The warmer temperatures are upon us and holiday season is beckoning, so now’s the time to give your wardrobe a wake up for the season ahead.
Dig out the wardrobe staples
There are always some wardrobe staples that you know you will wear time and again – for me when I think about the warmer weather, it’s my short sleeved dresses, cropped trousers (in various colours, like the ones from Boden opposite) and short sleeved tops that tend to become my everyday favourites. I also enjoy wearing the oh-so-comfortable maxi dresses, and will often switch accessories to include my lighter or brighter coloured wedges/sandals and bags.
Shop your own wardrobe
If you enjoy looking current, I’d urge you first and foremost to ‘shop your own wardrobe’ as nine times out of ten there will be things in there that give a nod to the seasonal trends. Animal print is a great example. It’s huge at the moment, but has been in fashion many times before, so you’re highly likely to have something that you can dig out and re-wear.
Buy something pre-loved
If you fancy something completely different, then my next tip would be to buy something pre-loved, hold a clothes swapping party with your friends, or alter your current clothes to give them a new lease of life (e.g shorten trousers into shorts, turn dresses into tops, add embellishments to tops to give them a new look and so on). The environmental damage caused by clothes production is staggering:
Global fashion is responsible for 92 million tons of solid waste dumped in land fills each year, 20% of global wastewater and and 10% of global carbon emissions.
This doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun with our clothes, or that we shouldn’t ever buy something new. If you get good wear out of your clothes and then pass them on, you’re doing your bit for the environment.
So what might you add/upcycle into your wardrobe this season? Here’s a few ideas to whet your appetite:
There is honestly something for everyone this season. Beige is a big trend for those that like a neutral palette, as are the ice cream shades so typical of this season, but there are equally lots of bold bright colours to be found in everything from summer tops to two piece suits! This suit from Reiss is a good example. It is easy to wear as separates or as a top-to-toe suit, making it very versatile and something likely to have longevity in your wardrobe.
If you’re unsure which colours suit you, simply book a colour consultation – I’ll show you which colours suit your natural colouring, but as importantly we’ll also think about which colours suit your personality, job role and really feel like ‘you’.
Midi dresses and skirts:
If you aren’t keen on getting your legs out, then this trend might be right up your street. You may well have things in your wardrobe that fit this description, so again it may not require a shopping trip either. The midi length can be found in both dresses and skirts. There are lots of prairie style and shirt style dresses around, in an array of patterns and block colours. Here are a few examples or you can watch the latest Style Mojo video where Beth and I walk you through a few options.
Or you may prefer a midi length skirt, perhaps a pleated style which is very popular? Just beware how the pleats hang. If you are curvy shape you may find the pleats splay open and create extra bulk over a tummy or bottom. If you are straighter over your hips and bottom they will look great – just pair them with some heels, or for a more casual and current look, some pumps or trainers as shown here by ASOS.
If you have a romantic side to your style personality you will no doubt like detailing on garments. Craftwork, including embroidery, lace, tie dye, crochet and fringing were all seen on the Spring/Summer’19 catwalks. Again, you could well already have such items in your wardrobe? Here are a few examples of those available on the High Street to inspire you:
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