I never really considered myself to have a distinctive "style" but I definitely feel like I'm starting to form a few habits with my shopping preferences. Your personal style is such an important and vital part of who you are, you can so easily make an impact by the smallest of decisions. You can be as brave and daring as you want, or you can keep things minimal and tailored if that's more your jam. I personally love a mixture of the two. I feel like I'm starting to get to a point where I'm happy with my wardrobe, I'm never going to be one of those gals that can have a capsule wardrobe, I get bored too quickly. I like switching things up and having a little fun with my outfits. In the same respect, I'm definitely more laid back in my preferences; I don't like to be uncomfortable and I'll never wear something "just because it looks good". I'm a firm believer in only wearing things that make you feel great and while I definitely pay attention to trends I feel like I really stick to my own somewhat. I don't like to be too heavily swayed by what trends are going on, I think it's important to try and find ways of incorporating them into your own unique way. I'm all about those eccentric sleeves and that gingham print, but I feel like I would be regardless of catwalk trends and media.
There's a lot of trial and error really in finding your personal style, but also a lot of confidence. I definitely think you've got to be confident to fully embrace what clothings choices you like. Obviously, you can consciously work towards building your personal style, but for me, I feel like it was more of a natural transaction. I experimented a lot over the last few years with different styles without even really noticing, it's only on reflection that I realized I've kinda taken elements from each of my "phases" forward. I thought I'd kinda chat through a few of the things I've bought recently and how they fit into my style and wardrobe. I'm unsure how successful this post will be, but I thought it would be a fun way of showing you a few of the "new in" items in my wardrobe along with a brief overview into my style preferences. Plus, it's always fun to have a snoop around people's wardrobes... let's be honest!
001. STATEMENT SHOES
I have a real thing about shoes that make an impact, that's something that's definitely become apparent over the last few months. Hello, statement shoes! I love a bold print, a statement colour or a combination of both. I recently picked up a few gorgeous pairs of boots from Selected London and Office. The Selected London Navy Velvet Chelsea Boots have been on my wishlist for a while, but I wasn't sure how much wear I'd get out them because of a) the colour and b) the fabric. The velvet is beautiful, but I was so nervous about splashing a little money on them - they're definitely going to be a "dry days" only kinda shoe. Retailing at £100, they're definitely a little more pricey, but I feel like they're really going to fit into my wardrobe perfectly, especially for the summer months. I also picked up the Office Amber Silver Glitter Chelsea Boots which are just incredible - I feel like these are going to add a really cool punk rock vibe to my outfits, the pointed toe is totally up my street and I love the small wedge heel. I can definitely see myself getting a lot of wear out of these, especially with an all black outfit.
As well as my trusty boots, I love a good shoe. I've picked up a good selection of flat mules/sliders over the last few months including some more sensible "smart" offerings and some bolder prints. I love how easily a good shoe can make a statement, I tend to find that my outfits are relatively monochrome and simple. As I said above, I'm also all about that comfort too - I have developed a real love for trainers recently, especially Nikes. As a young teenager I swore I'd never even touch a pair of trainers, even for P.E in school, but the comfort is so damn appealing, especially when I know I'm going to be on my feet all day... converse are also another trusty must-have.
002. SMOCK DRESSES & TOPS
I love a good smock style - I find it extremely flattering and comfortable for day to day wear. You can easily wear them with Converse to dress them down for a more casual day to day look, pair them with a statement shoe to really make an impact for a night out or more glamorous look. I just love how effortless they are and how easy they are to style; I love wearing a smock style top tucked into a midi skirt, or even just a pair of black skinny jeans. I recently picked up this gorgeous Replay Off The Shoulder Top with Frill Sleeves - it's definitely a little more pricey than I would usually spend on an item of clothing, but I'm really trying to start investing a little more into my wardrobe to get the better quality and fits I'm lusting over. I think this will be the perfect addition to my wardrobe both for day-to-day, work and even nights out/date nights. Basically, I'm completely smitten and just praying that when this is delivered it's gonna be everything I hoped for. I also picked up the Plain Studios Cold Shoulder Smock Dress in Gingham - I love the detailing of this dress and how the cold shoulder detailing just gives the dress a little something-something extra. I've been looking for the perfect gingham dress and I'm hoping that this fits how I'm hoping it will.
003. WRAP DETAILING
Having a fuller bust I and basically not being a size 10 means that anything with a wrap front is extremely flattering on my figure. I have a few wrap dresses that I absolutely love, but I recently picked up this stunning Grey Striped Ruched Sleeve Wrap Front Top from New Look and I'm completely smitten. Again, it's super flattering on my figure and works perfectly a work appropriate get up as well as a more glam evening look. The monochrome detailing means it goes with everything and the ruched sleeves just add a really effortlessly cool element to the top. The V-Neck means it's extremely flattering and yet the tie around the waist both helps to cinch everything in as well as ensuring that the V-Neck doesn't plunge too low...
I am basically obsessed, there's no trying to deny that. I love the midi length and how effortless they are, they really make it look like you've made an effort with your outfit but take minimal styling. You can really just throw them on and head out the door. I love pairing them with an oversized jumper and trainers for a super laid back look, a cami top and my sliders for a summer-appropriate look or even a good slogan tee. They also look great with just a simple white button-down shirt for a more dressy look. I recently picked up these Navy Tripe Tie Waist Culottes from New Look. They've got a really cool wide and cropped leg which means they're extremely flattering too. I love how culottes basically look like a midi skirt but you have the added benefits of them being super comfortable (and no chub rub)!
I used to just live in skinny jeans but I'm really trying to be more adventurous with my trouser preferences. I love a good pair of tailored trousers at the moment and even find myself wearing them on weekends. They're perfect for weekdays where I've got to be at work, but you can so easily dress them down with a pair of trainers or Converse. Finding a good fit can sometimes be difficult but I recently picked up a pair of Grey Slim Leg Tailored Trousers from New Look which are basically just the most flattering and comfortable fit ever. I don't feel like I'm in school trousers which is great, but I also don't feel like a 50+-year-old woman wearing a pantsuit. On me, these hit just above my ankles which is another feature I'm completely smitten with.
So there you have it, a few of my wardrobe staples. I hope you've enjoyed this post and found some inspiration for your own wardrobe. I'm definitely no fashion blogger, and I do tend to spend the majority of my downtime lounging around in pjs. I window shop a lot online and basically, God help me when I move out and actually have more space to store clothes...
Definitely let me know if you like any of the items featured in today's post, and what you consider to be your wardrobe essentials.