Clothed with Grace: Pinspiration to Reality: Shop Your Closet

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pinspiration to Reality: Shop Your Closet

















I'm super excited to be starting a little series this week, obviously called "Pinspiration to Reality."  I've taken a two month hiatus from my dress clothes, and honestly I needed to do a little brushing up on how to dress up.  Where better to look than my friend Pinterest!  I started thinking about all the times I've tried looks and failed, so I thought it would be fun to share with you all some tips for pinspiration success.

The first tip is to shop your closet.  When I'm pinning things I often times think, oh, I have a gingham top like that, and pin the look. BUT what if I don't have any of the other pieces to complete the look?  That's where this tip comes in: think about what you have that's a similar shape or color in you closet before heading to the mall to recreate your new favorite pinned look.

Here's my inspiration today from Little Miss Fearless. I loved this look, but didn't have the exact pieces in my closet, so I improvised.  I decided to wear my striped tank dress as a skirt, and changed out the white tee for a button-up.  I had similar sandals, but wanted to wear my espadrilles instead.  I guess another tip would be: don't play dress up, make the look your own. Here's my take:


A tip to pulling off the dress to skirt idea is in the layering.  I put a white cami over the tank dress to cover up the stripes on top before adding the white button-down; this help makes a more clean and polished      look. I then tied the shirt in the front, which might be my favorite new trend.

What tips do you have for pinning success?









Jacket: The Limited (circa 2004ish?) similar
Button Down: ? (fashion swap) similar
Dress as skirt: Target $15  same
Necklace: ebay $10 same(ish)
Bracelets: Stella and Dot Triple WrapRenegadeMoxie
Shoes: JCrew (circa 2005ish?) similar

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Also, have you entered to my jewelry giveaway here yet?


34 comments:

  1. super cute! u pulled off her look so well :)

    XO Meghan
    citrusrefreshingfashion.blogspot.com

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  2. I love your outfit! The mint bubble necklace is a perfect compliment to the coral. I try to recreate pinterest looks with items I already own as well. It doesn't have to be a perfect match, I just use it as inspiration!

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  3. Such a great outfit - I love this series idea! And those SHOES. Gorg.

    ashleahd.blogspot.com

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  4. So cute and summery!! I love that skirt and it looks like its so comfortable. Even better!!

    Stopping by from the I Feel Pretty link up!

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  5. Such a perfect outfit...love how you wore the dress as a skirt :)

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  6. This is so cute! I pin stuff all the time so I need to go back through and look for some inspiration.

    Amy


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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  7. Love this! I actually like your look better!!
    oXo
    Jenn
    www.thebrandiedpair.blogspot.com

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  8. You did a great job recreating the outfit and putting your own spin on it!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    JCrew Giveaway!

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  9. I love it! How cute are those wedges?! The whole outfit is great!

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  10. What a great idea! I'm trying to gear up for "back to school" outfits so I'll look to pinterest for inspiration.

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  11. I love this! I am doing a celebrity inspiration week with the same concept. Your points are great making things your own with what's in your closet. Great job!

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  12. Great idea Ginny. I love Pinterest. It has fabulous ideas on it. Love your outfit today. I have a similar striped skirt.


    Don't forget to stop by and link up tomorrow for my weekly thursday tres-chic fashion link up.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  13. Love "shopping your closet" and making the looks you pin your own! I love the look you came up with! I may have to try this dress as a skirt/shirt trend! You look fabulous as always. :)

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  14. good job on the inspiration. You look AMAZING!!!!

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  15. I love how you recreated the pin but also made it your own! Great job, dear! :-)

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  16. You look adorbs! Pinterest is my absolute (isn't it everyone's now?) favorite place to get outfit inspiration from...it's one of the only boards I actually revisit on the regular. I can't wait to start my own series (September first) about my own closet challenge. Suffice it to say, I'll be following your new series closely, love your looks!

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  17. I actually like your recreation better than the inspiration. Way excited for the new series. Definately need to get myself in that mindset too.

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  18. I love your take on it, and these are some great tips! I always have trouble recreating looks.

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  19. Love your interpretation! Isn't Pinterest the best? There are so many ideas and inspirations. Sometimes even just color combinations or layering can inspire a new outfit for me.

    Lauren
    Style of One's Own

    PS- What a great series! Can't wait to see more.

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  20. You did so great with this, and I'm now determined to FINALLY BUY A WHITE BUTTON-UP so that I can start wearing it over dresses like this. What an amazing look!

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  21. Super, super cute. I love the stripes with denim. Believe it or not, I just recently took to Pinterest for outfit inspiration for the first time this week. Holy cow! I'm addicted now. It's definitely breathing new life into my old clothes.

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  22. Those shoes are so cute. Perfect match to that Stripped Skirt. And a Fashionista or any woman for that matter can never go wrong with the Teal/Aqua/Mint/Turquoise (or whatever color you want to call it) Bubble Necklace. I , too added a Bubble Necklace in this color and I am loving it. =)

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  23. The red accents with the wedges and skirt make the outfit. Great combo!

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  24. Great look! And I totally agree with your tips. I often pin outfits based on color palettes or an item I already have, but then choose something from my closet that is similar in color/pattern/etc.

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  25. Cuuuuute wedges! I love the ties! They're perfect with that skirt. I need to start using my pins more - you're my motivation :)

    Samantha @ Sam ipsa Loquitur

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  26. I really love the color combination of this outfit--the orange + turquoise is so pretty!

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  27. Oh what a great idea!! I don't use pinterest enough, but there's just so much great stuff on it. This is an adorable outfit, I love your skirt and you did such a great job styling this outfit!

    Christy
    Sunnywithasideof...

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  28. I love this post idea and Love this outfit on you! So chic and classic, but also trendy.

    ~Jacy

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  29. This is such a cute look, your adorable!

    xo,
    Sincerely Miss Ash

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  30. Love this! Especially the colors.

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  31. What a fun vibrant look! Those shoes are fab!

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