Here’s the thing about having a blog, being an influencer, or whatever you want to call it—it does not come with an unlimited budget for buying clothing, travel, accessories, skincare, etc., nor does every single brand I wear send me free clothing. I wish. I posted an Instastory about my current, and very real, addiction to PopChips, and voila, a giant box of PopChips landed on my doorstep. If that happened every time I wore a brand, I may not be writing this post. (Revolve, Faithfull the Brand, Rebecca Taylor, Parker, where are you guys? ) While I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing brands that send me complimentary clothing and accessories, I do have a budget like everyone else and I want to wear things in my closet more than once, even it has been posted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat.
The more intricate a piece is, the less I feel I am able to rewear it multiple times. I’ve talked to enough women that have all expressed the same thing. Even this past weekend, a friend was wearing a fur vest she had worn last year in front of us. Super cute, I might add. She said she was questioning wearing it because we had seen it before. Whaaaat? But that’s the reality. It’s crazy any of us would feel like this, but we do. I definitely need and want to wear clothing again without fear of someone snidely saying, (and this really happened), “Wow, I have definitely seen that outfit before.” With that said, I will be regularly sharing ways to incorporate one or two items into your wardrobe, and how to wear them multiple ways to give them a different look, starting with my favorite coated denim jeans.
I bought the pair I am wearing above last year, but prior to this new pair, I had the same pair of coated denim jeans that I wore all the time for five years. True story. They were so comfortable, but I finally had to trade them in for a newer model. I mean if men can do that and get away with it, why can’t we? (Just checking to make sure my husband is still reading this.) But seriously, it was time for some new ones.
I love the look of these. They have a great sheen, good fit, and they are chic enough for night, but can be dressed appropriately for weekend days or work. But, because they do have a sheen, they tend to bit a bit more memorable. So how do you style these multiple ways so they look different enough?
For this post, I incorporated six pieces to give the jeans a different look and feel. The changes are subtle, intentionally. You don’t need to break the bank to get multiple looks from one item. I am wearing my favorite white v-neck. This is the best white v-neck I have found to date. It’s linked here. It’s one size, has the best texture, so comfy, maintains it’s shape, has stayed true to the original size and it’s still white. I added in a white blazer, a faux fur vest, a black button down and a chambray shirt (all linked below). I am showing this five ways, but with the pieces I have chosen, you can get a few other looks by mixing and matching.
You’ll notice, I have on the same Hermes belt in almost all of these. Linked here. There is a reason for that. It’s reversible from brown to black, and it’s a classic. Yes, this item is on the luxury side, but mixing a few high-end accessories with lower-priced pieces is the best way to tie a look together and give it that added polish. I have three pairs of shoes for these five looks, but you can create these looks with only one pair, or two.
I have tied in two bags: one that I use all the time. It’s a higher-end piece and I’ve linked it here. And the second is a fun accent piece, similar linked here. I don’t have a ton of bags because I tend to find two per season, one for day, and one for night. I will typically swap our my everyday bag for a clutch like the one I have shown when I’m going out. As a busy mom I just don’t have a lot of time to switch bags daily, and neither do busy twenty and thirty-somethings and so forth. You might not be chasing down children, but you are definitely racing from place–to-place.
Wearing a white blazer, white v-neck, denim, Hermes belt and booties.
I paired this look with a blazer because it tones down the coated denim. With the sheen of the denim and a simple t-shirt, the blazer is a must so this look will feel more formal and work appropriate. This certainly will not work for every office environment, but if you work in a more causal office, this is an easy polished look. I also love black and white together. It’s simple and always on trend. A black or grey blazer would also look great with this. I would not wear a cardigan or bomber jacket. That would be too casual for the office. However, that would be a great weekend day look for a tailgate or brunch. You could also add in a camo jacket, which is perfectly on trend right now.
I’ve mixed brown and black together with the shoes and belt. I think it gives the outfit an unexpected twist. If you do that, just make sure your shoes and belt match. Of course, you can always do a black belt, and black shoes, or no belt, or add in a pair of fun heels in a dark floral, green or plaid pattern.
Linked what I am wearing and a few other pieces below.
For this, I am wearing all of what I had on for the work look, minus the blazer. This is an easy, simple, casual look, and is a go-to for me. While I am technically wearing a t-shirt and jeans, because I have on coated denim and booties, along with the belt and fun clutch, it gives the outfit a more upscale look than if I had on traditional denim and t-shirt. The accessories are key. Add in a different bracelet, fun chandelier earrings and cute clutch and the outfit can easily take you through the day.
Chambray All Day
This is an easy weekend look, or casual dinner look. I love chambray and coated denim together. It pairs down the coated denim, but the jeans still give it an extra edge because of the sheen, making it work for day or night. You’ll notice the belt is the same, but reversed. I added black booties and a cross-body bag. Not a lot of changes between any of the three looks shown. You don’t need to have a huge wardrobe, but get a few staples and swap accessories and shoes. If you love chambray as much as I do, take a look to see it paired with traditional denim.
Back in Black
For spring and summer, you will almost always see me in red, white or blue. Come fall and winter, it’s black and grey. I could live in all black for those two seasons. There is something about all black that always looks fantastic. It’s slimming, it’s polished, it’s a no-brainer—you actually don’t have to think to make this work, and you likely have some variation of this already. I have on a very inexpensive button down that I love and have in multiple colors. It’s the best fit and the fabric does not wrinkle. I swapped out the booties for a fun pair of heels to give this look a twist and a little pop. I would wear this to work or dinner and a date. This is a go-to, and does not require a lot of effort. For a bag, the clutch I had on above works, or add in a clutch in a fun pop of color like red or a bold yellow, stripes or camo.
The only difference between this and the first two looks shown is the vest. Any faux fur vest will work. Brown, grey, black, multi-colored or a solid bordeaux. This outfit is great for Apres Ski, but if you don’t ski or Apres, this is still super cute for a night out with the girls or a date night. It’s simple, easy and chic.