How to be Stylish Over Fashionable: It Will Save You Money

Fashion  “a popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behaviour.”

Style “a distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed”

If you’ve followed me on TCHG or over on Instagram for a while you will know that I live for fashion and style. I graduated with a Ba(Hons) last wear in fashion, fashion is my job.

What I’ve learnt from my studies and working in fashion is that chasing that fashion bubble will always leave you unsatisfied and wanting more. Fashion over the last 10 years has developed at such a rapid rate that it’s build a foundation of dissatisfied consumers and customers. You want the latest thing but as soon as you have it  there is another new latest thing.

Following fashion trends will leave you wasting money, shop within your style and get a reasonable cost per wear.

What you need to understand is your style. What do you actually like, what works for you?

When you discover this you develop you style and stop chasing the latest thing and curate what is best for you.

Yes the new heels that everyone on Instagram has do look lovely and will look nice on everyone. But answer these questions

Will you wear them more then once a month?

Are the something you usually wear?

Do you have something similar in your wardrobe?

If you answered ‘NO’ to any of these questions, don’t get them. They are a total waste of money. Your are buying a very expensive pair of dust collectors.  Believe me I’ve had my fair share of dust collectors too. But I’ve built a wardrobe of things that I can pull at a moments notice that I love wearing, suit me and fit my style.

If you love shopping the trends show your style in the tends. If one season ankle length shirts are in, but you know they don’t suit you, don’t buy them. Wear the length of skirt you like and pick another trend. Don’t slave away trying to fit fashion tends that aren’t you. I see endless posts on Instagram of the same item of clothing. Yes that is a trend but does it suit everyone. Could other colour or cut have been picked to better suit the individual. 100%

You wear your clothes, clothes shouldn’t wear you.

How to start knowing what your style is:

Lay everything out on your bed.

Put a pile of what fits you and what doesn’t. Not “I’ll grow into them” or “slim into them”. What fits you NOW.

In that pile create two new piles.

What I Wear Regularly  and What I Don’t Wear Often.

In your What I Wear Regularly pile. Do you notice any patterns?

Are there a lot of dresses the same cut and shape?

Do you favour a style of jeans over another?

Is there a colour that you are drawn to over others?

These items are your style.

Shopping within these categories will help you develop your style. If you are tall wear jeans from the tall section. If you need a shorter length get a shorter pair.

Send all your other clothes to charity, sell them give them to friends.

Of course you can shop with in fashion all you like, but know that you will be clearing them out again in 6months because you have a wardrobe of clothes and nothing to wear.

MOM JEANS AND SHACKET

Photos of someone happy all the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey. If you didn’t sing the last part, you should have. Feeling content at the moment. Safe in my little bubble on the top floor of our building away from everyone else. One going out when we feel like it, staying in when we don’t. I’m trying to keep this PMA (positive mental attitude) up. Oh and boy! Do I have the travel bug. I’m constantly looking on Instagram for places to go. My phone is filled with screen shots of wide mountain scapes and cities in the rain. I’ve been working on a travel Spotify playlist for when I can travel to all the places I’ve saved..

Todays song is – A Long Dream| SE SO NEON

JEANS – ASOS tall | JACKET – H&M | VEST – ZARA | BOOTS -DEICHMAN | BAG – JE WEI | BASKET BAG – thrifted

TWEED JACKET & COWBOY BOOTS

The colder months are where I thrive the most. Autumn, Halloween, Christmas, my birthday all happen in the colder months which means I’m the most busy out of the year. Which makes me excited. As parties and events aren’t happening this year I’ve found that I’m making more of an effort to glam up. Putting together more polished looks for everyday tasks. Coming home from work and putting on a nice dress, not just my tracksuit like usual. Some might say it’s extra, but you gotta do what you gotta do to live your life on your own level. 

Wearing cut off cowboy boots, velvet and pearl earrings to pick pumpkins. Heavily influenced by Ko Moon-Young’s aesthetic from It’s Ok Not to be Ok. The looks she pulls in that show are everything. I’ve been influenced for sure to try out new looks and styles and wear more together outfits. Going through everyday life dressed in a different mindset.

JACKET – thrifted  | JEANS – NEW LOOK | EARRINGS – H&M | BAG – CALVIN KLEIN | VELVET TOP – MONSOON – BOOTS – SEVEN7 FOOTWEAR

Monochrome Pumpkin Patch

Spooky scary skeletons.

October wouldn’t be complete without a little pumpkin patch trip. We returned for another year to Sopley P.Y.O. This year there were so many pumpkins and a festive display. Hayden and I went on an hours hunt for the perfect pumpkin for our lounge window. I wanted a ghost pumpkin ( a white one ) and Hayden wanted a perfect traditional orange one. We found lots of photo opportunities this year. I wanted to sit on the pile of pumpkins but ended up just perching as to not knock over the display.

Pattern clashing in the same colour family creates a more put together look. This whole look is monochrome but it doesn’t look boring or plain as the patterns are creating the moment. Sticking to the same colours pulls any look together.

DRESS – H&M | JUMPER – ZARA | BOOTS – DR MARTENS  | BAG – COACH

spot the photo of me looking mad that I got mud all up my jumper.

BLUE PEACOAT AND DR MARTENS

Pulled out “that” coat for the first time this AW20. An amazing checked blue with hints of orange that really make me feel that Autumn is here. More of a street style look with Dr Marten boots and folded mom jeans. I’m always looking for new shoe combinations for my wardrobe and love that the jeans cut off just before the boots. Having long legs means you can really play around with length of jeans and dresses. An old favourite in my off shoulder burgundy jumper from a few years ago in H&M. I only with I’d bought it in more colours. Making a simple outfit more interesting by mixing textures.

BOOTS – DR MARTEN | JEANS – H&M | COAT – TOPSHOP (old) | JUMPER – H&M (old) | BAG – COACH

Chelsea Boots in The Lanes

I went through my old work books a few weeks ago and came across a work book I did in reception (kindergarten) We had to find objects from a magazine and stick them in the book then count them. I chose shoes. My teacher even commented that I’d chosen shoes. My love for shoes spans over 20 years. How crazy is that? I’d say I am a shoe girl over anything else. Yes, handbags are lovely, but shoes. Shoes are where I get my most joy. While in Brighton I really needed a new pair of shoes. Something comfy, appropriate for Winter and that didn’t need breaking in. I went into Deichmann and picked there comfy black boots. They are super similar to the pair I bought about 4 years ago in a Deichmann in Truro. But when you find something you love, always buy it. Deichmann are perfect for me as I have big ol’ feet, they have a wide range of sizes. These Chelsea boots didn’t need breaking in and are versatile enough to be worn all the time. I wore them all around Brighton on our last day there, which was also my birthday.

Jacket – H&M (similar in B&W) |Beret – Vintage | Jeans – New Look (tall) | Boots – Deichmann |

Backpack – Desigual (linked similar) Jumper – H&M   sale £6

First Party of the Season

 

Possibly the most nervous I’ve been in a while. Went to Hayden’s work Christmas party and met all the people he talks about me to for the first time. It was so warming to have people be excited to meet you and to get to hear how wonderful my boy friend is, it  makes me warm inside. We took a moment away from the party to snap a few outfit photos on the stairs on the Hallmark hotel in Bournemouth.

Dress – H&M (old) sequin option, red floral option, black option, | Boots – New Look (old) similar, similar, similar, | Earrings – Camila Carril “Eugenie ” Huggies| Lip Colour YSL – Fuchsia

 

 

 

Party Season

The party season is upon us. Decembers calendar is filling fast with work parties, family gatherings, friend nights out. I’ve felt, as I’m sure we all have. The need to buy a few outfit for every occasion to get into the festive spirit. But you really don’t need to. Working with a few elements in your already existing wardrobe to create festive work party looks.

My works party this year is “smart casual” the bane of many peoples lives. I am always the one to over dress and make a statement. But there are a few ways around this “smart casual” conundrum.

A good pair of black jeans, high waisted if possible. They will make your legs look longer instantly. A “smart top” anything that isn’t a t-shirt, collared shirt or overly sporty. Anything embellished or patterned, think sumptuous fabrics. Here is a high necked top from Monsoon that’s been in my wardrobe since the boxing day sales, last year.

Footwear stick with something comfortable, but not trainers. Anything really goes for footwear. If you want to wear heels wear them if not, boots or flats are perfect.

Jackets and Coats. It best way to say you are “smart casual” a formal coat can work with a more casual look and visa versa. This little swing jacket is one colour no flamboyant detail but the cut makes it more premium. I’d suggest to not wear the coat you call run to the corner shop in at 10 minutes to close to get chocolate and crisps (you know the one)

Finally the best part.

Accessories – My favourite way to have fun with an outfit. If you are wearing head to toe black, add a bright bag for a statement. Add your sparkle to your headband or bag. Slip a broach over your lapel on your coat or wear something in your hair.

Jeans – New Look | Boots – Seven7 Footwear | Velvet top – Monsoon | Bag – Stella McCartney | Headband – Nalí Shop

Silk Scarf Holiday Hair

I love this outfit.

This post isn’t going to get that deep.

Wore this outfit to dinner one of our first nights, I felt amazing in it. I knew I wanted to shoot the look at the beach and really loved how the shots came out. As we arrived in Port de Pollença in October it was the very end of the summer season. Which meant the beach was relatively empty so the shoots like more editorial.  A simple peplum cotton shirt with wideleg navy trousers and a vintage silk scarf in my hair. The epitome of summer holiday style. In some of the shots to straw parasol looks like a hat.

Trousers – Very | Shirt – Zara | Scarf -Vintage | Earrings – Primark

Location – Port de Pollença beach, Mallorca.

Photographer – Ez

Gaining Confidence

When I started blogging, back in the day. It was a solo project. I took photos on a self timer, edited and wrote alone. But seeing fellow bloggers like officially Quigley and Paige Arminta working with others to create interesting content opened my eyes to the possibility that blogging could actually be fun. I could smile in photos, jump around do silly things. Trying to be more excited in photos soon meant, my photos became better. I wasn’t as stressed about getting everything done, and it showed. My photos stopped being replicas for American Gothic and become something to actually look at. Relaxing into getting my photo taken by Hayden or Ez or even a photographer I’ve never worked with. My confidence grew I could stand in a crowd and get the shot, not pretend I didn’t want my photo taken.
I wanted more epic photos taken while away with my family in Mallorca. This little wharf in Port de Pollença was perfect. a striking back drop with a cool pose would create a great photo and story. Having my photographer for the shoot ( my cousin Ez) lie on the floor to create different angles, me swooshing my new favourite dress. It was loads of fun. People would stop and look but I was focused on getting the shot more than them.
My advice would be to shoot with people you know first to gain confidence in your work. Here you will be able to understand what works for you, the poses you like the feel of the photography style. I’ve found that having a glass of wine before shooting your look is perfect to be the right amount of confident/ I don’t care who watches me pose. Especially when out with friends.
please leave a comment telling me how you gained confidence posing for your shots.
Location – Port de Pollença
Photographer – Ez