Six wardrobe mistakes we all make

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wardrobe mistakes minimal outfit
wardrobe mistakes minimal outfit
wardrobe mistakes minimal outfit
wardrobe mistakes minimal outfit
wardrobe mistakes minimal outfit
wardrobe mistakes minimal outfit
wardrobe mistakes minimal outfit

Personal style is such a fickle thing, and as our style is constantly evolving as our tastes and preferences change, it’s only natural that our wardrobe will fall victim to the odd bad purchase. In my case, I’ve made countless wardrobe mistakes over the years, however as someone who shares their style online, I’m constantly feeling inspired to try out new silhouettes, or track down good wardrobe staples that won’t break the bank. So today, I wanted to share six common wardrobe mistakes that we all make…

Wearing Grana white tee (10% off with JAMIEXGRANA), Dr Denim shorts (also here), Chloe linen blazer (this is a great affordable option and I also love this lighter linen blazer), Isabel Marant belt, Vaneli two tone pumps, Chanel boy bag, Amber Sceats earrings, Daniel Wellington watch

shopping when you’re feeling emotional or stressed

I’m guilty of doing this a lot, and it’s probably the biggest contributor of those shopping mistakes; the items that either go unworn or that you throw on once or twice before realising that it isn’t right for you. This is one of those wardrobe mistakes that can get expensive very quickly… it’s pretty easy to let your shopping habit spiral out of control if you’re constantly using it as a crutch whenever things aren’t going quite to plan – trust me, been there, done that (many times!). If you’re still itching for that quick fix of something new, try picking up a book instead – it’ll cost you far less, and I’ve found that immersing yourself in a great read is wonderful nourishment for the soul.

wearing clothing that doesn’t make you feel good

Life’s too short to wear bad clothes; if something doesn’t make you feel good, then it’s okay to let it go. Sometimes, it’s when the sparkle of that new wardrobe addition has worn off (and you can see the item for what it really is – not ‘you’), and sometimes, it’s that you’ve made a wardrobe mistake that you’re too proud to admit to yourself. I like to think of these as those ‘guilty’ purchases that we might have bought impassively, but it just isn’t right for you.

having too many options

A few years back I read this great book about the psychology of choice, and how when we have too many options available to us, making a decision becomes overwhelming. It’s that old adage, ‘a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear’, and it rings true every single time. It’s part of the reason why I tend to give my wardrobe a frequent declutter, because as much as I like being able to add a new key piece into my closet, I also like it to be pared back and edited, so that it doesn’t take longer than a couple of minutes to find an outfit every morning. Truth be told, I probably wouldn’t cycle through my wardrobe nearly as often if I wasn’t sharing my outfits online, but I try to have the approach of ‘quality over quantity’.

buying things just because they’re on sale

This is usually a sure-fire way to end up taking home something you wouldn’t normally consider buying, and during sales season, can be a pretty quick way to amass a number of new pieces that stay hanging in your closet with the tags still attached. Scoring 70% off the RRP can seem pretty appealing, especially if it’s on a big ticket item. The best rule of thumb to stick to, is to ask yourself: would I consider buying this if it was full price? If the answer is no, then it’s probably one that’s best left in the store.

saving a piece for a ‘special occasion’

If you’re spending a large chunk of change on a new wardrobe addition, whether it’s a luxe silk shirt or a plush winter coat, it’s only natural to feel a little bit hesitant about wanting to wear it out all the time. These can feel like a major investment in your wardrobe, and it’s only natural to want to savour these pieces so that they really do stand the test of time – when you’re spending that kind of money, you want to make sure it’s worth it, right? I’ve fallen into that trap before, saving more delicate items in luxurious silks or atrociously expensive pairs of designer shoes for special occasions, and generally what I’ve found is that they end up going unloved and unworn – my Valentino rockstuds were a major case in point. Classic to a tee but the $1,000+ price tag stopped me from giving them the love they deserved. These days, if I think I’m going to be precious with an investment piece I’m considering, I know it’s time to move on and find something a little more budget friendly.

not understanding your personal style

It can take years to truly develop and get a keen grip on your personal style, but once you do, it makes getting dressed and shopping for those gaps in your closet so much easier. Learn to appreciate styles that don’t suit you from afar, and focus on wearing and buying styles that are inherently you.

What wardrobe mistakes have you made?

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Summer Wardrobe Essential: The Silk Cami

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minimal outfit summer wardrobe essential silk cami
minimal outfit summer wardrobe essential silk cami
minimal outfit summer wardrobe essential silk cami
minimal outfit summer wardrobe essential silk cami
minimal outfit summer wardrobe essential silk cami
minimal outfit summer wardrobe essential silk cami
minimal outfit summer wardrobe essential silk cami
minimal outfit summer wardrobe essential silk cami

Grana silk cami (10% off with GRANAxJAMIE), J Crew denim skirt (similar), To Sir with Love cardigan (similar), Paul Andrew heels (flats version here), Chanel boy bag, Mejuri diamond necklace, Amber Sceats earrings

If there’s one wardrobe workhorse that I know I can rely on to consistently punch above its weight, it’s a little silk cami. Aside from being one of the key pieces in my closet on high rotation in the summer months, it’s also one I know I can reach for as soon as the temperatures drop a little too. Perhaps the biggest shift in my personal style over the last six or so months has been my heavy reliance on the denim skirt – which doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon – which pairs so effortlessly with a silk cami, whether it’s worn loose, as per the images above, or tucked in with a leather belt to cinch in the waist.

A black or a grey silk cami tends to be my usual pick for something quite classic, but I really adore this ballerina pink option from Grana (I’m wearing the shade ‘pink frosting’) for a more feminine pick, particularly when paired with a muted colour palette of soft greys and whites. For me, this piece is all about versatility, as it can transition from day to night rather effortlessly, by switching out the denim skirt for a skinny fitting pair of black trousers, or opting for a fitted knee length pencil skirt. Fortunately working in a more creative industry, it’s the kind of piece that also forms the backbone of my working wardrobe, though if you’re after something that covers up the shoulders a little more, this option is one of my favourites.

Before the summer’s out, I’m hoping to share four more summer wardrobe essentials that I’ve come to rely on over the last few months… Any guesses which piece will be next?

Miss Boy

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minimal outfit stripes silk culottes
minimal outfit stripes silk culottes
minimal outfit stripes silk culottes
minimal outfit stripes silk culottes
minimal outfit stripes silk culottes
minimal outfit stripes silk culottes

Seed Heritage stripe tee, Grana silk culottes (10% off with JAMIEXGRANA), Charlotte Olympia heels (similar), Angti&Yang ‘miss boy’ bag*, Amber Sceats earrings

I’ve kind of been joking for years that you can’t keep me out of my comfort zone for long; any resolve I have to wear colour always seems short-lived (though I promise, it isn’t this time around). But sometimes those old faithfuls are the outfits that serve you best. For me, it’s a good stripe, paired with classic black pumps, and something simple on the bottom, like the swishy silk culottes I’m wearing above.

Perhaps my favourite part of this whole outfit is the two-tone miss boy bag from Angti&Yang, which adds a much needed pop of red to my look. Personally, I love the fact that it’s one of those easy throw on bags that you can wear as a relaxed cross body, or alternatively you can double up the strap and wear it on your shoulder, and I think the structured shape gives it a really luxurious quality.

While I melt a little at the thought of wearing outerwear at the moment (today was a balmy 31 degrees celsius), I feel like this outfit would look perfect finished off with my Balmain-esque blazer from Missguided. It’s the kind of outfit that I would throw on for a day in the office, combining a more fluid silhouette with a subtle hint of tailoring.

A minimal outfit with a hint of colour

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minimal outfit with colour
minimal outfit with colour
minimal outfit with colour
minimal outfit with colour
minimal outfit with colour
minimal outfit with colour

J Crew cold shoulder top, ASOS black denim skirt, Valentino tango pumps (affordable dupe), Linjer soft tote bag (also similar), Skagen watch (also here)

I think you all know about my style resolution to refresh my wardrobe and focus on wearing a little more colour, and this outfit is the perfect example of something simple, with a hint of colour thrown in for good measure. This micro-heart printed cold shoulder top from J Crew was one of those fanciful sale finds that seemed too good to pass up, despite it being a rather bold choice for me on the colour spectrum.

What I love most about this top is that it’s full of subtle details, from the statement cold shoulder cut outs, to the flounced sleeves and the delicate draping of the silk, which makes it one of those pieces that should be the focal point of your outfit whenever you wear it. Personally, I love the way that it looks paired with a pencil skirt – denim has been my go-to this summer – and a pair of block mid-heels (or anything you can run around in, really…), equally as much as with a beige a-line mini skirt, like I wore during our recent trip to the Maldives.

Given how much colour has been creeping into my outfits as of late, I think we can probably agree that I’m embracing my style resolutions for the year wholeheartedly. One thing I’m excited for, is to see how my winter wardrobe evolves as a result of that, particularly given that I’m trying to make a real commitment to stick to my resolve of shopping less, especially after I well and truly fell off the bandwagon in 2017, but I’ll probably be talking about that a little more in another post…

How do you like to inject a hint of colour into your outfits (if at all!)? x

Navy ruffle shift dress

karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress

Karen Walker navy ruffle shift dress, Everlane day heels, Mejuri loop earrings, Skagen watch, Celine trotteur bag (more affordable option here)

It’s no secret that I love a good ruffle; it’s my preferred detail of choice, just as polka dots seem to be the only print I ever manage to reach for. This particular navy ruffle shift dress from Karen Walker was a bit of an eBay find, and as simple as it is, it’s another one of those pieces that forms a major part of a ‘style recipe‘ or ‘uniform’: a stand out summer dress with a pair of classic black pumps, and minimal accessories. For me it’s all in the details… there’s not much to the cut of the dress, but the exaggerated ruffled that protrudes from the chest, and the more detailed ruffles that edge the pockets make an otherwise simple dress seem a lot more special. As with any uniform, it’s probably not surprising that this full outfit – details and all – is one of those looks that I find myself repeating over and over again, and this year truly is going to be the year I start embracing all of my favourite wardrobe staples again, this dress included.

And as the new year has continued, I’ve found myself reflecting on the underlying tenets of my personal style, and how recent additions over the last 12 months may or may not have taken those style ‘cues’ into consideration. While I’d like to go into this in a little more detail in my next post, judging by the number of things I’ve recently decided to part with, it’s probably safe to say that I found myself adding in new additions that were a little ‘off-kilter’. But, I’d like to think it’s all about the journey, as that’s how I happened to stumble across this navy ruffle shift dress, which I think we can all agree, is most definitely a winner.