Hats Off to Saratoga

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Although I sadly cannot attend my beloved hometown’s event, I am dressing in honor of the “Hats Off to Saratoga” celebration weekend in Saratoga Springs, NY, which kicks off the thoroughbred racing season! There are always plenty of fun events and venues to explore, but my favorite part is the ladies hat contest at the race track, where everyone wears their most extravagant summer hats! While I don’t have a hat that compares to some of the outrageous ones that have appeared in the contest, my large-brimmed straw hat with its big ruffled flower seemed appropriate. I do hope to make it to the track at some point this summer!

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: AG Flower Garden 
Shoes: AG Sweet Spring 
Hat: Clarisse Original
Necklace: EverydayDollwear on Etsy 
Clutch: DesignsbyOrvie on Etsy 

Sundress and Sunbeams

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I usually try not to overload you with too many photos of the same outfit, but with the sun gloriously beaming onto the porch this afternoon, I was having way too much fun posing for cool pictures and couldn’t choose my favorites. As for my outfit- I was in a sundress-y mood, so I started there and finally got around to wearing this snazzy fedora that has been waiting for the perfect outfit for its debut. I was very excited to see it in the AG catalog and it does not disappoint!

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: Closet4Chloe on Etsy 
Hat: AG Seaside Tote Set 
Shoes: AG Bitty- Little Hearts 
Bag: Repurposed Pouch Necklace

Red Hot Summer

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It was a steamy summer day today! I couldn’t bear to wear more than a tank and a light-weight skirt with the humidity- which I also blame for my hair’s extra volume, though I’m not necessarily complaining. Red always seems like an appropriate color for the hottest days, so I added some colorful accents with some red sandals and a red bag. Now it’s time to stay cool inside with the AC and perhaps a glass of lemonade…

What I’m Wearing:
Tank: AG Picnic Time
Skirt: Clarisse’s Closet on Etsy 
Bag: AG Saige’s Accessories(on sale now!)
Shoes: AGP Beach Set
Sunglasses: TheCraftySewingBee on Etsy
Bracelet: AG Seaside Tote Set

Questions for Clarisse: Isabelle’s Rosette Leotard

Question from Bella: I have a piece called Isabelle’s Rosette Leotard. I cannot figure out how to make it stylish or pair it with things. I really would like so advice, Clarisse. Could you make a post about it?

Isabelle’s wardrobe is great for dolls who have a passion for dance, but many of her pieces are also great for mix-and-matching in an everyday wardrobe! In my last post you may have seen that I wore one of her leotards as part of my outfit, and now you can get a few more ideas on how to work a leo into your wardorbe.

Outfit 1: Try wearing the leo with a pair of fun printed pants and a cardigan! The leo works great as a basic “tucked-in” tank so you can draw the attention of the outfit to other fun pieces.

Rosettle Leo Outfit 1
Pants: KateLaurenDesigns on Etsy 
Cardigan: AG Bitty Blossom 
Shoes: AG Flower Garden

Outfit 2: You can also use the leo as a layering tank with another top, which is a fun way to add a little interest to a simple outfit. Paired with a skirt, the layered tops create a very stylish look!

Rosette Leo Outfit 2
Top: AG Pretty Print 
Skirt: AG Sweetheart Skirt 
Shoes: Springfield Collection
Bag: Sophia’s Brand

Outfit 3: Here we are drawing the focus to a fun long skirt by keeping things simple on top with just the leo. This way your options are wide open for accessorizing, such as adding a stylish hat.

Rosette Leo Outfit 3
Skirt: AG Jess’s Meet 
Shoes: AG Ruthie’s Play Outfit 
Hat: AG Seaside Tote Set 

I hope this helps give you some ideas!

Have a question about Clarisse’s style? Have a piece in your wardrobe that you need help styling? Or are you just in a style rut and can’t seem to find your way out? Leave a comment here or send Clarisse a message via the “Contact Me” link at the top of the page, and Clarisse will answer your fashion questions here on the blog!

At the Ballet

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Last night we went to see the New York City Ballet at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and had a wonderful time! The entire performance was breathtaking from the dancing, to the music, choreography, and costumes. The weather was a little threatening on the way there, but the storm subsided in time for us to enjoy our evening in the partially outdoor amphitheater. I dressed with ballet in mind, wearing an Isabelle leotard for a top, my tutu-inspired tulle skirt, and of course my hair in a ballerina bun. I hope we can go again next year!

What I’m Wearing:
Top/leo: AG Isabelle’s Purple Leotard 
Skirt: AG Winter Magic 
Cardigan: Clarisse’s Closet on Etsy 
Shoes: AG Midnight Holly 
Bag: Designs by Orvie on Etsy 


New Vintage Pretties Tomorrow!

"Puttin' on the Ritz"

“Puttin’ on the Ritz”


"Hello Dolly"

“Hello Dolly”


"Do Wah Diddy"

“Do Wah Diddy”


"Summer Breeze"

“Summer Breeze”

These four new “Vintage Pretties” outfits will be listed on Etsy tomorrow at 8PM EST! They are all one-of-a-kind outfits, so be sure to check in on Etsy for your chance to snag one!

To view more photos and details about each outfit, click the names below:
“Puttin’ on the Ritz”
“Hello Dolly”
“Do Wah Diddy”
“Summer Breeze”

Birthday Picnic

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It’s my birthday!! 

My friend Sophia took a trip out to visit me yesterday to celebrate a day early and we had such a fun day! She even brought me flowers and a present, and we played dress up in my closet (didn’t she pick out an adorable outfit?). Naturally, I chose a tiara to wear for my special day! We decided to have a little picnic as the sun was setting since the weather was so lovely. I couldn’t have asked for a better day!

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: Clarisse Original
Shoes: AG Josefina’s Feast Outfit 
Necklace: gift/local crafter
Bracelet: 2SistersSewCrafty on Etsy 

What Sophia (Chrissa) is Wearing:
Skirt: Clarisse Original
Tie Top: KateLaurenDesigns on Etsy 
Tank: Clarisse Original
Shoes: AG Kit’s Floral-Print Dress
Necklace: Joann Fabric

Happy 4th of July!

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I wouldn’t call myself a master chef, but I was feeling particularly festive this morning and decided to make 4th of July pancakes! My only requirement was that Camille dress in festive colors before she was to be served, so she humored me and obliged. I hope all you Americans out there have a happy holiday!

What I’m Wearing:
Top: Buzzin’ Bea on Etsy 
Skirt: KateLaurenDesigns on Etsy 
Shoes: AG Molly’s Saddle Shoes
Hat: AG Spring ’14 Store Exclusive PWP
Pearls: Clarisse Original

Coral and Black

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I mostly stick with sandals in the summer, but once in a while a pair of booties are fun to change things up! Even more fun, is mixing said booties with a girly floral dress and pearls for an edgy contrast. I’m thoroughly enjoying mix-and-matching coral with various different colors this season; it’s such a great color to play with. Aside from obviously clashing pinks, I’ve yet to find a color that doesn’t look good with it!

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: LaPoupeeBijoux on Etsy 
Boots: AG Addy Meet 
Glasses: Springfield Collection (painted) 
Necklace: Clarisse Original

Celebrity Inspiration

During the last Style Series, I did a post on using celebrities for inspiration. It was such a big hit, that I’ve decided to revisit the idea and bring you celeb inspired outfits 2.0!

Find a celebrity (or a few) with a look that you love, and use their outfits to get ideas. Collect pictures of your favorite outfits of theirs (hello Pinterest!) and then study them. Ask yourself what makes the outfit appeal to you. Is it the colors that she (or he) mixes? The patterns? Maybe the cut of the clothing or the way the fabric drapes? If you can identify these elements, that can help you apply them to your own wardrobe without being discouraged that you don’t have the exact top or the exact accessory that she’s wearing.

Here are some examples of outfits I’ve recreated using pieces in my wardrobe!

Emma Stone/Gwen Stacy- I can’t quite verify if this is an Emma outfit or a Gwen outfit since she was on the set of Spider Man 2 when spotted, but either way it’s a great casual look that is very classic and cool. I love the way she mixes the preppy blouse and jacket with the cute slouchy hat, and the contrasting light pink shoes are just darling. Focusing on the layering and colors, I came up with this cute look!
Emma StoneEmma Stone Inspired
Picture Source: TomandLorenzo
Top: Exclusively18 on Etsy 
Cardigan: Clarisse’s Closet on Etsy 
Jeans: Closet4Chloe on Etsy 
Bag: Battat
Shoes: AG Sweet Spring 
Hat: KateLaurenDesigns on Etsy 

Shailene Woodley- This rising star is quickly becoming a fashion icon (plus she holds a special place in our hearts since she played Felicity in the American Girl movie). Here she is able to make even a casual grey sweatshirt look fashionable, so I worked around that and added the colored straight-leg pants and a blue floral scarf to mimic her blouse, which coordinates with the shoes.
Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley Inspired
Picture Source: Pinterest
Sweatshirt: Clarisse’s Closet on Etsy 
Pants: JanieJumps on Etsy 
Shoes: AG Skateboard Set 
Scarf/Headband: JanieJumps on Etsy

Lupita Nyong’o- Lupita is a stunning inspiration to so many young women, and her style is no less inspiring! She is known for wearing bright and bold colors, but here she pairs burgundy with light pink and the look is fabulous! Adding in some metallic accessories completes the feel of Lupita’s look, which is feminine but a little edgy.
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Picture Source: Pinterest
Shirt: AG Nicki’s Meet 
Sweater: Clarisse Original
Skirt: AG Sweetheart Skirt 
Bag: DesignsbyOrvie
Shoes: AG Frosty Party 

Hailee Steinfeld- Having just purchased this lovely salmon colored coat, I couldn’t resist recreating this adorable look by Hailee. The way she mixes the beautiful colored coat with a beige dress and shoes and then a bright red bag is so simple yet very chic.

Hailey Steinfeld Hailey Steinfeld Inspired
Picture Source: Pinterest
Jacket: LaPoupeeBijoux on Etsy 
Dress: AG Sweet Spring 
Shoes: AG Kit’s Floral-Print Dress 
Bag: AC Moore

Have a favorite fashionable celebrity or a look you’d like to see recreated? Send us a photo at clarissescloset@gmail.com!