February 06, 2012

What style blogging has taught me - part I (30X30 Day 6)

So, now that I have reached 100 posts and posted almost as many outfits, I think I can finally share some of the stuff I've learnt in the past 6 months. I'm aiming for a 3 post series on what blogging has taught me and I really hope you like it!

Working your wardrobe

When I started reading style blogs, I was under the misconception that all bloggers have a zillion items of clothing and that they never repeat anything. That bubble burst when I discovered 'remixing'. I realised that each piece of clothing that I own has infinite potential and I can wear it in a countless number of ways. But let me tell you, remixing is much tougher than it sounds. All of us have some tried and trusted combos - tops and skirts that go together, a necklace that goes perfectly with the colours of a dress etc. - that we tend to repeat. And it isn't easy to break out of that rut and come up with new and interesting combos.

But I think, and I say this with a lot of pride, that I've finally come up with a system to make the most of my wardrobe. I take out time atleast once a week, usually when my husband is busy with football, and pick out one or two items of clothing around which I create outfits. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't, but when you have a limited wardrobe, you have to try to mix and match items as creatively as possible! The combos that I like are photographed and filed away to be worn at some point.

For example, yesterday I took on my pink turtleneck, something I don't wear too often, since turtlenecks make me look busty. Here are the three looks I came up with.

Of course, I need to make some changes to make these outfits perfect - I need to add tights to looks with the skirt and with some help from the ladies at the You Look Fab forum, I realised that the charcoal scarf doesn't do my pink and orange outfit any favours - but you get the point right? The moral of the story is simple - you have to put in some hard work to make your wardrobe work for you. :)

I ended up wearing one of the turtleneck outfits today and loving it!

Outfit breakdown
turtleneck - go sport
jeans - pimkie
vest - india (gifted)
boots - india
necklace, earrings - etsy
(on my lips - darling girl cosmetics holo gloss 'pennies from heaven)

I hope you found this post helpful in some way. I would love your feedback on this series, so please leave a comment. :)

P.S. Enter my first ever giveaway here - http://dressupforlife.blogspot.com/2012/02/30x30-day-5-and-1st-giveaway.html.


Tanveer Parmar said...

I really enjoyed reading this post Ki.. It made me think if I'm working my wardrobe enough, & I realised I have a ton of accessories which I hardly ever wear with clothes other than their fixed, designated tops..

Megan said...

Style blogging has definitely taught me a lot about my style and getting more comfortable wearing things that aren't necessarily in my comfort zone. Congrats on 100 posts! :)

Sheila said...

I like the orange and pink together! Remixing is the most fun part, isn't it? I love coming up with new outfits.

Ki said...

Tanveer: Thank you :) I used to do that too, it is only now that I am more adventurous in pairing things together!

Megan: Agreed! I'm even considering boyfriend jeans now :D

Sheila: Thanks! And yes, it is! Now that I'm a little more used to it, I love coming up with creative combinations :)

Style Journey said...

Great post Ki! Blogging and learning to remix definitely helps you look at your wardrobe in a whole new light. Love your pink turtleneck outfit :)

Loren said...

I love the pink & orange together. Style blogging definitely got me out of a similar rut and made me push a few of my boundaries. I get a LOT more complements on my outfits these days. And I feel a lot more confident in them.

Terri said...

It was interesting to get a glimpse of your process. And that vest you're wearing today is gorgeous.

two birds said...

i love these colors on you! i love the mix of pink and orange! and yes, isn't it fun to actually learn from blogs? congrats on the 100 posts!

Soniya said...

I really like your informative post. I always look at my closet and think that I don't have enough clothes; and tend to go with tried and tested combos. I have been thinking of starting my own style blog and reading your post just reinforces that idea. Thanks a lot:)

LyddieGal said...

You are right, we definitely fall into habits of wanting to always pair the same pieces together. It's good to hear you are challenging yourself and making the most of your closet!

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Sara said...

I love this mix of outfits in this posts! Turtlenecks are awesome!

Ki said...

Style Journey: Thank you! And that is exactly what I mean - it changes how you see all your clothes! :D

Loren: I understand what you mean about confidence. I wouldn't have worn this vest here in France before I started blogging - I stood out like a sore thumb in a sea of black, grey and navy!

Ki said...

Terri: Thank you! :) it is traditional Indian printed vest from Jaipur in India!

two birds: Thank you! I love pink and orange together too! :D

Ki said...

Soniya: Wow all the best with starting a blog! :)

Lyddie: Thanks :D

Ki said...

Sara: Thanks! I'll post the other two sometime as well! And I wasn't a turtleneck fan, but now I LOVE them for layering! :D

Frannie Pantz said...

The greatest thing about style blogging is realizing the potential of your wardrobe. It helps you get out of your box a bit while also (hopefully) helping you realize to stay true to you.

Thanks again so much for your comment and birthday wishes Ki. You look just cute as a button as always.

Cna said...

Congrats Ki on 100 posts and I am actually following you to find my own boldness and attitude when it comes to remixing and creating more outfits. Enjoying the 'dressing up for life' lessons. :)