Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

January 13, 2012
I was inspired by my lovely friend Jen of her waise choice for this post. She is a master restyler, taking a single piece and making it look entirely new with every different outfit (be sure to check out her Facebook album where you can browse all her restyling masterpieces). As someone who has either been an intern or a student for God knows how long now, I obviously am not rolling in cash and only have a finite amount of money to spend on new clothes. As such, I’ve taught myself to become a bit stricter with my shopping habits, only investing in pieces I really, really love and know I’ll be able to wear again and again. So without further ado, here are some of my personal favourite pieces that I have restyled again and again!

Club Monaco lace skirt

I am beyond in love with this skirt. Even though it’s not technically “basic”, I can always think of a new way to wear it and have found it’s been just as amazing in the winter as it was in the summer. Its cream tone also makes it so easy to pair with other colours, and the scalloped lace texture makes it special enough to stand alone with simple styling. 

Twenty8Twelve leather jacket

I have a bit of a beautiful love story with this leather jacket. I found it at Holt Renfrew during one of their big sales, and initially wasn’t quite sold on it just from seeing it on the hanger. Then the staff told me it was the last one and consequently the price had been even further reduced that day. Thinking that I might as well try it on, I slipped into it and then, to my surprise, immediately felt at home. I find it’s the perfect shade of grey, one that’s easy enough to pair with both cool and warm tones, and it’s literally the softest leather I’ve ever felt. The little details like the criss-crossed double zipper and cut-away lapels make it a great statement piece on its own, though I’ve become so dependent on it that I usually just use it as a staple piece. Worth every penny.

Club Monaco leopard clutch

This one was a no-brainer…you just need a great leopard piece in your closet. When I spotted this beautiful clutch in Club Monaco, I knew I had to have it – it was the perfect shape, the perfect print, and the perfect colour combination. I’ve used it so much that it’s literally paid for itself in terms of a cost to wear ratio (which is the system I use to rationalize and justify all my purchases). If you don’t own a great leopard accessory, put it right at the top of your list! So timeless and glamorous.

On another note, a few girls I know put together this stunning video shoot. I’m loving that they’re fully dressed in both Aritzia and vintage pieces. Such a great way of showing how you can mix the old with the new to great effect. Be sure to check out my girlfriend Jenny’s tumblr where you can see the video’s details!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend lovelies! To Vogue or Bust

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  • Reply Jen January 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Love how you put this post together Alex! You are so great at remixing and I'm especially amazed at how many different ways you've styled that lace skirt. I loved it but shied away from it because I didn't think I'd get that much wear out of it. You are clearly proving me wrong! The video is so beautifully done! That cream blouse with the black birds that one of the girls is wearing is SO gorgeous – do you know if that's an Aritzia piece? I want it!

    Have a great weekend lovely!

  • Reply claude January 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Love the skirt!:)
    you look beautiful in all the pictures


  • Reply Bonnie January 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I am kind of in love with that leather jacket. It's a pretty fierce piece to have in your closet. The skirt is also super nice. I have been wanting a similar one for a while!
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Reply Sam January 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Hi dear, I love how you put this post together, and showed the many different ways to wear a single piece, very inventive. I agree with you on investing in key pieces, these three you featured really are versatile

  • Reply Erin January 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    your face is so stunning – you should model! x

  • Reply alison*elle January 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Not sure if Jen will see this comment, but the bird blouse is indeed from Aritzia. They have a dress version too that's black!

    Anyway, love all your remixes Alex! I especially love how versatile that cream lace skirt it… I totally want one now.

    xo, alison*elle

  • Reply Cara January 13, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I definitely think that being able to re-style a piece is essential for everyone, but bloggers especially! It truly shows that you have style if you can re-work a piece over and again without making it feel like you are wearing the same thing because the piece looks so different each way you style it…and you have this talent Alex! Love that leather jacket, such a great find!
    Happy Weekend!
    xo Cara

  • Reply Leonie January 13, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I think you always do a great job at re-styling your favorite pieces! I especially like that lace skirt – so pretty!

    Have a great weekend xo

    The Ultimate "Sexy"

  • Reply Small Town Gal January 14, 2012 at 12:15 am

    What a great post! I'm sometimes stuck with matching certain pieces together all the time. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Clara Turbay January 14, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I like so much this post. Well done.

  • Reply Cee January 14, 2012 at 2:14 am

    I know exactly where you're coming from, pally. I'm on a serious budget these days due to some unforeseen circumstances and so I've been plotting out all of my outfit meticulously to find new ways to wear old things. Seeing this post – and all the beautiful ways you've worn that lace skirt, which I adore – has me inspired to take (yet) another look in my closet to find ways to do more with less 🙂

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend so far!

  • Reply Wren January 14, 2012 at 5:13 am

    I love love love this post. It's so inspiring to see the way you style each piece in so many ways. I love it. Sometimes I worry that my outfits get boring because I wear the same piece over and over again, but I think it's an important part of being creative. And the video is beautiful.

  • Reply Suzi Maynard January 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

    A fabulous post Alexandra! I love your different styling options for each item. Your approach to purchasing a new item is right up my alley-I can justify the cost of an expensive item if I get a lot of wear out of it!

    Suzi x

  • Reply GIRL AND CLOSET January 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Oooh, what a stunning video!! And this post is fantastic Alex! I'm all for the remix, and in fact have been trying to shop less, all in attempt to get more mileage out of my clothes, well that and the fact that my closet is crammed full!! 😉 This is such beautiful inspiration. Happy weekend, love. xo veronika

  • Reply Erica January 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    This is an awesome post! I really try to refine the things that I buy and wear to be sure that they are all something that I will want to wear and wear again. This is definitely inspiration to keep going! (I'm a poor college student, too)

    I'm definitely going to keep scrolling through your posts, they are very good!

    In the Light of Style

  • Reply Sandy Joe January 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I love the idea of this! The majority of my wardrobe is vintage pieces so I feel like I'm always doing this. Seems to me you pick your pieces wisely, the scalloped club skirt is my favourite.

    I'm sorry I never mentioned anything about Vancouver, but I was literally there for about a day after all my travelling was done. I'm sure I will be coming back for another visit soon and I will definitely let you know!

    x The Pretty Secrets

  • Reply Bre January 14, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I start school on Tuesday and after paying for one semester of tuition (after loans of course) and books I will need to learn these great skills of reduce, reuse, recycle that you clearly already poses. Every outfit looks like a million dollars and completely new.

  • Reply Huda January 15, 2012 at 5:23 am

    great tips, I love restyling old pieces and try my best to recycle my cloths.

  • Reply il était une fois... January 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    gorgeous!! love when wardrobe basics have such versatility X

  • Reply E L L E S A P P E L L E January 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    This is such a great post! Love seeing how you've re-worked some of your favourite pieces. x Elle

  • Reply Jackie January 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I think its so awesome that you've done this! It makes me feel less bad for putting the same pieces over and over into my looks. Its so true, when you're in college you definitely cannot buy new clothes all the time so being able to rework pieces into different outfits is key. I love that lace skirt and leather jacket!

  • Reply cakesandshakes January 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    That skirt's position as favourite is well justified, it's gorgeous. Sadly, ruffles don't work on my lower half. I also adore the blazer at the end with the chunky brown belt, more style ideas to file away for future reference!

  • Reply Marie a la Mode January 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I love seeing bloggers restyling the pieces in the closet. A lot of times I feel like I need to go shopping but really, all I need to do is take a closer look in my closet and rework it. That's my goal this year! Thanks for sharing your remixes and thank you also for your nice comment on my blog the other day. xo

  • Reply The Midwest Muse January 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Remixes are my absolute favorite. Your styling on the white lace skirt is perfection.

  • Reply cecilie andrea torp January 16, 2012 at 6:58 am

    amazing styling 🙂

  • Reply Fashion-Bridge January 16, 2012 at 10:21 am


  • Reply Fashion-Bridge January 16, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Dear! What a beautiful and def inspiring post! I feel this need now to re-arrange my closet and shopping habits:))
    Im in love with your lace skirt! Especially I adore how you paired it with a chunky sweater! A mi of edgy and sweet!
    And the leopard clutch is a candy-like piece! Fabulous darling leopard thing:)



  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} January 18, 2012 at 1:37 am

    dude!!!!!!!!!! Jen is the queen when it comes to shapeshifting ensembles! i agree 100% and you've done a supreme job yourself!! i have so loved seeing these looks brought back to my attention, you know i save a ton of your jpeg's in my "inspiration weardrobe" folder. still can't get over the blazer under a blazer idea for structure. holy wow, it's epic lades!!! that scalloped lace skirt is something to seriously admire too. awesome shout out to our Aritzia legacy. what a video, what a post!! xoox ♥

    pea ess: thanks for the extra love on Jenny's vegan blog! most appreciated.

  • Reply freestanding closet February 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Love the skirt!:)
    you look beautiful in all the pictures

  • Reply Stacey Bourne April 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    The outfits are so adorable. You're right, in fashion you need some creativity and put some passion on doing it. There's no harm in recycling your outfits as long as you're comfortable wearing it. We can also recycle clothes not just only plastic bags, magazines or anything that you would find useful.

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