Outfit Of The Day (Five Ways Of Fun + Finding Inspiration In Fashion Blogging)

Why do you love fashion blogging?
This question has popped into my head a few different times as of late, for whatever reason, and isn’t it important to stop and think about things..especially if they keep popping up in your fluffy, fluffy head?
You know, to really ponder the important questions; even if it’s over complicated things like liking or not liking fashion blogging, and if a shirtless Ryan Gosling fell in the forest would Lassie come back to life to save him (of course), and MAD MEN, HEY, WHERE THE GOSH DARN ARE YOU?  (Come baaack.)
I know why I like fashion blogging–it has been really neat meeting a whole new group of girls from all over the US that share similar interests as me that I would never otherwise have met. It has even been neat meeting people here in Colorado that I, all things considered, would have probably never have met. Oh, the world wide web is fancy that way.
One of my favorite things about fashion blogging is drawing inspiration from all of the incredibly talented bloggers out there–from The glamorous Glamourai to Anh at 9 to 5 Chic to Jean at Extra Petite (isn’t it great having other options than dressing like a soccer mom or a sailor, as it seems most retailers think us shorties should do?), not to mention the fashion-AND-beauty bloggers like Andi at Saltwater Dreams and Veronika over at Veronika’s Blushing AND those-that-take-the-prettiest-pictures and post about pretty things like Rosa at Rosa Loves DC and Shannon at Happiness Is–just to name a few.
I do try to remain open to constructive criticism the best I can, however, and one of the most common complaints I read about fashion bloggers is that at times….we aren’t very relatable.

And I do agree. The farther I go along with this, the more ballsy I have become with experimenting with my own style, and so I realize that my sense of style and some of the pieces that I wear might not exactly be do-able for a lot of women out there.

That is okay! It’s the great thing about defining your own personal style.  If we all dressed the same, wouldn’t that be boring?

Oh, it would be incredibly boring. But that being said, there are still ways to be inspired even if the exact items found on fashion blogs aren’t always practical for every single woman in this world.  Here are my two biggest tips:

1. Look for inspiration in unlikely places. I find inspiration for my outfits all over the place: from fellow bloggers, Pinterest, magazines, TV shows, paintings, photographs, catalogs–whatever! Charming mixtures of colors, shapes, patterns, and textures can be found everywhere in this big, wild world; you just have to look at things the right way.

2.  It’s okay to play with and swap items; accessories are the easiest to switch around! For example, I might replace leopard heels with a leopard belt, or swap a neon-hued bag for a bangle. The idea is to use things that you already have in your closet and feel comfortable wearing to replicate an outfit you like, and there are easily a gazillion different ways to do it.  It also gives the copied/inspired outfit a touch of your own style, too.

These tips might take a little bit of creativity and an extra 10 minutes in the closet, but the more you do it the easier it gets.  Promise.

So with this in mind, I would like to introduce a new reoccurring series here where I take two or three pieces and accessorize them five different ways.  It will be a bit of a fun departure from my usual Outfit Of The Day posts, I think, and will add a bit of visualization to my thoughts above. I hope you guys like it. :)
(Note: While none of my outfits below contain tights, as Colorado is going through an odd bout of mild weather, they would still work in most of these outfits–I’d stick with a slightly ribbed/sheer black if you do to let the colors of the outfits pop and if you don’t like bright shoes with tights, stick with black, flats, booties or heels.. Don’t like short skirts? I included some longer-length skirts in my picks below, too–and don’t forget the J Crew’s Bi-Stretch Wool Minnie Pant in Henna, which is a beautiful, rusty red and perfect for those that don’t like wearing skirts at all!)

Coat: Topshop, NLA  (similar at F21) (or this coat + this lapel collar)
Top: Ann Taylor Charming Long-sleeve Blouse in Black Cherry (buy it here) (similar here) (similar at nordstrom) (& at anthropologie)
Belt: J Crew (similar here)
Skirt: ASOS (similar at J Crew) (similar at ASOS) (similar at F21) (long version here)
Ring: YSL Arty in Aqua/Green (buy it here) (similar here)
Shoes: Valentino Rockstud Python Flats (buy them here) (similar here) (similar at Endless)
Bag: Chanel Crackled Patent Camel Classic Flap (similar here) (and here by DKNY) (and here for under $100)
Jacket: Tibi, NLA (similar at GAP) (similar here) (similar at WHBM, on sale + take $20 off with “19671”)
Top: Ann Taylor Charming Long-sleeve Blouse in Black Cherry (buy it here) (similar here) (similar at nordstrom) (& at anthropologie)
Belt: J Crew, NLA (similar here)
Ring: Forever 21 (similar here)
Skirt: ASOS, NLA (similar at J Crew) (similar at ASOS) (similar at F21) (long version here)
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Uliepe Pumps in Yellow (similar here – 25% off) (love these at anthropologie)
Clutch: ASOS (buy it here + 10% off with code “BONUSTEN”) (similar here with a chain strap)
Cardigan: Urban Outfitters, NLA (similar here) (similar at  UO, on sale)
Top: Ann Taylor Charming Long-sleeve Blouse in Black Cherry (buy it here) (similar here) (similar at nordstrom) (& at anthropologie)
Belt: J Crew (buy it here, runs big!) (similar at ASOS)
Skirt: ASOS, NLA (similar at J Crew) (similar at ASOS) (similar at F21) (long version here)
Blue Bracelet: Forever 21, NLA (similar here)
Black/Gold Bracelet: Forever 21 (similar here)
Watch: Michael Kors Blair in Espresso (buy it here)
Shoes: Christian Dior Lolita Booties (similar here) (and a better-for-winter bootie here)
Bag:Andrea Brueckner City Tierney Bag, NLA (similar at ASOS)
Blazer: J Crew Library Blazer (buy it here) (similar at Forever 21) (similar at Target)
Top: Ann Taylor Charming Long-sleeve Blouse in Black Cherry (buy it here) (similar here) (similar at nordstrom) (& at anthropologie)
Belt: Urban Outfitters (buy it here + take 10% off with code “TOPARTY”)
Skirt: ASOS, NLA (similar at J Crew) (similar at ASOS) (similar at F21) (long version here)
Shoes: Alexander Wang Isabeli Mules, NLA (similar here) (more appropriate for winter here – love!)
Bag: Diane Von Furstenberg Harper Clutch (similar in ostrich here) (similar here)


Hat: Eugenia Kim Max Fedora (similar here) (similar here)

Blazer: J Crew Library Blazer (buy it here) (similar at Forever 21) (similar at Target)
Top: Ann Taylor Charming Long-sleeve Blouse in Black Cherry (buy it here) (similar here) (similar at nordstrom) (& at anthropologie)
Belt: H&M (similar here, 40% off!)
Skirt: ASOS, NLA (similar at J Crew) (similar at ASOS) (similar at F21) (long version here)
Necklace: Topshop (similar here) (similar here, on sale)
Bracelet: t + j designs braided bracelet (similar here)
Shoes: J Crew Mona Pumps in Pale Peacock (buy them here) (similar-ish colored heels here, on sale)
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  • theblonderuns

    I saw what you did there. In that last photo set. With the braid pin-up. Yep, I'm here for all the details. You're welcome. It was lovely.

    (Boulder Bekah)

  • Lindsey A. Turner

    What a great skirt! I think #2 is my favorite but it's hard b/c I like them all so much!

    Lindsey Turner

  • Anh

    Thank you so much for the shout out – you're one of the reasons why I started blogging! Love all of your styling options for this piece and looking forward to this series! <3

  • Annabelle

    Love, love, love, that black cherry top with the terracotta skirt! So pretyt.

    I used to feel that fashion blogs weren't relatable particularly in the context of blogs like The Sartorialist — I mean, a lot of those men and women are coming out of Paris fashion week shows and so on. I always loved seeing them, but it took me a while to see them as relevant to me. The fact is, though, that there are always concepts that you can take away — polka dots with stripes, oxfords with a flouncy skirt. I'm unlikely to really replicate any of what I see but I get terrific ideas from it all the time. It's all about inspiration!

  • rebecca

    Oh my goodness I love all of these looks! Next time you clean out your closet I'd be happy to come over and help! Haha.


  • Flight Attendant Extraordinaire

    I like reading style blogs b/c it's essentially really fancy people-watching, and people-watching is one of my hobbies. I read your blog specifically b/c you're just so stinkin' cute! Plus, you're amazing at accessorizing and that is a skill I lack.

  • Alexi @ {lola’s lust list}

    LOVE this new series, I look forward to your oufit posts everyday!
    I think I agree with a previous commentor that some bloggers can seem more unapproachable or "uppity" but one reason why yours is one of my fave blogs is because you do seem approachable & down-to-earth. I like when I see items repeated in your outfits because that really shows us how you can work with what you've got and not have to shop every single day. In the real world you have to be able to wear pieces more than once so why should your blog project anything else?
    Thanks for being such a huge inspiration!


  • Mrs. April

    AMAZING! I love the way the belts just change everything! :)


  • House of Hemingway

    yes, yes and Yes!!

    Some times it's a hit or miss with coordinating an outfit, but clothes are fun and people should experiment with anything they may already have laying around.

    I'm so glad you posted 5 diff. options with multiple colors all in very opposite ends of the spectrum, it really opens up to see that with fashion "anything goes". Great job Mrs. Guacamole!


  • Lisa D.

    I love this idea! These are great looks, and that skirt looks fabulous on you. You've got an amazing wardrobe, and you're really good and mixing and matching it up — I think it's more important to be able to see a blogger work with what she's got than relate to the actual pieces she's working with. It gives me ideas about how I can re-work what's in my closet to create totally new looks.

    I actually posted something similar last weekend — I styled a sequin skirt 10 ways. It's here http://thecoastalchicster.blogspot.com/2011/11/one-piece-endless-possibilities-sequin.html if you wanna check it out. =)

  • Sara Soda

    What a fabulous skirt! I love how you've styled it! And I have the opposite height problem… designers don't seem to make anything long enough for me! Oh the things we go through for fashion…

  • contrary kiwi

    I love those last shoes! The Mona ones. That colour is to diiiiiiie for. I wish I could get them!

    I love that you come up with different ways of styling clothes. You are great at accessorizing. :)

  • TheChambrayCountess

    I love the outfit variations you have been doing! And I feel that even if an outfit you post pushed the envelope and a reader can't relate to it in it's entirety, there is probably a color-combo or way you've layered something that could spark some interest and creativity. Keep up the great work!

  • RosaLovesDC

    Thank you for the shout out Chloe. I must say that without your encouragement and support I probably wouldn't have created a blog of my own. I love that we 'met' about three years ago because of our love of chihuahuas and fashion. Thank you for being such a great inspiration for all of us. And I love this new series and I need that fedora….

  • Veronika

    PS—I still die a little inside when I see the yellow pointy toed pumps. I want to marry them.

  • Veronika

    thankyou for the shout out Chloe :) Your blog is one of the first that every inspired me to start wearing color (I, andmy readers thank you!)

    great tips on how to find your style…I find myself evolving so much with my own…it's a process! I also love Pinterest—especially love the home decor stuff!

  • TaraMixandMatch

    Great idea for this feature! My favorite part of blogging is drawing inspiration from so many talented ladies out there…and love all of the people I have met!

  • Lissy

    I love blogging and totally agree about having met so many fabulous people through it. Also, there are tons of bloggers out there whose style I love even if it's different from mine but there is still plenty of inspiration. For example, I could never pull of the skirt you are wearing (I'm 5'9") but I love the way you accessorized it differently particulary with the pops of color from the belts.

  • Stacey

    I love this post and how is shows you can wear pieces in sooo many different ways! <3 you Chloe!



  • Michelle

    I agree…it is so fun to have "met" so many people from all over. I associate cities/states with bloggers now! Or if I am out shopping I will say something like "That is Elle's shirt" and my husband knows it is an online friend…sometimes he even knows exactly who I am talking about.

    To the outfits…that skirt is such a lovely color on you! I regret not picking up that J. Crew belt!

    I am looking forward to more "five ways" posts!

  • alison*elle

    I love this new series, Chloe! It's so great to see all your different combinations. For me, fashion blogging really has meant experimenting with styles I never would have thought and trying out things I see on other bloggers. There is so much inspiration out there!

    xo, alison*elle

  • CC

    Best post of the day! love to see your looks, always so inspiring :) keep it going! :) *

  • jazzjeet

    LOVE your YSL arty ring!!<3


  • Here Blogs The Bride

    I would definitely wear this at the office. Adorable <3 :)

  • Beautygirl24

    I loved reading this Chloe. I follow all of the girls you mentioned and completely agree that they are tremendous sources of inspiration. I do think that sometimes fashion bloggers can come across as a little uppity (is that a word?) If a girl is decked out head to toe in high end designers, if everything she is wearing comes "courtesy of" a company, if you know she lives in an area where it's freezing balls and yet she's got on a really extravagant outfit and she's OUTSIDE, then I have to wonder if she is being real with us. However, I love fashion because it is all inpirational to me. It truly is an art, and who am I to question what another girl wears? I love it all! Even if it doesn't suit my tastes, or even if there is no way in hell I could afford her clothes, it's still inspiration. I started beauty and fashion blogging over two years ago, and I know that being part of this community has changed my wardrobe and my confidence in a positive way. I love blogging! And I'm happy others do too :)

  • Mrs Spanglish

    I looove the idea of showing an outfit in different ways especially since some of us have a way safer/boring comfort zone to get out of–baby steps, people.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • bevy

    I guess in some cases fashion bloggers are not easy to relate too, but it just depends. People have different ideas of what's dressy or not. For me, I'm a mom to a three year old and I don't have the need to put on a skirt, though sometimes I wish I did, but it just doesn't make sense for me right now. However, I do try to come up with different mommy-on-the-go outfits, 'cause for me, sweats outside of the house or gym is not acceptable. Plus, location has something to do with my situation too. I live in a small town and casual is king here! I would really love to dress up on the evenings I do go out, but if I did I would feel like the queen of England compared to everyone else. I guess in those cases I really shouldn't care what everyone else is wearing, but I do, 'cause I want to fit in somewhat. BUT I really do appreciate fashion and love seeing how different women in different parts of the country work their wardrobe. So carry on, carry on! And i love this new idea of showing slight variations of different outfits.

Chloe, Colorful Colorado.
5'2" on a good day. 30's. A wearer of many hats. Likes fashion, good music, anything cinnamon flavored & pretty, pretty shoes. Loves her two chihuahuas, tickle fights with her husband, traveling, digging around on the internet for fun finds, Colorado, and always lugging around a camera or two...(more)


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