Whilst I'd love to be one of those people with a wardrobe full of staple pieces which can be effortlessly styled in lots of different ways, in truth I'm too indecisive to commit myself fully to one specific style. As I touched on in my last outfit post, one of the things which I love the most about fashion and shopping in general is being able to be a bit experimental every now and then, and as much as the idea of having a wardrobe consisting of basic pieces which are easily mixed and matched is appealing in a practical sense (fewer clothes= more space!), I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that I'll always be far too much of a chameleon for that. Whether it's vintage inspired pieces, eBay purchases, or pretty prints, having lots of eclectic pieces in my wardrobe is something which I love- and it's always great to delve back in and rediscover old favourites too, as I did a little while ago:
Trousers- c/o F&F
Bag- c/o Next
This sort of combination is one which I seem to be returning to again and again of late. Basic, loosely tailored pieces in the shape of a favourite blazer from Zara, teamed with my much worn (and much loved!) F&F trousers. This blouse is a fairly recent purchase and is something which I just couldn't resist- the unusual shape and bold pops of colour are perfect for adding a little bit more depth to static dark pieces, and it's the ideal lightweight layer for this oh-so changeable weather which we seem to be enjoying at the moment. Another splash of colour here came in the shape of this amazing Next bag- picked up at their press day a few weeks back. A real summer essential in the making, it's just about the perfect size for me to cart about all of my day to day essentials! And, alas, these shots were not snapped outside of my front door- but a few weeks back during Chelsea in Bloom- how amazing are the hydrangeas?!
What are your wardrobe staples?
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As I've grown into my own 'grown up' skin (well, it's still a work in progress!) I've become a lot less concerned about pleasing other people, particularly in terms of how I look or what I wear. It's funny to think back to being a teenager and remembering how image seemed to dictate everything- from how well liked you were to what group you 'belonged to'. If anything, I think this can only have become scarier now- I'm so glad I'm not a fourteen year old, monobrowed, braces wearing student at school these days. Confidence is definitely something which I think you grow into too- both in terms of becoming comfortable in your own skin, but also in developing your own sense of style. So many of your formative years- whether at school, college or university- are generally dictated by the people around you- and in hindsight I'm sure most of us really wished we had taken the opportunity to stand out from the crowd more, rather than trying to blend in. As I've touched on in a few posts before, as I've grown up a bit, I've realised that there's no sense in worrying about pleasing everyone else- and taking a few steps outside your sartorial comfort zone is no bad thing:
Trench Coat- Whistles
Sunglasses- Topshop (c/o Westfield London)
Watch- Michael Kors (c/o John Lewis)
A few years ago, this sort of statement piece is something which I would have actively avoided. Now it's one of my new wardrobe favourites, and is from none other than Zara (surprise surprise!) The unusual print is something which really caught my eye (hey hey!), and as well as being seriously in love with the pattern, I also adore the 60s inspired shift shape. Here I paired it with some wardrobe staples from Gap, Topshop and Whistles- simple favourites which sit nicely alongside such a standout piece. It's definitely one of the most fun pieces I've picked up in a long time and I'm sure I'll be wearing it a lot as it's become a real feel good favourite already.
Has your style evolved as you've grown older?
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Aaah, the ever unpredictable British weather- it's good to know that we can count on you to never play by the rules! With the last week or so being punctuated by sunshine and showers (with the odd hail storm thrown in for good measure!), the transition from season to season is proving something of a sartorial minefield. As I type this, I'm bundled up in a jumper and woolly socks, but with temperatures set to soar over the weekend, I'm looking forward to digging out some sunny style staples- and a reverting to a recent combination too:
Tee- Whistles (c/o Westfield London)
Jeans- Reiss 1971
This jacket from Topshop has been lurking in the back of my wardrobe for an absolute eternity, and is a piece which I've struggled to style ever since I picked it up during a post Saturday-job splurge in the sale a good three years or so ago. Nothing like a 50% discount to seduce you into spur of the moment payday purchase eh?! Anyway, I'd hidden it away after getting it home and realising that if I wore it I'd be treading a seriously fine line between looking cool and looking like I belonged in an episode of Miami Vice. Fast forward a few years, and after rediscovering it in the recesses of my wardrobe, we've given things a second chance. I don't know if I'm loving it more the second time around because my style has evolved a little bit since I bought it, or because as I've gotten a bit older I've become less concerned with how things look- perhaps it's a bit of both! Anyway, this is definitely a piece which I'm sure is well on the way to becoming a summer staple, and here I teamed it with another new favourite in the shape of this 'Je t'adore' tee from Whistles. We all know that I can't resist a French slogan, and when I spied this tee in Westfield with Elodie a few weeks ago, I swiftly snapped it up. It's already proven to be a real go to basic and is perfect for layering with other pieces in this tricky transitional weather. Finally, these jeans were another sale purchase from Reiss last year (can you sense a theme here?!!) and I've fallen back in love with them over the last few weeks- another example of the perfect wardrobe essential.
What are your favourite basic pieces?
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As I've mentioned a few times in the past, I'm not really one for 'going out dressing', particularly if it means, erm, forgoing an evening on the sofa surrounded by a Game of Thrones box-set and a barrel full of biscuits. Having said that, I'm all for injecting a splash of evening inspired elegance into my daytime wardrobe, and as my work dress code is quite casual you'll usually find me saving some of my smarter staples for the weekend. Last Saturday, accompanied by some of my Dream Team pals, I popped along to The Big Easy in Covent Garden to try lobster for the first time (delicious but oh so pricey!) Completely disregarding the fact that this was going to be one seriously messy eating experience (bibs are provided don't you know?!), I reached for some new wardrobe favourites:
The black dress for daytime has got to be one of the best wardrobe fail-safes ever. This design from Mango caught my eye when I was shopping a few weeks ago as it's so simple, and ideal as a smart summer investment. The layered design gives it a really effortless feel, as well as coming in really handy when trying to disguise lobster tummy(!) All jokes aside, this is a real investment piece which I know I'll be returning to a lot in the future. Here I accessorised it with another find from Mango in the shape of this collar necklace- again, another super simple piece. Adding a few pops of pink in the shape of my COS coat and ASOS sunglasses kept things daytime ready, and my staple Gap skate shoes prove, once again that comfort is always a winner!
How do you style your evening pieces for daytime?
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