Fashion Mixology,


I'm so excited to intoroduce a new feature here on A Beautiful Mess, Fashion Mixology! The concept is simply this... We take 8 pieces of clothing and make 8 different looks with those pieces. Shoes and accessories don't count as pieces, only dresses, pants and tops! The goal of this feature is to inspire confidence and ideas to stretch your wardrobe farther. Enjoy...


For this edition of Fashion Mixology, we chose four pieces courtesy of Ruche. We chose basic pieces that could be layered into different looks. We chose a simple brown dress with an interesting lace collar, a striped sweater in a pretty shade of green, a pretty coral top with a tie and a navy pleated skirt.


We also chose four pieces from my own closet. A cute vintage floral top, a pair of skinny jeans, a strapless denim dress and a mustard yellow cardigan.


I love layering tops under dresses. It's a great way to bring a strapless dress into Autumn and Winter!


Tying button up tops over a dress is a fun way to make a top more fitted. Sometimes loose tops can make me look shorter, so I always try to tie up the waist, whether with a belt or a tied up look.


Sometimes simple is best! I wear sleeveless dresses with cardigans SO much in the Autumn and Winter seasons. Sometimes I belt under the cardigan and sometimes over too!


Don't be afraid to layer a sweater under a dress. This lighweight sweater is perfect for layering! I added a belt and a colorful pair of tights to make my look more colorful.


For this look I wore my new favorite top under this cute dress. I wore this look out on a date with Mr. Larson one night. I love the mix of jewel tone colors and neutrals.


High waisted skirts are one of my favorite wardrobe staples! I love wearing them over cute tops that might otherwise be too full for my body type. High waisted skirts look cute on most body types!


For this look I layered a top with a tie and a cardigan and paired them with jeans. This is something I'd wear to work or to a family event. It's pulled together enough, but still completely casual.


For this last look I layered my solid colored high-waisted skirt over a patterned shirt. This is a great option for bright or bold patterned tops as it balances the look out with a solid bottom half.

Hope you're feeling inspired to mix up your wardrobe! XO, Elsie

Additional Credits: Shoes in Look 1 c/o ModCloth, Denim Dress & Mustard Cardigan/Target, All tights and red bow c/o American Apparel, Boots in Look 2/Theadsence, Skinny Jeans/Jessica Simpson Collection, Pink Belt/J.Crew, T-Strap heels in Look 5 c/o Ruche, Shoes in Looks 6-7/borrowed from Skunkboy, Clutch in Look 7/Coming soon to Red Velvet, Sunflower headband/DIY here!♥


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