How To Mix Up Your Wardrobe
Let’s face it; we’ve all been at the point where we open our wardrobe and sigh because we “don’t have anything to wear”. We have something to wear but nothing that we want to wear. In the past this has proceeded to me browsing ASOS for an exorbitant amount of hours , a subsequent three figure order which I end up ditching at the checkout (well, most of it…). Yet 2017 was a bit of an experimental year for me (and no I’m not doing drugs mum) – I mean with my wardrobe. I decided to dip into what a capsule wardrobe involved and might look like... and I have to say I freaking LOVE it. It has given me so much more freedom in getting ready because instead of spending hours deciding what to wear because of so much choice, I can pick an outfit in about 5 seconds and I know it’s one I’m going to love and be comfortable in.
There's a capsule wardrobe spectrum and while I haven't given myself specific rules, I've tried to really hone in on what I actually enjoy wearing and donating the things that live at the back of my cupboard that I think "oh I'll wear that one day" (Narrator: She was never going to wear these items). In the lead up to Fashion Revolution Week I wanted to share a few things I've come to like the challenge of about ditching fast fashion; I've got a couple of tricks for falling in love with your wardrobe again without impulse buying or spending ages online looking. It just means working with what you’ve got to find some new outfits, discover some old favourites, and styling in a way that spices things up without breaking the bank (or contributing to the unsustainable and unethical fast fashion culture we live in).
FIVE NEW OUTFITS
I’ve become a little bit guilty of wearing the same outfits on repeat – since honing in on exactly what I like and look for in clothes, I’ve come to understand my style a bit more and having the same go-to outfits has taken the guesswork out of having to create one. It’s also great if I’m in a rush (which does somehow happen more than I would like it to). But this can lead to an outfit rut and the temptation to buy something new. So to create a new outfit with what you’ve got, find a piece that you might not wear that often or you’re unsure of how to style. It might be something that is best suited to another season but you’d like to get more wear out of it… and from there, the building process begins! Either through turning your bedroom into a changing room and trying it on with a bunch of other items, or searching pinterest/Instagram to see how other ladies have styled it.. find a way to wear 5 items in a new way that doesn’t cost you a cent. I surprisingly found this easier than I thought and the black top featured has become a new fave for daytime not just evening wear. I also experimented making one of my fave op-shop dresses more casual, and now I think I prefer it!
DAY TO NIGHT STYLING
This is a great one to try for a simple outfit that you could make more versatile. For example you can take a simple white t shirt and a pair of high-waisted jeans. Try styling it out as easy weekend attire, then a more formal option. Key pieces in this change can be the shoes, jewellery, how you do your hair or makeup… get creative! A good one to remember next time you’re going away; it’s definitely saved me some room in my case to pack more important things, like books and tea, than more outfits (I hark back to #priorities). As you can see, a change of shoes and some earrings makes a big difference.
THE 10x10 CHALLENGE
This was SUCH a fun challenge – basically you pick 10 items from your wardrobe and create 10 different outfits over the next 10 days with them. Although it required forward planning, it meant I got ready real quick in the morning. It’s also been good to do before the beginning of the season so I can see if there is anything I am missing from my wardrobe. Accessories aren’t included so that’s where you can really add flair to your outfits here. Highly recommend checking the forecast before starting the challenge so you know whether to include a jumper or not (I learnt this the hard way…). If 10 feels a bit strict maybe start with 12 or 15 at first and see how you go. Let me know if you try it, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Or if you'd like to hear more about capsule wardrobes/this challenge, leave a comment below!