How To Mix and Match Outfits 101: A Guide to Always Having Something To Wear

Bridget Reed
Thu Oct 28, 2021

The fashion essentials

When it comes to creating the perfect outfit, it doesn’t have to be about having more pieces. It’s about having the right pieces for every occasion and event, so you feel confident and comfortable in everything you wear.

A lot of that comes down to the ability to mix and match, so you can make those few important pieces really work for your fashion and style needs. And PixieLane is here to help you find exactly what you need. We carry the staple pieces that will support parents and kids alike, so you never have to worry about the next great look.

What Is a Capsule Wardrobe? 

A capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe that is made up of a few core pieces. You’ll want to form a capsule wardrobe that fits your needs, but they can help you to make wonderful and unique outfits without too many pieces of clothing. Some capsule wardrobes are minimalist, which means they’re a good option for the next time you want to clean out your closet.

You’ll probably want to rotate your capsule wardrobe for the seasons. For instance, when building your closet for the fall, you’ll want to have a few basics in jewel tones and dark colors. A capsule wardrobe for spring should feature lighter colors, maybe some florals, and sundresses or skirts for the weather.

There are many benefits to building a capsule wardrobe, especially if you have growing kids. It can be tempting to buy a lot of fun and colorful pieces for your little ones, but they grow very quickly, which means you’ll be purchasing replacements sooner than later. A good capsule wardrobe will help to keep you from overbuying clothing for your kids.

How Do I Develop the Perfect Mix-and-Match Wardrobe? 

In addition to creating a capsule wardrobe, there are a few steps you can take and pieces you can find to create the perfect mix-and-match wardrobe.

Keep reading to learn more!

Find Your Staple Items

The right staple items are going to vary depending on your needs. If you work in a professional office environment, that will likely include high-quality, neutral-colored pants or skirts. If you work with children or spend a lot of time outdoors, comfortable, moveable clothing that can be dressed up or dressed down is a good option for your needs.

It’s also a good idea to consider how times have changed over the last year. Your office may have relaxed its rules on dress code following time spent away from the office, so always speak with your team to determine the best styles for when you go back. You also may want to refresh or dry-clean the clothes you wore before to ensure they’re in the best possible condition for your return, if necessary.

Balance Prints with Solid Pieces

Good fashion is all about balance. You want to have at least a few neutral pieces and solid pieces, which set a good foundation for your next cute or professional outfit.

Add your own style or really try something new by mixing those solids with fun and funky patterns that will make you stand out. Some patterns are better big, like on sweaters, and some make for better hair accessories or scarves.

Embrace Color Theory

Color theory is the exploration of how colors work together in their context, like fashion. Certain colors complement, and certain colors clash, even if they’re from the same color family. When you understand how color theory works when it comes to clothes and the season you’re wearing them in, it’s easy to find the right fits and create totally new looks.

Color theory will also help you pick flattering pieces for your skin tone and hair color and find those great accessories.

Grab a Few Statement Pieces

A statement piece, by definition, makes a statement. While they are designed to draw the eye and serve as a conversation starter, they’re not necessarily extreme or wild, and they don’t have to deviate too far from your regular style. Rather, statement pieces should really reflect who you are and what you like in a look.

You can find gorgeous statement pieces from independent artisans, trips to unique places, or even that specialized boutique down the street. Your statement pieces should fit your needs and complement the other clothes you love to wear.

Shop From the Same Retailer

One great way to ensure that the pieces you’re adding to your wardrobe really work well together is to pick them out from the same place. For instance, when you purchase clothing from PixieLane, we’ll have tops and bottoms that match well, and we’ll be able to offer recommendations for fun and cute outfits.

You’ll also know how the clothing will fit you even if you haven’t bought it before because you know what the style and sizing typically looks like for that company. Follow your favorite retailer’s social media page and blog for ideas and outfit inspiration that can help you pick out the next perfect piece.

Mix and Match: A Mission in Minimalism

At PixieLane, we’re dedicated to making sure you’re finding the clothing that you love for every occasion. We want to make it easy to build cute and versatile outfits, which you can do by mixing and matching a few essential staples, many of which you’ll find right here at our boutique.

And if you’re looking to build that perfect capsule wardrobe, it’s easy. Just consider colors, mix and match patterns and solids, and find statement pieces that will really stand out. When it’s time to find something new, explore our growing catalog here at PixieLane.



The 27 Pieces You Need for the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe | Harper’s Bazaar

What is Color Theory? | Indeed

What Does Statement Actually Mean in Fashion? | Bustle

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