After a period of reflection of my current Mum wardrobe, and as a result of seeing the personal stylist at the end of last year, I realised that my clothes were severely lacking in some basics. I am talking about key items that you can rely on, dress up (or down), and that form the basis of your outfits.
People often mention having a capsule wardrobe, (I have heard this term mentioned a lot in wardrobes for busy Mums), and I genuinely thought I had one…but I have realised lately that I do not. I think this is why I am struggling so much to create stylish outfits and why some mornings I dislike getting ready so much.
I was going to a wedding this week and I wanted a pair of black court shoes and a black jacket to go with a dress and yet I didn’t own any. These are standard basics that should be there, whenever I need them – because a) they go with EVERYTHING and b) these items never go out of fashion.
I tend to have a lot of random pieces in my wardrobe and yet nothing to wear them with; I usually shop without thinking of what the item will go with. I also tend to buy a lot of clothes in grey and tan, and these two colours don’t always work well together.
Deciding what to wear every morning requires a lot of mental energy (which I just don’t possess when I have to get my two little people ready as well!). Having a capsule wardrobe with the basics in there will therefore hopefully mean that I will be able to make decisions faster & easier and yet look stylish.
The next 6 months
So my mission for the next 6 months is to build up these basics, without spending too much money. I don’t want to spend a great deal in order to create this capsule wardrobe, which I believe will be relatively easy because a lot of this can be found on the high street where there is a great deal of choice.
Colour-wise I am also going to be seeking a lot of black; a colour I don’t tend to buy much of. However, black will go with a lot of the colours that currently sit in my wardrobe (unworn) simply because I haven’t known what to wear with them.
I am therefore aiming to purchase the following basics for style in 2017:
- A pair of black ankle boots
- A black blazer for weddings, nights out etc
- Black court shoes for smarter wear and nights out
- A couple of pairs of trendy jeans – including ankle grazers & step hem jeans
- A couple of dresses
- A pair of black trousers
- Camel coat
- Black long skirt
- A leather jacket for the transition into spring
I have already built up quite a few pairs of trainers/pumps so I don’t need any more of those, as well as some new tan boots. In addition to this I have a wardrobe FULL of tops & blouses so I am not going to add any more tops in at this stage.
Here are some basics that I am already lusting over:
I have my eye towards spring fashion and so I don’t want to go mad and purchase too much from the last of the winter stock, but it will still need to see me through the next few chilly months.
Once I have all of the above in place I am then going to start spending a little more money on purchasing more luxury items such as knitwear, tops, handbags, coats & shoes to go with the above. I think this mix of high street and luxury will see me create a new, stylish look for myself as a busy working Mum of two!
I’ll definitely keep you posted on here but please do follow me on Instagram for my progress!
Love, Jess x