One of the downsides to being 14 is that you're broke. As in penny-pinching, coupon-clipping, can't-even-afford-a-BigMac broke. So broke I have to shop the sales. At Forever 21. But the advantage of having a small closet is that it challenges you to mix up your clothes in new ways. There's little creativity in alternating between 30 days' worth of pre-matched outfits; having only 5-6 items that are suitable for cold weather makes you find new ways to wear the same old sweater. So I created this series, Fashion Deja Vu, in which I show you several different ways to wear the same item, not even including the variety jewelry and accessories can add. See how I did it after the jump.
First off is the shirt. This particular chambray button-up is from The Children's Place. But the best thing about it was that it was actually free; I "borrowed" it from my little brother, who got it for a Doctor Who costume. That's right: I'm wearing a shirt that's meant for an 8-year-old boy's Halloween costume. Talk about scrappy fashion.
Anyway, I think it actually fits pretty well besides the obvious age, gender, and usage differences. The sleeves are a little short, but I like to roll those up anyway.
|Shorts: Hand-me-downs from Nordstroms // Belt: American Eagle //|
Bracelets: American Eagle
For this look I just added a leather belt and tucked the shirt in. Nothing groundbreaking.
|Tank top: Some random surf shop|
For a versatile look, layer a tanktop under and leave the shirt unbottoned.
|Sweater: Aerie (the outlet)|
For a preppy flair, layer a sweater over the chambray shirt. Roll up the sleeves and try not to overheat.
|Thermal: American Eagle (yes, again)|
This at first glance this looks just like the first outfit, but take another look. Layering a thermal under the shirt allows for a little peekaboo of color.
|Skirt: O'neille (outlet)|
Tie the shirt, where whatever you want on the bottom. Easy, simple, chic.
|Dress: Urban Outfitters|
Unbottoned shirt + dress + belt = instant casual outfit. I decided to be trendy and wore the belt backwards
|Fun Fact: this was my eight grade graduation dress, but I thought it was worth recycling.|
This is by far my favorite look. Tie the shirt at the dress's waist for a defined waistline and the illusion of wearing a skirt.
For this look I wore the shirt as a dress. Leggings are a must unless you enjoy scarring young children for life, in which case get your saggy, granny-pantied butt off the street.
What do you think? Do you like remixing your basics? Comment below!