Closet Confection: In Case You Haven’t Noticed…

wrap dress, black opaque tights, DKNY shoes, whistle necklace, tassle necklace, ebay vintage necklace

When: Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Where: Work

What: Dress (I’d rather not say), tights (Hue), shoes (DKNY via Loehmann’s), whistle & tassle necklaces (vintage via eBay), pendant necklace (H&M)

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been writing the date as 2010 in all of my outfit posts this year until today.  Man, I can’t believe none of you caught that.  You guys must be slipping.

Do you see what I just did there?  Totally flipped the script and made it seem like it was your fault that I don’t know what year it is.  I’m a sneaky little one, aren’t I?

wrap dress, black opaque tights, DKNY shoes, whistle necklace, tassle necklace, ebay vintage necklace

I woke up feeling a little uninspired this morning, so I just reached into my closet and grabbed the first thing I could find and paired it with black tights and black shoes.  And since I had an extra few seconds to spare before dashing out the door (a rare occurrence), I grabbed a handful of necklaces on the way out.  My friends often comment that I always look put together, but it’s actually just a carefully crafted illusion.  While I love to play dress-up in my spare time, I absolutely hate throwing together an outfit when I’m pressed for time.  Over the years, I’ve tried to make my closet as idiot-proof as possible by carefully curating a collection of flattering dresses and fabulous shoes.

If I needed to, I could probably reach into my closet blindfolded and pull out a cute outfit.  I don’t say this to brag about how awesome my clothes are, but more so to highlight the fact that dressing well doesn’t have to require that much effort.  Just careful planning and wise purchasing decisions.

And what about you guys?  What are your go-to items when you’re pressed for time, but still want to look good?

P.S.  I’ve linked this post up with Jewelscapes and The Pleated Poppy!

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  • ewiley January 12, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I totally missed the date thing. Haha. I think having a good closet is key. Why should looking good be hard work.

  • Cartom93 January 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Black, white and gray in any combination. Black pencil skirt, tights and boots or shoes with a white shirt and gray sweater or gray slacks, white shirt and black sweater or jacket, etc.

    • ClosetConfections January 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      You can never go wrong with that combo, IMO. You can even throw in some red accessories to be extra fancy.

  • Cartom93 January 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    And, we’re looking at your fabulous outfits and fun posts – not the date. LOL.

    • ClosetConfections January 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      I guess that’s a good thing, lol! 🙂

  • Vera January 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Cute dress and cute shoes!

  • Alessandra January 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Wait, we’re in 2011? Whoa, time flies.

    Red is one of my favorite colors on you, that dress is gorgeous! Now I’m wondering why you rather not tell though (hmmm….)! Love those necklaces piled on, too.

    • ClosetConfections January 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      Time really does seem to fly these days! The dress is from a mass retailer that I recently learned has sucky hiring practices. I no longer shop there, but I didn’t want the dress to go to waste. It’s a shame, because I really like this dress too and would love to get more colors.

  • BiblioMOMia January 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Huzzah to flattering dresses and great shoes! I have my friends fooled too. They think I dress up all the time–I know I’m just too lazy to find a skirt/pants and shirt combo, and grab a dress instead.

    Adore the necklace combo–especially that cute little whistle!

  • Thewanderingcottage January 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Cute outfit!

  • Kelly January 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Your closet must be well organized if you can just pull out a great outfit like that without trying!!

    Totally missed the date thing 😉

    • ClosetConfections January 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      I do keep it pretty neat. Stay tuned for a 4-part video series on how I organize my closet.

  • Shang2424 January 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    My go-to items are cardigans and dresses!

  • Tashrin January 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I can echo everything you said about carefully crafted outfit illusion. My friends too always think I probably take hours getting ready or the fact that I must have tonnes of clothes. When in reality it takes me 10 minutes to get ready with make up and I have less clothes than even my bf let alone my other lady friends. It’s just about careful purchase and planning. I’m so glad I at least found one other person in the world who shares the same ideas. 🙂

    This is my first time on your blog and as I’m acquainting myself with your site I would love for us to stay in touch via google/ facebook/ twitter.

    Please let me know how you feel about that and look forward to hearing from you


    Tashrin – A Toronto based personal style blog

  • kenda January 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    i just realized that i’ve been writing 2010 on EVERYTHING at work, including checks. apparently i’m not good at catching these things.

    i’m pretty terrible at assembling outfits on the fly. perhaps i need to a little idiot proofing to my own closet.

    • ClosetConfections January 13, 2011 at 3:29 am

      I do the same thing every year without fail. Idiot-proofing your wardrobe definitely has its perks!

  • Jewelscapes January 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    What amazing necklaces! And I love how you layered them, perfect! That dress is so pretty on you too.

    Thank you so much for linking up with Jewelscapes Bejeweled WEdnesday!

    • ClosetConfections January 13, 2011 at 3:28 am

      You’re welcome. It was my pleasure.

  • hautetherapy.com January 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    my go to: black jeans, white oversized tee,1 long necklace, thigh high boots, mascara and red lipstick. Thats what I’m feelin today…tomorrow could be something completely different, but you can never really go wrong with the above. Try it!!!

  • Anonymous January 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I love all those necklaces…that red dress looks so great on you!

    • ClosetConfections January 13, 2011 at 3:27 am

      Thanks. I’m diggin’ the layered necklace look too.

  • ClosetConfections January 13, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Oooh… SASSY! I love it! I have a pair of black over-the-knee boots that I’ve been meaning to share on the blog.

  • ClosetConfections January 13, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to stay in touch. My web hangouts are all listed in the sidebar, so feel free to shoot me a line on Twitter and Facebook and I’ll follow you back.

  • Melificent January 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I had been doing the same thing in my outfit posts!!!
    2011 is a sneaky one…

  • ClosetConfections January 14, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one! 🙂

  • Véronique Monpellier January 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    (I think I I might have left 2 comments quit similar too, but I thought it was gone when it said: you comment need to be approved by a moderator so sorry about that n_n) anywho, why would you not say where the dress is from? It looks really nice on you(r figure)!

    • ClosetConfections January 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      No problem. I found out about the manufacturer’s unfair employment practices after purchasing the dress. I didn’t want it to go to waste, but I don’t want to give them free publicity either.

  • Anonymous February 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Oh my, I love this outfit too. I’m fancying red these days. Like that you wear brogues of look-a-like? I’ve recently bought a pair in London, I’ve been wearing it senseless.

    • ClosetConfections February 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      I love red too, but don’t wear it nearly often enough.

  • Anonymous July 5, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Lovely necklace are wearing by you.  The three of the necklace are increasing your beauty in this red dress. Dress is also nice but the ball pendent giving a nice effect to dress.