How are you all? I have just sat down after a hetic, hot day and I cannot wait to get into bed with a cup of tea and watch love island.. I seriously do not know what I’m going to do when it finishes next week. 😭😭
I hope you are all enjoying the few days of 20+ degrees sunshine we’re getting at the minute. By we, I mean people who live in the North of Ireland and who are also currently running out of summer clothes to put on every morning, because let’s face it, we don’t have a massive summer collection waiting to pull out of our wardrobes. Why? Because it’s normally cold 11 months of the year and if it doesn’t rain at least once every three days, we think the world is ending.
So if you’re like me, and know that our summer will be short lived, you’ll also hate spending money on summer clothing, because we never get the proper wear out of things.
So it got me thinking about a versatile, seasonal wardrobe with pieces that you can take from Summer right through to Winter, so you know your getting the most bang for your buck.
I spent last Sunday at Benone beach browsing some local crafts and food at their markets, and then went for a lovely walk on the beach. FYI – there is a relatively new coffee shop at Benone beach and their mochas are theeee nicest I’ve ever tasted, and I’ve tasted a lot.
The sun was splitting the skies, and I had one of those moments where you look into your wardrobe and sigh, ‘I have nothing to wear!’
These jade green culottes were bought at Christmas time, and were wore on an festive night out with black heels and a black sequin top. But they look also look super beachy teamed with these Topshop sandals and a plain white tee.
So here’s my top 5 tips on keeping your wardrobe versatile, January through to December.
1. Stick to a colour palette
If you like monochrome, then stick to black and white with pops of colour here and there. If you like neutrals or pastel colours, then stick to nudes and pinks. If you like colour, then stay vibrant and have a few neutral pieces that will compliment louder garments.
This way, no matter what the season, most of the clothes hanging in your wardrobe will match, and those culottes you bought in December (like me) will be able to be teamed with a white tee in July and look as good as new.
2. Think accessories
So for big trends, like tropical print or patchwork, that might not necessarily last too long, you should think about using your accessories to tick them off your list.
Tropical print is everywhere at the minute, but instead of going full on banana leaf, I opted for these printed sandals from Topshop.
This way, my clothes don’t have to be on trend, and will be able to do me for a few seasons and I still feel ‘trendy’ …hahaha what a word!
3. Know your activities and your shape
So if you like to walk everywhere or are quite an active person, a pair of skin tight frayed jeans aren’t going to be comfortable when we do get those hot summer days.
For the same reason, if you’re slim and want to create more curves to your silhouette, then maybe a baggy t shirt dress isn’t going to make you feel a million dollars, even if it is the ‘in’ thing right now.
As well as that, if you work from home and are normally in lounge/comfortable clothing, a rack full of stilettos isn’t really going to do you any good.
Dress for your daily activities and your shape, and always remember – comfort is key.
4. Invest in basics
I am such a hypocrite with this one, but it is something I am working on as I get older.
If you find a good pair of jeans which hug you in all the right places and make your arse look like a ripe peach, then buy them in every colour.
I am a sucker for sales and bargains and I’m always trying to find some kind of discount code, but what I’ve learnt along the way is discounts aren’t always worth it, and if you find something that works for you, no matter what the price, buy it.
You’re going to get so much wear out of it, and will be able to pull it from your wardrobe again next year.
5. Be ruthless
If you haven’t wore it in six months throw it out, unless it’s occasion wear, you won’t wear it.
By getting rid of shit you don’t wear, you are freeing up space in your wardrobe to actually see what you have and what you could team together, creating gorge outfits you never thought you had.
Tshirt – Next
Belt – Primark
Cullottes – ASOS
Sandals – Topshop
Bag – City Beach Australia
Watch – Olivia Burton
So there you have it, my top five tips on creating a versatile wardrobe that will make your money go further.
I hope you liked it reading this post, if you learned something then that’s even better.
Talk soon, much love! Xx