Category: Fashion

Wardrobe Recharged

vintage clothes 2Recently I’ve had a bit of an overhaul of my wardrobe. I noticed that I’d been collecting a lot of old clothes from back before I had the boys – I’d always had it in my head that I would save some things for my daughters one day like my mum did for me, but now I’ve got the boys and I’m not planning on having any more, there isn’t really a lot of point. I’m very attached to some of them, so of course I won’t get rid of them all, but I’m having a proper clear out of everything so I can be more focused on things I really like.

I did come across a number of gorgeous vintage pieces that I used to love when I was younger, and it’s made me think about the type of clothes I prefer to wear now. As I’ve mentioned before, I used to shop in the more fashionable places like Topshop, Zara, H&M etc. but I’ve recently started veering more towards what I’d call “Mumsy” shops, but are actually really good quality, not at all frumpy like I used to think, and will last me a long time. I’m finding a lot of my older clothes to be the more “on trend” type, so not made to the greatest quality because they’re only produced to last a season or two, and quite frequently way too short now!

So, all the too short items have gone straight into the charity shop pile, along with anything that’s too on trend from years ago and I’m not likely to wear again. A few of the vintage pieces that, ahem, don’t quite fit any more have gone into a to-be-sold pile which will probably go onto eBay at some point, but I haven’t got round to that yet. But since rediscovering some of my old vintage loves, I’ve remembered how much I used to love digging them out and wearing them – most of them are pieces that will never go out style because they’re classically shaped.

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I used to frequent the vintage and charity shops when I was younger, but I haven’t been for years so I’m not even sure where they are now! I’ve heard of these vintage fairs that are put on quite regularly though, so I might give one of those a go and see what I find.

All in all, I think I’ve cleared out about 50% of my wardrobe, and to be honest I don’t think I’ve worn any of those things for at least a year now anyway so I don’t feel like I’m missing anything, and hubby’s certainly glad of all the space for his stuff now! But I’m a little low on some of the basics, so I’m going to have a few shopping trips over the next couple of weeks and try out one of these vintage fairs to see what I can find.

Falling into a Cliché

I have a nice house, a husband who is on a good salary and I am a stay at home mother (although working freelance) I am living the middle class dream. More so when I found myself adding numerous items to my shopping basket on the Boden website. Only a few years ago I would be quietly mocking those that shopped in such middleclass mumsy shops as Boden, Still shopping in Topshop, H&M and Zara as well as vintage markets and charity shops. As I worked on an edgy yet individual fashion forward style. Now however I have become the opposite of my younger self.

My hubby says, as soon as I popped out my first born, something clicked and I became one of those women I used to joke about. Right up until giving birth I always maintained Id keep my individuality and wouldn’t be seen dead in places such as Boden, or worse Kath Kidston. Yet not long after I started going to mother and baby clubs, my style evolved. I blame it on the other mothers, around them a lot more than some of my more fashionistas friends, so my style ended up mimicking them.

Its not all bad though, Boden are stocking to fabulous items this Spring/Summer and they don’t feel as mumsy as I thought they did. Mixing and matching with some of my pre-kids clothing I don’t look too much like the women I used to mock. I do think though as parents, the whirlwind of motherhood, kind of wraps you up and you don’t always make the same conscious decisions you used to. As your friendship circle evolves, so do you to a certain extent.

The kids wear is very nice and looks good quality, unfortunately with two you ng children, I really don’t want to be spending those prices on my kids. They’re boys, they are instinctively messy and they are growing quickly. I just find that as nice as these clothes are they are not all that practical. Also the boys wouldn’t stay looking smart and tidy as I envisioned for long!

Anyway these are some that I quite like and which I dont feel are mumsy.

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Must Have Coats

Whenever someone describes something as ‘must have’ I generally pay no attention! Why should someone else tell me what I must have!! Plus I found especially in the world of fashion ‘must have’ means expensive fads. Nothing you can invest in, and wear year after year. No it’s generally a throw away fashion, rather than a classic timeless pieces. So this winter when the fashionistas declared pink coats a must have I firstly vomited in my mouth a little at the thought of sickly sweet coats and then headed out to look for a nice classic black coat.

Must have coats

So ‘apparently’ we all should be wearing these beauties.

CoatsHowever are any of these styles, anything that would become a classic style? Something the exceeded fashion and becomes a mainstay of a woman’s wardrobe. Mannish for example is a big trend this season, it’s been hitting many trends for the past couple of years, think androgynous (all the same idea). However I’m not sure it fits into fashion mainstay, same goes for Pea coats and Asymmetrical coats. All flit in and out of fashion, so are these worthwhile investment pieces? And this is where pink coats come into the mix. You can pick up a pink coat in one of many of these designs, so does that mean you’re mixing two fashion fads and one step away from buyers regret?

To be fair I’m not a massive girly girl, the only type I can see in these pink coats, my husband would walk a few feet behind me with the boys if I wore one and well, do I really want to spend money on a coat which may take a good while to slip back round into fashion?

I’m all for buying wardrobe staples. I have plenty of coats and jackets in my collection which flit in and out of fashion quickly, so really are worthwhile invest men pieces. Some have even become a fashion mainstay.

Forever in fashion coats and jackets (for now)

These styles are still big for this season and luckily I also won them as well, not just bought recently but over the last couple of years (yey me).

Coats 2Trench Coats, for sure a timeless classic, now I don’t have a super expensive Burberry Classic Trench (oh how I wish I did though). But I have a great quality one from ASOS. I only picked it this autumn, after an old H&M one finally gave up the ghosts. Too many holes in the lining and falling apart at the seams. I went for a better quality, thicker material trench coat and I think it’s a great investment piece.

Leather Jackets, I have too (greedy I know) one from when leather jackets were fashionable when I was young (late teens). I still wear it, luckily my top half hasn’t grown too much since my late teen years including my boobs even after two kids. Kept in good condition, real leather jackets are investment pieces. Last year I bought a black leather jacket and have already got a lot of wear from it and consider it one of my wardrobe staples.

Fur Coats, obviously only faux fur! Again I have two! However one is a cropped version which is great to wear with formal wear. Black it goes with everything, and really dresses up an outfit as well as keeping me toasty. I bought it a number of years ago in a sale for a friend’s winter wedding and have got loads of use from it since. My other fur coat came from republic, not in the sale, but it is super soft, not always something you get with synthetic fur, and a lovely dappled brown colour. I wear it on chilly nights out or when I feel like I need to wrap up warm!

So, the only coat I really need is a black smart wool coat. It’s all that I am missing, however with the fashion fads in at the moment I can’t find anything I 100% like. Does anyone else need to give their wardrobe an update with a new coat or jacket? If so what are you going for?