What I wore in October.
A new series that I am adding to the blog. A little monthly round up. I hope you like it.
I love to share my outfits on Instagram and here on the blog and so in a bid to encourage shopping your wardrobe I thought what better place to look back on my outfits when I have that ‘I have nothing to wear moment’ than here on the blog. You see, whilst I wouldn’t call myself a fashion influencer I do love to share my outfits, offer advice, and find new ways of styling a skirt or dress to get more wear out of it.
I don’t always buy new – and despite regularly receiving comments about my wardrobe being vast, I have to be honest and say that all year round it is pretty much 70% old – items that are re worked rather than new. I love to find new ways to style a favourite jumper or skirt. Bringing life back to an outfit that may have been hidden from one winter to the next.
And lets be honest I do buy new clothes, of course I do. But and to be completely transparent it’s not as much as you think. In September I ordered a coat and a dress – both investment pieces and in October I picked up two hats. That is all. I do occasionally receive gifted items from brands which I share with you. But mostly I re wear. I shop my wardrobe. Finding inspiration from previous years gone by.
One thing I do which helps is to regularly declutter my wardrobe, it’s actually one of my favourite things to do at the beginning of each new season. Finding a jumper I loved wearing last winter or a pair of boots I forgot I had.
You won’t find me sharing shopping hauls. Why? Because I can’t afford. But also, because I have always thought do I really need it? I think we all need to do this a little more. I treat each new purchase as an investment, I don’t like to wear something once. Don’t get me wrong there is always something that I want – I love fashion and in the past I have purchased items that are not a must have. Or that have hung in my wardrobe for far too long. Fast fashion.
A hot topic in the fashion world at the minute is fast fashion. Over the years I have definitely followed fashion trends, I have this year – a slogan tee, a beret. I think we all have. However they all remain in my wardrobe months after purchasing them and I still love to style them now. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of styling leopard print or a slogan tee. And this weekend I re wore my berets for a trip to the seaside which I picked up last winter.
I’m a rubbish fashion blogger really as I rarely share links. Because most of my wardrobe is old. Maybe I need to look at this from a different angle, that’s me doing my bit to proving to my followers that you can stay on trend by shopping your wardrobe. Thoughts?
And after Stacey Dooley’s Fashion’s Dirty Secrets documentary hit our screens a few weeks ago there has been a lot of talk around how we buy our clothes and wearing your wardrobe. Sustainable fashion (which I need to learn more about). Not always buying new, maybe even having a capsule wardrobe. Buying preloved clothes.
I’ve written about tips for planning your wardrobe, having a wardrobe full of basic items to style with outfits and more – not because of the topic Stacey covered, I never saw that coming – more from the angle of despite loving clothes, being a fashion blogger and sharing my outfits I simply cannot afford to buy clothes every day and week. Who can? I have to re-wear and re-style my wardrobe. I think I do ok. Being on trend doesn’t necessarily mean buying the latest hot dress or print. It’s about finding new ways of wearing your wardrobe.
And so join me as I share what I wore during the month of October, what I hope here is to inspire you with outfit ideas. Ways of re-wearing your wardrobe and ways of styling what you already have over and over…
Catching up with friends…
A weekend stroll…
A trip to the beach…
I’m going to think more responsibly, when I see a new jumper flash up on my screen or another Holly’s Must Haves. I’m going to think about what I already have. Buying preloved clothes. And whilst I know that won’t always stop me from buying the next big thing (let’s face it Leopard print will always win my heart) it will help in supporting the serious issues raised. We need to be mindful, act more responsibly and consider our choices.
Before I go, I just wanted to say that most items in this post are old, the new items are this jumper (gifted), this coat (not the same colour as sold out but it is still in store), this coat (gifted) and this dress.
Oh you are right. I love a good shopping haul but always makes me feel bad that I can’t go buy it all right then and there too. Lol I love all your jackets and coats. You know I have been lusting after this river island orange one too. That photo of you and G my all time favorite.
I do love a good coat. And like you this orange one is so lovely, feels really cosy
I love your style it is always fab and I love recycling fashion and wearing it in new ways. I like to buy new but also love finding things I love from last season a re purposing them x
Thank you Sarah. I’m trying to be more considered. Although found it hard not to buy everything on our shopping trip
That orange coat looks amazing on you, KA! I’ve been really challenged since watching the Stacey Dooley documentary. I have always given old clothes away, to charity or to a local preloved company and also buy from there on occasion, BUT I love shopping. My wardrobe is regularly so stuffed that I forget what I’ve already got and so end up wearing the same things over and over instead of resurrecting older items or mixing them up a bit. You’ve inspired me, so thank you!
Thanks so much, I do love the colour. That programme was so important and I do love the fact it’s making me question the choices they make
I always admire the way you put an outfit together. I have lots of things in my wardrobe that I’ve bought in the past thinking that I’ll wear ‘someday’ – if the husband and I ever get to go on a weekend away for example (never happened!) or if I find my bravery. And I never do. I still love the clothes so I won’t get rid of them, but I really do need to change up my standard uniform of jeans and a jumper – on the rare occasion I do go shopping I tend to buy more of what I already have (hello 20 black jumpers).
Aww thanks. You should let me sort your wardrobe, a declutter and look at what you need x
I do love the way you put together outfits KA, I really need to take a leaf out of your book and put more thought into mine. Far too often I wear the same thing because I’m in too much of a rush in the morning. Wardrobe wise I’m super strict with what I buy and what I keep. We don’t have a huge amount of storage so it means I’m on top of what I have and love mini declutters. At one point I had a one in one out rule so if I bought something new something old would have to go (whether to the charity shop or on ebay).
Definitely make these posts a regular monthly thing x
Aww thank you Morgana, and for saying I should share posts like this. I think it’s good to be a little brave every now and again but also recognising when something just works for you. Feeling confident in clothes is so important. x