calm, cool, collected

Hellllooo Saturday! It feels so good to catch a breath of fresh air after two weeks of non-stop work at my “real job”. I’ve missed blogging the past ten days or so, but sometimes real life comes first. Still, you know what they say,”Don’t quit your daydream”. I’m back this lovely Saturday sharing how to keep things mixed with a limited wardrobe.

I have less than fifteen tops in my wardrobe right now (I’ll be sharing my entire collection of tops in the next few days), which makes choosing what to wear a pretty simple process in the mornings. I won’t kid you, though – things can get pretty  boring if you go with a straightforward top + pants combo every day. I simply don’t have the quantity of clothes to do this without looking like I’m wearing the same thing all the time. However, with a little creativity and some layering (especially in these cooler months) you can find an almost endless amount of combinations in a basic wardrobe, which keeps you from getting bored. Take a look at how I styled this chambray shirt three different ways for three totally different looks and occasions.

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calm

By layering a chambray shirt with a casual jacket and scarf, the chambray shirt sort of fades out of sight. It’s a more casual version of the classic white button-up. This relaxed look is great for running errands. I wore the chambray shirt with a pair of very dark denim to avoid looking like I was wearing the same color head-to-toe.

shirt: similar from Urban Outfitters | jacket: Nordstrom | jeans: old from 7 For All Mankind; similar here | shoes: Converse

cool

To keep things casual but cool for a date night out, pair a chambray shirt with a flare skirt and some knee high boots. For a more flirty look, you could opt for a pair of black leather heels. I kept things minimal with almost no jewelry, but if the look is too simple for you, add a statement necklace.

skirt: Old Navy (and less than $5!!) | boots: old from Nordstrom; similar here | purse: Kate Spade; similar here | sunglasses: Ray Ban

collected

A black wrap dress is a great article of clothing to own for work, church, or any more formal occasion. To mix things up, try adding a button up layer underneath, especially on a day with cooler weather. It still looks polished enough for work, but adds some visual interest and makes the outfit more modest if the wrap dress is somewhat low cut (as they often are). If the chambray shirt is too casual for work, try the same look with a classic white button-up instead.

dress: old from Gap; similar here | flats: Tory Burch

See how easy it is to wear the same top without looking like you’re sporting the same outfit day after day?

What is your must-have, most versatile piece of clothing?

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