Weekend Outfits #1

I was going to do a ‘outfits of the week’ to show my readers how I have been going with my no-shopping challenge and my autumn capsule wardrobe however due to time and other factors like the weather /bad lighting it has not been easy. Instead, I have gone for just my weekend looks.

During the week my outfits normally consist of a minimalist aka black and white colour palette. This is mainly because I work in a retail workplace where we have to abide by a smart casual attire and the colour restrictions. It would be nice to wear some colour however over the years I have gotten used to it and it is nice to have a uniform to keep to for workwear.

I can proudly say that two weeks have gone by since I purchased any items of clothing. Yes, there have been temptations but I will try my best to keep on keeping on.

Here we go…

1.Colourful Fun

This is probably going to be my go to dress of winter for me. I got it from Zara recently whilst on trip to Melbourne and thought it would be the perfect winter piece of colour. It is made of a knit material which is good for layering in colder weather and yet can be worn in casual and styled for a more formal look.

Also, I live in tights and boots during winter as I love to wear skirts and dresses so this look fits the brief!

Cardigan: Asos – Link!

Dress: Zara – Link!

Boots: Tony Bianco

2.Date Night Look

I have loved this pair of white denim jeans from Immoni Melbourne. They are are a tad big but I still wear them! This top is so gorgeous and frilly another awesome Zara find. I am an avid Zara shopper and have been for years. They make lots of great pieces, all at affordable prices and good quality to top it off.

Jacket: Jacqui E – Link!

Top: Zara – Link!

Pants: Immoni – Link!

Shoes: Sportsgirl

3. Relaxed Casual Sundaysimage1

This is probably the favourite of all my looks because it is so comfy and warm. With the extreme Ballarat weather, it is nice to be able to wear little but still feel cosy and warm.  I know that when the cold weather comes most people tend to wear black but it is my mission to keep the bright and light colours going all year round (not just in summer time) Watch this space as I will be doing a post about colours for winter soon!

Jumper: Sportsgirl – Link!

Jeans: Immoni – Link! 

Shoes: Converse- Link!

Sunnies: H&M

All photos by my husband!

 

Hope all of you gorgeous readers have a lovely week ahead! x

 

 

First Day of May

First Day of May

First Day of May

Hello all! I have been motivated recently to challenge myself to jazz up my everyday style by incorporating a capsule wardrobe for Winter 2016. It has taken me since Dec 2015 to work up the courage to pare down my huge wardrobe to a mere 30 items not including gym clothes, lounge wear, formal/event wear and shoes. I have my reasons for doing this but other than that I think it is a fun challenge to look at my everyday style from a slightly different perspective.

So for the next few months (3 to be exact-May, June, July) I will be on a no buying clothes ban. This is really a big step for me but I think it is something I have to work with and I am sure I will have fun with it. I will not be restricted to buying any basics that need to be replaced and to be honest I won’t make to much of a big deal if I buy one or two things. The main idea is not to continuously have ASOS parcels arriving every week.! ( No, serious!) and to have some fun with dressing up.

 

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Hot Options plaid jacket, Postie red knit jumper, Portmans black skirt, Tony Bianco boots, Gap scarf

So my first look for the month is this 60s Mod look as my husband calls it! This knit is a new addition to my wardrobe and as you will soon see my capsule wardrobe for winter contains a lot of neutral colours like black and white. I wanted to inject a bit of colour into it by adding red, green and pink as colour looks good on me. Winter being a typically dreary cold time needs to made more uplifting with a pinch of hue.

I won’t be posting every single day however I will post regularly with my outfits and capsule wardrobe for winter. Let me know if you like posts like this by leaving a comment below.

Sarah xo.

Capsule Wardrobe: My Style

Over the last few months, I have read more about capsule wardrobes and have contemplated building my own. I have previously attempted to set the foundation for it in a post I did last year and I did but did not really set guidelines or think about it that much. It was more that I had a limited wardrobe being in a country where the weather was hot and humid all year round and that my stay was temporary.

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When I returned to Australia, I had a bigger wardrobe with about 2 huge luggages, 4 to 5 boxes of clothes and counting. Our new place did not have the double built-in wardrobes my previous apartment had- and this time I was sharing a home with my now husband!! Therefore less space between the both of us. Another thing I realised was, out of all the stuff I has I probably only wore 30 percent of my wardrobe. I genuinely have a great love for shopping and buying new things was the definitely one of the reason’s I decided to give the ‘capsule wardrobe’ setup a good go.

For those of you for are unfamiliar with of the concept of a capsule wardrobe, Caroline who explains and practiced the ideas of capsules on her blog, Unfancy shows great examples of she goes about them. The capsule that she does is called Project 333 where there is a set number of 33 items and this consists of everything except gym clothes,  There are a few different versions of capsules but essentially a capsule wardrobe is a selection of staple items of clothing based on seasonal pieces. I have also picked some tips from another fellow blogger, Jaime from Mademoiselle. So for those of who want to learn more or adapt these practices into your own lifestyle, you may also want to check, Into Mind out.

In short, the idea with setting up a capsule wardrobe is that you have a fixed number of items and utilise the set wardrobe for the period of the season specified. I know, those who know me might think I have gone a little crazy but I have my reasons for doing this challenge. A major part of it is that I kept going to get dressed everyday and ended up not having anything to wear (or at least that was how I felt!) To be fair, I was coming back to my clothes I had not worn for 14 months, seasonal transitions and styles.

To begin setting up the basis of your wardrobe you have to identify your lifestyle and personal situation. Climate and season of your location in the world is also a vital part. For me, I work in retail and for 5 days of the work, which is about 70 percent of the time, I have a black and white smart casual uniform (of sorts) and 2 days of the week is the weekend for when I wear whatever I want. I live in Ballarat a place where it is cold 8 months of the year I have to keep that in mind even in the warmer months.

 

Another big part of this ‘slow fashion’ practice is learning to appreciate everything you have and use and style the items you have to it’s fullest. I hope that with a set number of items in my wardrobe I will try and mix and match my clothes creatively. So far I have started learning to style old pieces in adventurous ways and it is a fun process.

As someone who lives and breathes consumerism and working in retail, I purchase quite a lot. I have to confess I love to shop. As I occasionally clear out my clothes and sell them for second-hand thrifting on eBay, this allows me to justify the purchases as a recycling habit (of sorts) With this challenge I have also set a no buying period during the season. This means instead of thinking about shopping and walking into sales I will restrict my purchases to pre-season (before the season begins). Hopefully by doing this I will be able to 1) safe money and 2) spend on quality not quantity.

In the coming weeks I will have posts on my journey and the idea of the capsule wardrobe. It’s not just a challenge, it is the beginning of a lifestyle.

 

Have you heard of a capsule wardrobe? Do you have one too? 

I would love to hear your thoughts. Please comment below xo .