Questions for Clarisse: Mixing Patterns

Here’s another great question from the style question giveaway: How do I mix patterns in an outfit without them clashing?

Although it may be intimidating to mix patterns in an outfit, it’s also a great way to be creative with your dolls’ wardrobe. Carefully selected prints can be paired together to create a fun fashion statement, but the wrong combination can lead to a fashion disaster! Here are some strategies for mixing patterns that will help you and your dolls stay fashionable, along with some examples I found from some of my favorite Etsy shops! (Click the images to visit the Etsy page).

  • Pick patterns that contrast in density. A busy pattern without a lot of background space paired with a more sparse, or spread-out pattern creates contrast between the patterns.

From Forever18Inches on Etsy

  • Pick patterns that contrast in scale, with one print having larger designs, and the other much smaller. This also creates contrast between the patterns, helping the outfit to not look too busy.

From Unending Treasures on Etsy

  • Having common colors between prints can help them look more cohesive, so try to match pieces that contain similar colors.

From Closet4Chloe

  • Simple geometric prints, such as polka dots, stripes, or gingham, pair well with larger prints such as florals. Particularly if they are in neutral colors, the simple prints can almost serve as a neutral in an outfit.

From Closet4Chloe

  • Use solid colored items to break up an outfit that seems to have too many patterns going on. The solid tank in this next outfit breaks up the patterns in the pants and cardigan.

From 123MulberryStreet on Etsy

  • Small pieces that don’t cover as much “skin” are easier to use when mixing patterns, simply because you’re not seeing as much of the pattern. In this last outfit, the contrasting patterns in the tank and shorts create a fun, bold look, but if the prints were in a long-sleeve tee and long pants, the patterns might be overwhelming.

From EverydayDollwear on Etsy

What are your favorite prints to mix?

Belated Birthday

My birthday was actually July 7th, but with the summer release that week and some urgent family matters last week, I didn’t really get a chance to celebrate right away. However, my awesome siblings surprised me with a party today so I’m celebrating my birthday a little late this year!

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Pippa made these amazing chocolate cupcakes with pink vanilla frosting- my favorite!
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Camille and Theo even practiced some of my favorite songs so we could have a sing-a-long.
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Camille got me this adorable Kate Spade purse that I’ve been lusting after for months!
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And Pippa and Theo got me some great mix-and-match items from Modern Doll World on Etsy, which I’ve been wanting to check out for a while!
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Cheers to a great year!
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What I’m Wearing:
Sweater: Clarisse’s Closet (Summer ’14)
Skirt: Just Like Maise (no longer open)
Shoes: AGP Beach Set

What Camille is Wearing:
Top: This Too Boutique
Skirt: Clarisse’s Closet (Summer ’14)
Scarf: Clarisse’s Closet (Winter ’15)
Shoes: Clarisse Originals

What Pippa Grace is Wearing:
Sweater: Love Ellie Bean
Shorts: This Too Boutique
Sneakers: Ebay/Unknown
Earrings: 2 Sisters Sew Crafty

What Theo is Wearing:
Tee: Clarisse Original
Shorts: Ebay/Unknown
Shoes: Sophia’s Brand

Presents:
Purse: Kate Spade (Mint is sold out)
Outfit: Modern Doll World

Questions for Clarisse: Mix-and-Match Basics

Several people who entered the style question giveaway asked about the basics of a mix-and-match wardrobe, and how to have the maximum potential of outfits without getting overwhelmed with too much clothing. To answer this, I went into my wardrobe and pulled out my most versatile pieces along with just a couple of accessories and the shoes I use most. I ended up with 24 pieces that I think are a great foundation to a minimal (but not boring) wardrobe! As you can see, you don’t necessarily have to limit yourself to one color theme in order to have pieces that can work together, but it helps to have some key colors along with plenty of neutrals. Here, I focused on coral/peach, orchid purple, aqua/turquoise, and soft pink.

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1. Denim Jacket (Coconut’s Best Friend)- looks great over almost any dress or top and really pulls an outfit together
2. Printed Jersey Dress (La Poupee Bijoux)- casual and great for summer and spring
3. Calf Boots (Saige’s Meet)- works with dresses as well as with leggings or skinny jeans tucked in, and is fit for all seasons
4. Colored Cardigan (Bitty Blossom)- cardis are my favorite for completing an outfit, and a solid colored one that coordinates with other things in your wardrobe is sure to be a favorite
5. Long Necklace (Clarisse Original)- something to add a little flair to any outfit
6. Printed Cotton Dress (JanieJumps/SparrowandWren)- can be dressed up or down and makes an easy outfit with just an accessory or two
7. Espadrilles (Springfield)- a neutral colored shoe like this goes with almost anything and is great for the spring or summer
8. Subtle Print Tee (CarolineAugustDesign)- a subtle print is a little more interesting than a plain tee, but can still be mixed with other prints easily
9. Black Purse (DesignsbyOrvie)- a little shoulder bag is a great accessory, and black goes with lots of outfits
10. Printed Pants (KateLaurenDesigns)- adding a print on the bottom can really open up more options for interesting outfits, even though it may seem limiting based on what you have for on top. This is where the subtle print tee and a simple white tank come in handy.
11. Printed Tank (Clarisse’s Closet Summer 2014)- something simple that’s great for layering
12. Layering Piece (Weekend Fun) – can be a vest or maybe a sleeveless button-up top, just something that can be worn over other pieces without being too heavy
13. Denim Shorts (Exclusively18)- simple and go with any top
14. Colored Sandals (Weekend Fun)- add a pop of color to an outfit
15. Summer Scarf (Clarisse Original)- easy accessory to add interest to an outfit
16. Chambray button-up (KateLaurenDesigns)- perfect for layering or wearing on its own
17. White Tank (Clarisse Original)- self explanatory!
18. Slim-fit Jeans (Closet4Chloe)- fit inside boots and look cute with sandals or flats
19. Floral Blouse (Kit’s School Skirt)- Slightly dressier when paired with skirts, but can be dressed down with jeans
20. Neutral Skirt (JanieJumps/SparrowandWren)- More girly option to pair with patterned tops
21. Brown satchel (Battat/Ebay)- Just another option to add to outfits for a more completed look
22. Metallic Sandals (CraftySewingBee)- I find myself reaching for these for almost any outfit- they are more interesting than a brown or black sandal, but still go with any color
23. Cozy sweater (Isabelle’s Coral Sweater)- for a comfy, casual outfit
24. Black leggings (2-in-1 Skating Set)- can be worn alone for a casual look, or layered under skirts and dresses to help them transition into cooler seasons.

Here are some other outfit sets I created with the same 24 pieces:
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See if you have something similar to these 24 pieces and experiment with how many outfits you can create! Leave a comment if you try it to let us know how it goes : )

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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!

Summer Exotics Collection Preview

The “Summer Exotics” collection is almost here! 

Inspired by exotic prints and fabrics, this collection features unique pieces that are sure to add something different to your dolls’ wardrobe!

The collection will be available on Etsy tomorrow, July 8th at 8PM EST

I decided to try something a little different this time, and give a full preview of the collection! Mouse over or click on the images to see pricing.

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to @alazydaywithdolls on Instagram for being the randomly selected winner of the giveaway dress! Thank you to everyone who entered for submitting all your great questions- I’m looking forward to answering more of them and sharing some on the blog!

Happy 4th of July weekend to all those celebrating!

Also- Stay tuned for details on the Clarisse’s Closet Summer Collection, which will be coming to Etsy next week!

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Questions for Clarisse: Grace’s Skirt, Julie’s Pants, and Fun Fedora

I’m having fun reading everyone’s giveaway entries/ style questions! (See HERE for details).
You have until Friday at noon EST to submit your question, so if you haven’t yet, don’t miss out!

I’ve been working on answering your questions via email, but don’t worry if you don’t get a reply by Friday, you are still entered in the giveaway.

A few of you asked about styling particular AG outfits or items, which I love answering on the blog! I picked a few to do today:

Grace’s Meet Skirt, Julie’s Tunic Outfit Pants, and the new Fun Fedora 
        

To start off, I had to share this picture of Elle from earlier this year, because she worked Grace’s skirt into a great winter outfit with leggings, boots and a sweater. A tucked-in top is a must with this skirt because who would want to hide that adorable bow?

For the rest of the outfits I used a virtual outfit creating website (Polyvore). They are mostly AG pieces, but 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. 

Here’s a little blast-from-the-past with last year’s Girl of the Year Isabelle’s accessories paired with the skirt! In general, black pairs great with this skirt, letting the skirt be the focus of the outfit. I think the gold purse adds a little touch of something extra to catch your eye, but really it’s all about the skirt and that bow!

Grace Skirt
Pieces Shown:
Jacket and Purse: Isabelle’s Accessories
Boots: AG Fashion Boots
Sunglasses: AG Go Girl Sunglasses 

I think aqua is a nice color to go with this very pink skirt, and since it’s so short, a pair of printed leggings add a great flair and some more coverage (sadly these cute ones are not actually for AG dolls, but you get the idea). A white top (again, tucked in of course!) creates a great backdrop for a colorful beaded necklace.
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Pieces Shown:
Leggings: girl-sized example
Top: Modern Doll World
Shoes: Starry Hoodie Oufit
Necklace: Everyday Dollwear
Earrings: AG Fancy Earrings

Next we have Julie’s Tunic Outfit pants. The bright pink color and wide-legged style make them a tricky piece for a modern wardrobe, but the good news is 70’s looks are definitely trending this year, making bell bottoms a go! I like the idea of mixing different shades of the same hue, so a lighter pink mixes well with the vibrant color of the pants. A top like this that bells out at the hip also creates a nice shape to echo the flare of the pants.
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Pieces Shown:
Hat: Grace’s Welcome Gifts 
Top: AmPmCreationsToo
Shoes: AG Sweet Spring

Also try looking for accessories that have a pop of that bright pink to tie in with the pants. Coconut’s glasses in the tee (seriously how do I not have this shirt yet, it’s adorable with everything), the hat band, the flower on the bag- all have little bits of the pink, without making the outfit look too pink-crazy. Like with Grace’s skirt, aqua is a great color to mix with pink, but also use some neutrals like white and natural straw to break up the brightness of the colors.
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Pieces Shown:
Tee: Coconut Cutie
Hat and Bag: Seaside Tote
Shoes: Bow-toe Moccasins

I cannot wait to get this fedora. Bravo AG on adding hats to your accessories line- from a sincere hat lover! I think this hat can look great with so many different looks. This is a great “school” outfit, which is easy and casual, but the hat really takes it up a notch.

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Pieces Shown:
Top: Weekend Fun Outfit 
Shoes: Striped Hoodie Outfit 
Skirt: Love to Layer Accessories

Here’s a different casual look featuring an AG store top. This hat is great for taking simple tee’s (like the red ones with the store locations on them that everyone has at least one of) and turning them into more fashionable looks. I went with this purple one because I love the teal band with purple, but teal can work as a pop of color against almost anything, so just try it with whatever you have to see what works!
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Pieces Shown:
Top: Sparkle Star Tee 
Shorts: Maddies Girls
Sandals: Saige’s Sweater Outfit
Sunglasses: Sporty Sunglasses 

Personally, I even love this hat with a dressy outfit! It actually helps dress down a look like this, which may seem a little too fancy for some people for an everyday look. The hat gives a menswear-inspired touch to the sweetness of a dress and cardigan, which I think is a really fun combo.

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Dress: Modern Doll World 
Cardigan: Kit’s Photographer Outfit 
Sandals: Shimmer and Lace Party Dress 

I hope this helps give you some ideas!

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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!

A Giveaway!

We have a new project in the works and we need your help! So, here’s a little giveaway to make it a little more fun…

How to Enter
To enter, all you need to do is send us a style question- anything you’d like to know that would help you improve your dolls’ style- and you’ll be entered into the drawing!
There are two ways to enter:

  • Send your question using the contact me tab at the top of this page
  • Enter on Instagram following the instructions on the giveaway photo posted on @clarissescloset

The Rules
*Please submit only one entry per person, but you’re welcome to include more than one question in your entry! Some questions may be answered on the blog, and others will be saved for a future project.

*If you are under 18, you must have a parent’s permission to enter. Please obtain permission before entering, and a parent’s contact information will be needed if you are the winner.

The Prize
Entries from both email and Instagram will be pooled to draw one lucky winner, who will receive this one-of-a-kind hand-embroidered dress by Clarisse’s Closet! The winner will be randomly selected next Friday, July 3rd, so please submit your question by 12PM EST on that day. Good luck!

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Hair Wrap Bun Video Tutorial

Nicole here! Today I filmed this video showing you how to get Clarisse’s hair wrap bun look from our last post. I’ve been wanting to do more videos, and since many Instagrammers were interested in this look, I thought it would be a good place to start. Since this is my first attempt at doing a fully narrated video tutorial like this, if you have any thoughts or feedback to share, please leave a comment so I can keep it in mind for the next one!

*If you are watching this on a mobile device, you might notice I mistakenly said Annie has a #39 wig, when it is actually a #38 wig- I corrected myself with a caption, but they don’t show up on mobile devices. Sorry for any confusion!

What they’re wearing:
Camille
-top and pants: KateLaurenDesigns on Etsy
-sandals: Bitty Baby Blossom Outfit

Annie
-top: TheElegantDoll on Etsy
-shorts: Easy Breezy Outfit from AG
-sandals: Weekend Fun Outfit from AG
-belt: Sparkly Camp Outfit from AG

Out-of-Towners

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Pippa and I spent the weekend visiting some friends, and decided to take some photos there since the weather was so glorious! Sunshine and mid-70’s, what more can you ask for on a June day? We finally broke out our summer wardrobe and put away our winter clothes last week, so as you can see we had fun accessorizing with our favorite summer items like my shell necklace and sandals and Pippa’s nautical bag and straw fedora. I’m also thinking the hair-wrap bun will be my new go-to ‘do this summer because it’s cute and simple and keeps my hair off my neck and out of the way. Would anyone like to see a tutorial for the style?

What I’m Wearing:
Tank: Clarisse Original
Shorts: @ohsewlovable on Instagram
Sandals: TheCraftySewingBee 
Bracelet: @AstoriaAvenueApparel on Instagram
Headscarf: Vintage (handkerchief)
Necklace and Bag: Handmade gifts

What Pippa Grace is Wearing:
Dress: Sparrow and Wren (Formerly Janie Jumps)
Hat: AG Seaside Tote Set
Boots: AG Sparkly Camp Outfit
Earrings: 2SistersSewCrafty
Tote Bag: Unknown
Bracelet: Handmade gift

Hello NYC!

Back in April I had the chance to visit NYC and meet some friends who I’ve enjoyed getting to know via the blogging/Instagram world, and we had a blast visiting the AG store together and exploring the city! May was a very busy month as I finished up with my school program, but now I’m settling into summer mode and finally getting to post our fun meet-up pictures.

The whole gang! 
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This is my friend Inky who has a fabulous blog, Super Inky
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I had fun shopping at AG with my friend Reid, who I know through @AstoriaAvenueApparel on Instagram, who hosted the meet-up! We enjoyed some pastries with Grace, and got to hang out in the Personal Shopper lounge when we got tired from all the shopping ;) 
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I even won 2 of the awesome giveaways that were donated by some great shops! I let Elle and Tillie try them on when we got home- how cute are they?

This adorable flamingo dress is from Aunt Sissy Originals. It’s perfect for summer and fits right in with the popular flamingo trend this year!
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This one is from Katherine’s Creations! It’s sooo perfect for Tillie and goes great with the silver headband from QTpie Doll Clothing.
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I had such a great time and I hope to go to another meet-up soon so I can meet some more friends!