Shop Your Closet: Ruffled Top

[When moving into either a dorm or an off-campus apartment, your wardrobe will face two major challenges: 1. A major lack of funding (to add more to it), and 2. A major lack of storage space. For these two reasons, maximizing what you already own becomes essential. That’s why you need to learn to Shop Your Closet. Each week, I’ll show you how to wear 1 item 3 ways – with the stuff you most likely already own! – to get the most out of your purchases.]

There’s a pile of clothes on the floor beside your closet, and you’re still standing in your undies undecided about what to wear. The transitional season wardrobe slump has hit you. Whether key pieces of clothing are sitting in your hamper (two wears over what is considered hygienic) or you just can’t make up your mind, you have nothing to wear. On the verge of running late for your class, your job or meeting up with friends, you know you have to “Make it work!”

The catchphrase of style guru Tim Gunn can be applied to the battle with your closet. His Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials may seem targeted at career women, but having some of these items can help you on days when you have nothing to wear. Meet the “every occasion” top – a shirt that can be layered under a jacket (or cardigan) but can be worn alone for a night out. For this week’s Shop Your Closet I chose a cute, affordable ruffled keyhole top from Old Navy that will work with the goodies you’ve already got in your closet.

Outfit 1:

Ruffle Top, Jacket, Skinny Jeans, Boots, Hat.

Tweed is hot, hot, hot right now. So are moto-jackets. Paired together they break down all stereotypical images of tweed blazers with elbow patches and make tweed…cool. Take this amazing jacket, toss it over your ruffled tank (for a look that is tough and feminine all at once) and pair it with your favorite skinny jeans. Or forget the tweed all together and just toss your boyfriend blazer on for a casually chic daytime outfit. I added lace-up boots, but you could easily wear this with your everyday boots or flats. And if you’re having an off hair day, or your hair is looking a little greasy, top it off with a beret.

Outfit 2:

Ruffle Top, Skirt, Blazer, Shoes, Tights.

Getting ready for a night on the town? Add some sparkle to your outfit with a sequin mini and some tights  for warmth for your walk home. A boyfriend blazer over top anchors the look, and a pair of fun leopard flats add another pop to your outfit.

Outfit 3:

Ruffle Top, Sweater, Cords, Belt, Shoes.

If you don’t already have a pair of cords, get one. They are versatile and warm and a welcome change to the skinny jeans you wear every day. I chose a pair of skinny ones to pair with a pair of oxfords, which are a cuter alternative to basic black flats. Let the ruffles of your top stand out under a cardigan, belted over top to accent your natural waist despite the bulk of the sweater. A leopard cross-body bag completes the look.

Find out other ways to re-work what you’ve already got.

Surviving Senior Year: Getting Personal
Surviving Senior Year: Getting Personal
  • 10614935101348454