10.13.2014

Versatile

When adding a new addition to my wardrobe, the main ingredient that the item must possess is the ability to be versatile. You won't catch me in search of a One Hit Wonder, rather, I much prefer to stock my closet with items that meld nicely with one another, and  contribute to me creating a wardrobe that has many layers. I simply cannot fathom the thought of forking out money on something that works with absolutely nothing, and I'm just buying it for the sake of buying. In my opinion, this is extremely limiting when it comes to constructing a well built and curated wardrobe for my lifestyle. My general rule of thumb for shopping is that it has to go with at least three things in my existing wardrobe or I'm putting it back on the rack. There have been the rare instance (and boy do I mean rare) when I came across something so extremely drop-dead gorgeous that I had to make it mine. In those rare circumstances, I built a wardrobe around the item(s) so that they became more workable in my closet.

Recently I added a new bag to my collection. It is the epitome of versatility. On display, the bag was shown as a backpack, but after moving the straps around, the bag converts into a cross-body - Two of my favorite types of bags. Before backpack purses recently re-emerged as hip and trendy, I enjoyed them in the 80s and held on to the ones that I had. You can see my leopard backpack here in Audrey Wore Turtlenecks. I consider them to be a great addition to any woman's wardrobe. If you're like me, when I'm out shopping, or spending the day with my family, I enjoy the hands free approach. Backpacks house all my items and keep my hands free and clear to touch and explore all that life has to offer; without having to worry about putting my handbag down somewhere and forgetting it.


For today, I'm introducing you to my newest friend, a vegan backpack/handbag that's extremely versatile. To play with my new bag, I'm wearing pieces that also fall into the versatility category - the crisp white shirt (notice this one has a high/low flare), black leggings and black strappy sandals. And yes, the reddest of reds in nail polish.

Today's Look - White Top: Sheinside, Leggings: Kenneth Cole, Bag: Isabelle Handbags via TJ Maxx, Sandals by Michael Kors via TJ Maxx, Polish is Rekha by Zoya, Double C Rings: Charming Charlie, Horseshoe Bracelet: Polka Dots and Moonbeams (option HERE)







Tell me friends, what tricks do you utilize to build a multi-layered wardrobe? Are you on the look-out for versatile items, or are you the one hit wonder kind of shopper?{wink}

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41 comments:

  1. Fabulous new addition to your wardrobe Glenda! I shop intentionally, and unintentionally, at the same time-LOL! I tend to buy lots of colors, and even if a new addition doesn't readily in my mind with something in my wardrobe, somehow when I get it home, I find that it matches up well with several looks. ;)

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    1. I get what you're saying Joi. With vintage shopping, you have to have that mindset. It's harder to be intentional when you're on the look out for rare treasures.

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  2. Love this chic and sophisticated look! The purse and shoes are stunning!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  3. A vegan back pack? Be still my bag envious heart. My trick for versatility is that my outfit must look good with black shoes. Since I travel a lot I don't like to pack tons of shoes. Two pairs max. Always a black pair. Oh. And pockets. I rarely buy anything without pockets. Love your look. The shirt is so cute. And it goes with black shoes!

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    1. I like your style philosophy. Makes sense to me! And I agree about the pockets. Especially on dresses.

      Yep, I vegan bag, and it's so well made too!

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    2. Hi Glenda! Please tell me that you didn't just watch Soul Train but that you danced along. I have the best memories of my sister and me in our pajamas dancing along with the Soul Train line dance! And I'm afraid that my dance style hasn't changed much since then!

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    3. Oh yes I danced along. We had a rule in our house...we didn't leave the house on Saturday morning until after it went off. When production moved to L.A. many of my friends actually auditioned to be dancers. Some made it! I wasn't permitted though :(

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  4. Versatility is just very important for one to be able to appreciate and enjoy pieces in their wardrobe. Your bag and your outfit says it all. You look fantastic!

    http://www.thefashionstirfry.com

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  5. When I was younger I just bought what I liked at the moment. Today I think about all possible combinations with my old clothes at home and buy it only if it is flexible enough to me.
    Your outfit is elegant and will never go out of fashion, very tasteful chosen dear Glenda.

    Dana
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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    1. Thanks Dana! I was the same way when I was younger. Then I realized my wardrobe wasn't taking shape. So, I adopted my current shopping philosophy and now my closet has many, many layers.

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  6. I am loving that button-up! Looks fabulous. I used to be a one hit wonder. I thought the more I had the more outfits I could create. Wrong! I now shop more sensibly. Thanks for this reminder!
    Stephanie
    http://positivelystephanie.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Stephanie and you're very welcome ;)

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  7. How cute! That's such a ladylike style. Almost retro but with a modern vibe. Love it!

    I love backpacks in theory but I don't think they work for me. I've bought a few (a really cute carpet one years ago) that I've given to my daughters... However, if I could find a cute convertible one, yes! I do like crossbody. It's taken me a long time to get used to that style (I'm very busty). So I have to be careful how I pair it but it's great for days when I'm shooting with my camera and need to be hands free.

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    1. I'm chesty too, but I find that cross-body and backpack work so well with my lifestyle. But I also love to use clutch bags on dates with my hubby. For some reason they make me feel more grown-up :)

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  8. Great outfit Glenda!! Ashamed to admit I never owned a backpack and now that I use the white cane it would make more sense b/c like you said it would free up my hands. Your bag is gorgeous and goes so well with your ensemble.

    Just about everthing I do is intentional to the point of being exhausting. So not only do the pieces I wear have to be versatile they also have to fit within my organizational scheme.

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    1. There are some great choices available now. I've held on to mine for 30 years. The classic ones that are made well will last you a life time.

      I'm glad you like the look!

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  9. Love the look, and I am a backpack fanatic. Because of a shoulder injury I Have a hard time with anything pulling or hanging free from the shoulder, so crossbody and backpack style bags are my go to accessory. Really like the white top and the leggings, very classy.

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    1. I think backpacks are the greatest too, and I'm sure your shoulder thanks you :)

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  10. I adore this shirt on you, Glenda! Very chic look.

    I seem to have a more spontaneous approach to shopping. If what I am to buy plays well with what I already have, it's a bonus, but I don't really think it over at the time of purchase. It seems like a good manageable tip to come up with three outfits before the purchase, I'll try to remember it for the future. :) xxx

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    1. I would get myself into trouble if I wasn't an intentional shopper. It would be too easy to spend unwisely.

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  11. Glenda you rock this look today. Love everything, the shirt is divine and the bag awesome. I can never resist a beautiful bag, no matter how many I already call my own, lol.
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. Thank you Lenya! I know you love handbags :)

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  12. So sophisticated and extremely chic, love this entire look and the shape of that top is amazing!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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    1. Thank you Cara. Yes, the top has a really cool look to it!

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  13. I am a random shopper I buy what catches my eye. I know what you mean about buying items that already goes with items in your closet I have been guilty of purchasing items and have them sit because you have nothing to wear it with.

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    1. I use to do that too. But I began to realize how much money I was wasting.

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  14. What a nice bag, Glenda! It will go with anything! And what a lovely shirt as well. It's also versatile but at the same time really unique.

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  15. Very lovely and sleek outfit! Everything that I purchase has to have a large amount of versatility for me, since I am always layering and wearing things year round. /Madison :)
    Office Casual

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    1. Hi Madison! Thank you for commenting. It seems like you and I have the same shopping personality :)

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  16. Very cute bag, Glenda! Like you, I love how versatile it is. Smart purchase, for sure!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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  17. Glenda,

    Simple, perfect chic,
    Love this vegan bag..love the back pack option, and the cross body, that it is vegan is a nice thing,
    the shirt is gorgeous and crisp, perfectly paired with the leggins and elegant shoe.
    I try to avoid one hit wonders, in fact, most of my clothes, have been in my closet for years, so if they are one hit wonders, then they continue to spark wonder for decades!
    Inspiration look!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

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    1. Thank you Elle! I'm with you, my clothes must have staying power. I have had my clothes forever.

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  18. Love the bag, Love the shirt, Love the shoes. Great look - love the simpleness of black and white!

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    1. Thank you Cherie! I've been in a Keep It Simple kind of mood lately. Lots of neutrals. That tends to happen to me in fall.

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  19. I am the one hit wonder buyer. No sense of styling, so I spend all my salary (after expenses are paid of course) on clothes, not knowing whether they will fit anything else in my wardrobe. Lately I am getting a bit better and I am looking for real additions... although... hmmm. No.. just as bad as always.
    Love your bag, just not as a backpack. Not my style. Always afraid somebody will steal from me.
    Greetje

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    1. When I was young, I would spend my mother's money on whatever I thought was cute. But after awhile, I discovered that my closet wasn't workable. I never seemed to have anything appropriate for any given occasion. So, I adopted the philosophy of purchases matching 3 items already.

      I understand your feeling about the backpack. This one has an even greater feature. Once you open the inside flap, it has two huge zippered compartments that zip and come with a little lock. I love it!

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  20. She looks so sexy
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