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Mix & Match (IX) plus Styling & Shopping Tips

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Guest Posted this at Chic ‘n Cheap Living 

Today, I will sharing a few of my personal styling & shopping tips.  Running a personal style blog means being under a public scrutiny and detailing every single item you decide to wear. However, if you are smart and efficient about your purchases you can definitely get bang for your buck. 

Closet Rules
via We Heart It
First, clean out of your closet. Anything you haven’t worn even once in the past year needs to go [except for your wedding dress, of course!]. This is the biggest hindrance in your path of becoming the next fashion icon. Trust me! 

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Organize your closest according to the space and utility. For example, I hang all the tops/blouses/dresses which I wish to wear in the season within my immediate reach. Then I organize types of clothing together (t-shirts, tanks, etc.)

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Once I have worn an outfit I stack it at the bottom of the pile or hang it right at the end. Then I use my ‘other’ clothes and make an effort to style things differently. 

Styling Rules
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Keep it minimal. I often find people getting their outfit right but going over board with their accessories. Ideally wear accessories according to the occasion and your outfit. 

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Keep in mind the neckline of the top/dress, the hairdo, color palette of the outfit and shoes! 

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99% of the people get their shoes wrong. They should complement the outfit, but not stand out or distract from the overall look.

Shopping Rules 
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I always, always only buy things if they meet all the following criteria:

·       It fits you perfectly today [not tomorrow, not in future but TODAY!]
·       You absolutely love it! Have no doubt in your heart about it
·       You can see yourself wearing it at least 3 times at 3 different occasions [or what I do is divide the cost of the item by the number of times “I think” I will wear it, e.g. Jeans $100 and I will wear it at least 10 times = $10 per wear = Worth it!]

And just to prove my point below are two collages - 
1. Top - Urban Outfitters
Bought in September 2009
$26.00 (already worn at least 6 times)
$26 ÷ 6 = $4.33 = Worth it!
2. Trousers - BCBG
Bought in May 2010
$100.00 (...so far worn 3 times)
$100 ÷ 3 = $33.33 = Kinda worth it! [Don’t you think?]

P.S. This post was written in Sept 2010. I have worn both these items several more times since then! 

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46 comments

  1. Great tips and I love that floral top and those black pants.

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  2. these are wonderful tips, though clearing the closet seems harder to actually carry it out:P

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  3. You look soooo great in shorts woman!!

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  4. i also follow the same rules for wearing outfits and organize in a similar manner I further split the clothes according to types ie all tops divided in prints, solids etc Yours is one blog that inspires me to no end this was the first blog i started reading and still look forward to all the posts :)

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  5. awesome tips tanvi..i have this stupid habit of buying clothes that will not fit me today,with the hope of tomorrow n end up wit bags of clothes that just dont fit me....stupid habit that i shud get over...

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  6. Great tips! You are so creative on styling the pieces again and again... I truly admire you for that, and really try to learn tips from you. :) have a great weekend :) xoxo

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  7. Love all of your looks hunnie...Great tips, I especially appreciate the closet one:)

    Happy Weekend!

    A Funky Little Fashion Blog

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  8. I'm pretty messy but I DO follow the same rules while buying stuff.Love,love,love the trousers!

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  9. And the DIVA spoke like her true self again:-)
    only you can look so super different in all the pics with the mix and match thingy:-)

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  10. This division makes a lot of sense! And so does the rule of not wearing a thing and taking it out!

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  11. great post !! Thanks for sharing!! : )

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  12. Your advice is so sound. I followed the first two tips recently and it's made a huge difference in my ability to put things together. You can't work with a jumbled mess of material.

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  13. Excellent advise. I agree with all especially the bit about footwear. xx

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  14. Great advice! I'm such a shopaholic, so definitely need to organise my closet more, so I know what I have, instead of buying new duplicates.

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  15. yet another great and useful post! i love those yellow pants :)
    xx

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  16. I completely agree with the fact that cleaning out your wardrobe and organizing things so they can be seen is the first step on the journey to being a stylish gal!!

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  17. I nned to think of what you say when I go shopping! Very wise woman! Looking good as usual in all the mix match fits:).

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  18. Informative post - never looked at shopping this way :) lovely pics too.

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  19. Such a great post Tanvi and with awesome tips! I def agree with the shopping ones and I feel that blogging has actually helped me realize the importance of cost/wear ratio. Love all the urban outfitter top ones and totally think the last pants are worth it! I see a lot more outfits than these three in your future!

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  20. Great tips, this reminds me I need to clean my closet. Btw, love all your looks.

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  21. I love the trousers! And I organize my closet my ROYGBIV, and put away things I don't need in suitcases. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  22. :D love the buying tips..will do it everytime I buy something now!

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  23. Loving your styling tips. Great advice. Xxxx

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  24. Great tips. I used to foolishly buy clothes a size smaller thinking, "I will fit into it one day" but that day never came. I now buy the correct size and save myself a lot of money and anguish :) :)

    Gayatri

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  25. I love the blazer + shorts combo. I worked that look a few months ago for a shoot!

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  26. Tanvi,

    Useful and practical tips.

    Take care

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  27. gr8 tips..luv all ur looks..u looking FABULOUS as always...bein following your blog for sometime now n i totally luv it..look forward to reading them...

    xoxo
    Chic Accesorizer
    www.chicaccessorizer.blogspot.com

    follow me plz!!

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  28. Great post then and It is still a great post! I hope you're having fun with family!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  29. Great tips and I have always loved the way you mix n match and make an outfit look so different and new :)

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  30. Tanvi..these are great and useful tips..thanks for reposting:)

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  31. What a great post! I really like your tips because they are simple and do-able!

    www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

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  32. Wow love the pics!! I see u havent been that regular in blogging these days. Have fun at ur brother's wedding festivities.

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  33. Absolutely luv how you style same items in different ways!!
    comes naturally to you!!

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  34. So fabu dear! Hope you are drinking lots of champagne for the wedding! xo

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  35. Follow ur blog for quite some time now, gr8 posts with beautiful outfit, love ur style and inspiring fitness posts.Gr8 job keep it up :)

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  36. great tips! and really well put-together!

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