I’ve been very quiet on The Big F Word the last month, due to working a lot, studying a lot, exam-ing a lot, and fitting in time to sleep and eat, as and when I could. 😂 I am back to normality now though, and back with full commitment to the blog.
Despite the fact it snowed this week, it is, believe it or not, Spring. Can you believe we are a quarter of the way through 2017 already??
I love a new season, not only for the new trends and colour schemes, but for the whole ‘out with the old, and in with the new’ feeling. Out of all the seasons, Spring is this in a nutshell.
I have an ever expanding to-do list, and perched at the top of it is, ‘Clear Out Wardrobe‘. I have big plans for my wardrobe this month! Is it just me or does anyone else spendan unnecessary amount of time in the morning staring into your wardrobe at a sea of different colours and prints, and thinking ‘I have nothing to wear?’
Well we are all being melodramatic when we say that. I know I have a whole wardrobe, bursting at the seams with lovely clothes to wear but when they aren’t organised, and are from all different colour palettes, it’s hard to put an Instagram worthy outfit together and still have time to eat breakfast before darting out the door in the morning.
So, over the next while, I’m going to be doing posts on how to de-clutter, organise and plan your wardrobe, with minimal effort, but with maximum impact on your morning routine.
To kick things off, I have picked out 5 key pieces every wardrobe should have. Obviously these pieces will vary in colour, depending on your own personal style, but they are simple garments that you can throw on, that will match almost everything in your wardrobe. You will be able to build your daily wardrobe around them, and you will still look the ever fashionable fashionista.
THE BASIC T SHIRT
I have a range of these in my wardrobe (white, black, striped, long sleeve, short sleeve etc etc) but they are good quality, and I can put them on with most things and they’ll still look as if I have planned the outfit meticulously. As long as it’s good quality, not see through, and ironed well, I love nothing more than a simple white tshirt under a statement jacket and a pair of skinnes. Hang them in your wardrobe on proper hangers, instead of folding them, to prevent creases. Seriously, who has time to iron in the morning? And for gods sake, use your Daz when washing your whites. There is NOTHING worse than a manky old, off white tshirt that is older than my granny.
THE FAUX LEATHER JACKET
I say faux because nowadays it’s really not necessary to spend a fortune on a real leather jacket, when there are so many good quality, affordable, faux versions available on the high street. I was going to say black, and then I realised I don’t even have a black leather jacket. 😂 I have a grey faux leather jacket from H&M and I wear it with almost everything. No matter what colour it is, a fitted faux leather jacket, can complete any look. It can be it’s own statement piece, so whether you team it with jeans and converse or stilletoes and sparkles, its minimal effort, but still Insta-worthy. Zips and buckles will add a certain jus ne sais quoi to your outfit, and a buckled wasit line will give you that dreamy hourglass figure.
THE CROSS BODY BAG
I’m first to admit I have minimal patience, none actually, and the thought of hoking and poking through a massive handbag, that has 1000 unnecessary items in it drives me up the walls. A cute, versatile cross body bag will complete any look, and keep you from bringing everything and the kitchen sink with you out of the house. I know there are some days when you need a big bag, but for those that you don’t; phone, keys, purse, lipstick and get out the door. It is super chic, and while we all don’t have the money to be buying the perfect little YSL number, ASOS and Topshop have a range of more affordable options. And think of how easy it will be having your hands free when your out shopping for your 5 wardrobe staples. 😜
I was going to say ‘The Skinny Jean’ because that’s the cut that works best for me personally, but then I realised everyone is different, and what suits one of us might not suit another. No matter what the cut, be it skinny, mom, or bootcut, find a style that suits you, and makes you feel like a million dollars. And then buy them all. 🤣 Finding a good pair of jeans that flatter your figure and are comfortable can be a hard task, so make sure you try before you buy. If your shopping for your perfect pair of jeans, stay focused on that, don’t shop for anything else that day. You will get fed up and frustrated trying on a million different pairs, and by adding in other bits and pieces will only make this worse. Remember the shade of denim can affect your appearance. Grey tends to make the leg look bigger, as does light wash denim, where as dark denim and black can elongate and make the leg appear slimmer. Also, remember big pockets make bums look smaller, and small pockets make bums look bigger, so whatever your trying to enhance or disguise, remember these tips.
THE ANKLE BOOT
I live in my black ankle boots. I have several different pairs, but with almost 90% of my weekly wardrobe, you will find me in my trusty old black ankle boots. They are so comfortable, they are detailed so they add something extra to an outfit, and they go with everything I own, what’s not to love? Whether it’s a chunky style you prefer, or simple and Chic, a pair of black ankle boots can take you from day to night, and won’t compromise on comfort. Perfect with jeans and a jumper, or with a summer tea dress and bare legs, I dare you to find me something that black ankle boots won’t go with? Remember if you buy suede, to buy protector for them, as I have made this mistake too many times before. 😩
There you have it, my 5 wardrobe essentials to make your morning routine a little easier. Anything to give us 5 more minutes in bed eh?
Over the next while I’ll be looking at top tips on how to de-clutter your wardrobe, how to organise it and different colour palettes for different skin tones.
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