March 3, 2011

Shopping My Closet: 1 Sweater x 5 Ways

I've been working on a project post for my friend Brie over at Cotton & Cane.  She asked me to take one article of clothing from my closet and come up with a few different outfits using it.  What I love about this is that I do this all the time.  Don't we all?  I love shopping my closet and finding new ways to wear items.  Well today I'm going to share the top that I decided not to use for her post.  It's the Puff Sleeve Sweater by Free People and it's very lightweight for spring.  I absolutely adore it.  It's available in a few colors.  I {so far} have it in grey.

Since I'm using pieces from my closet these collages won't be as pretty as the polyvore arrangements, just keeping it real.  Oh, and I tried to stay basic or this project would have taken more time than I had.  So keep in mind they need the fun extras, like jewelry, bags, jackets, scarves, hosiery...

LOOK #1
{Paired with a Free People Floral Scrunch Skirt, J.Crew metallic belt and J.Crew heels.}

This sweater is very thin so it tucks nicely.  Love it paired with the bright floral print.

LOOK #2
{Worn over a striped tee from Urban Outfitters, scalloped hem shorts from Yes Style, and Sam Edelman Gigi flat sandals.}

The sweater is perfect for layering over or under things, skys the limit.  I chose a simple striped tee.  It would look great over a collared button down untucked too.  Love it with the scallop hemmed shorts.

LOOK #3
{Tied in a side knot and paired with a bright, knee length, round skit from Banana Republic and J.Crew flower heels.}

This sweater looks awesome tied up in a side knot.  Such an easy way to switch things up.

LOOK #4
{Paired with Paperbag Trousers from Urban Outfitters and J.Crew heels.}

This is one of my favorite looks.  It looks great untucked too for a more relaxed look.

LOOK #5
{Paired with a J.Crew sequin mini skirt, American Apparel twist scarf worn as a belt, and J.Crew heels.}

I throw almost anything over this sequin skirt.  LOVE it.  And I really recommend getting one of those twist scarves.  You can wear them in your hair, as a necktie, as a belt... 

A few ending thoughts:  Remember these need final touches.  Don't forget accessories and more layers if you wish ;)  And, wow, apparently I shop a lot at J.Crew...

Want your own puff sleeve sweater?  You can get yours here.

Hey Brie, when do you want me to send over my post??

49 comments:

Pawleys Island Posh said...

Not surprisingly I love every look. I'm pretty sure I need to go buy that shirt asap. The only one I'm not cool enough to wear is look #4. I'm terrified of how I'd look in those fun pants.

Natalie said...

Great post idea Chassity. I adore every look and I think you may have been wearing this sweater Monday and I loved it with the black necklace you had on then too! My favorite looks are one and Five. Now when can I come over and borrow that sequined skirt:)

Simply LKJ said...

All great looks! I seriously need you to come style me!! LOL

abode love said...

Wow... I would pretty much LOVE to go shopping in your closet. I am LOVING the paperbag trousers... I have got to get a pair of those! I have the banana republic round skirt in blue and green, so comfy and the texture of the fabric on that skirt is amazing! All the Jcrew heels are amazing- thanks for sharing! This post just goes to show what ONE great piece can accomplish in your closet!

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Creations and Inspirations said...

Cute Post, I love Free People!!

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

You are so good at this!!! You totally need to style me. Still not sure about the paperbag trousers...

Deanna Pai said...

Oh wow, I wish you could have a go at my closet! I love every single look, but I think the last might be my favorite (sequins AND J Crew? Sigh).

Stephanie said...

i have that sequin skirt which i wore quite a bit over the holidays. thanks for helping me figure it out how to transition it. =)

great outfits.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I LOVE how you created so many different looks using just what's in your closet and ps, would love a trip to your wardrobe...so much gorgeous. My favourite look is the last one with the sequined skirt- just so pretty!!

stells and co. said...

You really have great taste in putting outfits together!!! :)

things that sparkle said...

That is so funny, I actually ordered this sweater last night from ShopBop, its such a reasonable price! So excited to see all your ideas, give me lots of for when my sweater arrives! Such a fun idea for a post.

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

Mind if I come shop your closet??!! Oh MY goodness!! those heels!! ahhhhh
Especially the tan and pink ones...and the sandals with the fuchsia strap!!
I've been looking for a floral skirt like the first one and can't find one long enough like that...I always see the mini skirts that just don't exactly go on my body type...its always a little shorter in the back, longer in the front if you know what i mean...

Hope you have a lovely Tuesday, Chassity!!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Love seeing this, I love your looks.. I need those sandals.. :) x

Lovin That! said...

I love this post! And I love all these looks. What a great idea!:-) That sweater is perfect.

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Brilliant post, my darling, I am *loving* that puff sleeve sweater...nothing like a new staple for the ol' wardrobe! I'm a casual girl myself and the first two looks are definitely my favorites...especially the shorts...big puffy pink heart *love*

Etcetorize said...

Very cool. You managed to get 5 completely different looks from one piece. I usually end up wearing my things the same way every time. Maybe it's time for me to look at my wardrobe with a new set of eyes~

Marianne (Style For Living) said...

I love this post! So many great options with your super cute sweater.

tickled. said...

LOVE.THIS.POST. and I LOVE shopping my closet ... almost as much as I love ACTUALLY shopping!

I've been thinking about getting a sequin skirt, but I'm nervous the sequins will fall off if you wear it too much?

I really may need that puff sleeve sweater too! :)

Lauren @ tickled.

Sara Mueller said...

Adore this post! I love doing this in my own closet and I love those Sam Edelman sandals.

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Great outfits!! I love it with the shorts and the paperbag pants!! You have some fab style Chassity :)

idratherbeshopping said...

love it! my fave is that glittery last option ;)

xo,
joAnn

Becca said...

ooo love it ALL. fab job!

traci zeller designs said...

I really, really think you should start a career as a fashion stylist!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

You have such great style! Love all these options!

Gabriella {sensiblyluxe} said...

Loved them all (look 3 is my fave). Now I'm brimming with ideas for my own gray sweater! Thanks for the style inspiration.

Torrie said...

Such a good idea, and extremely helpful. Thank you!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Ok, I actually bookmarked this because I am a fashion idiot at times! I tend to always wear the same shirt the same way. So I'm going to try to mix it up more. Love it.

thelonelywifeproject said...

Love this post! Look 4 is my favorite, but I would gladly don any of these outfits <3

Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely said...

Great combinations, I''m loving all of these outfits. The great sweater is gorgeous and so versatile! xx

Sarah (La Maison Boheme) said...

Love your style, girl!

Ailinh Harris said...

Very awesome post! Totally diggin your style. I love how great the sweater looks with any other type of clothing.

Sarah said...

While I adore all of these looks, 2 & 5 are my fav. All of the shoes are amazing. Are the last jcrew pair comfy?

victoria | vmac+cheese said...

I love all your looks, especially look #4. And, I actually read this post early this morning, and look #1 inspired my outfit for today so THANK YOU! :)

Christine said...

soooo freakin' cute. i want, i need. :)
xoxox

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

dude -- get out of my head! I was totally thinking of doing this theme with my new jcrew dresses! (well, probably not 5 ways)

LOVE shopping my closet and pairing things in unexpected ways...your amazing design taste clearly spills over in to fashion savvy too! love these!

and can we talk about your jcrew shoe collection? tell you what -- you share those, and i'll take you to paris with me! (7.5 by chance?)

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Great looks. Love the sparkly skirt!

Allison {Live Love Small} said...

hello stylist! great looks and i love your shoe collection...

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

I love this post- so fun to see the bazillion ways you incorporated that sweater, which, by the way, I will be ordering asap!! Thanks for the source!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Great choices!!! I should have you over at my blog and style it 3 ways some time ;)

Kellie Collis said...

Pretty outfits! Loving the turquoise skirt and pumps outfit! Have a fabulous weekend, Kellie xx

Gray Benko said...

Umm, I want to go shopping in your closet too! Kthanks.

Caitlin said...

i love EVERYTHING!!! so so pretty :)
XO

Brooke said...

Look 2 is definitely my day to day kind of outfit. So perfect for playdates and errands with my little ones. Love the sequin skirt.

emily said...

I love every outfit. And I am slightly obsessed with J Crew shoes too (and the fun pink boxes they come in). This is such a fun idea!

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Ok, you're officially even more adorable! Love the outfits. I need to come shop your closet, too! :)

Anita said...

I love these outfits! You have great style!

B. Inspired. said...

Love all of these outfits:) I almost bought those Yesstyle scalloped hem shorts a while back! love those

Anonymous said...

I wish you did more fashion posts. I love this sweater. I personally own it in 3 colors.

b.b. said...

I posted a response forever ago but there must have been a glitch :( Gray told me you thought I didn't answer! Heavens to Betsy :( I said - 'Can I pretty please for reals HAVE YOUR CLOSET? Kthanks' and of course, YES PLEASE send me the post! I can't wait to get it up! I have a lot of catching up to do after our long trip :)