One of my favourite things about writing a fashion blog is that it forces me to get creative with my wardrobe to avoid recycling the same outfits. Since I have a fairly minimalist collection, it’s hard to keep up with other bloggers on Instagram who seem to have a new closet every day and never have to wear the same thing twice. However, I love a good challenge and I always want to walk the walk, which means finding a way to reinvent pieces and pair them up differently to create new outfits on a budget!
…Which is exactly what I was doing when I came across this look. Normally, I probably wouldn’t have thought about pairing up two items that were completely opposite in function (professional vs. cozy), colour (white vs. black), and season (spring/summer vs. fall/winter). But, I decided to give it a go when I had literally gone through every other top that I owned and had nothing left to loose.
I’m not sure what it is, but I’m obsessed with this look. Not meaning to brag, but the few times that I’ve worn it, I’ve received a ton of compliments! It’s also fantastic in the sense that it’s totally versatile – professional on the bottom, comfort on the top. Can’t beat that, friends. You could rock this at the office, school (Depending on your age, of course), a party, a date…hell, even rock it to your family BBQ coming up this weekend. This look can do all that and more (with a side of Sham-WOW, anyone?)!
As with almost everything on this blog, this look is also really affordable and can definitely be created with things you already own yourself! I purchased this skirt from a super cute, local boutique (if you’re from Calgary, you’ve got to go check out Adorn Boutique right now, and thank me later) and it was designed by Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. The turtleneck was purchased from Garage last year for $10 (similar version here), and the booties are from Nine West. I got them at a Sears Outlet with my mother for $20 when I was 14 and damn, they’ve served me well. But any black booties or shoes would look great with this outfit. The necklace was from RW&Co for under $10. I’ve found a similar version from Forever21 here. My bag is from Kate Spade and was a gift from my darling boyfriend as a reward for surviving a brutal class in university. I love Kate Spade designs and they have sales like crazy, so they’re definitely a great designer brand if you have champagne taste on an apple juice budget.
Let me know your thoughts on this look in the comments or over on social media! Do you ever try to reinvent your wardrobe with things you already have, or pair up total opposites and love the result?
As always, thanks for stopping by, and I can’t wait to see you back here soon!