No Object Is Unchangeable

"It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block." -Paul Gauguin
The key to any remix is imagination. To expand a wardrobe without emptying your pocket try looking at a dress not just as a dress, but a blouse or skirt; a party outfit as something that can be toned down for day; a ladylike garment to be edged up with combat boots. Even the shape of a skirt can be transformed with a few safety pins.
I already wore this Betsey Johnson dress (which I scored for super cheap on Gilt) here, but I can see it worn so many different ways. So, without further ado here are 7 different looks all built from the same dress.
sweater- Gap, belt- vintage, shoes- Seychelles via Weardrobe Conference
coat- Tulle, tights- Forever 21, shoes- Bona Drag
skirt- some shop in Japan, tights- Betsey Johnson via Modcloth, shoes- vintage
jacket- H&M, tights- Walmart, shoes- Urban Outfitters
tiara- Etsy, shoes- Urban Outfitters
sweater- H&M, tights- Walmart, boots- Forever 21
vest- gift from my sister, tights- Fred Flare, shoes- Nine West

CONVERSATION

113 comments:

  1. I like the tights- Betsey Johnson via Modcloth. Pretty!
    http://www.trendyclothingfashion.com

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  2. i love every single one of these looks. well done!
    and can i just say that the fact that you quoted gauguin has me smiling (i have my BA in art history).

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  3. oh!
    all the outfits are gorgeous<3
    i really like them all^^

    p.s. who won anirtak's giveaway?

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  4. i love this dress and i admire your creativity when it comes to styling your clothes.

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  5. adorable, as always!
    you remind me of bonnie wright from harry potter - do people tell you this a lot?


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  6. Amazing remix!
    Lots of inspiration there :)
    I think the ability to dress 1 item in loads of different ways is what separates the stylish people from people who just dress well. Style requires vision and you, missy, have it in spades!
    x

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  7. Aw, I totally love this post! So inspiring!

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  8. i can't help myself, i have to pick a favorite: i love the way you pinned up the hem and paired it with black stockings and those black heels with bows. perfection!

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  9. I love you remix posts!

    My favorite is the one with the black skirt... great contrast!

    :)

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  10. Your remixes are always insanely epic!

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  11. The fourth look is my absolute favorite! The way that you pinned the skirt up for extra volume and ruffle and then paired it with the chic black accessories ... so darn darling!

    ~BB

    http://www.bargainbex.blogspot.com/

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  12. i Love that last look! the vest is supercute!

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  13. Legend! Your idea to pin the skirt of the dress to change the shape...
    I think you just inspired a lot of people to put away the plastic and hand over $2 for a pack of safety pins! Well done miss!

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  14. i will always admire ur ability to remix!
    plus that dress is amazing!

    Cypriotchick

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  15. Love every single look. What a truly versatile dress!

    http://prettypenniless.tumblr.com

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  16. I love these posts! They are my favorites!

    I adore your creativity when it comes to styling an outfit.

    xx L

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  17. All these looks are great but I really love the fourth one, I never would have thought to use pins to change the shape of the skirt! Smart thinking!

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  18. I love when you do these posts! They're always great inspiration for remixing a single item to get a variety of looks.

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  19. Amazing! Every combination looks great, and I love those tights with polka dots!
    XX.

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  20. girl these clothes are amazing!
    green is gorgeous !!! and that black tights so o o o o chic !! you are like an angel!!! amazing outfits!

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  21. Love the Gauguin quote.

    That little white vest of yours is darling.

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  22. I love you. Wait. Am I coming on too strong? No seriously. Love. You.

    You're wearing the green ruffle coat! I've been pining over that green coat for-ever. Just gorgeous, lovely lady. And that dress. These looks are so rich and so pretty and so very, very nice.

    (Seriously. Love. You.)

    (*whistles*)

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  23. A great quote from Gauguin, he is my favorite! I love how you pinned the hem of the dress! just lovely.

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  24. wow, I love all outfits! You are incredible and so beauty

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  25. great looks! my fav thing about your style is how much you remix. :-)

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  26. OMG Let me take a deep breath! ok I like style Photo 1,3 & 4! really nice outfits!

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  27. I just want to say, Ive followed you since your early days and couldnt be more impressed by how much you've grown in terms of your style and photography skills. I feel like your attitude is exactly what more people need to have given the current state of the fashion industry, let alone the nation.

    Although your aesthetic is different from mine, your enthusiastic approach from the every hour pictures to your animation posts to your outfits themselves. I think you continually raise the bar for bloggers.

    You simply prove that true style can not be bought.

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  28. i lovedddd this post!
    such a gorgeous dress and i love every outfit :D

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  29. such a pretty dress. i love it when you do these remixes!

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  30. You are incredibly creative!

    I love how you pined the dress to look like a bubble skirt.

    lululetty.blogspot.com

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  31. Really, really nice remixes! My ultimate favourite is the look with the black skirt and the dotty tights.

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  32. wow your remixes are so inspirational! This gives me so many ideas

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  33. Good work at making that dress look so different each time. Love the bubble skirt look.

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  34. get remixes love the vest and the skirt pin up those are way cool :)

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  35. That dress is so pretty! I love where you pinned it to change the shape. Oh and I love love love the green coat!

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  36. i love all of these looks. your wardrobe really works in so many ways. I am kind of jealous...I think what makes it work is quality basics. Anyway, I love the looks. I have a question though, were all of these looks taken at the same time and if so where are you?

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  37. As always you do an impeccable job! I love these posts where you include several different outfits centering around one piece of clothing. It's realistic and applicable to my daily life!

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  38. You seem to have such a natural talent for remixing and wearing clothes! Thanks for the tips and encouraging us all to be a bit more imaginative.

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  39. You really know what to wer and how to wear it.. same dress and a lot of diferent and great looks ;)

    xoxo

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  40. this dress just gets better and better with each remix :)

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  41. the dress looks awesome on you and i love how you style it 4th is my favorite

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  42. I love every look! It certainly is a stunning dress. My favorite would have to be with the DM-esque boots.

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  43. Wow. I just discovered your blog... and I'm loving it! These outfits are all so gorgeous! :) And you are completely lovely.

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  44. You are so inspiring!! I really love the first and last outfit ideas! xxoxoxoxo

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  45. seven outfits from one dress, that's impressive.
    thanks for the ideas for my own closet!

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  46. Great post. I love all the looks, it makes me want to try something like this with my dresses.

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  47. very creative! my favorite was the one with the black skirt, just so awesome!

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  48. You definitely are a pro at reinventing pieces. It's very inspiring!

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  49. You are so creative! That dress is gorgeous... I used to have a black Betsey Johnson dress, and I remember feeling like a total goddess in it. They are so much fun to wear.
    xo

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  50. You are such a lovely girl! I admire you so much! I absolutely love your style and all of your outfits!

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  51. you're so good at remixing it's just not fair... ;)

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  52. These are my favorite kind of posts - you are a total remix genius. This really makes me want to go shop my closet right now! And how did you change the shape of the skirt? Did you pin it up?

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  53. Oh! This is Great!

    I love love the first look!!

    -Coco From Ourpapermoon.blogspot.com

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  54. I love how you've been pairing those green socks with your Seychelles. Lovely remix, as usual.

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  55. you are the master of remixing.

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  56. oh good lord. your shoes are amazing. if they go missing...

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  57. really nice outfits! I love that dress!

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  58. Your really creative!! Love the floral dresss!
    x
    urbanlullaby.blogspot.com
    check it out? :]

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  59. good looks. Love the last one for the flower print but especially for the purple tights.

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  60. always love love how you take a piece of clothing and put together so many different remixes:)

    I love all the looks really and the Betsey Johnson dress is a great steal that's for sure !

    Awww,and it seems like Thanksgiving is a huge thing for your family! And a whole family of good cooks?!! Wow,you're so lucky:)

    I really love food made from scratch,gives a different taste. heee

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  61. I love to see how what wouldn't be considered a basic dress, can be worn so many different ways!
    I'm always looking ways to stretch out my wardrobe (This girl is on a college budget!) and this had some really great Ideas! its easy to forget how much tights and cardigan can change a dress.

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  62. love it! i really like this post because I am always thinking of new ways to layer things to make pieces feel new again.

    thanks for reminding me to keep trying and the ideas you have are inspirational! great post.

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  63. Awwww!!I lovee the 3rd remix!!!

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  64. What a great dress! I love how you paired it with so many different items. They all look amazing!

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  65. Lovely! This inspires me to look at different ways to wear my own dresses.

    Sorry to hear about your computer! :( Hope it gets fixed soon.

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  66. You're right - imagination is the key here! I don't have that much money right now and so I need to experiment with my wardrobe, too. I love all the seven ways you wear that dress :)

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  67. wow it's like you have at least 5 different dresses in one. i love the one where you used pins so the shape gets all really different
    nice work :)

    leen

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  68. Love all the outfits, so pretty, The dress is amazing xxx Camilla

    rainbowpavingstones.blogspot.com

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  69. Amazing dress and such beautiful remixes! How I wish I know how to style my clothes this way too!

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  70. The third picture= the black skirt! I have an almost identical one! Fabulous styling, btdubs.

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  71. I really love it when you do posts like this. So creative to do so many combinations with just a few pieces. My sister and I love your blog and find it so inspiring.


    - JoAnn

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  72. I love your remixes! I like to mix up my wardrobe to give myself a lot of options. It's amazing what a difference accessories or a sweater can make in changing the entire look of the same dress.

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  73. I am really loving the print on that dress...even though it's floral it seems to be perfect for fall! I love it with all the beautiful colors you put it with!

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  74. Love the green coat so much. Thaknk you for the info.x

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  75. I LOVE how this dress looks so different in every look! Brilliant!

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  76. I love the way you created the draping with pins - that's about the best remix look I've seen! And you are the queen of remix! ;)

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  77. This flower dress is so adorable :).

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  78. I aodre that floral dress!!looks amazing!

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  79. although i like all of the looks, the first and third are my favorite. love the wide tan belt and comfy sweater combination. and those tights(!!) are awesome.

    love your creativity and fearlessness!

    xo.
    princesspolitico

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  80. I love your remix posts, they always manage to demonstrate the versatility of the piece in question XDD

    Also, am loving the way you tucked in the brown belt in your first picture, and have always liked seeing you pair your green socks with those oxfords!

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  81. i love all the looks! but the third and fourth ones are really special to me! what did you do with the skirt on fourth picture? you pinned it? the shape of the skirt (dress) looks gorgeous <333terloa

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  82. tjat little black skirt is adorable!! i want one!!! LOL

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  83. You are the ultimate outfit remixer. This is beautiful!

    colormenana.blogspot.co

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  84. Your remix posts are among one of my favorites of yours (I think I say this about every one of your posts but please don't dismiss the sincere validity) because you show how you can expand a closet without spending any money! I need to practice this much more often than I do because I often find myself standing in front of my closet thinking that I hate everything and that I have nothing to wear. You are the queen of remixes!

    P.S. Meeting Erin was such a delight. I wanted to meet her even more after you guys had nothing but good things to say about each other after the Weardrobe conference! Now if only you lived closer, as well!

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  85. Wow, I adore this remix! Probably cause the dress is so awesome!

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  86. i love the look with the skirt over the dress - the skirt is wonderful!

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  87. woww I lov this post!! It's so creative! and you look gorgeous!!

    beautiful blog!

    mycherrygum.blogspot.com

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  88. You are so creative, and you inspire me a great deal :)

    Love these posts, they really show what one can do with an empty wallet.

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  89. i love the way you play with your clothes!!!

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  90. Wow did anyone ever tell you that you're amazing? I'm so impressed with all these outfits, esp the one with the pins! Could you do a post showing how you did that?

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  91. the safety pins are a great idea! the tulip/bubble shape it takes on is really interesting.

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  92. I think the first remix is my favorite. I am such a sucker for a belt over a cardigan.

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  93. HA! I bought the same dress on Gilt FUSE! ...love it!

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  94. Love it. I'm always a big fan of being creative with favorite pieces and making them work across different looks!

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  95. I love the way you played with the muted color palette in these! They're very striking. What a cool dress.

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  96. its amazing what you can do with clothes!! :) you look fabulous, and thats a great dress!
    you're a natural in front of the camera too

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  97. That quote is actually one of the reasons that I always try to play with colour combinations when I get dressed that don't always follow the 'rules'. I think people become accustomed to seeing everything in set ways, so sometimes you only need the smallest change to make the largest difference.

    That second look is wonderful, I love that coat! And the fifth and sixth looks are amazing :)

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  98. Love the different pairings and how to transform the dress in so many ways, it's definitely a great investment if you can wear it so many ways. I've gotten a new wardrobe since I started working and I feel like I'm in dead end coz I'm stuck with how to mix and match! I'm definitely getting ideas now. Thanks!

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  99. You could honestly make a plastic bag look fabulous.. you put together great outfits with ease!

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  100. Hi Rebecca,

    Love how you use what you have and rework and remix it :) That is what Fashionable Earth is all about as well: reduce, reuse and restyle! Can we use this post on our blog? Our website is www.fashionableearth.org
    Please email and let us know!
    info@fashionableearth.org
    Thanks xo

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  101. My favorite is the last one!! I love that u paired it with colored tights, looks beautiful!

    www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

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