Sunday, August 13, 2017

Where to Find Outfit Inspirations

I haven't felt all that inspired when it comes to getting dressed lately.

For one, everywhere I look, I see fall clothes - in stores, on blogs, in magazines. Yet, we are in the middle of summer, and it's going to stay hot around here - at least in the middle of the day - until the end of October. Another reason is that I have bought very few clothes this summer and somehow my options seem limited. But in reality, I have plenty in my closet, so I really just have to take a closer look at what I own and wear it!

To help me, I decided to look at the outfits I posted in August 2016. It turns out that all four outfits I posted last year included a recent purchase! I also realized that I haven't worn most of them in quite some time...

I bought this black and white tunic in Germany last summer, and I really like it. It's time to wear it again! 

Black and White Tunic

The graphic tee is another purchase I made in Germany last year... I don't really ever buy "real souvenirs," instead I buy clothes... 

http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com/2016/08/graphic-tee.html

The third item I bought in Germany is this kimono/poncho. It's a great third summer layer, and I have worn it recently. But there is no reason why I shouldn't wear it several more times this summer!

http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com/2016/08/summer-poncho-for-hot-summer-days-and.html

Finally, the last outfit post from last August included a new Tommy Bahama maxi dress that I picked up at the Tommy Bahama outlet store on our way back from Tahoe. It was a "real steal" as it was marked down from $168 to $39. However, if I don't wear it, it's not that much of a "steal," is it?

http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com/2016/08/tommy-bahama-maxi-dress.html

Questions: How/where do you find inspirations for what to wear? Do you find it hard to get dressed at the end of summer when you see fall clothes all around you, yet it's still very warm? What's your favorite outfit right now? What are you looking forward to wearing in fall? 


39 comments:

  1. I don't want to post anything fall related yet. Although it's not warn here in the Netherlands. It's August and I adore my summer clothes as long as the weather allows.

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    1. Yes, fall comes soon enough, right?!

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  2. It is so smart to "shop" our closets!! I find that many of the items I think I want to buy are somehow already in my wardrobe!! How smart to look back at your photos, Andrea!!
    I know everyone is looking ahead to fall, but I also want to enjoy the present---and it's still hot here too!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Yes, I feel like we are rushing ahead and don't appreciate the moment when we start talking about fall in July! And you are so right, oftentimes there are things in my closet that end up being very similar to something I'm interested in buying...

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  3. Oh, I so agree. I don't know why but people always seems to rush the fall season and fall fashion. I don't see them doing that for spring. I just can't stand seeing fall clothes in the summer. Love all your outfits, especially the graphic tee and kimono.

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    1. Thanks, Amy! And, yes, fall is definitely promoted way before it starts...

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  4. You and Jodie and Amy and my other blogger friends are my inspiration. I am afraid I would be totally boring left to my own devices. All of these are great outfits and absolutely worthy of another round or two before October. My fav are the tunic and the kimono. You look happy (wine?) in the kimono and relaxed (wine?) and dashing.

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! And, yes, I was drinking wine in the kimono photo... ;-)

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  5. You've really inspired me to shop the closet! Great looks here, and thanks for linking up, xox,

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  6. Some great outfits, Andrea, I love the third outfit. :)

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    1. The third one is my favorite, too! Especially since the photo was taken in my hometown last year...

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  7. These four pieces are great, love the last dress most. I stupidly wore long jeans today and got so hot! I wish the weather would make up its mind and do one think or the other!! Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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  8. I completely agree with you about being disheartened seeing all the autumn clothes on show in the shops already. I feel we really haven't had our fair share of summer here and yet don't want to pack my summer clothes away yet in case the weather turns fine again. I love your kimono with those glorious sleeves Andrea - it's so pretty!

    Wishing you a great week!
    Anna x

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  9. These are great pieces! I love finding clothes on trips. They are such great souvenirs!

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    1. Yes, I love reliving trips by wearing the clothes I bought...

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  10. These are great pieces, definitely bring them back! I know how you feel...it's all fall yet we won't have fall weather till at least November so why bother? Plus a bonus for us California gals is by November, all the early fall merchandise goes on sale! I too go back on my Instagram Feed and see what I wore this time last year - there are some looks I definitely will be repeating. This is when I rework my closet a bit, I touch each item, and if something has not been worn, I pull it out and try to make an outfit with it. If I'm totally uninspired and over the piece, I place it in a resale pile - this starts my account at the resale shop - so I can save up for a fabulous sweater, handbag or dress for when fall does strike! I also go to the Style Challenges on Instagram as they tend to be more current season over Pinterest whichI feel pushes the new season. I screen shot looks I like and then take the photos to my closet and try to recreate some of my favorite looks. That usually gets me inspired for a few extra weeks and thru the dog days of summer..
    XO
    Suzanne
    www.AskSuzanneBell.com

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    1. I love how you sell and buy second hand, Suzanne! I'm not that great about making room in my closet by letting go of items...

      Checking out the IG style challenges is a great idea!

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  11. It's such a great idea to go back and look at old posts to see what you've forgotten about! I love that breezy kimono! So pretty!

    Jill
    Doused in Pink

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  12. All of these outfits look great! Like you, I also enjoy purchasing clothing items as 'souvenirs' from my travels (more than just the typical tourist T-shirts). When I wear those pieces at a later time, I'm reminded of the trip and the place where I purchased them.
    Carol ("Mimi") from Home with Mimi

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    1. Thanks, Carol!

      I especially enjoy buying scarves. They are small, and you can never have to many. At least that's what I'm telling myself... ;-)

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  13. Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party with your post. Great look. I love your pointy toe silver flats! Great find!

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! The silver flats were definitely one of my best purchases last year!

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  14. Like always my inspiration comes from thrifting.

    Here I want our hot weather to stay as long as physically possible otherwise it is like on Game of Thrones...winter is coming and then it is awful.

    You've got some great ideas here.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. And you certainly find the best outfits thrifting!

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  15. Love all of these pieces from Germany, especially the first one (the black and white top!). What a good idea to look back to see what you wore last August. I know how you feel, I am tired of my summer clothes and eager to wear fall stuff. Altho, sad to see summer go!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! I'm looking forward to wearing the black and white top again, probably with white pants.

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  16. Fall is my favorite season. I live in an area where leaves change, there are corn mazes and pumpkin farms and the air just smells like Fall once it hits and I love all of that. But like you said, it doesn't really cool down until the end of September or October. I get excited for Fall clothes, but it's hard to be really excited when I can't wear them. I think I do get into more of a Fall mindset because I'm a teacher; to me back to school equates with Fall even if it is 85 degrees outside!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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    1. Good points, Debbie! I teach in a quarter system and don't go back to teaching until the middle of September. But even then it's cold(ish) in the morning (especially at 7 a.m. when I leave home) but it still gets really, really warm in the middle of the day... I always used to think summer was my favorite season because I don't work, but, if I'm honest, I love everything about fall... Ours just starts really late...

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  17. I love fall, but I have some very summer specific clothes I can't wear in other seasons so they always get their due. Love that poncho-kimono by the way, it is super pretty!

    Thanks for joining the Thursday Moda link up!

    Mary
    https://www.themarycurator.com/

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  18. Oh I love that kimono, and the maxi dress! My blog is a good source of inspiration for me, when I'm writing a post I'll look up the last time I've worn things or the different ways I've worn it and it's helpful to get some new ideas to wear old favourites! :)

    I find instagram style challenges helpful too sometimes when I feel stuck in a rut. When i was doing my 7 months without shopping and I felt uninspired with my wardrobe I'd look in it for something I hadn't worn in a while, and make a bunch of outfits from it. I did this with my band tees, made a few outfits from little worn pieces! :)

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend and you're feeling reinspired with your wardrobe :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. You own awesome kimonos and maxi dresses, Mica!

      I'll have to look more into IG style challenges!

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  19. I love all of your looks Andrea! The poncho especially, pretty print. Love the maxi with the pop of red. I love Fall and have a bit more fall clothes than summer. but have also begun shopping for the season I get inspo from other bloggers and from the color palette the Pantone institute puts out.
    Have a great week!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thanks, Jess!

      Looking forward to seeing which pieces you'll add to your wardrobe this fall! I've looked at the Pantone fall colors but, at first glance, none of them seemed to be me...

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  20. I also look back at my blog for outfit inspiration. Often I'll see a picture of an outfit I haven't worn it in awhile and it makes my old clothes seem new again. I love that 3 of the items in this post are from Germany. Just this weekend, I was thinking about the clothing I've bought over the past 2+ years and how I'm going to have such good memories of where I bought each item when I move back to the US.

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