one piece, five outfits

We have several trips and expenses coming up this year, so in an effort to save some money and get creative with my wardrobe/clothing rut (I did just read this and am pretty sure a closet purge is in high order), I thought it would be a fun challenge to style one item of clothing five different ways. So, inspired by Man Repeller, I wore one sweater five days in a row. Yes, you heard read me right. Five days I wore the same sweater to work and hoped no one would notice (spoiler alert: they didn’t).

I gave myself only two rules:

1. I have to wear this five different ways.

2. I cannot repeat any other article of clothing.

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One // Monday : This was obviously the easiest, and most predictable, outfit to style. An oversized sweater with high waist denim and loafers.

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Two // Tuesday : Did I cheat on this one? I don’t know, but the whole tie a sweater/plaid button down/jacket around your waist thing is very “in” right now (confession: I’ve been doing this for years because hello – CONVENIENT).

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Three // Wednesday : Is this a different sweater? FOOLED YOU! I rolled up the sleeves and cropped it by twisting a hair tie around the bunched up hem (it’s tucked underneath to hide).

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Four // Thursday : I severely underestimated how difficult this challenge would be (I mean, how many ways can you wear a sweater?!). So, when it’s day four and you don’t know what else to do, COVER IT ALL UP. Only kind of kidding. But layers! The answer is layers.

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Five // Friday : Uh oh, where’s the sweater? OMG it’s a scarf. Wear your sweater as a scarf. Revolutionary, I tell you.

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So, are you inspired to work with your wardrobe, or do you just think I’m crazy and are already out the door on a shopping spree? Both are fair courses of action.

Also, in full transparency, this sweater is new, and I purchased it for the following reasons:

1. An oversized sweater has been on my “list”!

 2. American Apparel is going out of business and selling everything for 40% off.

3. I’d never shopped there before.

4. I HAD TO.

The definition of “had” is very debatable here. Am I a fraud?

Happy Monday!

P.S. Winter style and wearing pajamas in public.

-wonderland sam

imdb.me/samanthalee

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

17 thoughts on “one piece, five outfits

  1. Love this challenge!..and the sweater. I have been wanting to do the 10×10 clothing challenge. This seems like maybe an easier challenge to start simply because there is less work to do ahead of time. Then again, you have a really good point – how many ways can you wear a sweater? You were really creative though. I might just try it!

      1. That sounds like such a fun challenge! Let me know if you do it – maybe I’ll join you. 🙂
        If I could make a suggestion – you could try limiting to one pair of shoes. I honestly wear my black ankle booties almost every day, and leaving the 9 other pieces open to actual clothing might help make the challenge easier. 🙂

    1. It’s a nice way to re-work your closet when you think “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!”. In reality, most of us probably have plenty. 🙂
      I don’t usually think about HOW I’ll wear something (just IF I’ll wear it often), but that’s a good practice to implement!

  2. Absolutely LOVE this. Your style is so cute and I never would’ve though to turn my sweater into a scarf. Where do you work at to be stunting such cute outfits? I’m envious.

    1. Thanks so much Emma! I’m an actress, but my day job is an office manager at an engineering firm. Luckily everyone dresses casually, so I’m not too limited with my work attire. 😉

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