SPRING/SUMMER TRENDS VS THE CAPSULE 

Spring has sprung and it’s almost time for a switch up in the wardrobe department. Recently I’ve been a tad apathetic towards clothes and fashion. I was getting a bit sick of the more-more-more attitude and lost the fun. I’ve also found that becoming more conscious about the production of clothes weighs heavily on my mind. There was a phase where I became overwhelmed, felt powerless and then slipped into old habits; making purchases out of convenience knowing the brands probably aren’t ethical. 

To spark joy I’ve started plans for my Spring/Summer capsule. I’ve also put an end to ALL self induced guilt trips, you know reminding myself to ‘let go of guilt’ etc. So what Spring/Summer trends will make it into my capsule?

YES
Graphic stripes – I’ve recently acquired a black and yellow striped skirt of my mums to adapt. It totally ticks the graphic stripe box, otherwise I doubt I’d be investing.
Ruffles – They can look very cute and romantic, but can overwhelm a short frame. I also tend to think about how annoying they are to iron. I do however have an old white blouse with ruffles, it needs mending but would suit.
Backpack – I am a geek at heart so I already own a backpack. I have however been toying with the idea of a Fjallraven Kanken backpack for a couple of years. I just love their understated simplicity, only I can’t decide on a colour. There is also the fact that I probably don’t need another backpack..
Paper-bag waist – Yes, on high waisted shorts that I already own.
Fringe – Despite rumours that fringe was over, it may be resurfacing?…which is good because I will keep using my grey fringed handbag either way.
70s style – There is this black suede skirt I’ve been meaning to adapt and I was worried I’d missed the boat. I would also like to get a tan coloured item for a fresh update. 
Light-weight denim – Basically I will be wearing my chambray shirt for most of the summer, again.

MAYBE
The 90’s revival….only in so much as berry lips DMs, does this count?

NO
So here is a list of trends I absolutely won’t be indulging in. Most of them are completely unpractical for me. Others would be very unflattering or just look ridiculous on a petite pale gal. These include; vivid clashing colours specifically orange, slip dresses, mirrors (on clothes, apparently this is a thing?), sheer fabric, tiaras(!!), string vests, spanish influence style, flat mules and gaping sleeves.

What are your thoughts on Spring/Summer trends?

x M

ARAN KNIT

Is anything more satisfying that a nice knitted jumper? I myself am partial to one with an Aran or Cable knit pattern, they just give off such a relaxing home-spun vibe. You can just imagine yourself all wrapped up in one, with a mug of tea!

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This particular version is from a few years ago, but Fat Face have similar. Since I have started looking into how ethical brands are, I’ve started to consider Fat Face more. Out of the many high-street options they do especially well.

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Please forgive the bags under my eyes, post nights etc..I’ll explain the hair bow, you see there was a time I was completely obsessed with them, my love for Minnie Mouse is partly responsible. I had them in every colour, I would even make them! Now and then I still feel like wearing a bow, so I just fashion them out of ribbon or a thin scarf.

x M

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CONSIDER A HAT

The wide brimmed hat. The impulse buy from a few years ago that I am *trying* to get good use out of. I tend to forget about it, sometimes I see someone else in a hat and think that I should have worn mine. Hats are not something I often consider when getting dressed, unless its cold, when a wooly hat is always on my head.

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I get hat envy looking at other peoples hats, so why don’t I remember to wear mine? At least it is in a reasonably sensible colour so I can incorporate it into outfits easily. Maybe I will have head-space to consider hats now that my wardrobe is slimmer. I really should, as they can drastically change an outfit; in this case giving it a well needed lift.

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To do list – consider a hat.

x M

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CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL

1. What is the oldest item in your wardrobe?
I have some belts that were a hand me downs from my mum. She used them in the 80’s. I also have quite a bit that used to belong to my cousin. I really like when I am the second person to use clothes. There are some shoes and tops that are from when I was about 17 too.

2. What is the newest item?
My new bag from The Cambridge Satchel Company, I mentioned it here. The style I have is not stocked now but they have many that are similar. They also do great sales, so watch out for them.

3. What is the most expensive item?
My Anya Hindmarch Maxi bag, similar here. This was a huge treat that I saved up for with my first few pay checks. Admittedly I got it at an outlet store so saved about 50%. If you are making an investment purchase I would really recommend heading to an outlet; Bicester Village is good on a weekday when there are fewer crowds.

4. What is the most affordable item you use a lot?
I have been given a lot of hand me downs, which were free, to me anyway! I wear my Lonsdale Sports Bras everyday when I cycle to work, they were very cheap. My New Balance Trainers were also on sale at £25 and they are my most worn shoe.

5. What was the biggest bargain?
My Deuter Rucksack which I use every day for work and I essentially got for free. Basically I got a Halfords voucher when I moved into my flat that covered it. I’ve mentioned it before but my satchel was a brilliant bargain too.

6. What was the biggest waste of money?
I’m becoming more conscious of how clothes were made, so when I find that companies aren’t ethical I feel I have wasted money on them. I’ve found two of my favourite clothes brands are particularly bad, I’ve decided to stop shopping there and remove any tags and links to them in posts.

7. What are your 3 favourite items right now?
A bright yellow top mentioned here, these black dungarees and my Ski Jacket because I’ve found it useful at home when there is a cold chill.

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8. What is the most colourful item in your wardrobe?
Most of my more colourful items are in storage for my Summer Capsule, you can see some examples here. Of the items I wear currently; I have a very bright pink snood that I knitted from Sirdar wool. There is also that yellow top that I keep mentioning…

9. What is your favourite piece that you’ve gotten as a gift?
Navy top, Tan Bag and Brown Faux Fur Stole; which are all mentioned in this post if you want to know more…

10. What is the most comfortable item?
My black bralette and lounging pants. They are my go to comfort items, I tend to change into them most evenings.

11. What is the most uncomfortable item?
Uncomfortable items don’t last long in my wardrobe, to be honest I won’t even let them in now. I do have a few beautiful but silly high heals, you can see some decorating my bookshelf here. My younger self was more tolerant of the pain…I’ve kept them for fancy outfits.

12. Show us your favourite complete outfit.
I don’t have one favourite outfit…Below are some I particularly like from my Autumn/Winter Capsule, or you can check out my weekly Outfit Posts.

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13. Pick your favourite black item and your favourite white item.
Most items in my wardrobe are black, so that is quite difficult. Overall I’d choose my black Doc Martens. My favourite white item is this a stripy top. You can see me wearing both at the same time here!

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14. Where do you shop the most?
At the moment I am reassessing which brands to use, so I don’t have a favourite place anymore. Hopefully I can start building better habits about what brands to use and then I can tell you!

x M

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CAPSULE WARDROBE UPDATES

I haven’t written about what is in my capsule wardrobe recently, I’ve shared outfits with you but not given an update about how its developed. I think thats because not a lot has changed. I’ve not been thinking about my capsule or actively planning it; I’ve just been getting on with life and wearing it! There have been a few additions and I did have another HUGE clear out of clothes. The every day items however are much the same. Below is what was added to my Autumn/Winter wardrobe since September:

Whistles Yellow Ribbed Top – Link to similar
This gave a well needed colour update and is my favourite new addition. I enjoy wearing it so it tends to get worn as soon as its clean. Hopefully the colour will mean I’ll be wearing it well into the warmer months. The only downside is that it does need a delicate wash…

GAP Black Ribbed Polo Neck – Link to similar
A long sleeved black top is an absolute necessity in my wardrobe. My usual one has faded and was a bit thin for winter. I have wild plan to dye it, but until then it is replaced with this cosy number. It’s been really comfy on colder days, and should be useful into our cooler spring because the top has a fine knit.

 

French Connection Navy Top – Link to item
A lovely Christmas present from my mum, she knows I like the cut of French Connection clothes. It fits in with my current style so its easy to build outfits with. I also find it looks very flattering.

Whistles Slim Leg Navy Trouser – Link to similar
I’ve been on the lookout for trousers to update my work wardrobe. I had been wearing a pair that I got while I was in University, they were not the best quality and were getting a little worn. This lovely pair were an epic sale find for only £15!

 

Brown faux fur sole – Link to similar
This was another delightful Christmas present! A simple but great update to my winter wardrobe. It instantly adds a bit of glamour to an outfit and is snug too! I’ve had a few envious looks from friends while wearing it.

Grey Knitted Arran Cardigan GAP– Link to similar
I was humming and hawing over this when my mum said it would be great as a ‘work horse’ item. She meant that it would be versatile, low maintenance and get a lot of wear. Its my casual cardigan that I fling on over everything, essentially doing the same job that a hoody used to.

Doc Martens Aila Shoe – Link to item
I replaced my well loved and worn out work brogues with this pair, they have a intricate skull pattern on them which I love. Once broken in, which does admittedly take time, they fit like a glove and are really comfortable. If they weren’t left in my locker at work I might be wearing them all the time. The only downside is that I prefer a shoe with a leather sole, but that is a personal preference.

Cambridge Satchel Company – Link to similar
I have wanted one of these satchels for years, but could never decide what colour or size to get. More recently I’ve been hankering after a robust bag that I could tote my laptop and camera about in. Something that had more rigidity than the bags I was currently using, so would offer more protection. As luck would have it The Cambridge Satchel Company had an epic sale, I have not seen such good reductions in a long time. The bag I got was 50% off with a further 30% off on top! I opted for a bag that was actually listed under the Mens section, I preferred its plain front and thicker strap. In real life it is really beautiful and despite having structure the leather is soft.

Dune Tan Leather Bag – Link to similar
Every year we do a family Secret Santa and every year I get a joke present….except this year, when my Auntie got me this beauty! I wouldn’t have treated myself to a new tan coloured bag, but I’ve really enjoyed this new addition. It also gave me the impetus to have a good clear out of all my bags and really hone my collection.

What are you recent wardrobe updates?

x M

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DUNGAREES DAY

When I was about eight I had a dungaree dress. It was a a blue denim, knee length number with POCAHONTAS embroidery on it. It was mind-blowing and I looked awesome. There are clothes I have now that eight year old me would have loved, of course this makes me like them even more. Take these dungarees, scale them down and I could have rocked them in the nineties.

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There is a friend I have, we have a habit of judging the merit of an outfit by whether the younger version of ourselves ‘back in the day’ would have worn it. She has blue glittery shoes, I have Disney Princess Vans and we both have matching Star Wars pun t-shirts. Each time these gems get busted out we feel all the joy, we also get ALL the sartorial points…

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For me theres a fine line, I still want to look like a normal functioning adult, just with a bit of fun injection. Take it too far and you’d resemble a children’s TV presenter, or in my case an actual child.

*This post was written while listening to 90’s pop. Don’t hate the playaa.*

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x M

BACK TO BLACK

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There are some days when all I want is to feel sleek and effortlessly stylish. I want an outfit that I’m comfortable confident in. When I feel like this there is only one option, black with black and more black. It might not be daring or exciting, but it’s how I feel put together. I was a grungy teenager, then like now black was a failsafe option. Only now I’m not listening to punk rock…at least not all the time.

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  • Black Ribbed Turtle Neck – Mine is from GAP, but they seem to have sold out. Goes with everything. If you get a wool one be carful with washing, mines shrunk slightly (luckily it was slightly too big to start with!).
  • Black Super Skinny Jeans – I love theses French Connection jeans so much I’m considering getting them in another colour. They fit perfectly, the fabric is soft but gives enough structure and they’ve lasted really well too.
  • Leopard Loafers – I’m partial to a leopard print shoe, this is my second pair. The Dune pair I have are from ages ago, here is a similar pair. Theres always the temptation to wear all the leopard print…but remember Pat Butcher, less is more.
  • Chain Strap Cross Body Bag – You can’t go wrong with a classic black bag. The metalwork of the chain makes it feel more polished.
  • Plum Lipstick – To add drama to the look I add a bold dark lip colour, another homage to grungier times maybe..

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What are you effortless staples?

x M

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