How to Create a Head to Toe Outfit

How to Create a Head to Toe Outfit | Designing From My Closet

When shopping, we typically select items one at a time.  Whether online or in store, each individual piece is evaluated by our own personal taste, fit, and budget.  After the purchase, that item goes into our closet with the hopes it will become an active part of our wardrobe and be integrated into what we already have.  It takes vision to look at a computer screen with a garment worn by a model or mannequin and imagine what it will look like on us and what it will look like paired with other items we own.  It takes an equal amount of vision to stand in the middle of a store full of clothes and picture this one item at home, going with the rest of our closet.

Today I wanted to go through a process I go through when I bring home items from the store to create a head to toe outfit.  It is easy to get something and then feel like it has no potential in real life so I wanted to take a bit of the mystery out of it and provide an easy step by step formula to follow.



Anthro Copy Cat: Fringed Vest

Anthro Copy Cat: Fringed Vest | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

My quest for Anthropologie style plus size clothing is always a constant one.  Last week when I stopped in to Target to check out the Who What Wear Collaboration Collection (see my review post here), I also perused the clearance racks.  A fringed sweater vest caught my attention as it reminded me so much of something Anthropologie would carry.  It was only $13 and some change marked down so I decided it needed to come home with me.  Later on at home I found that Anthro did carry a vest a while ago similar to it, so I decided to do another Copy Cat post like I have done a few times before.


Fall Fashion Trend: Refined Fringe

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Catherines Fringe Arts Poncho and True Stretch Jean

Ah fall, my favorite season for fashion.  And although cooler autumn temps do not usually roll around to Southern California until mid to late October, I am looking ahead to some of the latest trends that coincide with my personal style.  Fringe is a detail in the spotlight currently and I am getting my fill of it in this look.Catherines Fringe Arts Poncho and True Stretch Jean

When I was asked by Catherines to be their August 2015 Style Ambassador, I anxiously awaited to preview their new Art of the Mix Collection that consisted of transitional styles for that time between summer and fall.  One piece that I instantly knew I would be trying was the Fringe Arts Poncho.  My little boho heart skipped a beat when I went shopping at my local Catherines and saw how even more beautiful it was in person.Catherines Fringe Arts Poncho and True Stretch Jean

The open crochet work in combination with the fringe sums up my personal style perfectly.  Fringe can quickly take over a look so I like how this top has the essence of ease with a refined style.  It is soft, flowy, and luxe feeling.  What I really liked a lot about this top is its ability to be dressed up or down.  My favorite way of dressing is a dressy casual look so that is how I styled it by adding a statement necklace, colorful clutch, and sandals with a chunky heel.  For its first wear I layered it over an ivory cami, and plan on placing a colored tank underneath it next time for another look.Catherines Fringe Arts Poncho and True Stretch Jean

To show off the high ankle style of the shoes, I cuffed my denim.  And speaking of denim, these True Stretch Jeans are probably one of the most comfortable jeans I have ever worn.  I liked them so much, I got them in another wash which I will be showing later this month.  The features that I enjoy are the slim leg that still accommodate my larger thighs without being skin tight, the gentle stretch, the medium weight that has body without being heavy, and the lack of front pockets that eliminates bulk around my tummy.  Although these have a high rise for me, it is a typical issue I have with most pants due to me being short waisted.  I did however find that they did not dip down in the back like most pants do on me.Catherines Fringe Arts Poncho and True Stretch Jean

One thing I mentioned to the Catherines store manager was that I was a jewelry girl.  Accessories can really make a huge difference in an outfit and can add personality.  For me, that flair came through the Cleopatra Necklace that has rows of gradient brown beads that resemble stone and dangling gold medallions.  How regal!  This statement piece gives just enough attention to bring the eye up to my face, but it does not compete with the overall pattern on the poncho.
Catherines Fringe Arts Poncho and True Stretch Jean

Fringe gives me movement and personality that I love.  It gives me that vintage boho style that is me.  This piece gives me that beautiful trend with an elegant and refined vibe.  All together, the oversized top and the slim bottom gives me a lovely silhouette that I am crazy over.Catherines Fringe Arts Poncho and True Stretch Jean

I can hardly wait to show you the other looks that I got on my shopping trip to Catherines.  Each Friday this month I will be featuring a new look from the Art of the Mix Collection that totally fits my style.

Outfit Details:

Fringe Arts Poncho in OffWhite: Catherines

True Stretch Jean in Dark Rinse: Catherines

Cleopatra Necklace: Catherines

Del Mar Fabric Clutch: AllyOops Boutique

Boardwalk Heels: AllyOops Boutique


Are there any fall trends that you are wanting to try?  What trends fit your personal style?

Today’s Postivity Note

At first glance it may appear too hard.  Look again.  Always look again.

Be Blessed!


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