You don’t have to be rich to have the illusion of an extensive wardrobe – just sensible.
With some creativity you can edit pieces you have in your wardrobe to capture the look of the season seen on the runway and adapt it to your personality without putting a dent in your budget.
With a little imagination you can have fun with your wardrobe – you can translate your favourite designer runway looks into your personal style. If you are handy with the sewing machine you can create the illusion of a limitless wardrobe, you can take pieces from two decades ago and revamp them to look current or have fun designing clothes that expresses your uniqueness.
Shopping at consignment or thrift stores is smart and you can purchase designer garbs at a fraction of the cost.
As women we have so many challenges in our daily lives, our careers, or families and all the other experiences negative and positive that we encounter. When we look good and feel confident it helps us to face day with a positive attitude.
The selections on this page is from my personal wardrobe and I had so much fun putting them together.
Summer White – You cannot go wrong with black & white – I never donate or give away my whites, this jacket I had since the nineties and it is still trending, the pants I purchased Nygad, I love the fit of nygard pants they fit in the right places and feel comfortable, like a second skin. I completed the look with a black bustier top embroidered with white and black sandals from the Bay.
MY FLORAL GORE SKIRT
One of my favourite skirts – Floral eight gore – I love the way it hangs. Any of the colours in the skirt can be repeated in the top but for the winter I chose a black top with a bold white chain design necklace.
Accessories matters : I adorned this outfit with a white chain design necklace, the earrings repeated the colours in the skirt with white bangles to complete the look.
MAKING LAME’ USER FRIENDLY
I made this lame suit for a wedding a few years ago, it was tucked away in my closet and forgotten, mainly because It was formal and there was no place I could wear it, the skirt was ankle length and the top I teamed it with made it look very much like an outfit you would only wear to a wedding or a formal event, so I shortened the skirt and changed the blouse that made it more user friendly and versatile.
The original top I wore with the suit to the wedding.
For the wedding I accessorized with some bling in the shoes, necklaces, earrings and bracelets
For a less formal look I wore this ensemble with an ecru polyester silk blouse and a simple gold earrings and chain.
EDGEY WITH LEATHER
This is a leather ensemble I put together for the winter, the leather pants I purchased at a thrift store, teamed it up with a biker leather sequin studded jacket and wore it with a turtle neck sweater. I also gave this outfit a different look by accenting with an infinity scarf and matching leopard shoes.
The biker sequined leather jacket I purchased at a high end outlet store and if you must know it was on sale from $250.00 to $30.00,
Yes! Yes! Yes!
I also purchased the shoe from an outlet shoe store. The infinity scarf I already had in my closet.
SEE THROUGH STYLING
The Jacket I’ve had since my first grandson was born, he’s now sixteen.
I took the lining out the skirt to give it a modern twist and belted the jacket.
The see through skirt can be worn with the tights underneath or minus the skirt for a more casual look.
Accessorizing with black glass buckle belt – fine beaded strand necklace, knob earrings and wire bracelet.
COMBINING ANIMAL PRINTS
Combining Zebra Print with Leopard
I love the gold and brown zebra stripes and accented it with matching necklace.
THE SOFTNESS OF JERSEY SILK
Silk Navy Jersey sporty two piece accented with white piping down the pant, around the neck and give the top chic emphasis at the back.
I love the softness of the fabric against my skin, it’s so cool and light to wear. Great for packing on a vacation
Wore this outfit while on vacation in Trinidad and teamed it with a black and white soft shoes.
So soft and comfortable to wear. Definitely one of my all time favourites
THE FREEDOM OF WHITE COTTON
This white cotton dress I picked up at a boutique in J&F Mall. I love the silhouette it’s free and yet feminine.
CHEARTREUSE IS THE NEW LIME GREEN – COMBINED WITH PURPLE
This is a purple and cheartreuse combination ensemble.
When I went to purchase the fabric to make this outfit I asked the sales clerk for lime green material to accent the purple she took me to a selection of green fabrics and pointed to what I knew as lime green and said all they have is cheartreuse. I realized that I’ve stepped into a new colour generation.
When I was growing up cheartreuse was more like a magenta but in today’s world what was once called lime green is now cheartreuse
I LOVE A BARGAIN
One of my favourite outfits – I found this at the Melanie Lynn Outlet store.
I knew I could never go wrong with black & white, forever versatile.
With or without accessories. Can be worn for any occasion.
This is something I picked up in a boutique on the sales rack.
It was a tight fit so I inserted black & white animal print ribbon at the side to give it some room.
To add some pizazz I wear it with a yellow jacket and knee high or ankle tights
matched with running shoes. A chic and sporty outfit.
A DAY AT THE PICNIC
For the summer picnic I accessorized this outfit with dark pewter pendant necklace and bracelet. and wore dramatic eastern hanging earrings for emphasis.
Casual Saturday at the picnic. Maxi stripe cotton shirt worn over skinny jeans accentuated with a 4″ cuff and soft shoes was like comfort food for the picnic.
CRUSING ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Put this comfy outfit together for a day cruise. Black cotton pants teamed with striped tank top. I dressed in layers since the lake temperature could be unpredictable I used a very light butter colour sweater over the tank top which I could peel off if it was too hot and carried a heavier white sweater for warmth when the temperature dropped. I added a burst of colour with a bright yellow handbag.
The emphasis was on comfort and added some funk with the sunglasses and metallic soft shoes.
Made this outfit and wore it to an event this summer. I love the loose free flowing fit. The pants is pleated at the waist with a high waist band, with a peasant top gathered at the neckline with elastic.
I love the versatility of this design. It can have a less formal fun look by wearing a contrasting top with two different colour scarves.
Because the outfit was solid blue, to add interest I accented it with these statement earrings and colourful shoes.
EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
This top I had for years, but I have not worn it for the past ten years because I gained a few inches around the midriff which made the top too short and the shoulders did not fit right. I made some slight alterations by adding an embroidered trim to the edge to lengthen the top, also added a piece of fabric on the top sleeve before adjusting the elastic. To make the top fit around the bust and stomach area I added a piece of fabric down the front and move the buttons over. This blouse in now back in style and looks very trendy.
I made this silk Chinese style reversible jacket that can be worn on either side. It has a Mandarin collar and button down the front. The darts are reversed on one side, which adds interest to the jacket.
It looks fantastic with black leather pants.
Black and Metallic Silk reversible tunic jacket.
MARRYING THRIFT STORE WITH DESIGNER LABEL
One of my favourite outfits. A navy blue embroidery bolero purchased from V&V, worn with navy slacks from Melany Lynn and pink tank top.
MIXING AND MATCHING
This wool jacket I bought at a thrift store and was inspired to make a skirt to complete the look. Wore it with boots and leopard necklace to match the cuff and collar. Completed the look with a matching leopard top and bronze studded belt.
The hat I made from faux fur and gave the ensemble added dimension.
THE STORY OF THE OVERSIZED SWEATER
I Picked up this oversized hand knitted wool fisherman sweater at V&V. It was way oversized reaching almost to my knees and the sleeves were way pass my hands. The sweater swallowed me up but I saw potential. I shrunk the sweater by washing it on the hot cycle in the washing machine then dried it in the dryer, this made the knit tighter.
Because it was pure wool, to prevent itching and also to add more warmth I lined the sweater. Now I have an oversized, oh so warm and comfy sweater.
See my tutorial: LINING A SWEATER
I Jazz up my oversized sweater with a fluffy wool scarf. During the changing seasons I can wear it instead of a coat. It’s much warmer than a spring or fall coat.
THE SALES RACK
During the summer Jones of New York had their nation wide closing down sale, needless to say I did not let it pass me by, much, much better than any Black Friday Sale.
I fell in love with this princess line floral print, with inverted side pockets, which was originally $135.00. Would you believe the mark down price was $35.00.
Took it to a whole new level when accented with a yellow scarf at a brunch.
The winter season is here, and we have to cover up. There is nothing like this sweater set I purchased at Winners. The sweater has a sequin open zipper. What I like most about this set is that I can use the sleeveless t-shirt in the spring or summer, teamed up with a white slacks or capris.
The black felt hat gives this outfit another dimension. Take the pearls and hat away and you have a more casual look.
MY SPECIAL FINDS
There is a history to this ensemble. The entire outfit costs $22.00. The dress I bought on sale for $10.00, the shoes at a thrift store for $2.00, the Phantom tights was on sale $10.00. The handbag was a steal, I rescued it from my daughter’s clothing she was about to drop off at goodwill. I threw in some accessories and ohla! Only goes to show money cannot buy style.
The simplicity of the bag accented with the silver at the sides and at the bottom gives an expensive, elegant look. The handles are just a little short but it’s convenient to carry and can still slide over the shoulders. Excellent for a freebee dont you think.
I bought this Dashiki Style Indian Blouse at a Kiosk in the mall. It was love at first sight . It is encrusted with sequins around the hem, sleeves and neck line. I also wear it with jeans and tights. It’s one of the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe.
I LOVE ASYMMETRICAL HEMLINES
I attended an end of summer dinner The food was excellent only matched by the entertainment that followed. I wore this flowly, light chiffon asymmetrical dress with the scarf draped around the neckline to give a cowl effect, finished off the outfit with red open toe shoes and black clutch purse.
FROM MY SCRAP BOX
Made this yellow short jacket with remnant I had in my scrap box, and combined with a blue jersey tank top and skirt. I love the Interesting colour and texture. I accessorized with a blue bag and yellow sandals to balance the scheme. Added the blue sunglasses to add more dimension.
MAKING THE MOST OF A MAN’S SHIRT
Created this lacy, sexy shirt that can be worn as a dress from the old shirt below.
I removed the collar, took off the sleeves, pockets and collar, inserted lace in-between and finally accented with lace down the front.
See how it’s done: Take an old shirt and transform it into a beautiful summer dress
ENJOYING THE SUN
I wore this bubble sandals with my white dress and it was a conversation piece, it is embellished with hair bubbles.
See how it’s done: Summer Sandals With Hair Bubbles
MY BIRTHDAY DRESS
My birthday outfit. Black Palazzo Jersey Pants, worn with floral hand painted top.
Love, Love, Love this ring. I wore it to accessorize my birthday outfit. I thought it went well with my hand painted flower on my top.
THE AFRICAN INFLUENCE
This is an African influence ensemble I made. I’m still working on tying that perfect headwrap.
THE CONVERSION OF A SCARF
I love scarves because they are so versatile. This is triangle scarf that I added fringe to the bottom and draped it on one shoulder. Wore it with white fitted pants and staw wedge sandals
MY WALK ABOUT ENSEMBLE
One of my favorites, black cotton embroidered top with black stretch knee length pants. comfort for walking around the town.