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[Style Search]: Week 4 Styling the Mabel

Sep 24, 2016 | Sewing Projects | 8 comments

Hi All!

So after a lot more pacing in my room, trying on what felt like everything I owned, and a little more laying on my floor staring at my ceiling, I managed to make 10 outfits that I love!!

I have to say that once you get into it, and you get a little more familiar with all of your clothes, it gets easier 🙂

In case you’re just reading this week all my outfits are being styled with my Mabel skirts from Colette


Here are the outfits that I put together with my blue mabel:

And with my black mabel:

I tried to get a good mix of dressed up and dressed down with both skirts- although my black quilted mabel definitely lends itself to being dressed up more!

So I’m going to walk through these outfits, what I’m wearing and what I think of them! Also- in the interest of promoting my capsule wardrobe- I’m going to keep a count on anything that I wear in multiple outfits with a little count beside them!


This first outfit, from last week, is this short sleeved sweater shirt over a sleeveless white blouse(1)! I think this outfit is pretty comfortable, chic and young. This is a good transitional outfit for some casual business stuff, but also out doing creative stuff, or in my studio 🙂




This is a good outfit for the studio- because it’s so easy and comfortable! My low-back, navy, Nettie Bodysuit (which is great for keeping me cool in the studio because I’m always warm!) Plus the pop of deep fuchsia in a silky scarf(1), which matches my thick socks in comfy boots(1). I could sew for hours in this!

This for me is definitely young, chic, a little edgy with the boots, maybe a little glamorous because of the low back and absolutely comfortable!


This outfit is great for the warmer fall days (although it would be easy to warm it up by throwing some tall boots on with it!)  This outfit is very simple, the sleeveless white blouse(2), with an oversized denim shirt(1) overtop.

This outfit to me is very fresh, classic, effortless and cool! And of course it’s good for walking along the beach with your puppy (especially when you look back on your photos and see that your dog found something to roll in in the background of your photo- make sure you zoom in on that lol)



This outfit is very Fall to me 🙂 I can imagine walking through a park, maybe going to an outdoor festival or having coffee in an outdoor cafe! This cute mustard coloured sleeveless top(1) tucked into the skirt, with the oversized demin shirt(2) tied overtop. With my extra tall brown boots!
To me this outfit is very chic, timeless, classic and youthful, and hits one of my favourite capsule colours for fall, which is mustard 🙂



This outfit is a classic to me, a light patterned short sleeve blouse, with this grey holes sweater(1) overtop, my time turner necklace, and the tall boots. Really simple and classic, but with a twist of this sweater that’s all holes which makes it a little more youthful and edgy. I can see wearing this to the studio to work, but also I could wear this for a casual business meet-up, or out to coffee with the girls. Even a day of walking through the city shopping.



Now to my black mabel – and I’m loving this skirt! This first outfit to me is the ultimate of classic, timeless, glamorous, simple, and a bit lush. The skirt simply paired with this slightly sheer and lightweight cream coloured blouse, nylons and tall leather boots. A little bit of lipstick 🙂 I love this outfit.


This is a go-to studio outfit/ day out doing cool and creative things. My eyes t-shirt, paired with this faded scarlet jacket, and comfortable short boots.  I feel youthful, edgy, practical and cool in this outfit 🙂


This outfit is a mix of comfortable, youthful and a little edgy, dressed-down casual, perfect for fall walks, apple picking and drinking apple cider 🙂 With the grey holes sweater(2) the fuchsia scarf(2) and the boots with fuchsia socks(2).



This outfit will be my go-to for any business meetings, or medium dressy events. I think this outfit is simple, classic, chic and timeless, and pretty comfortable too! My sleeveless white blouse(3), simple black cardigan(1), fuchsia scarf(3), and tall black boots. I feel professional enough but also cool enough in this outfit.




This is a bit of a dressier outfit, I would go out to drinks with the girls in this outfit! I think it’s a bit fun with my sleevless mustard top(2), simple black cardigan(2), coordinating gold necklace and faux-suede little ankle boots. I would describe this as chic, classic and glamorous. 🙂

Those are my 10 outfits! I have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself, and I’m a lot happier with my closet now- I feel like I’m getting a handle on what I have in my closet, I know what things go with and how they actually look on me now since I’ve tried so many combinations on.

For example, I learned that if I’m not tucking a shirt into these skirts, then it needs to be shorter than my widest hip point, and have a curved hem to be more flattering (the grey hole sweater is a bit of an exception to the curved hem rule). I also learned that, in general, I like the proportions of things tucked into a high-waisted skirt more- since I’m tall but have a very long torso, I think it helps to lengthen my legs more.

I feel like there’s so much more to learn! But it is getting a little easier already. And I’m looking forward to making more things to add to my wardrobe and putting together more outfits- because as much as I’m really loving these skirts, I still think of myself as a pants person first 🙂

Which is your favourite outfit?

Do you like the blue or the black mabel better?

Any thoughts on the direction of my style? I feel like I’m doing a better job of hitting some of my style words than others, but overall I think I’m pretty happy. I might need more of my pops of colour in the future though.

Talk to me in the comments!!




  1. Anemone H

    I love all your outfits! So impressed with how many looks you got. Now I'm really curious how many outfits I could make with my own wardrobe items…

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Anemone! It really gets you thinking about all the possibilities with your wardrobe! I was very pleased with how this skirt worked out!

  2. Linda Crawford

    Black, white and fuschia – those are my favourite colours- and they look smashing on you! I love all your outfits – your mornings will be easy now! Your new "do' looks so fresh and up-to-date!

    • EmeraldErin

      Those colours look great on you too Linda! Mornings have been a little easier with these especially with the weather finally cooling down a little! Thanks for noticing my hair too! One night when I was frustrated with my style and my hair as part of that- I just decided enough was enough, and I cut about 7 inches off! I feel so much better!

  3. Sofía

    Wow!! The Mabel IS versatile indeed!! You've come up with amazing outfits! I really can't decide which Mabel I love the most, they suit you so well! I think that my favourite outfit with the blue Mabel is #2, with the Nettie bodysuit. I love that back! It's so stylish without being too over-the-top. Oh, and the black Mabel with the Mustard top are a match made in heaven! Mustard isn't one of my favourite colours, so I'd never thought it could look so chic!

  4. Anonymous

    The outfit with the grey sweater makes you look at bit like Lacey, from Corner Gas. (not a bad thing 🙂


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