I’m pretty proud of myself.

I felt amazing in an outfit that was almost entirely shopped from my own closet. All of the pieces are more than one year old. The top even far more than that. Even better, the top, skirt and shoes were all bought on sale.  The only new item in the outfit is a necklace that I bought for $25.

I often advise you to shop your own closet, but if you are like me, you are always attracted to the newest things. So much so that you may be tempted to shop.


I’m no different.

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The way I resist it is by just not going to the shops. Luckily I’m so busy that I don’t have time! Buying online is still not that easy here in Singapore (certainly not from my favorite US shops) so I can usually resist the temptation when I’m scouting for fabulous pieces to feature on this site.

I was VERY tempted though by my last lineup. My articles are often influenced by what interests me at any particular moment and I was really in the mood for adding some extra color to my closet. When I spotted the fabulous image of a woman wearing red, orange and pink (or nude) that inspired my post on how to wear red, I was very tempted by the products I featured.

Until I realised that I actually have most of these items in my closet already!

Once I realised that, the temptation to shop was over and it was easy to put an outfit together.

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The pink top may be familiar to you as I often wear it in its red version. It’s one of my old favorites from now retired brand Alldressedup.This top always makes me feel glamorous because of the beautifully draped back.

Then there is my all-time favorite skirt from Donna Karan. One of the few solid body hugging skirts that I can wear with tucked-in tops because of the beautiful draping at the front.

You are also already familiar with the Chie Miharie shoes that I wear quite often. These actually featured the color orange!

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Bringing it all together was this lovely necklace by Estdio Shp, a brand I found thanks to a comment by Ann Martin (an artist herself who makes paper jewelry) to my article on the best online stores for statement jewelry.

This was a brand new outfit for me as I had never worn these clothes in this combination before. It felt new, fresh and modern to me.

And it all came together because of an idea. A simple picture that inspired a color palette.

So I encourage you to look around for ideas too and be inspired.

  • Look around in nature and be inspired by the colors. Discover how you could create that in an outfit.
  • Have a look at images. This need not be images from clothes but could be anything. Notice the colors and how they combine.
  • Which colors really strike you at the moment? Think about how you could use it in an outfit.
  • What inspires you in buildings? Perhaps you can recreate some of the lines in your outfit.

This outfit is going to get another outing this week. It’s Fashion Week in Singapore and I will have to shop my wardrobe a lot because I did not buy anything new for it. I’m hoping to see Diane von Furstenberg, Victoria Beckham and Thakoon as well as a few local designers. Of course I will keep you posted. You may like to follow my fashion adventures on Instagram.

Top: old, Alldressedup (also like this one – on sale)
Skirt: old, Donna Karan (similar)
Shoes: old, Chie Mihara (more from their collection)
Ring: Linnie McLarty
Bracelet: Jewelry to Your Doorstep
Necklace: Estdioshp

More ideas for wearing pink, red and orange and what is available online can be found here.

But of course I encourage you to look in your closets first and I wish you all lots of fun with shopping your wardrobe!

What has inspired your outfits recently?


P.S.: I will feature more red looks later this week. To submit your looks for the #redstylechallenge, tag your images on social networks or send to sylvia [at] 40plusstyle.com


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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