Mackie and Jarilyn | Brianna’s Fashion Remix

We believe you don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe every season to create fun new looks! This week on Jackie and Marilyn, we are taking eight pieces – two tops, two bottoms, two dresses and two outerwear items – and mixing them into eight outfits. Shoes and accessories were limitless.

Brianna here, mixing up eight fall outfits! This was a challenge I have been looking forward to as I can be incredibly guilty of staring at a closet of clothing and lamenting “I have nothing to wear!” That’s just not true. To prove it, I made these eight outfits out of eight chosen items (Yes I own a lot of ModCloth ;)):


Outfit #1: All About AutumnIMG_3976 IMG_3980
When I paired the plaid dress with the burgundy cardigan, it looked so perfectly fall! I had to pair it with some burnt orange socks and tan oxfords for a classic fall look. I could see myself wearing this to pick pumpkins or some other fall activity.

Outfit #2: She Means Business

IMG_3983 IMG_3987Pairing a Peter Pan collar with a blazer is totally not something I would normally do, so I was nervous to try this one. However, I think it actually works! If I had to go back, I probably would have dressed it up a bit with a belt, but adding the heels and tights made for a nice business casual outfit. I would totally wear this to the office.

Outfit #3: Cutesy Collars

IMG_4018 IMG_4024I was also nervous about pairing the collar of this dress with my cardigan since the collar doesn’t lift up over the sweater, but it also worked more than I thought! I chose some patterned tights and bright shoes to balance all the neutral solids that were going on. I could see myself wearing this to the office, or for a nice tea date with girlfriends.

Outfit #4: Flowy IMG_4029 IMG_4033Pairing the blazer with this A-line dress is something I would NEVER do. I just wouldn’t think of them as working together. But again I surprised myself. The collars work well together and the combo makes a nice silhouette. I chose a belt, bright heels and a statement necklace to make it more interesting (admittedly, if I could go back, I would choose a different one that matches the angle of the dress’s neckline better, but I think this one still works). New office or night out outfit? Yes please!

Outfit #5: A Cheat

IMG_4039 IMG_4041I cheated a bit on this outfit because I definitely bought this skirt, top and cardigan with the intention to wear them together. But I can;t help it they pair so perfectly! With my B.A.I.T. oxford heels, it’s perfectly fall. I would wear this to the office or for a fall weekend outing.

Outfit #6: The Return of the Great Pup Detective

IMG_4046 IMG_4049I did some pattern mixing with the Boston Terrier and floral prints, and I think they look great together! I grabbed some red tights and black heels for this outfit, and when I had them all together, something about it all felt sort of 1920s to me. So I added a cloche hat to finish the look. I felt like I returned to my winter look as the Great Pup Detective! I don’t think I could wear this to the office with the hat but I would definitely wear it for some kind of weekend outing.

Outfit #7: Casual but Cute

IMG_4283 IMG_4284Pairing the pup blouse, cardigan and jeans was a classic Brianna-just-wants-to-be-casual look. This is definitely something I would normally wear to work, lunch with friends, grocery shopping, etc.

Outfit #8: I’m Going Out

IMG_4294 IMG_4296My last outfit was pairing another Peter Pan collar with a blazer, and I definitely dig this one. Paired with my jeans and some ankle booties, this is definitely a fun office look or great for grabbing drinks with friends. If I went back, I might add a fun scarf or pick taller boots, but I think it works.

Conclusions

Outfit that I loved most: A Cheat (big surprise)

IMG_4039Outfit that I loved least: Flowy (but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it!)

IMG_4029Outfit that surprised me: A tie between She Means Business and Flowy (I was convinced the blazer would look terrible with both)

IMG_3983 IMG_4033Ultimately this experiment was a two-fold lesson in learning to love the closet you have and trying something you wouldn’t normally wear, because you may surprise yourself! You don’t have to buy new clothes every year just to feel like your wardrobe is updated – all you need to do is look at your closet in a new light.

– Brianna

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Jackie and Marilyn | Shoe Shine

Pattern and color mixing are great and all, but sometimes you just need a basic outfit to let your accessories shine!

IMG_3233IMG_3236With this week’s outfit, I wanted to really highlight my necklace and my shoes, both of which are new to me. To do this, I chose my charcoal Apricity dress, which provided the perfect neckline for showing off the bold necklace and was an ideal neutral palette for letting the yellow oxfords stand on their own. The dress has been hugely improved after getting the shoulders taken in!

IMG_3289 IMG_3297Even though it’s summer, offices tend to be very chilly this time of year, and I think you should still try to match your outerwear as a result. The purple cardigan added a little bit of extra color to this outfit while still being neutral enough to let the yellow be the focal color.

IMG_3221 IMG_3215You know how some skirts and dresses come with their own belts? I sometimes forget those pieces are removable and can be worn with other things. Like this belt: It originally came with my tan skirt and it was a perfect neutral addition to this outfit!

IMG_3304Another neutral feature I chose were these super cute ampersand earrings from Brickyard Buffalo. Love the wood earring and the adorable design!

IMG_3295What I Wore:
Dress: Apricity
Necklace: ModCloth (purchased on Vinted)
Cardigan: Target
Earrings: Brickyard Buffalo
Shoes: B.A.I.T.
Belt: ModCloth (on this skirt)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be twirling around in this little number for days.

IMG_3274– Brianna

 

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Jackie and Marilyn | Everything is Awesome

I wish I had appreciated Legos more as a kid. They are such cool, imaginative toys! At least I have an appreciation for them as an adult, particularly after the Lego movie.

But what does this have to do with today’s blog post? Everything! Last weekend my husband and I decided to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as it is running the Nature Connects exhibit right now, featuring intricate Lego art!

IMG_2409 IMG_2425 IMG_2463I wanted to wear something cute and summery while we were out, so I chose a new dress I recently bought from apricity. This dress is incredibly well structured and simply adorable! I tried the shop out after receiving a credit towards a purchase, and it was well worth it. Eileen, the shop owner, worked with me to try and find the best fit for me possible by emailing me for my custom measurements, which was a great touch!

IMG_2497IMG_2513The one negative about the dress is that it doesn’t fit me as well as I’d like in the shoulders/bust (which is a fairly common problem for me), but the waist was perfect so I didn’t want to risk sizing down. Someone with a fuller bust would fit into it well. Eventually I brought it to the tailor to see if I could adjust it, because the dress is too cute to give up on! The next time I order from the shop, I may try sizing down to see if it works for me better.

IMG_2670Huge positive: The skirt is super twirly and amazing, AND it has pockets!

IMG_2581 IMG_2590 IMG_2603I chose simple accessories – oxfords, a classic Etsy necklace and some delightful (get it??) fawn earrings from A Delightful Shop. I don’t think I will buy earrings from anywhere else anymore, because hers are seriously so amazing and unique!

IMG_2573 IMG_2570I also brought out the sun hat to attempt to keep my face from burning.

IMG_2678What I Wore:
Dress: apricity (also in indigo)
Hat: Boutique in Stillwater, MN
Necklace: Etsy
Earrings: A Delightful Shop
Shoes: Random Store in Santa Monica

If you live in Minnesota, I highly suggest you check out the Nature Connects exhibit. The artwork looks cool in photos but is even more incredible in person, and you can appreciate the effort put into their creation when you see in person how many pieces and build hours it took for each Lego formation. Plus, the Arboretum rules in general! Sculpture garden, mazes, seemingly endless hiking trails, picnic spots, floral gardens…I feel so fortunate it is practically in my backyard!

IMG_2480 IMG_2620 IMG_2559– Brianna

Jackie and Marilyn | Fond Farewell to Floral

Even though there are certainly flowers in summer, something about floral is too classically spring. So I felt like I needed to get one more floral outfit in before the season officially turned.

IMG_2008This dress is originally from ModCloth, but I purchased it used from Vinted! I love how adorable the turquoise looks behind the floral pattern. I paired it with a dust blue cardigan to bring our some of the light leaves.

IMG_2024However, the weather is warming and I definitely didn’t wear this cardigan for long. This dress was actually capsleeved originally but the sleeves were oddly tight, so my friend Chelsey cut and hemmed the sleeves so it became sleeveless!

IMG_2031Everything about this outfit was in the details, making it look like a garden party of clothing! I chose matching floral oxford flats, some AMAZINGLY comfortable Lularoe leggings that matched the coral flowers, a vintage leaf belt, a teacup necklace and book flower earrings.

IMG_2061 IMG_2060 IMG_2054 IMG_2064A friend of mine once told me, based on how I dressed, that I should have been a kindergarten teacher (which she conveniently told me days before my graduation with a degree in English/Mass Communications). I feel like this outfit is a perfect example of how right she was. But I embace it 🙂

IMG_2086What I Wore:
Dress: Vinted (Originally on ModCloth)
Belt: Vintage
Earrings: ModCloth
Necklace: Etsy
Cardigan: Ruche
Leggings: Lularoe
Shoes: Francesca’s

And one little outtake of me being a sassy pants 🙂

IMG_2107– Brianna

 

Jackie and Marilyn | Inspiration Station

While scrolling all the lovely retailers I follow on Instagram, I found a photo of a model wearing a chambray shirt under a dress. It was gorgeous and, as always, I felt tempted to go to the website and see how much those items cost.

Until I realized I had a chambray shirt that looked exactly like the one featured. Matched it up with my dresses, and I had an identical outfit.

IMG_1501I realize I wore this Lularoe beauty a few weeks ago for Easter, but it fit so perfectly with the chambray. And I think it helps support a very important lesson here: You don’t have to buy a million pieces of clothing to have a well-rounded, stylish closet. You just have to find new ways to wear what you own!

IMG_1569I opted to add some bold accessories, including a jeweled necklace and bow belt.

IMG_1552 IMG_1554I am so excited to try some new outfits with chambray under a dress for the rest of the season! It was perfect for warm, but not that warm, spring weather 🙂

IMG_1536What I Wore:
Dress: Lularoe
Shirt: Old Navy
Necklace: ModCloth
Belt: Francesca’s
Shoes: DSW

– Brianna

Jackie and Marilyn | Cherished Crimson Leaf

Aside from a giant snow dump yesterday (why, Minnesota? Why?!), spring has been in the air. This is the season of pastel palettes and floral frocks.

Except for me. No matter how hard I try, I am perpetually stuck in autumn.

IMG_0485This outfit is perfect for fall and yet I wear it during spring. I gravitate toward autumn tones, even when I tell myself I am going to mix it up with my color palette. A girl likes what a girl likes, I suppose.

IMG_0486And then it was too warm, so it was time to peel back the layers.

IMG_0514Heaven. Please come back, spring weather.

My friend Danielle, when I Snapchatted her my autumn-ready outfit, pulled a Leslie Knope-style compliment and called me a cherished crimson leaf. It feels like a pretty accurate description of my fondness for fall, no matter the actual season.

IMG_0516In defense of my outfit choice, nothing is really “springy” yet. When the grass was showing, it was the color of my mustard tights. None of the trees have leaves. The temperatures were gorgeous but nature didn’t look ready to be in full bloom yet, so it’s perfectly fine if I’m not, too!

IMG_0517IMG_0518I won’t begrudge a good floral outfit – I do love them and they will make their way out soon – but you can make it whatever season you want it to be. Forget “seasonal colors” – you do you!
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What I Wore:
Dress: ModCloth
Necklace: Target
Cardigan: ModCloth
Belt: Francesca’s
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Kelly & Katie

– Brianna

Jackie and Marilyn | Pretty Nice Little Saturday

My husband and I had a rare weekend where we had…drum roll please…no plans. WHAT.

We relaxed at home for the most part, with the exception of a trip to Home Depot where we spent an hour trying to fit a new bathroom vanity into a Honda Civic.

When not MacGyvering furniture into an automobile, my husband and I enjoyed drinking tea, listening to records and watching all of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (which you NEED to watch!).

IMG_0225I went with a pretty simple outfit this weekend to match my complete lack of plans. Something about chambray and denim feels so stylish and classic at the same time.

IMG_0316IMG_0377Yes, I put shoes on inside, but just for photos! I had to make sure I showed the whole outfit. Oxfords and chambray are a perfect combo.
IMG_0443I finished it off with a week-old Jambicure and some fantastic earrings from A Delightful Shop!

IMG_0229 IMG_0400What I Wore:
Shirt: Old Navy
Earrings: A Delightful ShopJeans: ModCloth
Socks: Target
Oxfords: TJ Maxx

The best part of a free weekend is plenty of time to play with Luna. She makes everything better 🙂

IMG_0257– Brianna