Outfit Heaven?

Happy Wednesday lovely ladies!

As most of us are given to a reasonable amount of outfit analysis and thinking about fashion, I found myself thinking how much I was liking my outfit today (which unfortunately I didn't get a chance to photograph this morning), and as I dissected it, I realised I am wearing my three favourite labels today.

Items are below in finds.  

Outfit started with my EF Harem Pants, then Metalicus top and Motto jacket.

I LOVE how these brands marry so well!

I have found that my Metalicus and Motto pieces are so easy to mix and match.  They are different but share a particular aesthetic, I suppose, that makes it all work.

So I wondered how well your favourite/'go to' labels work together. I am guessing they do but are there cases were what  you like from one brand is so different to another that they just don't correspond (is that the right word?)


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  • Elizabeth P replied 8 years ago

    A post titled "outfit heaven" from deborah, with no photo? Now that's just CRUEL.

    I can so see these pieces together. In fact, I can almost copy it. And likely will :).

    Interesting question, and one I'll have to think about more. I don't think mine do. No question that my go to brand is banana republic, and I think beyond that I'm all over the place. I often feel best in looks more along the lines of yours, but it's not my go-to style

    Am I a victim of availability? Or do I just suffer from multiple style personas?

  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    Or maybe I am boring!!  Elizabeth, maybe you have more tolerance for a variety of styles.  I recognise I am quite limited.  

    The question of availabity is a good one.  I would say I no longer buy what's available, I really do see out what I want, if it's not available I tend not to go for something else.. does that make sense?

  • dashielle (Ann) replied 8 years ago

    I'm going to have to get some Metallicus/Motto in my life. The best approximation is EF for me, but still the tops don't offer enough variety in shape for my preference. See finds below.

  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    Ann I browse on line quite a bit (as I am sure most of us do) and I have a growling little file of items EF an Motto items that are very similar.  So given buying EF is a little prohibitive for me normally (price / exchange rate / shipping), I keep my eye for Motto and Metalicus look a likes :) And the positive is that I am not compromising on quality, because while the price is less than EF, the quality of Metalicus and Motto is excellent.

  • Elizabeth P replied 8 years ago

    Well lookie here. Turns out I pretty much HAVE worn this outfit. Here's the winter version. Worn site seeing in Edinburgh (so no pic on me).

  • Sal replied 8 years ago

    I think I use denim often as a base to link pieces  I wear a boho top with jeans, or a tailored jacket with jeans, or sometimes a dressy look with heels, and jeans.....  

    At the moment I am not in love with any of my jeans, which I am finding a little frustrating.  It means some looks are not working as well as I would like.

    Over the last 12 months I have the best success at Witchery for basic type pieces (four items, all that I am very happy with).

    A friend of mine does part time clothing design and she has been travelling and out of action for 18 months, and I am looking forward to visiting her next week and buying some pieces.  My pieces from her are often my wildcard items.

    Have I veered off track - I think so!

    This is a great look and these labels do share a similar aesthetic - drape, made to be layered, subtle colour palette (or you choose the pieces within your preferred palette).  Lovely look too.

  • Ledonna N. replied 8 years ago

    I really don't do labels but, I have come to a point in my fashion journey where all of my closet works cohesively together. I love it. I can pull anything and to me it all flows. Great thread and my Harems are my favorite.

  • replied 8 years ago

    No, the answer is no.  And now this bothers me, because this is a really interesting concept. This is why I am envious of your wardrobe - and the Aus labels you have found that work so well together.  I like EF too, but rarely buy it because of the price. I have about 5 pieces, but all were bought on sale.    I have not found quality consistent either, but that's another story. Having different labels all work together is a stroke of luck, I think, because as we all know, stores put their label on things done from different designers and that are made in different factories, making consistency unreliable.  I haven't figured this one out yet for myself, which could explain why I am uncomfortable with my wardrobe right now.  Nothing works together and it's all over the place. Still. Geesh, thanks Deb ;) 

  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    Elizabeth that is one awesome styling of an outft.  Love the boots with it. As soon as it's cold enough, I am copying that:)  It's definitely similar but with a strong winter vibe.

    Sally I recall some the clothing you have bought from your friend.  They are all standout items.  Can't wait to see some new pieces :)

    Ladonna, cohesive is the word I was looking for lol thank you.  Sounds like your wardrobe is in such a good place.  How nice is it to be able to just get up and put something together stress free.

    Lisa, it probably is luck :)  But I also think it's down to the fact that I have really narrowed by preferences. I am not convinced your wardrobe is 'all over the place'. I would love to come play in your closet with you.

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    I dream about having go-to fashion labels, but I'm all over the place. There was a time when Marc Jacobs was it for me, and I'd wear him head to toe. I miss that. It's a time gone by. And it was just the one label then...

  • lyn67 replied 8 years ago

    Congrats, this is a great place to be. I also have my own shops and labels here which can work together  and to which I am loyal for  more than 5-6 years now...It all pays off over the time... :-).

  • Summer replied 8 years ago

    This is my idea of outfit heaven, too, Deborah.  Some brands just call my name, and often I find that one or two will harmonise perfectly together.  I'm willing to shop from any source - and I do - but mostly I stay within my favourite brands. I like to think of my wardrobe as a family where everyone gets along together (most of the time!).

  • Staysfit replied 8 years ago

    Yes, you have one of the most cohesive looks I know. I am hard pressed to even say what my favorite labels are? JCew for jeans, tees, pencil skirts and cashmere sweaters. Current Elliot and Equipment for casual tops (they make the most comfortable clothes to wear). Dresses are mostly from Elie Tahari, Tracy Reese, Vince and DVF. I have the odd Jason Wu and Akris piece thrown in as well. Let's add some Rebecca Taylor, Smythe, Eileen Fisher and Max Mara to the mix as spice and you have a directionless mess. Its all very pretty though! I'm going to call people like me eclectic. :-)

  • Cococat replied 8 years ago

    My problem is that I can't pin myself down to a favourite style....actually I'm probably a directionless mess too!

    For work and sometimes play, I prefer monochromatic looks and I find that Country Road, Zara, Piper (from Myer) and Sass and Bide seem to mix and match well for work while Metalicus, my few Rick Owens pieces, and some surprisingly good tshirts from Kmart and Cotton on seem to go well together for casual looks. I can't forget my Motto belts which bring it all together.

    I'm also drawn to beachy boho and I find that I can mix my Metalicus
    tube skirts or jeans with various tops and scarves or costume jewelry to create a casual look. In Winter I throw on my Motto moto or Lululemon casual jacket.

    I have a nice collection of wiggle dresses from ASOS when I'm feeling the 50s bombshell look or I don't want to think about creating an outfit. I love these dresses, they're the opposite to my monochromatic looks...but I wouldn't want to be without them.

  • RobinF replied 8 years ago

    Interesting question. I don't have a favorite brand or style even, I am trying to figure that out. I tend to buy more cheaper items but would like to move toward less and better items but first need to figure out what my favorites are. So my closet is a big mess right now and getting dressed a frustrating experience. 

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    It's great that you've found brands that work for you, Debs. Rock on. 

    To answer your question, a brand that offers a look that is crisp, soft (as in not hard edged), woven, pretty, modern retro, dressy, well made, and narrow in fit - will grab my attention. 

  • Beth Ann replied 8 years ago

    At the risk of sounding a tad blasphemous --- I'd say you have a Fashion Trinity -- Fisher, Mettalicus and Motto!  

    I have thought a lot about focusing on a few lines or retail outlets to help with wardrobe cohesion and to make shopping, well, easier, but I struggle to do so.  At a size 14, good fit is hard to find.  Also, on a budget, it's even harder.

    Still, I've shifted some of my looking and buying to BR and Loft (which has improved significantly in the last year or so).  I'd planned on more shopping at Nordies and Macy's, but I've not had great luck at those places, and the quality hasn't met expectations in the items I've purchased.  I think I'm going to need to bring my creativity back into sewing if I want to explore the style direction that's been hatching in my imagination.  We'll see if I manage to do that!

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