Wardrobe for a week: 7 pieces of clothing, 7 outfits

By: Julia McEwen / Product photography by Kevin Wong

Photography by Kevin Wong Author: Canadian Living Credits: Photography by Kevin Wong


Wardrobe for a week: 7 pieces of clothing, 7 outfits

By: Julia McEwen / Product photography by Kevin Wong
You only need seven pieces of clothing to make a whole week's worth of outfits. Check out the seven pieces we chose, then how we styled them to work over seven days.

7 pieces 7 ways

7 pieces of clothing 7 ways, skirt and dress

Outfit #1: Dress + Skirt
A dress can be so much more than just a dress when you bring the art of layering into the mix. Take a voluminous maxi or midi skirt and layer it over top. Make sure your frock is shorter than the skirt so it won't peek out when you sit down.

Fringed earrings, $90, Leather circle bag, $150, and bracelet, $50, Belt, $18, Leopard-print shoes, $48,

7 pieces of clothing 7 outfits - jacket and dress

Outfit #2: Jacket + Dress
Button the jacket and, for all anyone can tell, the dress has transformed into a skirt. Finish the look with a bold patterned belt, a playful circular bag and black wedges.

Earrings, $10, and faux-snakeskin belt, Leather circle bag, $150, Nine West shoes, $125,

Jacket with jeans

Outfit #3: Jacket + Jeans
No shirt? No problem. This safari-style jacket is thin enough to masquerade as a shirt. Belt the waist, pop the collar and add a pair of dark-wash jeans. Ground the look with a wild pair of leopard pumps.

Stud earrings, $45, Leopard-print shoes, $48,


Outfit #4: Dress
Some pieces are so special they don't need a supporting cast, and this structured silk dress is one of those star garments. Add extra polish with a sleek statement necklace, an oversize metallic clutch and black heels.

Necklace, $15, Misha Nonoo x Aldo clutch, $65, Bracelet, $50, Nine West shoes, $125,

Shirt and skirt

Outfit #5: Shirt + Skirt
Free you button-down blouse from the 9-to-5 zone by having it moonlight on weekends. Give it a less structured, more ethereal appearance by teaming it with a textured white midi skirt. The light palette is pretty and refreshing.

Earrings, $10, Misha Nonoo x Aldo clutch, $65, Bracelet, $50, Leopard-print shoes, $48,

Cardigan, shirt and pants

Outfit #6: Cardigan + Shirt + Pants
When in doubt, put on a pair of personality pants. Team them with an easy button-down and a cashmere cardigan wrapped and belted for a nod to robe dressing. Choose neutral accessories to keep the outfit subdued.

Fringed earrings, $90, Belt, $18, Watch, $35, Handbag, $180, Nine West shoes, $125,

Cardigan, shirt and jeans

Outfit #7: Cardigan + Shirt + Jeans
Add layers to get more mileage from jeans. The soft pink top paired with the heather-grey cashmere cardigan is a sweet balance to the dark skinny jeans. Pump up the look with jewellery such as a costume necklace and a watch.

Floral necklace, $11, Watch, $135, Handbag, $180, Leopard-print shoes, $48,

The transformers
There are certain accessories every woman should own to help reinvent her spring wardrobe favourites. From a playful bag to a stately pair of pumps, here are 10 items that can transform your attire.


Clockwise from top left: Leather circle bag, $150, Nine West shoes, $150, Necklace, $15, Fringed earrings, $90, Stud earrings, $45, Handbag, $180, Bracelet, $50, Watch, $135, Leopard-print shoes, $48, Misha Nonoo x Aldo clutch, $65,

Read more:
5 stylish sneakers you can wear everywhere
4 ways to wear a pastel skirt

This story was originally published in the May 2015 issue of Canadian Living.

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