Simplifying my wardrobe still remains the biggest battle in my attempts to live more ‘minimally’.
I make a lot of mistakes; that is, I buy things thinking they’ll work then find that they don’t, or I buy things without even thinking at all. I feel like blogs can be an exacerbating factor in this, too – very good at sharing what we’ve just bought or want to buy, but rarely reflecting on what actually worked.
So this is an honest look back at what I really wore this Spring & Summer. I’m hoping it will help me to shop better in future, and perhaps it might be useful to you too.
Sheer panel sweater – Zara. Similar here, here and here.
If I’d made this list for last autumn/winter, this would have been on that too. I seem to wear this an awful lot – over skinny black jeans, tucked in to skirts to look like a single layer, over leggings for a lazy day. I’m not usually one for faux combinations, but the practicality of this two-in-one piece wins out, & it’s a firm fave.
Gold scallop ballet flats – Boden. Similar here or here.
I have decided that metallic shoes go with everything, thus removing the hassle of having to actually think about footwear in the morning. I’ve worn these flats so much that mine are barely even gold any more, but I sort of like their distressed finish, and they’re so comfy I just can’t quite give them up.
Grey linen tee – Zara. Similar here.
I love linen for its breeziness, texture & drape. This tee grows a little through the day, making it slouchy and comfy with just the right amount of shape. I’ve mostly worn it half-tucked into my skinny jeans, or with an A-line white skirt.
Grey cashmere cardigan – Boden
This being the British summertime, there have still been plenty of rainy, chilly days. This little cardi from Boden comes in a rainbow of colours and is small and cozy enough to preserve the illusion of summer in my outfits.
Black skinny Jeans – Topshop.
As far as I am concerned Topshop’s Joni are the only skinny jeans worth considering; I have them in blue and with ripped knees too.
Linen stripe culottes – Ace & Jig.
These were a gift from A&J, and if I’m honest, were a step away from my usual style – despite being in my ubiquitous grey/white & linen! I was expecting the usual lovely Ace & Jig fabric, but what I hadn’t anticipated was the super pyjama-style comfort; They arrived on a hot and sticky summer’s day, and from that point on I’ve really only taken them off because a) it was rainy and cold or b) they needed washing.
Gold clogs – Lotta from Stockholm
More gold shoes, for the same reason as above; plus, they sparkle in the summer sun, and make me feel like Cinderella with added sass.
Jersey trousers – Next
I’m not usually a Next shopper, but these lovely soft, slouchy trousers in a baroque print are the perfect combo of pyjama-comfort meets daytime-appropriate attire. I’m wearing them with my gold clogs, over and over.
Cream swing dress – BA&SH
This dress is swingy, shapeless and big enough for me to conceive triplets and continue wearing – and for all these reasons, I love it. I’ve come to see the smock dress as a bit of a feminist statement – a shape officially deemed ‘unflattering’, because it doesn’t highlight boobs, waist or bum for people to assess -presumably because all clothes should make women look our most sexually appealing at all times. I’m not bothered what the pervy street men think, so I wear this dress a lot, whilst sometimes delivering small anti-patriarchy rants. Hah!
What have you been wearing this summer? Do you tend to reach for the same things over & over, or are you more varied in your style? I’d love to chat in the comments below.
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