Building a Mix and Match Wardrobe

Happy Wednesday, guys! It seems that mix and match fashion becomes quite #instafamous, so I can’t ignore it. I probably already mentioned that my closet is pretty small, at least when compared to my girlfriends’ closets. However, I have to admit that I had to change almost half of it in the last few months, because of some necessary and unnecessary weight gain (I regret nothing). Most of my jeans and skirts, even my coats just didn’t fit me anymore. This gave me an opportunity to look into my style and create a new, mix and match wardrobe.

You are probably thinking why do I, as a fashion blogger, bother myself with a capsule wardrobe? Well, the truth is I don’t have all the clothes in the world, and if even if I did, I would still wake up every morning and have nothing to wear. The only way to fix this is to learn how to mix and match essential, existing items in your closet to create a different look every time. Here are a few tips I learned along the way that might help you:

  • Review your existing wardrobe. That’s probably the most time-consuming one. You have to literally take all your clothes out of your closet and see if there are any pieces that don’t fit anymore or have nothing but a sentimental value. Just ask yourself, would you buy this shirt today if you saw it for sale?
  • After cleaning out your closet, make sure you only buy pieces that communicate with each other in terms of style. The fact that I am into smart casual, minimalistic style, doesn’t mean that I can’t occasionally fall in love with a beautiful boho chic dress I saw in a fashion editorial or maybe in someone else’s blog. But why would I need something I have nothing to wear with?
  • If you are indecisive on a colour palette, go for the one that suits your skin tone and/or that you personally like. I am obviously into neutrals: grey, black and nudes. If I wish to add an accent to my outfit, I would add a brighter accessory, i.e. a bag, shoes, or some statement jewelry, instead of buying a bright top or bottom. 
  • When you’ve got all the essentials that you need, stop shopping for as long as you can. That would definitely force you to learn to mix and match the favourite pieces in your closet. In the photos below every piece of clothing I am wearing was already featured in previous posts. 

Building a Mix and Match Wardrobe

Building a Mix and Match Wardrobe

Building a Mix and Match Wardrobe

Building a Mix and Match Wardrobe

Building a Mix and Match Wardrobe

Building a Mix and Match Wardrobe

Building a Mix and Match Wardrobe

Building a Mix and Match Wardrobe

Building a Mix and Match Wardrobe

I was wearing:

  • Long Coat by Zara (sold out)
  • Cross Body Bag by Vince
  • Ankle Boots by Zara
  • Sunglasses by Ray Ban

Yulia

58 Comments

    • I went through the exact same thing, Marianne!:) Just a couple of months ago, when I did my closet revision, I found a few completely new and beautiful pieces of clothing that I never wore and definitely never will, lol. They are just so not me. Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by; I really appreciate it:)

  1. I have lots of respect and admiration for any fashion bloggers who managed to run a blog with a capsule wardrobe. It shows their creativity and they come across more real and down to earth. You have a new fan in me just for this one reason alone. Following you on BlogLovin so I’ll never miss another post from you. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Shireen! You just made my day:) I am following you back, of course.
      You know, this whole capsule wardrobe thing happened sort of naturally to me. I guess when my old clothes didn’t fit me anymore, I just decided not to substitute every piece I had with a new one, and be more careful about my purchases.

    • Thank you so much for your comment and for alerting me about that Shopbop sale! Even though I didn’t have anything on my wish list this time, sales always excite me, lol.

  2. I love how this is written! You write so well 🙂
    That coat is absolutely amazing! Love the how it makes the bag stand out. x Alona

    gentleconfusion.blogspot.com

    • You are so kind:) I am so glad you liked this post and my coat; i is definitely one of my winter favourites. Somewhere deep inside I am happy it’s still a bit cold outside, and I can still wear it:)

    • Kira, your comments are always making me smile:) It’s okay though; I feel good about my body right now. And yep, this spot is amazing, so glad we discovered this place last week:)

    • Thank you so much for stopping by, beautiful! I really appreciate it. Hope the weather in Dubai is not so hot yet:)

  3. Oh, dear Yulia! I admire you that you obviously reached a minimalistic wardrobe and I see you know what suits you very well. Thanks for your fantastic tips, I like especially the question if I would ask the piece also today if it would be in sale 🙂 You look very stylish in your outfit of today and I love every single piece of it. Wish you further many success with your admirable wardrobe.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

    • Thanks for such a nice comment, Rena! I am very happy you liked this look and I hope some of these tips will be useful to you. Have an amazing weekend:)

    • Thanks so much for dropping me a line, Trang!:) I really appreciate it. Your last post about March favourites was so fun to read, by the way. Can’t wait to read your next article:)

    • Kia, your comments mean so much to me; thanks a million for your kind words:) I am glad you liked my look and tips. Hope you are having a great Monday:)

    • Thanks for checking out my post and for your kind comment, Paola! I really enjoy reading your blog. Have an amazing week ahead!

  4. Love this outfit beyond words! The coat is super stunning and it goes so perfectly with the jumper and boots 🙂 Have a lovely weekend ♥

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    • Thanks so much, beautiful! I really love this coat and wear it often in fall and winter; it’s so versatile. Have a great week ahead:)

  5. Love the style, the coat is just perfect and yes I agree with you is important to learn how to mix and match essential. I play with the details, and thanks to that I create different styles.
    Great post!
    Have a great weekend!
    XO Erica

  6. Such great tips, Yulia! I love the one you gave about adding a pop of color in accessories for those who may not necessarily want to add a full on colored piece of clothing into their wardrobe, this is definitely more practical for many style preferences. I also love your outfit! I love charcoal grey, that coat is just so lovely! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have an amazing weekend ahead, beautiful!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  7. For some of the reason I’ve decided to do a closet revision myself and for the past two weeks keep my style more down to earth and I absolutely love it.
    Not sure why, but now I’m all for the capsule wardrobes and mixing and matching things)
    You look gorgeous and thanks for sharing some interesting tips!

    http://www.StripesnVibes.com
    BlogLovin

  8. Every time I see your posts I fall in love with your hair (and style) all over again! Love your neutral outfits, they’re timeless.

    Yep, I know that “nothing to wear” problem all too well in the mornings. The struggle is real!

    Euriental

  9. These photos are like, magazine quality good lady!!! And I certainly didn’t notice any weight changes, so good for you for “regretting nothing.” And, hahaha, I’ve never met a color I didn’t like so I’d have trouble keeping my closet simple. XO
    Lauren-Blair
    http://www.prefertobedemure.com

  10. I love these tips for creating a mix and match wardrobe hun! I think that I definitely need to invest in some pieces and stop shopping for a while, like you said. I definitely have enough coats, I purchased so many at the end of last year. But I need to invest in some more top half pieces. Or maybe I’m just making another excuse to buy more clothes haha. Your style is gorgeous by the way, I love how neutral and chic everything is.

    http://www.veebzboo.com
    http://www.youtube.com/veebzboo – My Current Go-To Make-up Look

  11. These are such great tips! I love mixing and matching outfits and agree it’s important to stop buying the same white shirt in different patterns again and again 😀 Absolutely loved your outfit! The coat is gorgeous and that bag is perfect. Hope you are having a good week, Yulia 🙂

    Love,
    Monika | http://www.palateforstyle.com

  12. I’m afraid my closet is all over the place… Although I have a style that’s close to yours (casual chic, lots of neturals) I still enjoy a few statement pieces, especially bright tops, that I simply pair with jeans most of the time.
    But I really need to go through my wardrobe and get rid of all the things that don’t fit well anymore. If I haven’t lost weight in 3 years I likely never will, so these clothes that are too tight should be donated and help someone else!

    Beaumiroir

  13. It’s great to hear you don’t regret gaining some weight. Anyway coming to the outfit here, it’s so you. Keeping it simple, stylish, chic. I love how you maintain your wardrobe & I think I have learnt a few tips here. Thanks for sharing this post:)

    xoxo Eva | http://www.evakindles.com

  14. Most of the purchases I regret are items, which just felt right for the moment, but didn’t go with any other clothes in my wardrobe, so accentuating an outfit with accessories sounds like a really good idea. I’m also guilty of keeping items for sentimental reasons:)

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