scarf, gloves, boots.

These all resemble pieces I already own, except for that exquisite plaid wrap in look #2. But a woman’s reach should exceed her grasp, or what’s a Wish List for? (Apologies to R. Browning).

My dark-wash ankle jeans could substitute for the black skirt in all these looks. And any of these tops would look smart with your favorite jeans or denim skirts, and booties.

My ever-smaller closet is helping me multiply my basics during these strange days. Do you do this too? 😊

Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash (your hands), xo

Wear what you love, always. Here are some goodies to browse:

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  1. I absolutely do this! Mix and matching are my favourite things to do within my closet. No more spending excessively to repeat what I probably already own. Love this post! xx

  2. I have to say that all the mix and match above are amazing! They look so chic and every item can stand the test of time effortlessly!

  3. Thanks for the inspiring fashion shopping show .I liked the casual French-y outfit best actually all the outfits had a fun artistically creative chic edge I have admired your style from past posts thanks again for this creative fashion motivation post.

    • Hello Joan and thanks for coming over! I hope you are well, and staying safe, and enjoying the new year, xx.

  4. Lovely ensembles, I love particularly the striped tee with a tartan wrap over it, so inspiring and cool!. I think that a pencil skirt or a pair of jeans can be styled multiple ways and still look fresh!, You Rock It!

    • Hello Sra and thanks for your comment! I can see you in a bright tartan wrap, warm and so-stylish. Stay safe, xx.

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