Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My 7x7 remix, plus 5 tips on wearing leggings

7x7 remix, tips for how to wear leggings for fall and winter

I (Jessica) am super excited to do this post today! Back in June I participated in the 7x7 remix hosted by the gorgeous Natalia at Ma Nouvelle Mode, and I had So. Much. Fun. I got some really cute outfits out of it, and I developed a whole new way of looking at my wardrobe. So last week when I saw that Natalia was doing another one, I was stoked! I started thinking about what I was going to do immediately.

This time I decided to be crazy, and to make 7 outfits all with one pair of black leggings as the base. Because if I'm honest, I spend all my time in leggings in the fall and winter anyways, I might as well get creative, right? Check it out after the break!

Here are the 7 pieces I chose to make 7 outfits from:

7x7 remix, tips for how to wear leggings for fall and winter

1. Chambray tunic
2. Flannel shirt
3. Cargo jacket
4. Chunky cardigan
6. Orange button down shirt (tunic length)
7. Black leggings

Ok, here we go!

Outfit #1:
7x7 remix, tips for how to wear leggings for fall and winter
This outfit is made of pieces 1, 2 & 7, with some slouchy brown boots and a Lacey circle scarf (made by me!) thrown in for some layers. Love! This plaid shirt is especially cool because it's the real deal. It's an actual hunting shirt stolen from my boss's husband's Goodwill pile and taken in to fit me. It's been my favorite go-to fall and winter shirt for over a year and a half now!

Outfit #2:
7x7 remix, tips for how to wear leggings for fall and winter
This outfit is just pieces 1 & 7, with those same boots. For the second picture I added piece 4 for some texture. I also have some thrifted bangle bracelets on my right arm. This is several years worth of thrifted bangles and is still only about half of my collection!

Outfit #3:
7x7 remix, tips for how to wear leggings for fall and winter
This is my awesome refashioned hunting shirt again. So pieces 2 & 7, and the second picture I am wearing piece 3 (the cargo jacket) as well. I belted the shirt to make it a little bit more figure flattering, and paired it with my Steve Madden black pumps.

Outfit #4:
7x7 remix, tips for how to wear leggings for fall and winter
You'll have to excuse my wet hair! My family and I vacationed in Sun Valley last weekend, and it was danged rainy. This outfit was pieces 1, 3 and 7 with some black flats and my new thrifted purse. Comfy and warm, this outfit was perfect for strolling around town in the drizzle.

 Outfit #5:
7x7 remix, tips for how to wear leggings for fall and winter
This is pieces 4, 6 and 7 together. I chose my knee high riding boots for our nature walk and some shopping with my mom in Sun Valley, along with my thrifted purse and my beloved bangles. In fact, now that I'm looking at these pictures I think I actually wore those bangles in every outfit but #4! How boring! Clearly I need to step up my jewelry game a bit.

Outfit #6:
7x7 remix, tips for how to wear leggings for fall and winter
I have to be honest, this is my favorite outfit of the seven. I decided to go a little crazy and combined pieces 2, 5 and 7 for a funky look. I don't know what it is about the combo of this skirt and plaid shirt (probably my obsession with pattern mixing) but I am LOVING this. I'm weird, I know. I belted this outfit, chose my basic black pumps and added my bangles. I would totally wear this outfit every day if I could!

Outfit #7:
7x7 remix, tips for how to wear leggings for fall and winter
This last outfit is a slightly less crazy twist on outfit #6, combing pieces 5, 6 & 7. I feel like this is a little more mainstream, and still adorable while being a little bit dressy.

So there you have my 7x7 remix for fall! Just for fun, here are 5 my tips for wearing leggings after making them work seven ways:

5 Tips for Wearing Leggings:
1. Make sure that you are covering...things...that need to be covered. No one wants inadvertent camel toe. No one. Ever.
2. Tunic tops and short skirts are perfect pairs with leggings, and don't look too short if you have nice dark opaque leggings (outfits # 1, 2, 3 & 4).
3. Wear shoes that are similar colors to your leggings for a longer leaner look (outfits # 3, 4, 6 & 7).
4. If you're wearing leggings with a short skirt or tunic, add layers on top to combat looking too bare. A chunky sweater or fun jacket are perfect pairs (outfits # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7).
5. Boots help balance out your lower half if you're looking a little top heavy with too many layers (outfits # 2 & 4). Bonus, they're great to keep you warm and dry.

Have fun with your leggings everyone! I'm so excited about busting out my cool weather clothes, and I can't wait to see what everyone else is doing with their remixes! Go on over to Ma Nouvelle Mode and check out the other link ups.



  1. Oh my goodness, I love these all! I can't believe you did it all with leggings - they seriously all look so different! And the pattern mixing one, the one that you said was your favorite - I love it! I'm not really a pattern mixer myself, I just can't bring myself to do it, but I love the way you did it here! Thank you so much for joining!

  2. Love all of these outfits! So cute! Great job making all of these outfits look completely different!

  3. Yay! Thank you! I love your outfits. I'm so excited to experiment with my new leggings now. :)

  4. Outfit # 6 is my fave too! I scrolled through and picked before I read the post:) I feel the need to add another rule for leggings- wear the correct undies that don't cut your butt in half. I always wear longer tunics but I'm seeing underwear lines everywhere & quad-butt drives me nuts! Although I suppose rule #1 covers this lol

  5. love these outfits! thanks for linking up with dress for the day!

  6. Great fall inspiration outfits! Don't you just fall clothing layers? :) Thanks for inspiration!

  7. Thank you so much for linking up. I love all your outfit. So perfect for Fall!!!!! I also host a weekly link up called Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday. It's up live now. Stop by and say hi.


  8. Love this! I feel like I need to do a 7 things 7 ways with my wardrobe just to come up with combinations I haven't considered before. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. This is the second time I've done the 7x7 remix, and I have to say every time I've come away with such an appreciation for what you can do with only 7 pieces of clothing! It is very eye opening and fun, you should absolutely try it!

  9. Thank you for the inspiration! As it gets chilly I plan on wearing more leggings too so any options for making them look good are appreciated.

  10. Cute outfits! I love wearing leggings, especially with a cute tunic and knee high boots. I'm just waiting for the weather to cool down here (southern GA), so I can wear my boots! I really like outfits #1 and #4.

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  11. Cute outfits! I always have a hard time knowing what to do with leggings for some reason. All your outfits are great!

  12. You did well to create so many different looks. Love the chunky scarf it can totally transform an outfit just by adding a scarf. I live in leggings and agree - cover your bits ladies!

  13. Great tips, love leggings for fall!

  14. LOVE this!! I love wearing leggings and this was the inspiration I needed to come up with a few new ways to wear them! Perfect for fall weather coming up and layering!

    Found you from the Feeding Big Party!

  15. Very cute -- love the skirt combos! The plaid hunting shirt was a great find!


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