The Evolution of a Single Outfit in Mirror Selfies

Getting dressed is a volatile experience; sometimes it’s so easy you don’t even realize you’re doing it, while other times you might find yourself hunched over and frustrated, staring into a stockpile of stuff that makes you feel guilty about thinking that you have nothing to wear. On one such guilty morning, I observed the outfit evolution process — how the first thing I put on became another thing, which became another, which kept changing until I finally landed on an outfit that was completely different from the first one I put on. It’s cool how that happens, no? You start with a single idea of what you want to wear/say and, in the pile that accumulates next to your mirror over the course of the subsequent 15 (hectic-ass) minutes, that completely changes. Sometimes you can detect the change immediately while other times, you’re not even aware that it happened.

Last Monday, it started for me with a sweater and leggings (this is always the first thing I put on — sometimes just to hang out at home, other times to go out and get a coffee.)

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But the sun was beating down my back through the window, which made me feel like surely I wouldn’t need tights. So I kept the socks, added a dress and changed out the sneakers for flats.

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Then I realized I was being extremely impractical — we were looking at a daily high of 31 degrees Fahrenheit (the next day, eight inches of snow were expected). So I added a checkered jacket and pants.

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But the dress was too short for this outfit — it didn’t look intentional enough — so I put on a longer shirtdress, and because now there was so much fabric, changed into a short (but still comfortable) heel.

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The thing is, 31 degrees is cold! And I’m crazy about hygge, so maybe I need to wear a sweater over the shirtdress and take off the pants. But if I do that, I probably need a more structured, adult shoe — like a shin-length boot. Singular.

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Nah, who am I kidding, that’s not my look. Oh! My zebra skirt, I am dying to wear my zebra skirt.

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But this looks ridiculous, maybe pair with a striped turtleneck and MR loafers?

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But that defeats the purpose of staying wa — HOW ABOUT LEOPARD-PRINT BOOTS! How many relics of the animal kingdom can I incorporate into a single outfit?

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Still too cold. Need pants. This a good sweater over this turtleneck.

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This works! Haven’t worn these boots since last winter, either. But wait, the checkered pants from earlier will catch the piping on this sweater really nicely.

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I’ll just add some suede boots, a pair of sunglasses to catch the cuffs on my jacket sleeves and a green, satin clutch.

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Photos by Leandra Medine.

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  • Alexia Mickens

    LOL! Good to know that I’m not the only one struggling to get dressed in this cold weather!

    See my latest post:
    // the perfect fringe jacket
    born bred BE – a blog by Alexia

  • i do this EXACT SAME THING. It’s so frustrating because it’s the one piece of my morning routine that is never seamless. Planning an outfit the night before and laying it out is useless. Getting dressed is so much about how you feel in the moment, as you’re standing in front of your wardrobe… with 10 minutes to get out the door.

  • Natali

    Your TopShop dress and Sleepy Jones shirt dress are fabulous pieces and they def. serve as great layering pieces too as you’ve proven here! 😀

  • It is always therapeutic seeing the evolution of getting dressed. I don’t feel like I ever get to really explore with my closet like this in the morning because I usually wake up too late and have to rush to get out the door on time. 🎭

  • I do the same thing, but by the end I’m always sweating! Then I have to lay under my fan for a solid three minutes to cool down. At least I know why I’m usually running late.

    • Aydan


  • Bailey Stark

    I love to watch/experience the evolution of an outfit. The worst is when you think of an outfit in your head and then you try it on and its NOTHING like you’d imagine.

    • Aydan

      OH GOD! My last week was all this. ALL. So now I’ve reverted to basic uniform dressing this week (black shift dress, w/sleeves, w/out sleeves, with turtleneck, with cardigan) because it bothered me so much!

      • Bailey Stark

        My go to is high waisted jeans and a white top that way i can have some fun with shoes, jackets, and accessories 🙂

      • Marta Millere

        Exactly. Uniform dressing is a savior when we run out of our creative juices 😀

    • Ally H

      YES this happens to me especially in between seasons (like now) when I’m trying to mix spring with winter

      • Bailey Stark

        YES!!! I was just telling my friend how I alway get in fashion ruts when its change of season.

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Really love this!!!

    Mónica Sors

  • loved it! please do them every day!!

  • Rheanonn Perez

    i loved this! sometimes i take mirror selfies while getting dressed because it feels like my eyes are lying to me & i need to see how it will look in a photo haha! or i’ll even walk into a different room & to look at my outfit in a different mirror because i somehow think this will refresh my eyes lol!

    can there be a part 2 or can the rest of the MR team get dressed in mirror selfies?!!

  • this process of getting dressed in the morning is SO REAL (and the reason why I’m late to class 90% of the time)

  • I love getting dressed in the morning and seeing the evolution from the first initial items I pick, to the final look.

  • Veronica Wilkins

    Whoa that plot was thickening!!! What a relieving end. Pheeewwww!

  • Ellie

    I love thissssss! I kinda think outfit 3 needs to see the light of day at some point!

  • me

    Loved ! I’ll have another big helping, please.

  • Haley Nahman

    Can I take you out on the town in slide #3? I’ll wear my best t-shirt

  • I CAN’T give my morning time to observe this evolution any more. Yesterday only my boss asked me If I can put my alarm 5 mins early. As if this is the reason why I get late everyday.

  • Bo

    Literally bought a highly similar zebra print mini on ebay or $3.98 like 15 minutes ago and then came on here to see you with one too , my friend we are both at the same house party sitting on the kitchen bench eating someone else’s cereal straight from the box etc etc

  • Reece Andavolgyi

    Ugh I LOVE when you do these. I live for it! gingham is v good.

  • CS

    So cool to see the process, Leandra! I actually loved the checkered dress with sweater and heeled boots outfit!

  • Marta Millere

    Fun how it sometimes starts from 1 item of clothing or accessory, e.g. I *must* wear my white t-shirt and black bra combo (the coolest/IDGAF outfit, je pense) or *how about* I wear the silk scarf I found in a Roman vintage shop or – my favorite of them all – I must try these new Diesel booties with everything I own.