As most of you will know by now, I love clothes and fashion. It’s one of the ways I express my creativity, and I genuinely enjoy shopping for clothes and picking out what to wear each day.
Part of my journey towards embracing a more sustainable approach to my fashion habits, and curbing my consumerism, has been to apply a ‘shopping my own wardrobe’ strategy to what I already own.
Even after doing two wardrobe culls, I still have quite a lot of clothes – and I want to get as much wear as possible out of what I do have, rather than falling back into the vicious cycle of thinking I need more stuff and then buying it.
I love Pinterest, and have been using it for quite some time now. I especially love how much inspiration you can find on there when it comes to fashion. I recently decided to create a new board, called ‘Shop My Wardrobe’ and within that board I set up handy sub-categories for staple items I have in my wardrobe, along with items that I love and want to find ways of wearing more often. To those sections I have added photographs of women wearing similar items of clothing to what’s in my closet, paying particular attention to interesting, quirky outfit combinations that I wouldn’t have thought of. I also pin a lot of outfits that I see my favourite bloggers wearing, as they’re so innately talented at pulling outfits together.
Kimonos are a bit of a ‘statement’ piece, but I love them and so I have three that are different lengths and styles. I mostly wear them as cover-ups on cooler Summer evenings, as I can throw them over a vest and shorts easily, but it’s great to see how they can be teamed with different clothes and accessories to create a more ‘high fashion’ look, or a look that’s more grungy and casual. I also like the idea of adding a belt to create a totally different shape, and it would be cool to see if I can utilise them more during the Autumn/Winter by wearing over jumpers etc.
I have a red long-line leather jacket that I bought from a charity shop, and I hardly ever wear it which is a shame as it’s such a great piece. I think it’s because I struggle to know what items to pair it with in order to look current, rather than a pastiche of the 1960’s (don’t get me wrong, I love 60’s style but don’t want to look like I’m on my way to a costume party!). Although all the jackets on this board are black, it’s given me some ideas of how I can wear my jacket to look more ‘edgy’.
I love jeans and wear them several times a week. It can be easy to fall into a rut of always reaching for my trusted jeans and jumper/t-shirt combination, only wearing darker colours in the Winter, etc. But recently I’ve been experimenting with different silhouettes and colour combinations – for example one of my favourite outfits recently was pairing my white wide-legged jeans with a navy roll neck jumper!
I bought a pair of caramel coloured wide-legged cords in the COS sale recently, but I haven’t worn them much yet because they’re a bit too big. I’m looking into whether I can find someone locally to make some alterations to them so they fit better and if so I’ve been pinning some ideas below of different ways to wear them.
I have a couple of pairs of neutral trousers in different silhouettes and so it’s good to see how I can dress them up/down depending on the occasion, and how to play with shape/volume.
I’ve already started trying out different outfit combinations, inspired by my Pinterest board, so I’m confident that I’ll be making much better use of my clothes this year!
What do you think? Do you use Pinterest or another moodboarding tool/app to inspire your outfit choices? Let me know!