8 Outfits From My Closet

Are you ready for the ultimate shop-my-closet post? Well, here it is! Yesterday, my friend Steph came over to help me put together some looks all from a few pieces that I already had in my closet. She’s a personal stylist for a living and so talented at making outfits that look effortlessly chic.

I have been so uninspired lately in getting dressed and I often stand in front of my closet and have no idea what to put on so I end up reaching for the same things over and over. I really wanted to get out of that slump without buying a whole new wardrobe so I asked Steph for her help.

At the end of a very quick but effective hour-long styling session, we ended up with 8 great outfits for late winter/early spring as well as a list of a few things that I had to buy including:

Veja Sneakers
Tretorn Sneakers (She says to size down)
Levi’s Wedgie Icon Fit Jeans in Neutral (See them below in blue)
Everlane Tee (Mine has a pocket but she insisted I need one without!)

She also taught me one of her styling rules of thumb:

Always layer 3 pieces in an outfit with pants, unless one piece makes a statement (not including shoes and accessories). So, for example, you can see jeans with a tee and sweater below but if you scroll down you’ll see white jeans with a blouse. That has only two layers but the flouncy sleeves and interesting shape make it a statement piece.

Sorry for the terrible photos. I took them as a reference for myself but then decided late last night to share them here!

If I’ve learned anything from this exercise, it’s that sometimes you just need to look at your clothing with a fresh set of eyes… and that it’s truly time to figure out my mirror selfie situation!

Above: Ba&sh Paris Sweater (50% off) / BlankNYC Moto Jacket / J.Crew Jeans / Everlane Sneakers (gifted) / TDE Phone Case (throughout)

Old Cardigan (Similar here) / Everlane Tee / Madewell Skirt (Old but similar here) / Tretorn Sneakers (not pictured)

Madewell Skirt (Old but similar here) / BlankNYC Moto Jacket / Reformation Bodysuit / Tretorn Sneakers (not pictured)

Old Blouse (Similar here)/ J.Crew Jeans / Jenni Kayne Mules

Madewell Jeans (Great jeans but size down!) / Reformation Bodysuit / BlankNYC Moto Jacket

LoveShackFancy Dress / BlankNYC Moto Jacket / Carolina Santo Domingo Bag

Old Cardigan (Similar here) / Everlane Tee / Levi’s Wedgie Jeans / Jenni Kayne Mules

Zara Dress (old but similar here) / Moto Jacket / Jenni Kayne Mules / Husband

Which one is your favorite?

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  1. Kathleen said:

    I reallllllyyy love the outfit you ended up with as well as the LoveShackFancy dress with the moto jacket!

    3.11.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      That was our favorite one too! Can’t wait until it’s warm enough to wear that.

      3.12.20 · Reply
  2. Caroline Dodd said:

    I feel like this is maybe a similar top to the one you pictured!

    http://bit.ly/3cS22wT

    3.11.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Good call, adding it into the post now!

      3.12.20 · Reply
  3. Libby said:

    I am loving the neutral tones for the winter-spring transition! I love love the outfit you wore for the panel. And yes girl, wear that Chanel more because she is beautiful and needs to be shown off! She also goes with anything! (have a habit of naming our luxury bags, so thats why I am referring to yours as a she, lolol)

    Happy hump day!

    Libby
    https://premedwearspearls.blogspot.com/

    3.11.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Oh, she’s definitely a she! And I know you’re right, I just get so nervous that I’m going to mess her up!

      3.11.20 · Reply
  4. Olga said:

    Such great tips, I love all of these outfits!

    Olga
    http://www.littlethingsolga.com

    3.11.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Thanks Olga!

      3.12.20 · Reply
  5. Rebecca said:

    I love all these outfits, but what is the reason for needing two different pair of NEW fashion casual sneakers? Also confused why you need to buy a T just because she said you need it, when you already have one so similar? Just seems like a good way to slowly chip away at fashion waste by only needing one of each of these items. If you said she suggested these items, but I fear down in this way, it would relate more closely with the image you are trying to portray If you said she suggested these items, but I fear down in this way, it would relate more closely with the image you are trying to portray I would think. Not trying to be snarky- just seems a little tone deaf!

    3.11.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Hi Rebecca! Great points for sure. Most women have a ton of flats or heels but I feel most comfortable in sneakers so I felt like 3 pairs felt good for me so that I have options. I realize that’s not everyone’s style but it’s what works for me!

      And having two white tees is also something that makes sense for my closet because I wear them almost every day.

      To be clear, I’m not trying to portray any image. I’m just trying to be me! And I know I don’t always make sense or do everything the perfect way but it’s who I am. Hope that makes sense.

      3.11.20 · Reply
  6. Carolyn said:

    Hello! What size are you wearing in the Moto jacket?

    3.11.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      I’m wearing an XS

      3.11.20 · Reply
  7. Erica said:

    These are all so good!

    3.11.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Yay thank you!

      3.12.20 · Reply
  8. Gilly said:

    Love this – I have so many nice individual pieces and am always unsure as to how to put them together! Thanks for the ideas.

    Now, excuse my stupidity! Always layer 3 pieces in an outfit with pants, unless one piece makes a statement (not including shoes and accessories)………
    does this mean if you are wearing pants and a ‘simple’ top you need to add in a third piece? And what is that if not accessories? I live in a warm climate so not sure what extra piece to add! Sorry if this is a silly question

    I’d love to see a post with more of these rules…..even taking one rule at a time and showing examples of it – paint by numbers! Thanks x

    3.12.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      That isn’t stupid at all! That is what she says as a stylist. I don’t think that is always the case but a good rule if you’re going out somewhere. I guess a cardigan or blazer or jacket? She said for black or white jeans, it’s ok to do just two piecesif that helps!

      3.12.20 · Reply
      • Gilly said:

        Thank you 🙂 That is interesting re black and white jeans – I have learned so much! I’ll have to do some more research! I love the idea of some basic rules for dressing.

        3.13.20 · Reply
  9. lynn said:

    I don’t think that you need to justify your purchases. Just buy and wear what you enjoy, don’t get tripped over the sustainability issue. Legions of bloggers buy from WM, A, etc and never offer apologies. The consumer must do their own investigation.

    3.12.20 · Reply