Dressed for: Old Inspiration, New Look

Already Pretty outfit featuring teal blazer, polka dot dress, magenta tights, magenta scarf, black Coclico boots

Blazer – thrifted – similar
Dress – via eBaysimilar
Scarf – courtesy Eileen Fisher
Tights – Target
Boots – Coclico via eBay – more Coclico boots
Earrings – gift from a lovely reader!

I’ve had this image in my inspiration binder for several years:


It’s from a Gudrun Sjoden catalog. I don’t think they do paper catalogs anymore, which is a shame as they were amazing sources of color pairing and pattern mixing inspiration. This photo alone probably sparked three or four outfits. But this time around I realized I had a black and white dress with irregular spots in my wardrobe and could get closer than ever to the original look. Startlingly close, in fact, though a few details are different.

Do you find that the same images can inspire you again and again?


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16 Responses to “Dressed for: Old Inspiration, New Look”

  1. D

    You are so good with color and pattern pairing! I like your version better than the catalog.

  2. Kellie

    Oh, I like this color combination. A lot. In fact, it inspires me to create an inspiration binder!

  3. Lise

    I LOVE this outfit! Today, I was wearing a black-and-white striped dress, magenta leggings, a magenta scarf, and a black sweater. Now I’m wishing I had some teal!

  4. Sarah

    Hi from a reader in Sweden! Gudrun Sjödén is still going strong here and is a Swedish fashion icon. I’m a big fan of her clothing and receive gorgeous full color catalogs at least 4 times a year. Pretty sure you can sign up for them online at the website but perhaps they don’t send them internationally.

  5. e

    Can you say what is the fabric or texture of the blazer?
    I love the outfit colours but something is throwing me off…

  6. Lisa

    You can still get Sjoden’s catalogs in the states as far as I know. I occasionally order from them and will receive the catalogs for a short while afterward. They are very good about not sending the paper catalogs to people who have not ordered in several months.

  7. Tracey

    Love both the inspirational look and your take on it. I have a white with black patterned wrap dress. I think I’ll be looking for a long sleeve coloured shirt to pair with it and a fun pair of bright tights – I recently bought teal, purple, magenta and orange pairs of tights.

  8. bubu

    Love this – I bought a b&w wrap dress this fall that has not been getting enough wear, and with the warmer weather slated in NE the next couple days, I think I will take this color combo idea and run with it! Thanks as always Sal!

  9. Valerie

    I like this combination a lot. I’ve been wanting to try some of those Targt colored tights. You have inspired me to go out and get some.

  10. Not quite anonymous

    I really like this outfit: the colors (especially the purples), the silhouette… Nice job!

  11. Nina

    Oh my! Didn’t know Gudrun Sjödén still existed! Used to get her catalogs waaaaay way back. Never could afford anything, but was always inspired. Love the mixing! (…although today I am terribly and totally monochromatic)