One of my favorite magic tricks is taking the same piece of clothing and working it in two dramatically different ways. I find power in knowing that my clothes are mine to control, not the other way around. When it came time to shoot The Most Perfect Pleated Skirt, I enlisted the help of stylist Mussie Epstein to pull these looks together. I love her work, and thought I’d take you through exactly why.
The Power of Accessories
For this uber-popular color Mussie wanted to convey easy effortless everyday looks that come together nicely. We used different tops for each of these looks, but the stripe tee could easily be replaced by the solid grey sweater. The magic in these two looks is in the accessories. Merideth’s silver snakeskin booties keep her look light and professional while Lynley’s darker footwear and Pastel Coziest Scarf lend themselves to more casual outings.
Take it to the Dark Side
One of my favorite ways to give the same item a dramatically different look is by pairing it with a different color family. Greens and browns are always beautiful together, and Merideth’s look benefits from a ivory sweater and lighter brown jacket to play with proportions. Lynley is going much darker paired with all black for a dressier evening look. The combination of the Rose top in Black with the Olive green texture is really beautiful.
What everyones loves to hate and loves to wear
Probably the most versatile color known to womankind, there are literally endless things you can do with Black. My favorite styling of this whole shoot has got to be the not-too-preppy look Merideth is wearing. The socks might not be your jam so feel free to swap them for black tights or skip them altogether. Lynley shows how textures really shine when you go full monochrome. Mussie expertly included warm touches in the shoe and jewelry to keep this from being too severe.
These are some of my favorite tricks to rework outfits and get the most out of them- play with the accessories, try different color families, and experiment with patterns and monochrome. Remember that this a quality of quantity game and you'll get a lot more use out of fewer pieces that fit you beautifully and you actually love then a closet full of meh.
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