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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

No Object Is Unchangeable

"It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block." -Paul Gauguin
The key to any remix is imagination. To expand a wardrobe without emptying your pocket try looking at a dress not just as a dress, but a blouse or skirt; a party outfit as something that can be toned down for day; a ladylike garment to be edged up with combat boots. Even the shape of a skirt can be transformed with a few safety pins.
I already wore this Betsey Johnson dress (which I scored for super cheap on Gilt) here, but I can see it worn so many different ways. So, without further ado here are 7 different looks all built from the same dress.
sweater- Gap, belt- vintage, shoes- Seychelles via Weardrobe Conference
coat- Tulle, tights- Forever 21, shoes- Bona Drag
skirt- some shop in Japan, tights- Betsey Johnson via Modcloth, shoes- vintage
jacket- H&M, tights- Walmart, shoes- Urban Outfitters
tiara- Etsy, shoes- Urban Outfitters
sweater- H&M, tights- Walmart, boots- Forever 21
vest- gift from my sister, tights- Fred Flare, shoes- Nine West

113 comments:

Patrick said...

I like the tights- Betsey Johnson via Modcloth. Pretty!
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Diane said...

i love every single one of these looks. well done!
and can i just say that the fact that you quoted gauguin has me smiling (i have my BA in art history).

Nana said...

oh!
all the outfits are gorgeous<3
i really like them all^^

p.s. who won anirtak's giveaway?

Corinna said...

i love this dress and i admire your creativity when it comes to styling your clothes.

monica burnett said...

adorable, as always!
you remind me of bonnie wright from harry potter - do people tell you this a lot?


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gem fatale said...

Amazing remix!
Lots of inspiration there :)
I think the ability to dress 1 item in loads of different ways is what separates the stylish people from people who just dress well. Style requires vision and you, missy, have it in spades!
x

Parapluie said...

Aw, I totally love this post! So inspiring!

calivintage said...

i can't help myself, i have to pick a favorite: i love the way you pinned up the hem and paired it with black stockings and those black heels with bows. perfection!

Fiorella said...

I love you remix posts!

My favorite is the one with the black skirt... great contrast!

:)

A Thought Is The Blossom said...

well done! so stylish and creative.

Isabel said...

Your remixes are always insanely epic!

BARGAIN BEX said...

The fourth look is my absolute favorite! The way that you pinned the skirt up for extra volume and ruffle and then paired it with the chic black accessories ... so darn darling!

~BB

http://www.bargainbex.blogspot.com/

Renee said...

i Love that last look! the vest is supercute!

fashion westie said...

Legend! Your idea to pin the skirt of the dress to change the shape...
I think you just inspired a lot of people to put away the plastic and hand over $2 for a pack of safety pins! Well done miss!

Cypriotchick said...

i will always admire ur ability to remix!
plus that dress is amazing!

Cypriotchick

Pretty Penniless said...

Love every single look. What a truly versatile dress!

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Laurel said...

I love these posts! They are my favorites!

I adore your creativity when it comes to styling an outfit.

xx L

adin_22 said...

loves*******

Heather said...

All these looks are great but I really love the fourth one, I never would have thought to use pins to change the shape of the skirt! Smart thinking!

gina said...

I love when you do these posts! They're always great inspiration for remixing a single item to get a variety of looks.

Montse said...

Amazing! Every combination looks great, and I love those tights with polka dots!
XX.

Mairyliscious said...

girl these clothes are amazing!
green is gorgeous !!! and that black tights so o o o o chic !! you are like an angel!!! amazing outfits!

Emily said...

Love the Gauguin quote.

That little white vest of yours is darling.

Chloe said...

I love you. Wait. Am I coming on too strong? No seriously. Love. You.

You're wearing the green ruffle coat! I've been pining over that green coat for-ever. Just gorgeous, lovely lady. And that dress. These looks are so rich and so pretty and so very, very nice.

(Seriously. Love. You.)

(*whistles*)

Angela said...

A great quote from Gauguin, he is my favorite! I love how you pinned the hem of the dress! just lovely.

Alba_Shopaholic said...

wow, I love all outfits! You are incredible and so beauty

Eyeliah said...

great looks! my fav thing about your style is how much you remix. :-)

VestedBeeVintage said...

OMG Let me take a deep breath! ok I like style Photo 1,3 & 4! really nice outfits!

Higgeldy-Piggeldy said...

I just want to say, Ive followed you since your early days and couldnt be more impressed by how much you've grown in terms of your style and photography skills. I feel like your attitude is exactly what more people need to have given the current state of the fashion industry, let alone the nation.

Although your aesthetic is different from mine, your enthusiastic approach from the every hour pictures to your animation posts to your outfits themselves. I think you continually raise the bar for bloggers.

You simply prove that true style can not be bought.

Laura said...

i lovedddd this post!
such a gorgeous dress and i love every outfit :D

Phyllis said...

such a pretty dress. i love it when you do these remixes!

Maria Confer said...

You are incredibly creative!

I love how you pined the dress to look like a bubble skirt.

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Kate said...

Really, really nice remixes! My ultimate favourite is the look with the black skirt and the dotty tights.

Charlie said...

wow your remixes are so inspirational! This gives me so many ideas

daisymay said...

Good work at making that dress look so different each time. Love the bubble skirt look.

elena-lu said...

get remixes love the vest and the skirt pin up those are way cool :)

Piglet said...

That dress is so pretty! I love where you pinned it to change the shape. Oh and I love love love the green coat!

sparkle motion said...

i love all of these looks. your wardrobe really works in so many ways. I am kind of jealous...I think what makes it work is quality basics. Anyway, I love the looks. I have a question though, were all of these looks taken at the same time and if so where are you?

lahmode said...

As always you do an impeccable job! I love these posts where you include several different outfits centering around one piece of clothing. It's realistic and applicable to my daily life!

BuzzChild said...

You seem to have such a natural talent for remixing and wearing clothes! Thanks for the tips and encouraging us all to be a bit more imaginative.

Constança said...

You really know what to wer and how to wear it.. same dress and a lot of diferent and great looks ;)

xoxo

reckless daughter said...

this dress just gets better and better with each remix :)

Britty said...

the dress looks awesome on you and i love how you style it 4th is my favorite

KD said...

I love every look! It certainly is a stunning dress. My favorite would have to be with the DM-esque boots.

Megan said...

Wow. I just discovered your blog... and I'm loving it! These outfits are all so gorgeous! :) And you are completely lovely.

Fashion Cappuccino said...

You are so inspiring!! I really love the first and last outfit ideas! xxoxoxoxo

Erin said...

seven outfits from one dress, that's impressive.
thanks for the ideas for my own closet!

Amanda said...

Great post. I love all the looks, it makes me want to try something like this with my dresses.

anne said...

very creative! my favorite was the one with the black skirt, just so awesome!

Fashion Therapist said...

You definitely are a pro at reinventing pieces. It's very inspiring!

Anna Marie said...

You are so creative! That dress is gorgeous... I used to have a black Betsey Johnson dress, and I remember feeling like a total goddess in it. They are so much fun to wear.
xo

treasurebox said...

You are such a lovely girl! I admire you so much! I absolutely love your style and all of your outfits!

emily said...

you're so good at remixing it's just not fair... ;)

bianca said...

that dress is just beautiful.

Christen said...

These are my favorite kind of posts - you are a total remix genius. This really makes me want to go shop my closet right now! And how did you change the shape of the skirt? Did you pin it up?

Django et Coco said...

Oh! This is Great!

I love love the first look!!

-Coco From Ourpapermoon.blogspot.com

Clare said...

I love how you've been pairing those green socks with your Seychelles. Lovely remix, as usual.

issa said...

Love each look!!

Lexie said...

you are the master of remixing.

vintageveggie said...

oh good lord. your shoes are amazing. if they go missing...

Taylor Sterling said...

really nice outfits! I love that dress!

Urban Lullaby said...

Your really creative!! Love the floral dresss!
x
urbanlullaby.blogspot.com
check it out? :]

Runway Reviews said...

good looks. Love the last one for the flower print but especially for the purple tights.

Valencia Lia said...

always love love how you take a piece of clothing and put together so many different remixes:)

I love all the looks really and the Betsey Johnson dress is a great steal that's for sure !

Awww,and it seems like Thanksgiving is a huge thing for your family! And a whole family of good cooks?!! Wow,you're so lucky:)

I really love food made from scratch,gives a different taste. heee

Su said...

must go pin up my dresses!

Lillian said...

I love to see how what wouldn't be considered a basic dress, can be worn so many different ways!
I'm always looking ways to stretch out my wardrobe (This girl is on a college budget!) and this had some really great Ideas! its easy to forget how much tights and cardigan can change a dress.

emilypanda said...

love it! i really like this post because I am always thinking of new ways to layer things to make pieces feel new again.

thanks for reminding me to keep trying and the ideas you have are inspirational! great post.

farina said...

Awwww!!I lovee the 3rd remix!!!

Rachel Follett said...

What a great dress! I love how you paired it with so many different items. They all look amazing!

muchlove said...

Lovely! This inspires me to look at different ways to wear my own dresses.

Sorry to hear about your computer! :( Hope it gets fixed soon.

Manja said...

You're right - imagination is the key here! I don't have that much money right now and so I need to experiment with my wardrobe, too. I love all the seven ways you wear that dress :)

le blog de leen said...

wow it's like you have at least 5 different dresses in one. i love the one where you used pins so the shape gets all really different
nice work :)

leen

Camilla said...

Love all the outfits, so pretty, The dress is amazing xxx Camilla

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StreetstyleNews said...

Great!

Ashley said...

Amazing dress and such beautiful remixes! How I wish I know how to style my clothes this way too!

FabBlab said...

The third picture= the black skirt! I have an almost identical one! Fabulous styling, btdubs.

Stéphanie said...

Oh ! dear !
You're so lovely !

Sidewalk Chalk said...

I really love it when you do posts like this. So creative to do so many combinations with just a few pieces. My sister and I love your blog and find it so inspiring.


- JoAnn

Dance To The Door said...

I love your remixes! I like to mix up my wardrobe to give myself a lot of options. It's amazing what a difference accessories or a sweater can make in changing the entire look of the same dress.

Indy said...

I am really loving the print on that dress...even though it's floral it seems to be perfect for fall! I love it with all the beautiful colors you put it with!

Jewellery Recruitment said...

Love the green coat so much. Thaknk you for the info.x

Fell 4 Fashion said...

I LOVE how this dress looks so different in every look! Brilliant!

miss milki said...

I love the way you created the draping with pins - that's about the best remix look I've seen! And you are the queen of remix! ;)

Nadine said...

This flower dress is so adorable :).

Women's dresses said...

I aodre that floral dress!!looks amazing!

princesspolitico said...

although i like all of the looks, the first and third are my favorite. love the wide tan belt and comfy sweater combination. and those tights(!!) are awesome.

love your creativity and fearlessness!

xo.
princesspolitico

renwore said...

I love your remix posts, they always manage to demonstrate the versatility of the piece in question XDD

Also, am loving the way you tucked in the brown belt in your first picture, and have always liked seeing you pair your green socks with those oxfords!

Marla Singer said...

i love all the looks! but the third and fourth ones are really special to me! what did you do with the skirt on fourth picture? you pinned it? the shape of the skirt (dress) looks gorgeous <333terloa

tofuscloset said...

tjat little black skirt is adorable!! i want one!!! LOL

Dylana said...

You are the ultimate outfit remixer. This is beautiful!

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Diane said...

Your remix posts are among one of my favorites of yours (I think I say this about every one of your posts but please don't dismiss the sincere validity) because you show how you can expand a closet without spending any money! I need to practice this much more often than I do because I often find myself standing in front of my closet thinking that I hate everything and that I have nothing to wear. You are the queen of remixes!

P.S. Meeting Erin was such a delight. I wanted to meet her even more after you guys had nothing but good things to say about each other after the Weardrobe conference! Now if only you lived closer, as well!

Rosie Unknown said...

Wow, I adore this remix! Probably cause the dress is so awesome!

Helen said...

i love the look with the skirt over the dress - the skirt is wonderful!

Krimly* said...

woww I lov this post!! It's so creative! and you look gorgeous!!

beautiful blog!

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Barbro Andersen said...

You are so creative, and you inspire me a great deal :)

Love these posts, they really show what one can do with an empty wallet.

missDTM said...

i love the way you play with your clothes!!!

MizzJ said...

Wow did anyone ever tell you that you're amazing? I'm so impressed with all these outfits, esp the one with the pins! Could you do a post showing how you did that?

Katie said...

the safety pins are a great idea! the tulip/bubble shape it takes on is really interesting.

dearilou said...

I think the first remix is my favorite. I am such a sucker for a belt over a cardigan.

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

another great remix post :)

...love Maegan said...

HA! I bought the same dress on Gilt FUSE! ...love it!

stuffbykate said...

Well done! Gotta love Betsey!

jaunty magpie said...

Love it. I'm always a big fan of being creative with favorite pieces and making them work across different looks!

Amelia said...

I love the way you played with the muted color palette in these! They're very striking. What a cool dress.

Hunter said...

its amazing what you can do with clothes!! :) you look fabulous, and thats a great dress!
you're a natural in front of the camera too

AlicePleasance said...

I want the dotted tights!!!

dapper kid said...

That quote is actually one of the reasons that I always try to play with colour combinations when I get dressed that don't always follow the 'rules'. I think people become accustomed to seeing everything in set ways, so sometimes you only need the smallest change to make the largest difference.

That second look is wonderful, I love that coat! And the fifth and sixth looks are amazing :)

Daisy Rabbit said...

Love the different pairings and how to transform the dress in so many ways, it's definitely a great investment if you can wear it so many ways. I've gotten a new wardrobe since I started working and I feel like I'm in dead end coz I'm stuck with how to mix and match! I'm definitely getting ideas now. Thanks!

Tink in My Closet said...

You could honestly make a plastic bag look fabulous.. you put together great outfits with ease!

PinkBow said...

you do the styling so well!

Fashionable Earth said...

Hi Rebecca,

Love how you use what you have and rework and remix it :) That is what Fashionable Earth is all about as well: reduce, reuse and restyle! Can we use this post on our blog? Our website is www.fashionableearth.org
Please email and let us know!
info@fashionableearth.org
Thanks xo

Joy said...

Love, love, love!

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

My favorite is the last one!! I love that u paired it with colored tights, looks beautiful!

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