Opportunities to Mix and Match Clothes- How to Think Outside the Box

Opportunities to Mix and Match Clothes- How to Think Outside the Box

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Opportunities to Mix and Match Clothes- How to Think Outside the Box with the Magnificent 8

Mix and match is basically thinking outside the box. It’s certainly the best way to get more variety in your closet and also good for your brain!! So I hope you join the Magnificent 8 as we all showcase some form of mix and match with our clothing.

Quote of the day: ” If you don’t have a crazy Facebook friend, you are the crazy Facebook friend.” Jimmy Kimmel

This quote is appropriate only because I have a feeling some of you think I’m the crazy one. For some reason it just tickles my fancy to find different ways to wear the same thing. I’ve talked about it many times on the blog before!
And I hope these ideas give you lots of inspiration. Make sure to check out all the magnificent 8 women because you never know if it will be something you can use.

Other mix and match ideas
Interesting Ideas of Why and How to For Layering a Skirt Over a Dress
5 Ways to Wear a Skirt, and Only 1 Way is as a Skirt
It’s the Chinese New Year Collaboration–check out my mom’s “purse”

Mix and match a belt to wear as a scarf

Charlotte and Her Scarf/Belt

Pants: Chicos c/o~~ Top: Jones New York~~ Shoes: St. John’s Bay-thrifted ~~ Scarf/Belt: ~~ Purse: Style & Co

This woven belt was given to my mom as a gift from a friend. She’s sure it is from a craft fair and was hand woven. It’s one of those piece that could be worn as two entirely different items.

Other times Charlotte has used this trick
What to Wear to a Thrift Store
Styling the Crochet Fashion Trend for Mature Women

Mix and match a skirt as a dress

Lesley Mix and Match Times Two

Dress/Skirt: Metro Wear-thrifted~~Sweater: Joseph A~ Shoes: Walking Cradles c/o~~Purse/Decor: Used as her purse when her daughter got married

Lesley found this wonderful skirt/dress at Goodwill when I had selected it as part of my curation rack for the Grand Opening celebration. It’s a beautiful burgundy with a tulle overlay. The funny thing is how she came up with this idea.
She was standing around with the skirt on and trying on different tops. In between looking through her closet, she pulled it up to cover the girls (instead of standing around half naked) and TADA, came up with the idea!!

Lesley shared that she’s done this at home with dresses/skirts but never to wear out in public. However, this time, she found a cardigan that incorporated the same colors and thought it worked wonderfully!! A belt gives it some waist definition and the strapless idea makes it feel so contemporary.
Heck, it’s an easy way to shorten a skirt that might be too long, also.

BTW, Lesley included extra credit as her purse is usually part of her wall decor in her guest bedroom. Which is a great reminder that our clothing or accessories can also be wall decorations.

Wearing a top as a scarf for mix and match

Jodie’s Crazy

Skirt: Eva Franco-thrifted~~ Sweater: Cabi-thrifted~~ Boots: Bertie -thrifted ~~ Scarf/Top: Radzoli ~~ Purse:

I had so many ideas for this mix and match outside the box idea. In fact, one of my favorite things I’ve learned since I’ve been blogging is how you can style your dress either as a top or a skirt.
Yet I know many women still have trouble incorporating that onto their bodies. SO this time I took another route.

This sheer top I’ve worn when I was discussing halftees this last summer. Sheer pieces are always a plus in the heat of the summer because I can have some coverage yet it’s not too much.
Notice the gold rings on the sleeves. I wasn’t sure that wearing it as a scarf would work with those in place. Yet, they acted almost as scarf clips so I could thread the longer parts through it and keep it from being overwhelming.

Insider tip: I have discussed many scarf clip options on YouTube!


The secret to discovering how pieces can mix and match like this is to stop categorizing them. It’s not any different than when I knitted a skirt for a friend, but I wasn’t there when I gave it to her. So she thought it was an infinity scarf.
Therefore, it can help to describe the item instead. For instance my top above, is a sheer piece of material with 2 openings. This sounds very much like an infinity scarf, so why not try it that way?? Depending on the material, it may or may not work, but you’ll never know until you try.

Another secret is to be open to new ideas. It may sound like the silliest thing ever to wear your long skirt as a dress, but you may be surprised at how good it looks.
It’s also very helpful to stop limiting yourself to only women’s clothing or the “size” you wear. I have found that some of my husbands shirts, can be the best tunics!!

And lastly, make sure to keep following us because we are always looking to make your closet a place that works for you!!

Magnificent 8

The Magnificent 8 is a collaboration among 8 stylish women, each in a different age bracket, ranging from early 20’s to early 80’s. The mission of this collaboration is to show you just how ageless style is, how we can each dress however we’d like and in ways that make us feel fabulous. There are no age restrictions on style. So wear what you want, when you want, add a smile, and strut your style with confidence. And be sure to check out all of these amazing women!
But not every post goes live at the same time, so if it’s not up when you check them out, I hope that you will check back later!!! It’s hard when we are all in different time zones.

Magnificent 8

Let me introduce the ladies of The Magnificent 8. We are showing that you can’t put a number on style!

The Other Posts With the Magnificent 8

July 25, 2018: The Magnificent 8 Showcase: Life’s a Beach
October 31, 2018: The Magnificent 8 are Distressed
January 30, 2019: The Magnificent 8 Work Out in Winter
April 24, 2019: The Magnificent 8 Mix Patterns in Pastels
July 31, 2019: The Magnificent 8 in Little White Dresses
October 30, 2019: The Magnificent 8 in Animal Prints
January 29, 2020: The Magnificent 8 Style Heirlooms
April 29, 2020: How Does Our Garden Grow?
July 29, 2020: Yes YOU Can Wear Yellow with the Magnificent 8
October 28, 2020: Styling Pink and Pearls for the Magnificent 8
January 27, 2021: Opportunities to Mix and Match Clothes- How to Think Outside the Box

Mix and match an item

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

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