Friends Who Change Your Outfit by Raiding Your Closet
What’s it mean to change your outfit? Sure, we all try to create different looks with what is in our closet. And hopefully you get inspiration from this blog of ways to make new looks. But what if your friends came over and styled you? That’s been the idea this week.
Quote of the day: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” Amelia Earhart
It all started with the idea that we could each be stylists for each other. You know? The concept of change your outfit with the help of a friend. You can see how both mom and I each styled Lesley, and then how Lesley and I styled Charlotte.
Welcome to the day when my stylists below came to my closet. Just like in the other posts, the stylists wore all black or all white. And if you look closely, you can see my arm in the door!! LOL!
Insider tip: BTW, even though this started as something to do for fun and games, I came to the realization that this could seriously be a mind opening concept. I think you all should try this with your friends. See all the reasons in Charlotte’s post.
Change your Outfit with Charlotte
Of course, I grew up with my mom dressing me, haha!! In fact, I’m sure she can tell you lots of stories of how I wouldn’t wear the dress my dad bought me from Switzerland until it was too small for me. Or how I had a conniption fit when there wasn’t a clean undershirt for me to wear.
But enough of reminiscing…
My mom started with this dress. She said she had never seen me wear it before, so she pulled it out. Of course, being the good mother that she is, she wanted to cover me up since it’s a little revealing. That’s where the scarf and large necklace came in!
PS. I had worn this dress once on Instagram. And I figured it would be perfect for the hot Arizona summers which is why I kept it. The one reason I don’t wear it as often as I should is because it’s my high school colors (orange and brown). Anyone else have issues wearing their high school colors?
But wait!! This necklace isn’t brown. See the “right” side of it below. Yet it was hanging backwards, so my mom thought it was a brown necklace and would match the dress.
A statement necklace is good for covering up your decolletage like we just discussed on the blog. And it can be another option instead of wearing a camisole.
As for the scarf, we tucked it into the belt so it would stay in place. Its funny because there is a matching belt to this dress which I’ve worn as a scarf in this post (and that’s where it hangs, with my scarves.)
Insider tip: I tend to wear belts to create a focus at my waist. Which means, I rarely wear any of the self belts as belts. If the dress fits wonderfully, you don’t need the extra bulk there. And if it matches you don’t see it, so why wear it?
One of the things I was laughing about when mom and Lesley put together these outfits is how many pieces have been handed down from friends. This dress for example was a hand me down from my cousin.
I realize some people don’t like the idea of clothes that aren’t new, but I always feel after I wear something once, it’s not new anymore. Which is why I’m such a huge believer in secondhand shopping as I’ve written about many times.
Change your Outfit with Lesley
Lime green and purple. Who would’ve thought they go so well together? And yet I consider myself to be very adventurous with all kinds of color combinations. Which is exactly why this idea of using your friends to change your outfit can be so monumental.
Like I was saying with my dress given to me by my cousin, these pants are also a hand me down. These were a donation from one of my book club friends who was cleaning out her closet. Another donation from her was the lime green jacket I wore with my yellow dress recently.
This outfit is a great example of how the colors don’t have to match exactly but just have to “go” together. There really isn’t lime green in the top. It’s more of a yellow flower, yet it works so nice with the pants.
All three of us have worn lime green on the blog with different colors here, here and here before. Then just last year we wore it as part of Mental Health Month. It’s such a vibrant color that really works with more than you think. Besides the fact that it has such a summery vibe.
And I’m seeing this color a lot in the store right now, so I hope you join in and wear it too!
Of course, Lesley had to add a scarf to my purse since it’s basically her signature style to always have a scarf with her. And when we style others, we tend to go with what we know.
This is the perfect way to use those smaller scarves and add interest to your purse, especially in the summer when it’s too hot to wear a scarf around your neck. We’ve talked about ways to wear scarves in the summer when we first moved out here to Arizona.
Insider tip: This is also a good time to “borrow” your husband’s pocket squares if he has any.
I do want to point out that Lesley was inspired by this outfit to purchase a green skirt. She didn’t like green before we became friends and never had any in her closest. So just as much as this exercise can help you, it can also help your friends.
You can see how both Lesley and my mom styled me in colorful outfits which is something I tend to gravitate towards. Then again, my closet it full of these types of colors. Which is an advantage of having your friend come change your outfit from your own closet. At least it’s clothes you love (hopefully) since you bought them.
Insider tip: I would think you could do this idea of being styled by a friend virtually. Just like I talked about in different options for virtual meetings, a Skype or social media call would enable your friend to go with you into your closet.
Photo credit: Rob Filogomo
Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what other’s think.
My hope is that you get ideas and inspirations from Charlotte, Lesley and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?
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