Calling all subtly styled sirens! I am in need of your assistance and advice.
Do you ever have those moments when you peer into the depths of your wardrobe, searching for something wearable, amongst heaps of items, yet never seem to find a single thing? Or one of those days when you pass a mirror and think to yourself '... Really?' ? My friends, I must confess... I have lost my fashion mojo.
I am not sure if it is the changing of situations, starting in a completely new direction with my life, or if it is perhaps the age I have reached, or maybe even it is my ever developing personality and evolving preferences... But I really do not recognise myself these days, highly shallowly and strictly fashionly speaking (yes, I said fashionLY).
I think I am in need of a shuffle up of stylings. A fresh outlook on my clothing and perhaps to try new shapes and colours, introducing a more current representation of myself. This isn't the easiest of tasks, especially considering living on a budget, but in order to organise and collect my thoughts I have gathered some images of styles I really like.
There is no escaping the fact that I will, and always have, loved a good pair of jeans. I have three pairs here with me in Holland, only one of which fits properly (how annoying). The right pair of jeans can do wonders for your shape and are the mother of all comfortable clothing, bringing an edge to any outfit. High waisted, turned up hem, however or whatever a bit of denim goes a long way.
I love the twinset style of pairing a cute collared shirt or pussy bow blouse with your trusty cardi or slim fit jumper! It has a deliciously Man Men secretary-esque vibe that appeals to my inner librarian. This look can work with a skirt, jeans or dress and styled with the right accessories or slick of lippy and I really think it looks a treat. I own more than enough cardigans, an embarrassing amount actually, so perhaps layering over a sweet shirt would breath new life into an old knit.
Another classic item that has a multitude of styling options is the dress. In particular, for my short frame, a hem length a bit above the knee, fitted or full skirt, and my sleeve of choice is forever a cap or a three quarter length (or bracelet, if you will). I definitely need to expand my colour palette and explore prints, as I generally tend to stick to navy, black or grey.
Oh my, I could lick this image, (I won't though). I know, I know, not very Spring / Summer but I really can't help myself here. There is something about a high impact coat or jacket that sets off a whole outfit. I have only recently discovered the power of the right coat, and can't seem to get enough of this soft, layered approach to an outfit completer. It really doesn't matter what goes underneath, almost. The right jacket does all the work, and I would be delighted with any one of these!
Sincerely chaps, if any of you have any advice for how I can reclaim my mojo, please let me know. Any great online shops, any refreshing your wardrobe techniques... Or even dressing for the right shape (5 ft 1 ain't easy!). I would love to hear your wisdom.