How One Piece can be Changed & an Ageless Style Linkup
Quote of the day: “The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than growing with them.” Bernard M. Baruch
This wonderful theme of how you can transform one piece into another was the brain child of Nicole from our Ageless Style Group. If you want more inspiration and incredible ideas, then make sure to visit all of the other 9 women involved listed below. And feel free to join in the link up too!
The three of us introduced you to this concept with our accessories just yesterday, and now we will try some clothing options. Now let me confess that this is not how my brain works. I am a person that categorizes an item, and then it’s always in that category. However, my mother is someone who thinks outside the box this way. So with her contributions and my love of reading blogs, I have learned and experimented with some of these ideas.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: This is my example of how I changed up a coat into a tunic.
When I purchased this jacket over 5 years ago, the sales associate gave me this idea. She said that one of her customers wore this coat to a party as a dress, and showed me how I could do it. Of course, in the back of my head, I was thinking that I would never do that. But, here I am wearing it as a tunic. Another case that I should never say never.
I tried to change it up to look more like a tunic by using a different belt. That’s one trick I have learned over the years, that taking off the belt that comes with an item and using another one, can make a wonderful difference.
I ended up wearing olive green leggings with this outfit.
That’s not the original way I styled this outfit. I actually started with white leggings, but it looked too funny. I could have resorted to black leggings, since they go with everything, but I always like to be a little adventurous for you. But let’s imagine that a dark grey legging, navy legging or black would look fabulous too.
The grey booties have been worn quite a bit since I received them from Soft Surroundings. I had them on originally with the white leggings, but kept them on even with the olive green leggings, just to lighten the outfit. Of course, black or brown booties could have worked too.
Since there are zippers and an asymmetrical neckline to this jacket, I decided to forgo a necklace and stick with some fun earrings. I have been buying quite a few tassel earrings lately, and if you like the look too, then here are a couple more. This is an ombre pair, a lighter pair or even a combo color that would be fantastic especially if you are a Bronco football team fan.
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: The one piece that we chose for Nancy to change up was her kimono.
This wasn’t my unique idea, since just recently I saw a blogger wear a kimono as a top. Can I remember who it was? Of course not, but I thought it was a brilliant idea. It took a little pinning and taping in order to keep the kimono closed, but I had Nancy wear a shirt under it just in case.
I like how the kimono created more of an asymmetrical look once we pinned it closed. And this way, it actually stays up on Nancy’s shoulders better.
Of course, if this seems like too much work, there are always kimono tops that you could purchase. This one is a darker color for the winter months, this one is a blouse, so has buttons to keep it together, and this one even has longer sleeves and a belt.
We chose a burgundy necklace and shoes to accessorize the look.
Burgundy is one of those colors that always makes me think of fall. We recently paired it with blush, and yet it works nicely with the yellow too.
The ankle strap shoes are everywhere lately, and they make walking so much more comfortable. If you are looking for a lower heel, then this pair could be perfect for you. Or if you loved the pair that I received from Jambu, then don’t forget to use the discount code: JTouch17 in order to get 10 % off.
Nancy has worn this kimono a couple of times before on the blog. The first time was as a cover up over her jumpsuit. She’s also worn it with the ties knotted in the front. It really goes to show that kimonos can be quite versatile when you play with them.
Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: The one piece that we transformed for my mother was her bathing suit cover up from our beach style post.
It was Laura’s comment when she said “I’d love to see her style it a different way too” that made me think to have my mom wear this for this post. When I wrote about the beach and highlighted cover ups, it made me realize that we don’t always need a piece just for a specific event. You can certainly use a tunic, scarf or flowy, maxi dress for the same function as a cover up.
Like I explained earlier, my mom is creative with how she wears her items. Just recently she wore a night shirt as a shirt under her cardigan. And then there was the time that my mom bought a jewelry box and ended up using it as a purse.
My mom luckily loves color almost as much as I do, and so she wore this tunic over a column of red. I remember when red jeans were a big deal, and I couldn’t ever imagine wearing such a bright colored jean. Luckily I’ve gotten over that, and I hope I inspire you too.
If red jeans still scare you, then maybe you’d consider a burgundy pair? Since we just talked about the color blush a couple of weeks, ago, you could also consider a pink pair of jeans as something fun and different.
I was super happy to see my mom incorporate more color into her footwear with her Mochiis.
Print shoes are an easy way to incorporate more color into any outfit. And considering they don’t take up much real estate on your body, it’s not like most people fixate on them too much. So don’t feel shy! Invest in some fun footwear!
The options are truly endless for print shoes, but I’ll give you a couple of options under $50. These are black & white but certainly aren’t boring. Of course, leopard print works with so many colors too. But floral is also a nice way to keep your sneakers looking more feminine.
I was laughing with another blogger, about how my mom claimed to “whip up” this bathing suit cover up. But really, it was just a rectangle that she sewed up the sides except for the armholes. Certainly easy enough for many of us beginners.
I’d love to know if you get creative with your clothing in this manner? Do you take one piece and make it something that it wasn’t intended to be?
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For your shopping pleasure, I rounded up some great tunics under $50. I figured, since the 3 of us ended up wearing changing our one piece to a tunic, I could find others for you too.