Get Out of that Wardrobe Rut

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Ever get stuck in a wardrobe rut and feel like you’re wearing the same exact pieces the very same ways? I have been guilty of this but wanted to challenge myself – and my readers – to find a piece of clothing and make it work at least three different ways in the coming month.

This ruffle dress (which I’ve featured before) is very versatile. In this post, I’ve tried to showcase a few different styles and offered additional thoughts on how you can pull different pieces together from your wardrobe to create some super fun looks. Here I played off some of the same accessories  – my shoes and bag – but you don’t have to.

Look at the list below for some outfit inspiration and then try it out at home. Please share your pics and ideas on the Facebook page. I look forward to seeing what you put together.

  • A Day at the Office: Pair with feminine heels, oversized shades, a boyfriend blazer and ladylike crossbody.
  • Quirky and Fun: Mix prints and go unexpected with a camo jacket and pumps. Suede booties would look great, too! Style points for pairing blush and shades of green together.
  • Make it a Skirt: By pairing with feminine heels and topping with a black cashmere sweater, you create another look that is fantastic for the office. Consider a leather oversized clutch vs the crossbody.
  • Warm Weather Day:  Wear the dress alone and throw on strappy nude sandals. I love the idea of pairing it with an oversized tote for an afternoon of shopping or running errands with the kids.  Cooler nights? Layer a fitted denim jacket on top and reach for a casual tote (style not shown).
  • Make it a Tunic: Layer a trench dress (like the green one I’ve featured in a previous post) over the pink. Put on skinny jeans, booties and fun accessories like an arm full of leather wrap bracelets or gold bangles (style not shown).


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This outfit is a little grunge, very comfy and elevated just a tad with heels, satchel and black-framed aviator sunglasses.

Want to go all in? Tie a flannel around your waist while still wearing the jacket. Pair with shredded or black denim and combat boots.

I wore this with black leather sandals to lunch/farmer’s market with friends and then put on heels for drinks with the hubby later that afternoon.

Jacket: Banana Republic
Sleeveless Hooded Sweater: A.L.C. (No longer available). Purchased at IntermixOnline

Boyfriend Shorts: Current/Elliott
Shoes: The Nudist Sandal by Stuart Weitzman
Sunglasses: Quay Australia Find this style and others at Aimee boutique
Bag: See by Chloe Satchel (No longer available). Similar option here.

Sweater, Distressed Denim and Color-blocked Bag

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Fall = Sweater Weather. You can never have too many. My husband, however, is never as excited about them as I am and would tell you he doesn’t agree. ; )

This orange crew pullover from Banana Republic can be perfectly paired so many ways.

Amp up a simple go-to sweater and distressed denim skirt with a color-blocked ladylike bag and black pumps.

Stay tuned for more looks wearing this top. I seriously wear it with everything!

It is a great fall staple at a great price. I purchased during a 40 percent off sale.

Shirt: Banana Republic
Skirt: Lovers & Friends. Purchased at Aimee boutique
Purse: Botkier (No longer available). Other Botkier styles here.
Shoes: Banana Republic
Sunglasses: Quay Australia Find this pair and other styles at Aimee boutique

Photos by Andrea Altman Photography

Burgundy and Blush

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Burgundy and Blush. You’re seeing these two colors everywhere this fall… but have you thought about pairing them together?

This fluted print skirt is gorgeous. Simple to throw on and beautiful paired with a blush blouse, this little get up would be great to put into your work wardrobe rotation this fall.

Dress up the skirt with a blouse and pumps or try a black or blush crewneck sweater and ballet flats.

Off-duty? Wear with a black sleeveless sweater hoodie and sneakers.

Consider dressing down the blouse with denim flares and block heels or burgundy skinnies and brown booties. Reach for some gold-rimmed aviators and you’re set!

Skirt: Banana Republic (On Sale)
Blouse: Banana Republic (On Sale in the Store)
Shoes: Banana Republic
Sunglasses: Quay Australia Find this pair and other styles at Aimee boutique
Bag: See by Chloe Satchel (No longer available). Similar option here.

Photos by Andrea Altman Photography

Mustard Sweater Multiple Ways

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Another fall staple every woman should own: a versatile, lightweight crewneck sweater in a pretty color. This top can be layered, dressed up or down and paired with many items already in your closet.

To work or for brunch with girlfriends, try it with gauchos, black pumps a wool hat and satchel. Or opt for a flouncy, feminine skirt.

If you’re going for an off-duty look, you could easily wear the gauchos with sneakers and a baseball cap. You could also throw on a camo jacket or blanket scarf and pair with skinnies and suede booties to run errands or hit up a fall festival.

Thanks to Banana Republic for choosing my recent Instragram photo to feature on their website. See it and shop the look here! The gauchos, sweater, skirt and pumps are in store now.

Back to Basics

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Every woman I know owns a great pair of denim, black pumps and a black sweater of some sort.

They are amazing timeless staples that we reach for time and time again.

I love this effortless look.

Too basic for your taste? Play it up with a fun statement cuff or necklace. Throw on a wool hat. Or pair with a fabulous trench in a bold color.

Shirt: Equipment. Similar look from J Crew here.
Jeans: 3×1
Shoes: Banana Republic

Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (no longer available). Similar here.
Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples.
Hat: Scoop NYC

Photos by Andrea Altman Photography