Fashion mixology (A Beautiful Mess)Are you ready for a fresh round of Fashion Mixology? If you haven't read our mixology posts before, the concept is this: We take 8 pieces of clothing and make 8 different looks with those pieces. Shoes and accessories don't count. The goal of this feature is to inspire confidence and ideas to stretch your wardrobe farther! It can be easy to wear items the same way every time, so we try to find ways to spice up our wardrobe. For this edition we partnered with Libby Story. They sent Kinsey four pieces to style, and she mixed them with four pieces from her own closet. Enjoy!Mixology collage 1Look One// Sometimes I want to have a girly look without all the frills and lace. For this look, I paired a patterned skirt with a denim jacket and button up, so the girly vibe of the skirt is toned down a bit. 

Look Two// This look has two of the same elements as the first but much more casual. I turned the skirt into a tube top, paired it with some jeans and threw my hair into a top knot. What I like most about this look is that, while it's casual, it can change drastically with the type of shoes you choose. I might wear some knee high boots with it during the day to run errands, then throw on some heels for a date night.Mixology collage 2Look Three// Mixing unexpected prints is one of my favorite current trends. I paired this rich, earth toned vest with a girly lace top. This is something I might wear on a photo shoot or client meeting. 

Look Four// This style is my go-to during the week. It's comfy and casual, yet put together enough for really any occasion I might be thrown into.Mixology collage 3Look Five// This look has "me" written all over it. I'm head over heels for this high-low dress. Plus I can't say no to a good felt hat. If I'm ever having a down day, an outfit like this is always gives me a boost of confidence. 

Look Six// Take a maxi skirt and turn it into a dress! I layered a braided belt over a lace top to complete the look. This would be perfect for a date night, especially Valentine's Day since the main color scheme is maroon and pink!Mixology collage 4Look Seven// This is a trick I've used the past two winters. Don't think I'm crazy until you've tried it. I took the maxi skirt from look four and six and turned it into a scarf! To do this, simply attach the ends together with a hair band and hide the ends at the back of your neck underneath your hair.

Look Eight// Try adding top layers over a dress, giving yourself a brand new skirt! Didn't get enough? Check out all our past Mixology's in our archives

Outfit Details: Patterned skirt, (look 1+2) thrifted. Button up blouse, (look 1,2,8) Love Culture. Denim Jacket, (look 1,4,8). Brown boots, (look 1,3,8) Rack Room Shoes. Ombre Jeans, (look 2,3,7). Clogs (look 2) Lotta. Floral lace top, (look 3) JCPenney. Vest (look 3+5) thrifted. Patterned Scarf, (look 4) street shop in India. Moccasins, (look 4) Minnetonka. Maxi skirt (look 4,6,7) XXI. Lace top, (6+7). Suede wedges, (look 6) Sole Society. High-low dress (look 5+8). Felt hat (look 5) XXI. Studded Boots (look  5+7) Charlotte Russe. Braided belt (look 6) thrifted. 

  • lovely!! very impressed….same cloth can be accessorized in so many different ways! great

  • I love that you put tops over dresses. I think this is something that most women don’t think to do and it really expands your wardrobe options. Fun colors and outfits all around!


  • This is the first time I’ve seen your blog! I’m in love! This has my style writeen all over it!

  • These are all really cute outfits!
    I’m looking forward to seeing more.

  • I have never been a fan of vests, but after this post I NEED ONE.

  • such a great mix of looks! and that maxi trick is super clever!


  • Super Collection of beautiful Shoes ,, i have never seen shoe like this really they all are awesome Like it so much.

  • really useful! style is lovely and practical! I follow you!

  • Cute! I love all of these outfits. I especially love the maxi skirt turned into a dress with the braided belt & lace top. Such wonderful outfit inspiration!

  • Love the outfits four, six and eight!!! Super cute!

    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

  • Love the maxi skirt and how you turned it into a dress! xxx

  • I love no.3!!!!!
    Really nice post!

  • Awesome! I am addicted to doing things like this and it saves so much money as you don’t have to shop for clothing as much. One new thing I haven’t tried is the maxi/scarf trick. Thanks for posting. 🙂

  • These are really cool. I sometimes have had a hard time making my maxi’s look flattering when pulled up as a dress. I’ll have to try a little harder.

  • wow, kinsey is awesome—and sad that the high-low dress is out of stock

  • WOW this is so inspiring ! Love it !

    XX Luba

    Well Living BLog :: mixing red, pumpkin and black in my look today

  • What a cool idea! Wish we’ve had so much cute clothes at the thrift stores around here!xx

  • Those jeans are awesome, where did you get those? (please let it be some giant webshop which sends to the Netherlands, please pleaaseee)


  • I’m loving the high-low skirt with the boots! Might just have to do a blog post on this look myself soon 🙂

  • Wow, I love your looks especially number 5!

    The felt hat is too cool – I wish it wasn’t 35 degrees here in Australia otherwise that would be number 1 on my shopping list! x

  • native american vest = perfection.

  • Favorited the three, four, six, all of outfits..
    awasome as always!

    – rist –

  • This post has helped me so much- you have no idea! I am on a budget and need to find a way to make my well worn clothes seem fresh again. Using this as inspiration is an enormous help!

  • Awesome! I would have never thought to do this! Very interesting! Thanks for sharing 😉

  • I love all of these looks! I thought it was especially clever turning the skirt into the tube top in look two 🙂 I have a black skirt like that that I might use as a top now!


  • I love this and I totally love how efficient a good dress turn into skirt can be!

  • Ooh loving this post and how you’ve made something look new in each photo!

  • Cool post! I love all outfits!! I love the colours 🙂

  • Love all of the apparel, BUT I could NOT stop looking at the models hair!!! It’s STUNNING!

  • I love this kind of post! I think one of the most important keys is to stick with a specific color palette (whether it be neutrals, brights, black/white). that’s always worked for me.

  • She is one of my favorite bloggers!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Juliette Laura

  • The maxi skirt scarf is genius! And I am loving your lace tops.

  • Lovely post! I love how the maxi skirts have been styled!

  • Cool idea! Perfect to get ideas for our closets! 🙂

  • Looks Great! What a nice earthy color pallette!

  • love look five! 🙂 might have to give that a try

  • I love you you feature Kinsey on your blog! I adore her sense of style. 5 and 6 are my favorites 🙂


  • I love the maxi-skirt to dress look. Even with the pattern mixing, all of the items seem like they belong to a very cohesive wardrobe. i like it all!


  • Hello! I just wanted to say that I love your blog, and that I have included it in my ‘Bloggers of Note’ post
    Thank you for being so inspiring!

  • These are all gorgeous combinations, and I would never think to belt a top over a skirt/dress like that!

  • Really love this post – has totally inspired me to take a new look at my closet! Thanks for being awesome ‘,

  • I love this! I’ll have to try that trick with the maxi skirt.


    i’ve been thinking about doing a 30 in 30,
    but maybe i’ll start smaller… 10 in 10?

    xo – heather

  • This is fantastic! I am always looking for new ways to shop my closet. I can safely say that I would wear everything in Kinsey’s wardrobe too. It is a spectacular colour palate.


  • Oh, my gosh, it’s so hard to choose a favorite! I really love five and six, though. So stylish!

  • I think number six is my favourite, you’d never guess it was a maxi skirt!

  • I’ve always wondered different ways to wear high-low dresses! Love them styled like this with boots!

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