A few weeks ago you may have read my post on a capsule wardrobe. I had mentioned that I would be testing out a small wardrobe myself by selecting a maximum of 15 items, and only wear those 15 by mixing and matching. Unfortunately due to the unpredictable climate that I live in, this didn’t work too well as I selected my 15 for the season we were in but our temps ranged from 16 to 31 degrees within a week! So I cheated by then pulling in a few winter woolies and swapping out light weight pants for warmer jeans, but having been trialling it here and there since, where I can, I have definitely found my ideal colour palette (I think I knew this all along but having been conscious of it has just reaffirmed what I always knew). Knowing your palette is probably one of the first steps to a capsule wardrobe as everything needs to be able to mix and match. Then on top of these basic items (or some of them may not be that basic, but statement) still falling within the palette. You will then have your velvet skirt, sequinned top, camo jacket, leopard print heels etc to add the fun and interest to your outfits. Sometimes you may add trend items but statement pieces aren’t necessarily always trend items. A sequin top for example is a statement piece but you can keep if for years and wear it season after season without it dating. An example of a trend now would be an off the shoulder dress, or a ruffled wrap canary yellow skirt. Trends will come and go, you will adjust your wardrobe every season to chuck out the dated or overused shoe, bring in the floral tea dress, the canary yellow skirt etc, but the base of your wardrobe will remain the same. The denim shirt, the striped t-shirt, the grey jumper will always remain (until they grow balls and develop holes 😉 )
I favour blues, whites and grey’s. I definitely wear a few shades of green, sometimes black, pinks and creams or beiges but mainly stick to my palette of blues and whites.
Here are a couple of links to some seasonal items that you would bring in as your statement or interesting items, but that would not date too fast from one season to the next and further below some inspirational pics of what basic outfits from a staple wardrobe look like and wouldn’t change too much from one year to the next.
If your’e next in line to walk down the aisle I would count yourself lucky (when it comes to the dress department). Never has there been such a wonderful array of dresses on offer from the high street. Brides on a budget have so much choice from an ever expanding bridal collection, from Topshop to Whistles, to ASOS to name only a few, you actually wonder why even those NOT on a budget would bother spending large sums of money, that is how good the options are! I have narrowed down some of my favourites (which may not be yours) but hopefully a link may open the door to your perfect dress minus the hefty price tag….
To me the fabric used to make this dress is absolutely everything, the most delicate lace that has a small foil print all over is so intricate and different. For the unconventional bride! I also think this style would suit a small bust because of the low neckline and wrap style front. Shop here
This elegant dress is a combination of romance and simplicity and would in my opinion take everyones breath away. Perhaps for the slightly taller silhouette having the empire line. Or maybe even a the perfect style for a bride who’s expecting 😉 Shop here
Having a vintage wedding? This little beauty couldn’t be a better fit for the more casual bride, one of the prettiest dresses I’ve seen. Shop here
A structured embellished gown in the most flattering style to suit any figure. Shop here
This beautifully elegant gown is modern but timeless, with its bardot style top and beautifully shaped silhouette gives it a simplicity that will never date. Shop here
Looking at all these beauties wishes I could pick my dress all over again!
We’re entering the season that we can layer a few more clothes! Im not talking extra jackets and scarves. Dresses over pants ladies, this is what Im so excited about!
This trend has been trickling in and hasn’t really hit stores on our shores too hard yet but there’ s no reason why you can’t start layering your favourite silky slip over your velvet flares or skinny jeans. There are no major rules to this trend apart from if the dress is longer, (so ankle length), be sure there’s a slit or two so that you don’t feel too frumpy, adding a heel will also help elevate the outfit ensuring you avoid looking like all the fabric is wearing you! If the dress you have chosen is a shorter length (above the knee) opt for a more cropped trouser. This is such a fun look to play around with, try different variations and figure out what works on you, you can also play around with fabrics and prints and the look can work for formal and informal occasions. For work stick to luxe fabrics, tailored pants, smarter shoes and structured bags. Casual, opt for jeans, ditsy floral and floaty dresses. There SO much fun to be had. Enjoy!
As always, leaving you with heaps of inspiration for your next outfit 😉
There are so many reasons to invest in jackets for your wardrobe. Jackets like these are so good because they can be thrown over something light, something slightly warmer or worn under larger and thicker coats. The jacket is a fast way to update your outfit or create interesting layers. I personally love wearing a leather or smaller blazer under a coat when it’s bitterly cold and in doing so it opens up the option of taking your coat off and feeling more comfortable with just a jacket on whilst keeping the chill at bay.
The leopard print faux fur does not exactly fall into the smaller jacket category but I thought I’d add it to this line up as it sure is versatile, brightens up any dull wardrobe and will be around for many years jazzing up your outfits.
Much to my delight, there’s a real chill in the air. I’m so sick of the summer wardrobe I don’t have (that’s probably what the problem is) Whilst temperatures are still fairly high the breeze is cool and the mornings and evenings require slippers!! Some pieces that I love and will be wearing over the coming months will revolve around looks such as long sleeved floaty dresses, oversized shirts, soft loose fit trousers, loafers and hopefully I will be able to get my high tops out again soon (I miss them). Some autumn outfit inspo for an array of occasions. Shop directly from links below.
Flounce sweater here // embroidered relaxed fit jeans here // Clutch bag here // Gold braided shoes here
Patterned Dress here // Clutch here // Glitter sling backs here
Jumper with wrist ties here // Mensy trousers here // Slingbacks here // Cotton bag here