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1 mini capsule wardrobe, 3 days, 3 outfits

By IN Create Outfits, Find Clothes You'll Love

outfit ideas: 3-day weekend

 

After creating this 3-day capsule wardrobe for a Labor Day weekend getaway to New York City as a planning tool for my own trip, I got to take it out for a spin. This is how I wound up mixing and matching those pieces for the 3 days.

(My actual wardrobe varied slightly, based on the weather forecast for that weekend, but here I’m using the pieces from the original capsule wardrobe to show how it can be combined into different outfit ideas.)

Day 1: Travel There and the Whitney Museum

I first discovered the travel suitability of a knit maxi skirt on our summer trip to Europe where it took me through several hours of airports, airplanes and Tube travel, so although I’d originally planned to wear the Bermuda shorts as a travel outfit, I decided to go with the tried-and-true instead.

On the train, I wore the long-sleeved button down cotton shirt over a sleeveless travel top because the A/C was on full blast (the scarf came in handy for this, too). Once we got to the city and started our afternoon walking the High Line in full sun, I was happy to take it off and have the tank top underneath.

The other advantage of wearing a maxi skirt for travel was that I was able to wear the same outfit all day, on into our late afternoon and early evening visit to the new Whitney Museum. (What a spectacular building and collection. Go!)

Day 2: Sightseeing and Shopping

The second day was much more casual: the Statue of Liberty in the morning, Midtown shopping in the afternoon. A printed tee and shorts (cropped denim in this capsule) was all I needed, and I was glad to have my sun hat tucked into my shoulder bag when we were on the ferry.

That night we took a bus tour so I changed back into the maxi skirt to keep my legs covered, knowing we’d be sitting on the upper, open deck of the bus. I added the scarf again, too.

Day 3: Central Park and Travel Back

Monday was the warmest of the three days, so I wore black travel shorts and a striped tee (¾ sleeves in the capsule, but short sleeves IRL). By the time we finished walking through part of Central Park, we were quite warm and I was happy I remembered to bring a hand fan with me on the trip.

Knowing the train would probably be cold again, I put the long-sleeve shirt and scarf in the outer pocket of my suitcase so I could put them on after we boarded.

I wore the Puma flats the second two days because they had more padding and support. While it was nice to have open top sandals on Day One, my feet wanted something more substantial after that.

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How to wear a maxi skirt in winter

By IN Create Outfits

Outfit idea: How to wear a maxi skirt in winter

Last summer a flowing knit maxi skirt quickly became one of my favorite things to wear. It was somehow both chic and sporty, and could be dressed up or dressed down.

Once the temperatures started dropping, I hung it in my closet and initially forgot about it as my outfits turned to heavier fabrics, like wool and denim.

Maybe it was boredom from weeks of wearing those more wintry clothes, but for a friend’s New Year’s Day open house, I was inspired to pull it out and pair it with a new cowl neck sweater.

The result was an outfit that was a little dressy and a lot comfortable. Worn over leggings with silver ankle boots, it was plenty warm, too.

Now I’m going to work it into my winter wardrobe rotation. For a dressier evening look during an evening out with friends, I think I’ll pair it with a turtleneck and blazer, knit tights and knee-high boots.

Both outfits will work with a simple structured bag, like the one shown here. For a finishing touch, I always like a bit of bling, whether it’s a long sparkling pendant or a chunkier be-jeweled statement necklace.

Mamas, are you winter skirt wearers? How do you create outfits that are both warm and dressy?

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Day to night outfit idea: Summer tunic top

By IN Create Outfits, Find Clothes You'll Love, Find Your Style, Personal Style, Try This Thursdays

day to night outfit idea: summer tunic top

Tunic tops are so easy to wear, and flattering to most body types, they make a versatile piece of a summer wardrobe.

This outfit idea takes a brightly colored J. Crew Factory tunic from day to night in summer style.

The shoulder strap straw bag will carry you through the day.

If you really want to keep things easy, split the difference and create a dressier casual look that can be worn to brunch in the morning or cocktails in the evening with equal ease: keep the daytime cropped pants and wear them with the evening outfit’s sandals and chunky necklace.

Fab mamas, how do you like to wear tunic tops?

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Outfit idea: Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo

By IN Advice, Create Outfits, Find Your Style, Personal Style, Work It Wednesdays

Outfit idea: Casual chic basics from Uniqlo's Ines de la Fressange collection
Weekend chic outfit idea: Polka dot collared shirt + red cardigan + grey knit pants
Red handbag and flats make perfect coordinating items for this weekend chic outfit idea with a red cardigan.

// the outfit [level 3/casual Friday] //
shirt: Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo / cardigan: Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo / leggings pants: Uniqlo / flats: Cole Haan [similar] / handbag: Kate Spade Wellesley Small Maeda [1 available on eBay]

Ever since Uniqlo added online shopping to its U.S. website, it’s become one of my go-to places for affordable wardrobe basics.

I was especially happy to hear about the special collection created in partnership with French style icon Ines de la Fressange. This button-down shirt and cardigan are both from that collection.

The shirt turned out to be a very lightweight cotton, not too surprising for a $29.90 item, so it will work best as a layering piece or in warmer weather. I liked the little design touches: contrasting floral print under the collar and cuffs, and a single buttonhole outlined in red thread.

The cardigan is a nice soft weight with a cashmere blend, nicely priced as well. I opted for red; I wear it a lot as an accent color but I didn’t already have a red cardigan.

And speaking of red as an accent color, I had to go with my red flats and handbag. Call it matchy-matchy if you want, but I like the way the coordinating color ties everything together.

The pants are Uniqlo, too, and ladies, these are genius. Uniqlo calls them “leggings pants.” Sounds suspiciously like jeggings, right? But they’re much better than that. They’re not as tight as a legging, but they have the styling of jeans (waistband with belt loops, faux zipper placket, button at the waistband) and the softness of knit pants.

Think of them as your new replacement for yoga pants on the weekend.


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Drab to fab: Parent teacher conference outfit idea

By IN Create Outfits, Find Clothes You'll Love, Find Your Style, More Fabulous Fridays, Personal Style

drab to fab: parent teacher conference

More Fabulous Fridays: Wrap up your work week with a working mom style treatKick your outfits up a notch. Drab to Fab shows you how to choose clothes for your everyday outfits that will make you feel like a more confident, put-together version of you.

Whether you work outside the home or not, you want to make a good impression when you meet with your children’s teacher for a parent-teacher conference.

Here’s how this dressy casual parent teacher conference outfit idea goes from Drab to Fab.

  • Fit. Don’t hide your beautiful curves in clothes that are too loose or baggy. A fit that’s more streamlined (notice I didn’t say “tight”) will look sleek and chic.
  • Color. You don’t have to throw away all the black, but why not punch it up with a pop of color (as they say in the fashion mags)? I know I always feel better when I’m wearing my favorite shades.

And clogs keep feet happy, but there are other comfortable casual shoe options, too. I like the cut-outs on these Keds sneakers. (Just make sure your sock selection is worth showing off!)

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Working mom outfit idea: Winter classic

By IN Create Outfits, Find Your Style, Personal Style, Work It Wednesdays

Working mom outfit idea: Uniform of classic pieces
You probably have the pieces for this outfit uniform in your closet

// the outfit [level 3/casual Friday] //
sweater: Old Navy [similar] / shirt: LOFT [similar] / patterned denim: Habitual Cinch hi-rise skinny [similar] / boots: Aerosoles [similar] / necklace: Kate Spade [rent it]

Work It Wednesdays: Working mom outfit photos and ideasThe pieces of this outfit are almost a checklist of classic wardrobe items: cashmere crewneck sweater, check; white button-down shirt, check; black pants, check; knee-high leather boots, check.

Put them together and you have an outfit uniform most of us might already have hanging in our closets.

The difference between your version of the uniform and someone else’s are in the details.

For me, that includes the bling-y rhinestone and pearl necklace peeking out from under the collar of the button-down shirt and the subtle snakeskin pattern on the black denim pants.

What would your version of this outfit idea look like?


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How to master layering

By IN Create Outfits, Find Your Style, How-To Tuesdays, Personal Style

Master the art of layering clothes for outfit creativity and variation

The genius of a capsule wardrobe is the ability to create lots of different outfits from just a few pieces. And the way you do that is often through layering.

How-To Tuesdays: Style advice and answers for working momsThe more creative you get with your layers, the more variation you can get with your outfits. Especially at the end of a cold weather season that seems to last forever, outfit variation can save you from style boredom.

How to master layering for more creative outfits

If your layering technique previously stopped at “sweater over shirt” or “long shirt over short,” try these tips for mixing it up.

Aside from its creativity, layering is just downright practical. Getting more wear from fewer things works on a big scale (letting you trim down your wardrobe and gain more closet space) and a small one (packing is easier the less you need to bring).


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