SIMPLE STEPS TO SORT OUT YOUR WARDROBE

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Maybe it’s just me, but I really enjoy sorting out my wardrobe. I find there’s nothing more satisfying than an organised rail of clothing which is easy to navigate through. Not only does it look good, but it helps encourage you to wear those pieces you may have forgotten about. For myself, getting ready in the morning and deciding on what to wear that day is one of my favourite things – and having a wardrobe that reflects my style at that time is a must.

Whilst it’s not everyone’s favourite chore, I thought I’d go through some of my top tips on how to get rid of those pieces that are gathering dust and make room for new seasonal items.

1. First thing first, empty your wardrobe completely. I think it helps to be able to visualise each piece of clothing you own, because chances are, you’ll be surprised at just how much that wardrobe was housing. From this I tend to put aside the clothing I definitely want to keep and which pieces I’ve been meaning to donate to charity or sell on depop for a while – leaving me with a pile of clothing I’m on the fence about.
2. Ask yourself, have you worn the piece in the past six months? If the answer is no, you’re probably not going to wear it in the next six months either. Apart from the occasional formal dress that may be an exception, be tough about it. Would you rather a piece of clothing taking up space in your wardrobe that you never wear, or something new that could be your dream find?
3. Does the clothing even fit you properly? It might be your favourite piece of clothing you own, maybe even the best bargain you’ve come across. But if it doesn’t fit you right, and doesn’t make you feel the best you can be – then it’s not for you. I always say, that if you don’t feel excited (or even just comfortable) wearing something, then why keep it? Especially when there may just be someone out there desperately looking for that exact piece!
4. Think of three pieces in your keep pile that you could pair the item with. I tend to do this mainly when shopping for new clothes as it helps prevent me from impulse buys, but I like to imagine three separate outfits that I could wear each piece. If you’re really stuck on whether or not to keep something, then plan out at least three different outfits where you could wear it. Let’s be honest here, we’re all not made of money and we’d all get bored of wearing the exact same outfit day in and day out, so if there’s nothing but a certain skirt or shirt to wear it with – then I’d say it was time to donate it. I’m a huge advocate of having a rail of clothing which you can easily mix and match, it lessens then days of not having anything to wear and makes those mornings where you have five minutes to pull together an outfit all than easier.
5. Consider the upcoming seasons. We all own those pieces that may have been all over social media last season, but are you going to pick it back up the next time around? Probably not. I always try to restrain myself to only a certain number of ‘trend’ items a season, because they’re exactly that – pieces that last the trend and then fall to the back of my wardrobe. So whilst the seasons are transitioning over, I like to strip back to the utmost basics and staples (post coming soon on this!). And then you’re able to see what you have, what you’re missing and which things you’d like to add to your clothing rail for the months ahead.

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What are your tips for sorting out your wardrobe? I’d love to know!
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3 WAYS TO WEAR A DENIM SHIRT WITH NEW LOOK #3: DRESSY(ISH)

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Outfit Details: Denim Shirt – c/o New Look, Skirt – Primark, Sleeveless Blazer – Primark, Shoes – Primark, Hat – Primark, Sunglasses – Primark, Tights – c/o Uk Tights, Bag – Helen’s
(Quick apologies for the grainy photographs – I set the wrong camera settings, doh!)

Here with are with my final instalment of the styling challenge I was given by the lovely people over at New Look. I’ve had a really fun time thinking of different ways to dress up the denim shirt, and I’m happy with how they’ve turned out, especially this final one – the dressy version. Okay, so it’s not dressy-dressy, but it’s not too casual either, and it’s certainly very wearable during the day and at night. Pssst, if you haven’t already, make sure you check out my first and second outfits.

Onto the outfit itself, which, without me even realising, is pretty much all Primark (apart from the denim shirt of course, and the bag that I borrowed off Helen). What can I say? I just love Primark and I fully support that you can find some great things in there if you’re willing to root around. My latest find is this sleeveless blazer which caught my eye the other day on a quick visit. I’d been after a sleeveless duster or blazer for a little while, but didn’t want to pay too much – as I didn’t know whether it would suit me and my wardrobe. So when I spotted this Primark offering, I had to pick it up! I love what it adds to my style, and I’m sure it won’t be the final time you see it in my outfit posts. To add some print to this outfit, I decided on this palm print skirt which I bought last summer and got a surprising amount of wear from.

I’ll let you in on a little secret here, but in the majority of my outfit photographs that I’m going all bare-legged… I’m normally wearing a pair of skin coloured tights. I know, I know, it’s terrible right, but my legs are that pale that they tend to go over-exposed in photographs and cause a bit of a lighting nightmare (l o l)! And with that I’ve had the dilemma of wanting to wear open-toed sandals and not being able to, until that is, I was contacted by UK Tights whether I’d like to try a few of their toeless tights. I think it’s pretty safe to say that they are da bomb, such a handy thing to have and you can’t even tell I’m wearing them, which gets a thumbs up in my books. Finally, as this outfit is a little dressier than the others, I thought it were a perfect time to sport a red lip (Topshop Velvet Lips, if you’re wondering) and match it with this dreamy Mulberry bag.
Who says you can’t match your lip colour and bag? I’m all for it!

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Which of the three outfits have been your favourite? I’d love to know!

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A LIFE UPDATE

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I’ve been a little quiet on the ol’ blog recently, and this isn’t me giving excuses – but I thought it would be nice to give an update and some insight into what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.
2015 didn’t start off in the most ideal way, but things are changing and I’m in a happy place right now.   Instead of wallowing in self pity and anxiety, I decided to get a grip and start fighting back at the negative thoughts – doing things that scared me, but more on that in a later post. Now I’m not saying I’m cured or anything, but I’ve started travelling alone again and regaining my independence and generally feeling a lot better about things. It’s only been a few weeks, but I’ve already had some incredible opportunities come my way and it really feels like things are starting to fall into place.
On Monday I’ll be doing a work placement for 3(ish) weeks, helping out with a local fashion magazine, attending shoots and even helping host their very own bloggers event. I’m a little bundle of nerves and excitement, but I’m ready to learn as many new things as I possibly can and tackle any challenges that get in my way. Obviously this will be taking up a lot of my time, although I’ll be updating via Twitter and Instagram, so posts may be a little over the place for the next few weeks. I’m trying to get as many posts ready and scheduled as I can, but please bear me!
I’ve also started to knuckle down with my university work, as some of you may know, I’m currently studying my third (and final – eek!) year from home. I’d originally planned on creating a fashion magazine as part of my dissertation, but I’m currently in the midst of a little crisis of indecision and may be launching a website instead. I’ll be looking for a team of writers and any creatives (MUAs, photographers, stylists, illustrators etc) so feel free to get in touch if you’d like to get involved – I’d love to have you on board!
And this is where I need your help. I’m currently needing to reach another 50 responses on this super short survey about web usage for creatives, blogging etc. – so if you could fill this in, I’d really appreciate it. It’s for my dissertation and it’s pretty important, and will certainly help with my final decision.
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