There was definitely a point in my life not so long ago where I couldn’t imagine having a blog about fashion and beauty. I had a lot of days of crying into my wardrobe because “I had nothing to wear” or “nothing looked good on me”, regardless of how full or empty my wardrobe was or what size I was. I was a stay at home mother, I lost a lot of confidence and felt like I was “only a mammy” and not Lena, I wasn’t going out that often and couldn’t justify buying a whole new wardrobe when I wasn’t working and I was always waiting until I lost that extra weight. So when any occasion came about, I’d go shopping at the last minute and couldn’t find anything and would get upset about it!
I still have the odd “nothing to wear” day but it wouldn’t allow me to miss or dread an occasion like it would have before. This is because I have plenty of interchangeable “wardrobe essentials” that I can rely.
We all have those occasions where you don’t know what to wear- you don’t want to be overdressed, you don’t want to be underdressed, should I wear heels or flats, too much make up?! The solution- wear something that’s changeable, something that can look dressy with heels and a slick of red lipstick and can be changed to casual with a change of shoes and lipstick.
I generally don’t follow trends, I much prefer to go with pieces that suit my body type and wont look dated in the near future. Once you stick with those simple rules, you can’t go wrong and will always have some “reliables”.
Some basic essentials in my wardrobe are
- Black skinny jeans- faux leather or wax effect are even better
- Fitted blazers
- Camis- in a range of colours and styles
- Heeled sandal/ Shoe boot
- Biker jacket jacket
- A little black dress
- White jeans
- Pretty Summer dress
- Small handbag/ clutch
- Accessories to match – I generally only wear earrings and a necklace/watch
My advice for someone that’s looking to build a new wardrobe collection over time is to start with the basics, buy similar colours so you can mix and match pieces easily with many different looks, don’t go for unusual patterns or fittings, stick to block colours that suit your complexion and last of all- tailored never dies! You will never look back on a well fitted piece of clothing and think it looks dated.
Thanks for reading, I hope you found it helpful.