Tag Archives: black and white striped tshirt

Smile

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Smile

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Smile

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Smile

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Smile

I had so much trouble picking out pictures I liked today – do you ever have days where it seems like you’ve somehow forgotten how to smile? Not because you’re unhappy, but because your face muscles just don’t want to co-operate for some unknown reason? Despite this, I really enjoyed the combination of patterned scarf and striped tshirt and would very happily pair these items together again.

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A Favourite Combo

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - A Favourite Combo

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - A Favourite Combo

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - A Favourite Combo

I’ve paired this scarf and striped top before, but I just couldn’t resist doing it again – I love the way the patterns play off each other. I also just realised that almost every time I wear this black-and-white striped top I choose black-and-white shoes to go with it, can’t help myself apparently!

Reuse

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Reuse

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Reuse

I don’t buy new clothes every month, so most of the time I’m trying to find new ways to mix-and-match what I’ve got. Every now and then I have a little breakthrough, where I discover a combination I hadn’t expected or a new way to style something. More often (unfortunately) I’m just reusing old ideas – like today. Elements from earlier outfits mashed together into a new one.

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Possibly you might call this cheating, but I call it “functional”. My aim is not to have an enormous wardrobe, nor a “fashionable” one, but a wardrobe where all the items work neatly together to create almost-endless combinations. Because THEN no matter how behind the laundry is, or how much I’m lacking inspiration, it will still be easy to pull together an outfit.

Similar

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Similar

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Similar

I didn’t realise until I went to write up today’s post that my outfit is incredibly similar to one I’ve worn before. Shock, horror!

Can I Be Of Assistance?

September 2012

The first time I wore this outfit was towards the end of my first month of blogging, so it’s interesting note what has changed since then:

* Stripes with spots – I don’t think that had crossed my mind as a possibility back then
* I’ve discovered some more interesting ways to tie scarves
* I’m a little less awkward in photos
* It’s still hard to look dignified in windy weather
* I’m more likely to have one blazer cuff rolled up and the other down and not even notice. For hours. Whoops.

Leopard Print Dare

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Leopard Print Dare

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Leopard Print Dare

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Leopard Print Dare

I know the layering is distracting, but this is so you can see what the outfit looks like without the denim jacket hiding everything!

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Leopard Print Dare

Day 18 of the Fox In Flats Style Dare was Leopard Print. This was a tricky one for me – I have never owned (or even been tempted by) anything leopard print. It just isn’t something I’m in to. But in the interest of trying new things, I picked this scarf up super cheap and thought I could definitely wear it for a single day. (And if things go badly, I have a good friend ready and waiting to take it off my hands!)

Leopard print can vary a lot in pattern – I was just lucky this heavily reduced scarf happened to be my most preferred sort. Medium sized spots, not too yellow, soft blending tones. The first thing I noticed was how it surprisingly goes with so much in my wardrobe. I’ve heard SO many people preach about how versatile leopard print is, but I wasn’t convinced it would work for me so well as I don’t use a lot of brown.

I thought I’d take advantage of the opportunity to create a version of this picture I’ve had saved in Pinterest for a while. Mine doesn’t work as well as Bri’s, partly because my belt is too dark and gets lost, but mostly because I covered up my striped top with a denim jacket. Hey, it’s cold here! (I think the leopard scarf and denim is a winning combination on its own anyway.) Later in the day I tried a slightly different style with the same clothes (see below), and I think I prefer this second look.

Linking up with Kiwi Womens Style for Wardrobe Wednesday.

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Leopard Print Dare

[Scarf: Target $6]