Seven Wardrobe Pieces, Seven Ways

By | June 12, 2013

So…last week I gave y’all a preview of some of the clothes I would use in the 7×7 remix put on by the fabulous Natalia from Ma Nouvelle Mode.


Today, it’s time to show you how I pulled it off. And may I just say, that in the midst of moving, looking fashionable is tough beans. I’ve basically lived in sweats the last few days. So when I got all gussied up for my grand photo shoot my children naturally went into alarm mode.

“Where are you going, Mommy?”

“Why do you look nice?”

“Mom, you look pretty. Where are you going?”

“Why are you leaving us?”

“You never look this nice.”

Ok, so the last one might be an exaggeration. But when you hear your kids suddenly bleat out compliments…well, you know that you’re everyday face isn’t quite good enough. For them.

Don’t di-sect that too much. I’m just ranting. Now for the fun part. Here’s what I went with.


I know I promised to use that dinky striped skirt but guys, my butt’s too big. No really, it is. I did us all a favor and went with this candy-striper skirt instead of the Kandy Stripper one I had picked before.


So as you see, I have chosen several different patterns. I hear that’s all the rage–mixing patterns. And I went with sensible shoes and not sensible shoes.

After doing one simple photo shoot I am in awe of the women who are capable of wearing non-sensible shoes for longer than four minutes. Kudos to you. And bless your little tootsies.

remix collage

Yes, I took all these photos in the middle of a road. Yes, I changed in the car. And yes, someone stopped and asked if our car was broken down.

Break It Up With A Belt!

remix 1

This skirt is an old number I stole from my sister’s closet a long time ago. She probably forgot that it even exists. But then she’ll see this and catch me. Whoopsie. This is a look that I am very comfortable with. Minus the really uncomfortable shoes, that is. I’ve done variations of this style for years. So it’s a good thing I’m learning to mix it up. Otherwise I’ll be 65 years old and still swiping from my sister and putting a belt on it.

Mix Patterns!


remix 2


Ok, I love this combo! And I would never think to wear this. Seriously, these items have sat in my closet and never has it occurred to me to put them together. Thank you, Natalia for showing me my new favorite outfit! What do you think?

Mix Prints!

remix 3


Another outfit I would never have thought of, were it not for the remix challenge. Crazy patterns. I look like someone who would talk too much on an airplane, but other than that I like it.

mixed prints

Not so sure about the shoes. I think I was trying to challenge myself a little too much.

Wear Socks!

remix 4


I call this my tribute to The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer. Anyone see that? Why did I wear little lace socks? To go with my little lace shorts, of course.

bachelor bobbysoxer

Also, to illustrate how different a look can be by your shoe choice. I give you, Exhibit B.

Switch Shoes!

remix 5


Here I am wearing very un-sensible, very sexy shoes. Totally changes the look, huh? What a fashion maven am I.

remix 6


Boom. We just changed shirts, but kept the shoes. I like this one a lot. This is a safe choice for me. Except for the shoes. I’d probably kill myself if I tried to wear these in “public.”

By the way, this shirt is way cute in the back. You have to see!

back of shirt

walk the line


Accessorize With A Hat!

remix 7


I like this outfit. I’m comfortable in it. Even my feet. Whenever I wear a floppy hat I feel half-lizard, half Audrey Hepburn. It’s fun. Oh, I should probably tell you why I feel like a lizard. It’s all because of Frank, you know, from Rescuers Down Under.

This guy.



mix a lotNow do you see the resemblance?

Welp, there you have it. I did my best. Now I want to hear your thoughts! Which outfit do you like best?

Now, I’m fashion small fry. I really have no idea what the heck I’m doing. But there are some brilliant ladies out there who sure do! Make sure you check out these other bloggers and see how they remixed their seven pieces! If you want to jump on board we would love to see what you come up with! Simply use the #7x7remix and #mnmremix on Instagram or Twitter so we can follow along.



Natalia from Ma Nouvelle Mode
Audrey from Putting Me Together

Andrea from For the Love of

Alison from Get Your Pretty On
Lauren from Style Elixir




22 thoughts on “Seven Wardrobe Pieces, Seven Ways

  1. amber

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the heart shirt with the stripped skirt!! Such a great outfit!

    1. hillary

      Thanks! I’m totally gonna wear it on my next date night…at the beach ????

  2. Vanessa Rae

    Yay! Love it! Love the heart shirt with the lace shorts. Especially the photo where you are passing? the DUI test. ????

  3. adrienne

    LOL!!! I am dying about your car changing! Too funny. My favorite is the black lace shorts and heart blouse. cute!

  4. Kat

    I never would have thought to put those things together, but they look so cute on you! Love!

  5. Cheryl

    I love the second look with the heart printed top and the candy stripes skirt! The big black belt tied it all together. ????

  6. Caitlin @ Greater Than Rubies

    You crack me up. I love reading blogs with a sense of humor! Red lips are gorgeous on you, and the mix of patterns is really fun. Great remix!

  7. Mary Kate

    Great idea! Love the 7×7 concept! Fun inspiration. Thanks!!

  8. Jackie

    That is too funny that “dressing up” equates to “mommy’s leaving” for your kids. Hilarious. I love how each of your items is a “statement” piece on it’s own. No plain white tee or black shorts for you. The tee is sheer, striped and dolman. And the black shorts are lace. LOVE it. Fun outfits.

  9. Lauren

    Your pictures are hilarious!! And those heels! Oh man, don’t think I could get far in those but man do they look good!!

    1. hillary

      THey’re crazy! I have no idea what the heck I was thinking when I bought them. But at least I put them to use for a day.

  10. Lisa Hamel

    I checked out your remix last night, but I couldn’t resist the urge to check it out again. Your pictures and outfits are so fun–I can’t decide which I like better. : ) My favorite outfit is the heart blouse and striped skirt. The combination is so unexpected!

  11. Kathy at kissing the frog

    You are darling!! Love all the outfits. I never think to mix patterns, but I love the combos that you put together.

  12. christina

    good grief, you could take a brown paper bag and make it entertaining. I am in awe =) super duper love your pattern mixing! and next time I’m probably going to take a note from YOUR posing, LOL!

  13. Krista

    I love your use of pattern mixing. Such fun pics. Thanks for inspiring me. Here’s what I created for tall women.

  14. Bethany @ Bad Parenting Moments

    Great concept. Excellent execution. Cuteness overload.


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