Finding ‘my’ style and creating a capsule wardrobe ;

For a long time I’ve struggled to find ‘my’ style I’ve always had a battle between what I felt comfortable wearing and what I thought I should be wearing. Over the last couple of years my body has definitely changed shape which has also been a challenge. I’ve had to re-learn how to dress for my shape; what I’d previously felt comfortable in, now didn’t make me feel as confident.

I’ve injected colour into my wardrobe, worn looser fitting clothes, figure hugging clothes, dressed smarter or more casual – I’ve tried it all yet still not felt like I’d found ‘my style’. I decided to strip everything back and start with the basics.

I thought about my current body shape – a definite hour glass/bottom heavy figure. I have a bigger (I like to think quite peachy) bum, fuller thighs/hips and a smaller waist and boob ratio in comparison.

I then thought about items of clothing that work best for me – I prefer to wear trousers and shorts and have never found skirts work for my shape. I don’t feel confident in crop tops and instead like a slight V-neck or wrap top.  When it comes to dresses I never choose bodycon, instead I opt for an A-line mini-dress which I know works well for my shape.

I have always known that I feel most confident in monochrome/neutral items, and the clothes I reach for either in shops, online or from my wardrobe are in this colour pallet. I’ve also identified that I do tend to opt for a ‘smart casual’ option over something extremely formal or on the other end of the scale, super casual.

Processed with VSCO with m5 presetBut I had felt the need to wear more colour due to trends and seasonal fashion. It’s only recently that I realised this is something I’m doing wrong. I needed to stop forcing myself to adhere to fashion trends and instead wear what I felt comfortable in and make the trends work for me in my own way.

This is what I’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks and I’ve never been happier with my style and outfits on a daily basis. I had a huge wardrobe clear out, removing anything I didn’t feel was very ‘me’ and only keeping the pieces I really loved, felt confident in and that slotted into the categories identified above.

Once I’d made some room in my wardrobe, I was able to identify what I thought was missing and where there were gaps. For example, I have a few pairs of jeans, a pair of smart black trousers and a monochrome checked pair of trousers but felt I needed some alternatives such as a neutral pair of  linen trousers or as I have recently purchased a pair of cords in a rust colour (very on trend, but something I know I will wear time and time again as they’re just a slight variation to a pair of jeans).

I made a list of some other things I wanted to build my capsule wardrobe; a checked blazer, a comfortable pair of plain black trousers, a knitted cardigan, new basic t-shirts, some animal print and a couple of other bits.

Then I started browsing online to find the perfect pieces. I looked on & Other Stories, ASOS, New Look, Topshop, Mango and a few other high street stores. My philosophy now is quality over quantity; I’d rather spend a little be more and have excellent quality pieces that I know will last a long time and wear well with each other.

Effectively I just wanted to make my life easier, I didn’t want to have to give my outfit too much thought in the mornings. That extra ten minutes in bed is just blissful! Similarly, because my boyfriend and I live with both out parents we move around quite a lot during the week so it’s so much easier to pack an overnight bag/couple of days worth of clothes if things can be worn with many other pieces in my wardrobe.

I feel so much happier with my wardrobe now after this overhaul and streamline. I really don’t know why it took me so long to do the easy thing and just stick to what I know I like?! But I guess there’s a lot of pressure through media to ‘keep up with the trends’ – that sounds like a whole other blog post…

Let me know if that’s something you’d like me to write about in the near future.

Speak soon,

Em x

{WEARING – Roll Neck Top – Newlook / Boots – H&M / Dress – Primark / Bag – ASOS}

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