Today I'm looking at Steps 4 and 5 of my Lockdown style tips, to help you optimise your current wardrobe. See all the steps here and visit my previous two posts for a recap.
Step 1) Identify your daily uniform
Step 2) Curate your current wardrobe
Step 3) Outfit build
Step 4) Buy the best you can afford and/or buy what you love
Step 5) Create a shopping list
As you curate your wardrobe you will have hopefully compiled a shopping list, step number 5; items that are worn and need replacing, more of what you actually wear and versions of, updates for the season that are more trend led, or items that create complete outfits for your existing clothes. Try not to add something when you have a similar item already in your wardrobe that does the same job. You'll usually default to the original item and wear that instead of the new. Also clients generally have way more tops than bottoms so try and keep that in check too.
Armed with your list you can now go shopping....well at the moment it's online only, and apparently Next are reopening their online offer soon. I recommend John Lewis as they have a lot of my 'go to' brands and I always find great updates at Massimo Dutti. I've also learnt that spending on quality items, that last longer, means I have to buy less in the longer term, which leads me to step number 4, buy the best you can afford and/or buy what you love.
Several items in my wardrobe seemed expensive at the time, for example a Tanvi Kedia silk dress from Anthropolgie which was £158, but that was in 2016, click to see my original post, and I've worn it this week! So with 4 summers wear it doesn't seem so pricey and I still love it.
Also an ivory Iris & Ink crepe dress that was about £140 comes out for most occasions and as I couldn't wear ivory to my sisters wedding, and was struggling to find something appropriate, that suited my body shape, I bought a navy version too!! See below.
I always buy white linen t-shirts or tanks for summer and needed a long sleeve version as well as an update for my blue cotton shirt. I found this Jigsaw linen pocket version and this easy AND/OR Ikat blouse, both from John Lewis. I also bought this John Lewis & Partners swimsuit in anticipation of a future holiday; I love the low back and flattering neckline as well as the print! I've worn all items since purchasing them, even sunbathing in my swimsuit, so I know they're all keepers.
As well as fashion I often do the 5 steps for my beauty haul too; so I have a minimal make-up bag and don't have toiletries going to waste. I've been looking, or smelling, at perfumes since Christmas, to replace my everyday scent, that is light and not overpowering. That's when I discovered Le Labo at Liberty, however it was so busy around the counter that I wasn't able to decide on one scent.
Luckily Net a Porter do a discovery set, which I bought, and fell in love with the Rose 31 Eau de Parfum. I can understand why the Santal 33 has gained cult status but it wasn't for me. I was pleasantly surprised that John Lewis sold the Le Labo range and as I was purchasing other items popped it in the basket too!
So as we're still in lockdown for the foreseeable future I hope you've found my steps useful and also see I definitely practise what I preach. Just a reminder too that all content is unbiased and authentic! Sometimes you may find affiliate links to products but there are none in this post.
Stay home, keep safe and thanks ,as always, for stopping by,