Fall Capsule #1: One Look, Three Bags

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I’d thought this would make an interesting post, because I always wonder how other bloggers make the choices they do when pulling together outfits.

This particular outfit was worn to work and consisted of a pretty basic formula: black blazer + white sleeveless blouse + stripe skirt + heels. There wasn’t a lot of personality with it, but it looked nice enough.

So what to add…what to add…what to add?

Option 1: I started off pairing it with my new favorite black tote, which definitely kept it professional, but didn’t add a whole lot of interest.

Option 2: Okay, let’s add some interest then. This look features some pattern mixing by pairing the stripe skirt with the black polka dot crossbody. Definitely a lot more fun and still keeps it chic with the black and white.

Option 3: How about a pop of color? Besides navy and red, I think black, white, and red might be my favorite color combinations. So why not throw on a bold color crossbody purse?

So that’s just three ways to think about this outfit…and that only involves purses! Just think if I had expanded it to jewelry, shoes, scarves, and/or anything else that you might add to an outfit to make it your own…how many different combinations could I have come up with. I think that’s why this capsule collection is going so well for me (minus the no-shopping ;)).

Which of the three looks is your favorite? What would you have added?

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Outfit 29

  • On Target item: Merona Ponte Stripe Skirt (Spring 2014; similar 1, similar 2)
  • Sleeveless Blouse: Merona, Target (Spring 2014; similar 1, similar 2)
  • Blazer: Merona, Target (Fall 2013; similar 1, similar 2)
  • Watch: Merona, Target (exact)
  • Purse (black tote): Target (exact – reverses to gray!; more options below)
  • Purse (black/white polka dot crossbody): Merona, Target (Spring 2013; similar options below)
  • Purse (red crossbody): Merona, Target (Spring/Summer 2013; similar options below)
  • Heels: Merona, Target (exact)

  • Everygoodthingblog by Melissa

    So cute! Love this look and how the outfit has a completely different style based on the bag. The first could be for a night out with girls, the second looks parisian chic, and the third is perfect for work! Great post Katie!

  • Oooooh the favorite striped skirt. Man I just love mine. Thanks again for inspiring me to pick one up. It’s been a life saver. I think my favorite look is the one with the red bag. The colors and stripes together may have a slight nautical feel, but it’s so classic it can’t be denied!

  • First of all: this outfit! Sooooo perfect. Business chic with personality.

    Second: jewelry, scarves, bags, shoes – yes! I’ve tended fairly basic/neutral and spiced things up with accessories, but I really made it my thing by picking so many neutrals in the capsule – and it makes for such a never-ending variety when you pull in all those great accessories.

    Third: the tote is such a great professional look with this, but the best is definitely the pop of red. Love it!

  • Very work appropriate outfit! Love the black tote and red purse choices!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com
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  • I can’t pick a favorite! I love all of these bags with this outfit!!
    ~Sara