Pretty Pretty Pinterest

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This outfit is entirely formulated according to what Pinterest tells me is in this season. According to my recent feeds, a collared shirt under a sweater, big jewelry, and a tutu skirt = the recipe for fall 2014: exhibit A, B, and C. I went a little bit against the grain with a short-sleeve sweater, but polka dots also seem to fit in with what I’ve been seeing, and I just love it with the chambray shirt. Here’s to being “pin-spired!”

What I’m Wearing:
Sweater-tee: CarolineAugustDesign
Chambray shirt: KateLaurenDesigns
Skirt: AG Winter Magic
Shoes: AG Sweet Savannah
Necklace: EverdayDollwear

Questions for Clarisse: Saige’s Parade Outfit and Flower Sweater

Question from Isabella: “Hey Clarisse! I have an outfit called Saiges Parade Outfit. It tends to collect dust in the back of my dolls closet as I don’t know how to use it. Can you please make a post on it for me?”

Question from unicornsnrainbows2014: “Hi Clarisse! So I have an outfit that I would love for you to help me with. It is the flower sweater and skirt set from AGs summer release last year. I would love to buy the outfit, but I need help convincing myself that it would be a good outfit to buy…could you show me some mix and match potential in it? I know it’s there…:)”

Flower Sweater and Skirt Outfit and Saige’s Parade Outfit 
Flower Sweater and SkirtSaiges Parade
As I started playing around with these two outfits, I realized how much mix-and-match potential there was between them, so I decided to do a 2-for-1 post! I used a virtual outfit creating website (Polyvore) to come up with some outfits. There are mostly AG pieces, and I filled in the gaps with some things from Etsy and girl-sized basics that can easily be translated into things your doll may have in her wardrobe. 

Truly Trendy: Don’t say goodbye to those trendy summer maxi skirts yet! Pairing them with sweaters is a great way to transition into fall. For accessories, try choosing a contrasting cool color, such as this medium blue, to balance the brightness of the sweater.
Flower Sweater Outfit 1
Pieces Shown:
Skirt: ThisTooBoutique on Etsy
Shoes: Plaid Party
Bag: Saige’s Accessories

Flower Power: I just love the way the flowers on Saige’s parade boots match the floral skirt from the other outfit, so I had to do an outfit with them together. The sparkly camp top picks up the colors in the skirt as well, and a fun hat adds that extra touch of style.
Flower Sweater Outfit 2
Pieces Shown:
Top: Sparkly Camp
Hat: Seaside Tote Set 

Peachy Sweet: The adorable peachy colored skirt from the Coconut Cutie outfit is just so lovely with Saige’s Parade top! Get a similar look by pairing neutrals with the colors in the blouse for a mono-chromatic feel.
Saige's Parade Outfit 1
Pieces Shown:
Vest: Weekend Fun
Shoes: True Spirit Meet 
Skirt: Coconut Cutie

While we’re on the Coconut Cutie outfit, the adorable Coconut tee looks great with Saige’s parade pants and belt. Jazz up a simple tee-and-jeans look by adding colorful accents like these fringe boots or a hat with some detail.
Saige's Parade Outfit 2
Pieces Shown:
Tee: Coconut Cutie
Boots: Sparkly Camp
Hat: Bitty Little Hearts

Bright and Bold: Here’s another look that plays with the colors in the floral skirt. Saige’s belt looks great over the skirt with a tucked-in top, and bold colored shoes, glasses, and a contrasting bag are great ways to spice up an outfit.

Flower Sweater Outfit 3
Pieces Shown:
Sweater: Isabelle’s Coral Sweater 
Shoes: School Days 
Bag: Seaside Tote Set
Glasses: Rosy Glasses 

Layered-up: A collared shirt with a pull-over sweater is a great go-to look for fall, so be sure to have a few of each in your wardrobe! This works well with jeans and sneakers, or you could use ideas from one of the other outfits like a skirt and some more accessories.
Flower Sweater:Saige's Parade
Pieces Shown:
Jeans: Bright Stripes 
Shoes: Striped Hoodie 

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!

Crop and Roll

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Cropped pants are perfect for transitioning into the fall, as they won’t leave you shivering at a breeze like shorts but don’t feel as heavy as full-length pants. I was mimicking the cuffed pants by rolling up my sleeves too, and this lightweight vest is the perfect layer for a little more of a complete look. I took the idea of a “messy bun” to the extreme today- but when you have to run off to class, it’s a handy look when you don’t have time to fuss!

What I’m Wearing:
Top: AG Pretty and Plaid 
Vest: AG Weekend Fun 
Pants: Clarisse Original
Shoes: AG Sweet Spring 
Necklace: Everyday Dollwear

Calm Before the Storm

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Despite how sunny and pleasant it looks in these pictures, I kid you not when I say that moments after stepping inside, I looked out the window to a torrential downpour and a thunderstorm! Perhaps the weather was mimicking that feeling of the first week of school, when everything seems calm and manageable, and before you know it you hardly have a moment to breathe!
Although my backpack was a gift and is not available on Etsy, here are some of my favorite backpack finds if you haven’t picked yours out yet:

What I’m Wearing:
Sweater: Clarisse Original
Skirt: KateLaurenDesigns
Necklace: EverydayDollwear
Shoes: TheCraftySewingBee 

Beginnings, Confessions, and Into the Unknown

I have a confession to make.


I’ve sort of been holding out on you all, mostly because I wasn’t sure what I needed to say, but here it is: Today I began a year-long school program (which you will at least be happy to know relates to fashion), and I have to come to terms with the fact that it will undoubtedly impact Clarisse’s Closet.

Nicole and I have enjoyed the past 10 months of posting almost daily during the week, bringing you fashion inspiration, tips, and answers to your sticky style situations, and hope you will look back at posts from the last year if you are in need of some fashion pick-me-ups!

What this means for the blog:
If you’ve grown accustomed to checking the blog daily for your dose of doll fashion, we’re sorry to say that posts will be less frequent. Studies must come first! This may mean one or two weekly posts, or even just a monthly post- we can’t say exactly. However, we will continue to post when we are able, and hope that you’ll keep sending “Questions for Clarisse,” because we love answering those! If you aren’t already, be sure to follow the blog by scrolling down to the bottom of the right-hand column of the page and click the “follow” button, so you will receive an e-mail notification when we post something new.

What this means for the shop:
We have lots of great items planned for the fall, and hope to share them with you all soon. Previously our collections have been released all at once, but it is more likely that we will release small groups of items at a time, and fewer quantities of each, so still keep an eye on the Etsy shop!

Thank you all for your support all these months, and we hope you will continue to be friends of Clarisse’s Closet, even as we venture into the unknown territory of this coming academic year and any opportunities that may arise from it.

Love, Clarisse and Nicole

Questions for Clarisse: Saige’s Tunic Outfit

Question from sirhandel2237: “I have Saige’s tunic outfit and want to mix and match with it. Any suggestions? Thanks!”

This is a great outfit to ask about, because it just happens to be on sale right now on the AG website! I used a virtual outfit creating website (Polyvore) to come up with some outfits. There are mostly doll sized pieces, and I filled in the gaps with girl-sized basics that can easily be translated into things your doll may have in her wardrobe. 

Summertime Picnic: This would be a great outfit for a day in the sun! The tunic has a lot of detail, so try something simple on the bottom like a pair of leggings or jeans and sandals. A floppy hat adds a nice accent (again in a neutral color) and the beaded bracelet goes along with the southwestern look of Saige’s collection.
Saige Tunic Outfit 1
Pieces Shown:
Leggings: Tropical Bloom
Hat: Julie’s Birthday Dress
Sandals: Saige’s Sweater Outfit
Bracelet: TheWillowNest on Etsy

Pretty and Preppy- Because the pants are plain white, you can play with lots of color on top and in the accessories! Pick a color scheme to accent the white and add details like a scarf or hair accessory to keep the outfit from looking boring. Try tucking them into tall boots, especially ones like these that have a little color and detail too.
Saige Tunic Outfit 3
Pieces Shown:
Blazer: Bright Stripes Outfit
Boots: Saige’s Parade Outfit

Bright and Bold: In the first tunic outfit I let the top be the focus, but don’t be afraid to try something bold! Play up the colors in the embroidery and your girl will definitely stand out with style. Tucking the tunic into a skirt will also give it a different look.
Saige Tunic Outfit 2
Pieces Shown:
Skirt: Julie’s Summer Skirt Set
Sunglasses: Julie’s Swim Set
Shoes: School Days 

Off to Art Class- Saturated colors work great with white, like this sparkly purple top! Again, use the “white canvas” of the pants to your advantage by adding color in the accessories.
Saige Tunic Outfit 4

Top: Sparkly Camp Outfit
Shoes: Bow-toe Moccasins
Scarf: Thimbledoodle on Etsy
Glasses: Sweet Peach Glasses 


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!

Where’s the Party?

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Today I had one of those “all dressed up with nowhere to go” moments, but I was having too much fun getting dressed so I just went with it. Luckily I have all you lovely people as my excuse to wear whatever I feel like, so here you have it: a late-summer party outfit for the event of your imagination! Perhaps a day-time wedding reception? Or a visit to the horse track? Maybe even just a lunch out with friends? Whatever the occasion- a maxi dress, cardigan, and a straw hat is the recipe for quite a stylish outfit indeed.

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: AstoriaAvenueApparel 
Cardigan: Clarisse’s Closet 
Bag: DesignsbyOrvie 
Shoes: AG Sweet Savannah
Hat: Clarisse Original

Pinstripe and Plaid

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Playing with color combos is always fun, but I decided to mix it up a bit with some patterns today too. A subtle pinstripe is easy to mix with other bolder patterns without being too hard on the eyes, so I went with this gingham top to add a mix of color and pattern to the outfit. It’s hard to believe September is just around the corner and full-length pants have come back into my life! I love shorts and skirts, but a nice pair of colored pants and jeans are wardrobe staples that I dearly miss over the steamy hot summer.

What I’m Wearing:
Blouse: Clarisse’s Closet on Etsy 
Vest: AG Weekend Fun 
Pants: JanieJumps on Etsy 
Bracelet: 2SisterSewCrafty on Etsy 
Shoes: TheCraftySewingBee on Etsy

Sun after Rain

Close-up Full-shot Belt  Hair

I almost wore this outfit for pictures yesterday, but it rained all day long and the grey skies would not allow for decent photos, and I thought this outfit deserved a photo-worthy day. Luckily the sun decided to shine today, so now I can share this sweet yet simple outfit. This adorable denim tunic-dress was a gift from a friend, and I just love it for layering! Cropped leggings make it easy to run around and be comfortable, and I thought the western-style belt added a little flair and just the right touch of color.

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: Adin’s Atelier on Etsy
Leggings: AG Star Hoodie 
Belt: AG Horse Lover 
Shoes: AG Jess’s Meet 


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On Saturday evening, I took a little road trip with my family to Providence, RI for “WaterFire.” It is quite a spectacular event, where part of the city becomes like a festival as everyone gathers around the river, which is lit with floating fires! It was so neat to watch the people go along the river in boats, lighting each fire with a torch. As the fires crackled and grew it became mesmerizing with the calming music that was amplified all along the river. If you are in the area, it’s definitely a fun event to check out (I believe they do it every other Saturday).
As for my outfit, we made a couple garage/estate sale stops along the way, and I picked up this cute vintage scarf to add to my look for our day-trip! I found a couple other fun things too, aren’t garage sales fun?

What I’m Wearing:
Cardigan: AG Bitty Blossom
Top and Shoes: AG Ruthie’s Play
Skirt: Clarisse’s Closet on Etsy 
Bag: Handmade Gift
Scarf: Vintage (handkerchief)