7x7 | part one

7x7 remix
After completing my 30x30 remix challenge earlier this year, I decided to include a goal of accomplishing another blog challenge on my 25 before 25 list. I'm really interested in showing how to get the most possible wear out of your workwear items, so I thought about putting together a smaller remix challenge to show how versatile just seven items could be. I keep mentioning my major shopping trip from earlier this summer, and while I was shopping, I loved picking items in complementary color families and considering how the pieces could be paired together with one another. For this challenge, I used six of the items I purchased during my solstice shopping haul + one piece I already owned:

1. dark skinny jeans // Gap Outlet
2. black pencil skirt // vintage hand-me-down from my mom
3. yellow-green blouse // Banana Republic Outlet
4. cream cardigan // Banana Republic Outlet (worn previously here)
5. magenta cardigan // Banana Republic Outlet (worn previously here)
6. bright blue dress // J.Crew Factory (worn previously here)
7. navy striped dress // J.Crew Factory (worn previously here)

Note: For this challenge, the seven pieces don't include shoes or accessories.

Also, I want to give a HUGE thank you to my dear friend Kirsten for collaborating with me on this project, and  for photographing seven outfits for three hours in the 102 degree summer heat. She is an amazing human and an excellent photographer.

Okay! Let's get into it! For these first three looks, I used the bright blue dress as my staple piece.

one // seven
After deciding to go forth with the challenge, I had a moment of fear. Oh crap, what have I gotten myself into? How can I make this dress more interesting than a series of cardigans? I spun around my room and landed on this printed Target scarf, hung it on the hanger over the dress, and fell in love. I swear, these remixing challenges are so good for making me see my closet through a different lens than I usually do!
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two // seven
I basically came up with this outfit on the spot. As I was trying each outfit on right before I left to go photograph them with Kirsten, I realized that I hated one of the outfits I'd come up with. I looked at the pieces I had, knowing I didn't have many options, and decided to try layering the pencil skirt over the dress. This is something I've seen other bloggers do effortlessly, but something I never thought I could get away with. Let me just say I got so lucky. The skirt happens to be the same shape as the skirt on the dress, and they're similar materials even, so the skirt fit perfectly over the dress. I ran out to Dago in the living room and yelled "CAN YOU TELL I'M WEARING A DRESS?" and he responded, very confused, "no? why?" And then I ran back in the bedroom to add the shoes and my favorite vintage scarf and called it an outfit. This is definitely my favorite of the seven looks and I can't wait to wear it out!
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three // seven
Yes, you've seen this outfit before here--just with different shoes. I wasn't sure when I would be able to actually photograph a whole remix challenge, so I've been wearing a lot of these outfits to work already, and this one got photographed for the blog at the time that I wore it. For the challenge, I swapped out my gold flats for my favorite purple pumps for a little color-blocking goodness.
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What do you think of the first three looks? Do you find workwear a challenge to remix? Stay tuned for parts two and three later this week!

12 comments

  1. I'm loving this bright blue dress and you too made the skirt layering look effortess like other bloggers. I have to say the second look is my favorite but this seems like a fun yet at the same time a hard challenge to come up with different looks. Your poor knee still hasn't healed all the way! Ouch! You look like a doll and I love those purple pumps!
    xoxo
    http://www.nothingbutapigeon.com/

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  2. Erm. Stawp. You put the rest of us to shame girl!
    www.theadoredlife.com

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  3. love all the looks, but especially the scarf for outfit 1!

    xo, Maddy

    http://cassidylou.com

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  4. Love this! That second outfit is too cute, I love wearing skirts over my dresses and rompers ;)

    I'm actually thinking of having my 30x30 challenge all about work wear. My workwear wardrobe. has officially outgrown my casual options and I loveeeee remixing pieces to create a colorful yet professional look. Can't wait to see the rest of your remix choices!

    xoxo
    The Blushing Dreamer

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  5. oooh! i'm so excited for this! i was wondering the other day what your dress code at work is like and what kind of stuff you wear to work. can't wait!

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  6. thanks, sweets! unfortunately, my knee may never finish healing :(

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  7. I love these 3 looks! I am so tempted to buy this dress, but final sale makes me nervous, because it might not fit properly! I've tried the skirt over a dress thing and can never get it to look right. I think my dress waists are just a bit higher than I like to wear my skirt waists, so there's usually some awkward situation going on. I can't wait to see the rest of the looks!

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  8. I love that blue dress! Also, at the moment, our knees match. I brutally destroyed mine trying to get off of my bicycle. I forgot I added a crate to the back, tried to dismount, and my knee may never be the same.

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  9. Since I have to dress nice 5 days a week now (no jeans allowed!), I have definitely been trying to find different ways to put my work clothes together and find ways to make clothes that aren't obviously "work" clothes work-appropriate. Like this tank top would be fine if I wear a cardigan over it. I love that you were able to make the skirt over dress thing work! I don't think that would work with any of mine off the top of my head, but I need to investigate. It's such a great idea! Wearing dresses in different ways in one of those things I see in pictures all the time and any time I attempt it it does not work out at all. I'm sure it just takes great luck. Looking good, lady!

    -Jen
    yourstrulyjen.com

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  10. I like how many ways you've dressed that blue number up.

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  11. These outfits are all so cute! You look so so stunning in that blue!

    XOXO
    Becca | Ladyface Blog

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  12. I think you're off to a fantastic start on your challenge so far, Nicole! I love every single one of these looks (that red cardigan is gorgeous!), but I am truly smitten with the first outfit. That scarf looks like it was made for the dress, and I love the neutral cardigan with it as well. You look simply radiant in all of these pictures!!

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