3. Navy and white striped shirt - C Wonder - $15 with code SALE50 (exact)
4. Navy button-up - Forever 21 - $23 (similar)
5. Printed ankle pant - C Wonder - $42.50 with code SALE50 (exact)
When I got serious about building a versatile wardrobe I had to learn how to mix and match. It is simply the best way to stretch your budget. Here I am a year later and I consider myself fairly good at the whole mix and match game but this challenge was a big stretch! In all honesty...I had some doubts about whether or not I could pull this off. 7 pieces...including shoes?! But it forced me to get creative and I'm so glad I did it. I really like my picks. They are different enough that you could wear all 7 outfits on a week-long vacation and not be an "outfit-repeater". And yes, I was an over-achiever and did 8.
How I did it:
-It definitely helps to pick a color scheme. I chose one of my favorite combinations- navy and yellow.
-2 interest pieces: the printed C Wonder pants & the navy striped C Wonder shirt
-1 convertible button-up (can go long to short sleeves) in a color that goes with both pants.
-1 solid color that matches with both pants and that can be worn under all of the shirts. I chose a marigold color.
-1 convertible layering piece: the chambray. Can be worn on its own or over the other shirts (buttoned up, tied, tucked, open, the options are numerous).
-1 basic pair of pants that goes with all the tops. I chose ivory.
-1 pair of basic (yet totally cute) shoes. I went with my Tory Burch white on white flats. They go with just about everything I own. They were on sale for $130 at an outlet store and they have more than paid for themselves with how often I wear them! (I could not find these online anywhere so I linked to a similar pair.)
So, let's do the math...
Total cost of clothes/shoes: $258.50 divided by 8 outfits = $32.31 an outfit
Did you do the challenge? If so be sure to leave me a comment so I can go check it out. :)