October 29, 2012 - Easy Outfits, Style

Unexpected Remixes

Besides getting out of my yoga pants every day, one of my goals with this blog is to challenge myself to restyle some of my favorite pieces in more creative, interesting ways.  Even though I love a lot of the staples in my closet, I get bored with pairing them up in the same normal, predictable ways.  It’s time to step out of my outfit comfort zone!

Today I took two of my favorite outfit builders– a bright yellow tank and some embellished flats – and remixed them to create two new, less predictable looks.

Outfit Builder #1:  Bright Yellow Tank

[Yellow Tank:  Old Navy (last season)]

The Usual Suspects:  Yellow trimmed gray cardigan and silver flats.

[Yellow Trimmed Cardigan:  Old Navy (last season)/Skinny Jeans:  Forever 21/Flats:  Nine West]

Normally I pair this bright yellow tank with a matching cardigan and silver flats.  While I love this look, I’m craving something a little more fun and less expected.

Remixed Look:  Blue ruffled cardigan and animal print flats.

[Teal Ruffled Cardigan:  Target (last season)/Leopard Flats:  Target (last season)/Earrings:  New York & Company]

By choosing a peacock blue ruffled cardi and leopard print flats, it went from ordinary and conventional to unexpected and interesting.  Plus the blue really makes the bright yellow pop!

Outfit Builder #2: Teal Embellished Flats

[Embellished Flats:  Ross]

The Usual Suspect:  Matching shirt.

[Shirt:  Target (last season)/Skinny Jeans:  Forever 21/Earrings:  New York & Company]

These cute flats usually get paired with a top in the same color family.  Again, there’s nothing wrong with this.  I’m just trying to dress “out of the box”.

Remixed Look:  Magenta Top and Scarf

[Shirt:  Forever 21/Skinny Jeans:  Forever 21/Scarf:  Marshall’s]

Instead I went with another jewel tone by adding the magenta top and this multi-colored scarf.  Way more fun!  Oh and I wore this to a doctor’s appointment last week and got five compliments, FIVE.  This will definitely be staying in the outfit rotation.  🙂

It’s Your Turn:  Which side do you tend to fall on, predictable or unexpected?  How do you play with mixing up your wardrobe?  Give me some inspiration and tell me in the comments!

Check out these links for more outfit inspiration:

Visible Monday, YOLO Mondays, Monday Meet Up, Steppin’ Out, Life Lately, My Froley, Weekend Update, Real Girl Style, Loving Lately

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  • Hi Alison! Yay! My first comment.
    I totally love the unexpected outfits!!! They look great!

    • PrettyOn

      Thanks Sheaffer! It’s fun to mix up things I already own. But it’s probably even more fun to shop for new ones. 🙂

  • I like all the looks, but the “unexpected” ones are my favorites. I love your “experiment” – way to go! Thanks for sharing the results with Visible Monday : >

  • This is such a great idea! I have been doing this a lot lately – taking what I already have in my closet and trying to “remix” it with other things to make different outfits! What a cute post – love everything that you put together.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I can’t wait to read more of your blog 🙂

    • PrettyOn

      Thanks Caitlin! It’s fun to shop your closet sometimes.

  • Unexpected are always my favorites. Even something as simple as an all neutral outfit with a pop of color in a belt or shoes. My favorites are adding my yellow belt or red heels! Heather

  • Love the yellow paired with the grey and the jewel tones in that scarf are so pretty!

  • I just LOVE your teal flats! I love flats–best invention ever. Thanks for posting your outfits. I’m kinda fashion-handicapped (although I’m told I don’t qualify for What Not to Wear!) so I love your ideas. You make me want to get off my butt and go shopping (and that takes a lot!). Where did you get your beautiful teal flats from? I love that color and the outfit you made with the magenta top!

    • PrettyOn

      Aww, thanks Lisette! Happy to have inspired you. I got those flats at Ross for just $14.99. What an awesome deal! And they are totally comfy too.

  • What a FAB outfit inspiration idea, I love seeing how you would normally pair it, and then with a new outfit! So cute.

    • PrettyOn

      Thanks Evani, it’s fun to create new outfits out of old pieces. It’s like shopping but cheaper. 🙂

  • i love how you found new ways to pair these looks 🙂

    C’s Evolution of Style

  • Stopping by from YOLO — your looks are terrific! I tend to gravitate towards the expected, but when I realize that I’m doing the predictable, I make an effort to change it up.

    Kate @ A Journey in Style

  • “Unexpected” is pretty much my exact motto when it comes to putting together outfits, and I love your take on it!

  • I love that you are thinking outside the box. I really love that second look. It definitely pops. I found you through YOLO. Happy Monday!
    – Heather

  • You are so cute!
    I love your mix of colors, patterns and use of accessories. Unexpected gets my vote!

  • Love the remixes!

  • I love this post! I definitely have regular pairings and am trying to do unexpected things in my wardrobe too.


  • This is what to do with a wardrobe. Mad mixing skills you have there, young lady!

  • CC

    Love your ‘unexpected’ remixes! So cute and fabulous.
    It kind of depends on my mood whether I want something neutral and normal or something a little brighter or more interesting. I love using Go Chic or Go Home to put together outfits using some of my favorite inspiration photos from pinterest. 😉

  • I love your remixes!! I would have never thought a yellow tank could be so versatile!


  • I love EVERY single one of these outfits 🙂 The colors are fabulous!

  • Your ‘go-to’ looks are great, but I love your predictable looks! It’s so easy to just start putting together the same couple of pieces without really thinking but you definitely came up to 2 great remixes. Thanks for linking up to Real Girl Style! Ps- your blog name is so cute!

    • PrettyOn

      Thanks Amber!