Many years ago now, I started doing some research into a capsule wardrobe. It was through this process that I discovered the best fashion advice ever. Define your style in three words and always buy clothes that fit those three words. This advice spoke to me and set my already practical clothes purchasing methods and style in stone.
The three words I chose back then apply to me now too, they were comfortable, classic and complementary.
The comfortable part has always applied to me when it comes to fashion. Although I’ve worn my fair share of clothing items that are entirely inconvenient and uncomfortable, I always try to be comfortable in what I wear during my day to day life. This applies from head to toe.
The classic part was half accidental and half practical. I have items of clothes in my wardrobe that are up to 15 years old and perhaps a few pieces that are even older! This has happened because I always buy the majority of my wardrobe as classic pieces that don’t age in their style. It happens to be the style I prefer and feel most comfortable in too which helps.
The complementary part goes both ways. It has to complement my figure, a pear shaped figure on an average height woman is tricky to dress in a lot of the latest fashion pieces unless they have classic lines. It also has to be complementary to the rest of my wardrobe. I do buy the occassional seasonal fashion piece, but usually it’s something that despite being “in fashion” can also still be categorised as being classic.
Colour and patterns
My colour selection is primarily black with pops of colour. I wear a lot of black and as Wednesday Addams famously said, “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.” Aside from the risk of milk stains from my youngest – black is the best colour for me to wear to combat the twin toddlers and their ability to stain anything.
Black also fits my three words because if I’m looking for a special occassion top or skirt, I know that I can go whichever way I like with colour and still have something in my wardrobe to match.
I buy red items whenever it’s in season. It’s my favourite colour when it comes to classic fashion colours. I like the really bright red, although I did settle for coral shades a few seasons ago. I steer away from burgundy and darker reds. I guess you could say that I’m a red purist.
I wear a lot of stripes since I became a mum. Aside from breastfeeding friendly clothes, this is probably the biggest change in my style since becoming a mum. Stripes are not only complementary, but also help hide the stains when I do become the victim of a dirty hand or face print that wipes can’t take care of for me.
I generally don’t accessorise with anything extra special. I wear the same jewellery every day, including my wedding set, Tiffany & Co ring, bracelet, necklace, two sets of earrings and my FitBit Alta HR. Every accessory I wear has a special meaning to me or a purpose. Occassionally I will wear something more, but those occassions are few and far between these days as the jewellery that I wear day to day can be worn with any outfit.
I am budget conscious. I buy from discount department stores and the clearance racks. I visit Jeans West, my favourite jeans shop only when it’s 40% off, occassionally if it’s an emergency, I’ll buy something at 30% off.
The only place that I buy full priced clothes from is Kmart. Because they only really ever have clearance items reduced and no general apparel sales. But their range is so affordable, that you don’t have to think about your purse strings too much when you area buying a few items to add to the wardrobe.
Wash and wear
Even before I had kids, I was against the concept of ironing. If something needs ironing in my home, there’s a good chance that it won’t ever be worn beyond that first wash. I actively shop for items that won’t need to be ironed. If I accidently buy something, it might get a few token wears before being relegated to the “too hard” basket and popped into the donations pile.
Feel good, look good, be proud
Ultimately when I get dressed in the morning, I want to feel good, look good and be proud. If my outfit doesn’t feel 100%, then there’s a good chance that I’m going to be super self-conscious throughout my day. I just don’t have the time to be worrying about what I look like throughout my day. So I always try to put my best foot forward when stepping out my front door.
Even when I’m wearing tracksuit pants, a hoody and sneakers to the local shops for a sneaky Sunday shop, I still take a moment to think, “am I OK with being seen in this outfit?” As long as the answer is yes, then I’m happy to leave the house.
Never underestimate the power of a good outfit. We dress up for job interviews, for special occassions, I even make sure I have a nice outfit for a flight (my first ever flight I can describe my outfit down to the detail). So why not make sure that you’re dressed up for a special occassion every day – life!