27 September 2013

15 items = 75+ outfits

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I've been working on this post for ages, and am excited to share it with you today. The point of it is to show you how you can increase the number of outfits in your wardrobe by switching things up using accessories and shoes.

I've chosen these 15 items out of my wardrobe. They were all inexpensive - the total cost of them was NZ$120 (about US$99 / £62 / R994). These 15 items span seasons and can be dressed up or down.

I've included two jackets (one denim, one brown corduroy) and a black waistcoat:

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Five cardigans:

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Three tops (one blouse and two t-shirts):

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A dress, two skirts and a pair of jeans:

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Although they are not all neutrals, all of the tops go with all of the bottoms. In fact, they make over 100 combinations! But a lot of the combinations can look repetitive or boring, and that's where styling comes in.

By styling each combination in different ways you can create different outfits.

Choosing a combination = putting an outfit together
Adding accessories like scarves, jewellery, shoes, tights, belts and hats = styling an outfit

Imagine if you took the 100 combinations and styled each one in three different ways. Suddenly your 15 items of clothing have provided 300 outfits!

This is especially useful if your body is changing, particularly if the changes are temporary, for instance during pregnancy, on a weight loss journey or if you are gaining weight. With more accessories you actually need fewer clothes.

Accessories are generally inexpensive, widely available, and will fit you even if your body changes. Jewellery can be picked up during sales or on eBay, tights are available in all sorts of patterns and colours, scarves are mostly just pieces of fabric and are easy to make, I buy almost all of my belts on eBay, and if I can't find a particular colour of belt that I want I've used ribbon from the dollar store.

To illustrate I thought I'd show you 25 combinations, each styled in different ways to make 75 different outfits. Brace yourself for 100 photos of me.

Combination 1

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Outfits 1, 2 and 3

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Combination 2

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Outfits 3, 4 and 5

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Combination 3

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Outfits 7, 8 and 9

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Combination 4

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Outfits 10, 11 and 12

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Combination 5

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Outfits 13, 14 and 15

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Combination 6

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Outfits 16, 17 and 18

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Combination 7

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Outfits 19, 20 and 21

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Combination 8

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Outfits 22, 23 and 24

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Combination 9

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Outfits 25, 26 and 27

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Combination 10

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Outfits 28, 29 and 30

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Combination 11

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Outfits 31, 32 and 33

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Combination 12

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Outfits 34, 25 and 36

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Combination 13

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Outfits 37, 38 and 39

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Combination 14

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Outfits 40, 41 and 42

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Combination 15

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Outfits 43, 44 and 45

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Combination 16

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Outfits 46, 47 and 48

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Combination 17

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Outfits 49, 50 and 51

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Combination 18

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Outfits 52, 53 and 54

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Combination 19

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Outfits 55, 56 and 57

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Combination 20

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Outfits 58, 59 and 60

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Combination 21

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Outfits 61, 62 and 63

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Combination 22

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Outfits 64, 65 and 66

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Combination 23

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Outfits 67, 68 and 69

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Combination 24

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Outfits 70, 71 and 72

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Combination 25

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Outfits 73, 74 and 75

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Whew! If you made it this far you must really be interested in styling! Now that I've justified my shoe and accessory collection, I'm not sure how I'll be able to justify future clothing shopping trips ;)

I'd love to see your styled outfits, or hear about which ones you liked in this post.

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