Tuesday, 21 January 2014

How to make the most out of your wardrobe

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make the most out of your wardrobe

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Scarf - c/o New Look
Coat - c/o Rosewholesale
Shirt - Topshop
Disco pants - River Island
Heels - c/o Heelberry (here)

Firstly, this is just what I wore to uni today - i've been a little less colourful lately unfortunately! I guess i'm just being grumpy in this horrible, cold weather! The kind people at Rosewholesale sent me over this black coat so today I got a chance to wear it, along with my favourite scarf from New Look which I got last Fashion week and being Northern, I haven't found it cold enough to wear yet! 
Anyway, onto what this post is really about...

Making the most out of your wardrobe

Lately i've been thinking about what my 'thing' is and what i'm actually good at and a couple of days ago, I noticed that i've not been shopping since September 2012. Somehow, since becoming a student, I have broken my shopping addiction without even realising and enjoyed Fashion by accumulating things. I'm not really a trend follower to start with, so I don't really have that trigger in my brain that makes me rush out to the shop as soon as a big trend hits, but I do have that very female part of my brain that thinks shopping is the answer to everything... Which it may actually be, but sometimes, it's just not an option. 
I figured not-going-shopping was my thing and i'm pretty happy with how I dress, so I guess i'm pretty good at making do with what i've got. So if you're a skint student like me, I hope that you can take something away from my little tips that have helped me survive these bleak shopping-less times! 

1) If you're going to survive without going shopping, you need to make sure that you have all the staples that are going to take you through season after season, e.g tonal (black/white/nude) tees/tops that you can pair with anything, and if you wanna take it up a notch, make them a bit more interesting than just simply a t-shirt... I have lots of simple tops in colours to match everything, but some of them have cut out shoulders, wrap details, cut out waist etc. I also really like multi-coloured tops so I can try them with different coloured bottoms etc to create different outfits with. Yeah, i'm pretty colourful ha!

2) If you drop on lucky on the 'accumulating' front like I have (christmas, birthdays, general gifts, winning things etc.) make sure you pick out things that aren't too basic (if that's your style) - something that would usually be a treat - those special things in your wardrobe or trend pieces. I personally have a thing for accumulating trousers and midi skirts in all the colours and prints of the rainbow. 

3) Don't window shop. It's a pretty obvious tip and as lovely as it is filling up your basket and pretend shopping, it's just not going to happen and when you have to click the X at the top, you'll only be disappointed - or worse - tempted! 

4) Think about what your style is. If you are going to slip up or you do get the chance to sway Daddy into buying you a treat, make sure you're going to like it for a long time and that it's not a disposable piece, or something that's going to make you feel frumpy in the near future. Well-fitting pieces can stay in your wardrobe til the end of their time! 

5) Don't overwear pieces. The more you wear something, the quicker you'll be sick of the sight of it. I've had the disco pants in this post for over two years now. I wore the hell out of them in 2012 and after that I was just tired of seeing them on my legs so they were banished to the back of the closet. Now, i'm in love with them all over again - it's the Fashion-recycling process without spending a penny! 

6) Make sure you're following your favourite brands and stores on all of their social media platforms. Most of them run competitions quite regularly and after all, you've gotta be in it to win it! 

7) Choose your favourite pieces from your wardrobe, and style them and re-style them over and over in different ways - depending on the staple items and accessories you have, you could rinse over 10 outfits out of some pieces! (And there's always your friends closets that you can cheekily raid...)

8) Sometimes, having that 'classic' wardrobe doesn't always mean being right on trend all the time. Just looking good can do the trick. Putting the right pieces together is everything, and you don't need to spend your money on trends, after all, they're just a phase. Flattering shapes will always remain in style, and if you have your own personal style then even better. Accessorising and having versatile pieces can easily keep you up to date and refresh old outfits.

9) If you do really want to delve into a trend, take your hand at customisation if it's something that could be easily done yourself. Learn some new things on Pinterest and Youtube, there are thousands of crafty so-and-so's that can teach you a thing or two, and it will help keep that wallet heavy! 
This is a pretty good tip if you have things in your wardrobe that you hate - if you can do something with them to make them cool then go for it - take 'Mom jeans' for example, who'd have known!

10) ALWAYS look after your clothes. My clothes are my babies and I look after everything I own, which is how I get the most use out of my wardrobe and why most of them are over 5 years old and still look new. Always read care labels and as easy as it is to do, don't throw it all on the floor at the end of the day! 

I really hope I inspired some of you, or even helped to breathe a bit of life into your wardrobes! I used to be a complete addict and have a huge shopping spree every week back when I worked - so if I can do it, so can you! 



  1. I need to take on these tips, especially taking care of my clothes. I am usually good, but if I have had a late night or been drinking they get ruined. Lovely outfit too, that bag aaaaah

    Kassie from www.styledevoured.com

    1. Haha i'm one to talk myself - i'm so much of a floordrobe gal but I do tend to hang everything over my desk chair - naughty!

  2. Until I master tip 10...then 1-9 are going to work for me!! ;)


    1. Haha you should take care of them! Definitely something I learned studying design - the time that it takes to make things!

  3. This is actually really helpful! I feel like I practically invented the term 'floordrobe' so I really need to take care of my clothes more! And I have always thought your posts were quite on-trend so I'm very surprised to hear you haven't even been shopping recently! Basically, I need to stock up on staples and then stop. Such a great post.


    1. So glad you like the post! Haha yep i've done well considering, it's just keeping things up-to-date really!

  4. Definitely agree with everything! I find myself doing these things because I can't be a big shopper as a student! I like to shop/make clothes and build my closet in more unconventional ways. I blog about it a lot, actually!
    Come visit www.styleinterplay.com
    if you like! :)

  5. Such a pretty girl!!!!
    Love your handbag



  6. It's a great look and I'm loving that shoes!

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  7. wow! i can't believe you havent been shopping since 2012! i've been shopping every 24 hours! and worst still i always window shop ) : your tips really work well

  8. Great post! I'm definitely one for taking care of my clothes - I've owned my leather boots for about 10 years now! I'm really fussy about how things are washed etc too! I'm trying to buy more classic peices now but buy slightly pricey ones in the hope they last longer!

    Jen x
    Bows Bangles & Bakes

  9. This is a great and really useful post! I'm definitely one for taking care of my clothes - I've owned my leather boots for about 10 years now! I'm really fussy about how things are washed etc too! I'm trying to buy more classic peices now but buy slightly pricey ones in the hope they last longer!

    Jen x
    Bows Bangles & Bakes

  10. Really good post, thanks for the tips :) I feel like I have NOTHING left in my wardrobe but I suppose I just need to restyle and mix and match more
    Lucy x

  11. I wish I had your thing of not shopping, unfortunately I'm a sucker for window shopping which leads to buying so much that I never intended to buy!


  12. So cool! I love these shoes <3


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