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Four Steps To Creating A Wardrobe That Works For You Now

Like most of us my wardrobe and getting dressed requirements have changed considerably over the last few years. Not just because of the Pandemic, but also since turning 50. If your wardrobe is in need of a revamp because it's full of clothes that don't fit your shape or your lifestyle anymore, my four step process will help you create a wardrobe that works for you now.

Step 1 - Where Are You Now & What Do You Need

Bite the bullet! You can't think about a streamlined wardrobe if it's overwhelmingly full of clutter. When you can't see what you've got it's impossible to pull together stylish outfits. So your first step is broken down into 2 parts.

First you need a grand declutter to get rid of everything you no longer wear, anything that is dated or damaged and anything that no longer fits. Ditch the guilt while you are doing this. Don't allow anything that still has the label on it to persuade you it should take up valuable space in your wardrobe. Donate or sell it on to...

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The Versatile Summer Dress & How To Wear It

A T-shirt (or jersey) dress is a great addition to your wardrobe. It is so easy to wear - and usually to care for too. On cooler days layer a denim or cargo jacket over the top and wear with loafers or trainers. For warmer days all you need is a pair of sandals or espadrilles.

Ruffle edge dress in yellow and stripe // Green dress // Stripe dress // Navy/gold dress // Blue dress //

Most brands add a T-shirt dress to their collection so you can find them at every price point.

Choose a style that works on your body shape. The green one above is great for those who are pear shaped or have a tummy they want to hide. Create or show off a waist with a waisted style or choose a straight shape to skim the body if you don't want waist emphasis.

A thicker cotton style works best on slim and straight shapes. A viscose jersey mix or a lighter weight or washed cotton, will create a more fluid fabric for those with curves.

They are great to pack for holidays as they won't crease too badly and...

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White Dress Edit

A white dress is a must have item this season. If you haven't considered wearing one, there are lots of options from casual through to occasion dresses. Below I have rounded up a selection of wearable options for those of us who don't want to bare too much flesh but love the idea of a crisp white dress for the hottest days, occasions and if lucky enough, holidays.

Sleeveless options...

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Left to right - Cotton draped dress £79 // Cotton shirt dress £79 // Cotton jersey dress with Broderie detail £65 // Linen dress with ruffle collar £99 //

Short Sleeve...

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Left Linen wrap dress £319 // Right Black piped viscose dress £199 //

Long Sleeve...

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Left Cotton lace trim dress £49.50 // Middle Cotton pleat hem dress £79 // Right Cotton Broderie shirt dress £99 //

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Smart Casual Summer Capsule Wardrobe

For those of you who work or who need a some smarter outfits, Summer days can be tricky. But I have put together a selection of mix and match pieces to create a mini capsule wardrobe. I have based it around a linen suit with a difference - this one has a sleeveless jacket. It makes it still smart, but contemporary too. 

To the suit I have added a print blouse and then used the colours in the blouse for other pieces in the capsule. I have included a pair of cotton stretch trousers, floaty skirts in blue and soft yellow and two further blouses in green and ivory. 

Only one pair of sandals are needed in a neutral. But of course you could choose an additional pair in blue, green or a neutral tan. I have chosen a block heel that makes them comfortable to wear but is a little smarter than a flat.

The Pieces

Jacket // Trousers // Print blouse // Blue skirt // Green blouse // Green trousers // Ivory top // Yellow skirt // Sandals or here //

These eight pieces...

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3 Ways To Wear A Kaftan

You might not be heading off on holiday, but that doesn't mean you can't add a kaftan to your Summer wardrobe. Of course they are perfect on a sun kissed beach, cocktail in hand, worn over your swimwear. But you can get wear out of them at home too. 

I have a gorgeous kaftan I bought to take to Antigua a couple of years ago and I have worn it with slim leg trousers for the evening too. In fact if you watch this week's video you will see me wearing it to film as it was such a hot day.

As well as classic kaftan shape I am wearing, I love the long open front versions too. The one below looks great over swimwear, but imagine it with a cami top underneath and a pair of white jeans for day or silky palazzo trousers for the evening.

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Long Kaftan

I've chosen one pretty blue print option and styled it 3 different ways below and linked a few more options for you at the end of the post.

3 Ways to Wear - Beach

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The Easy to wear Summer Trend To Try Now

Welcome to the return of the Monday Pick me Up! A short but sweet, Monday indulgence :)

Today is all about a Summer Trend that is wearable and stylish too. It's the mixture of blue and white and reminds me of Wedgewood china.

If you don't like these prints, you could do a stripe or just mix blue pieces with white pieces.

It looks especially fresh in linen and all that's need for accessories is a touch of tan leather and a basket bag.

Will you be trying this combination?

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Skirt // Pineapple Bag // Top // Dress // T-shirt // Mules // Trousers // Belt // Sandals // Tote // Blouse //

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Styling A Summer Skirt

If you have watched this week's video (below) you will know that although I am not a huge skirt wearer - especially in winter as I hate tights - I do like a Summer skirt. The problem is finding one that works on my shape. As my waist has now disappeared and I'm short waisted, it's hard to find a skirt that works.

However, there is one style that I come back to that does work. I love a midi with an elasticated waist. This skirt fits the bill perfectly. Not only that, I love the colours - not your typical Spring/Summer pastels - and the Batik inspired print, for the touch of Boho I like in the Summer.

It's made from beautiful lightweight organic cotton tiers, making it the perfect floaty Summer skirt. The added bonus is it also has pockets!

I have plenty of little tops that will work with this skirt as the weather improves, but for now, I will be wearing it like this...

All the other pieces of the outfit are old, but I've found you similar alternatives.

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Wedding Guest Dress Edit & How to Accessorise

Now that weddings are back on, you may be needing an outfit for a rearranged wedding. The easiest answer is a dress and it makes sense to choose one that can be worn again for other occasions and evenings out. You are in luck this season because there are plenty of gorgeous options available. Below are some of my favourites. 

 

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Top row left to right Blue // Pink // Yellow // Blue // Coral // Blue/white //

Bottom row left to right White/pink // Peach/cream // Red/blue // Green // Red // Dark green //

 

When you are accessorising your wedding guest outfit, look for multi tasking pieces. Choose neutrals and metallics, then you can wear them again and again, both together and separately. If you opt for a dress with sleeves you won't need to add a jacket.

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Dress // Fascinator // Earrings // Bag // Shoes //

 

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Dress // Fascinator // Earrings // Bag // Sandals //

 

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5 Outfit Ideas As We Come Out Of Lockdown

Monday sees the easing of more restrictions and at last we can go out for a meal or shopping trip and coffee with friends and we can sit inside. Hurrah!

So I have put together 5 outfit ideas from casual to a smarter evening dinner  look. I hope one or more of them work for whatever you will be doing next week.

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Top // Trousers // Bag // Espadrilles //

 

 

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Top // Trousers // Earrings // Bag  // Shoes //

 

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Jacket // Dress / Bag // Sandals //

 

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Jacket // Top // Trousers // Bag // Bag Strap // Trainers

 

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Jacket // Top // Trousers // Bag // Shoes //

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Mini Socialising Capsule Wardrobe

Have you been out socialising yet? If not it might be down to the cool weather we have been having. While it is supposed to warm up a bit soon and it's not long until we can socialise inside, I thought I would put together a mini socialising capsule that is pretty, can be dressy and hopefully won't have you freezing.

I have included a crochet sweater and skirt co-ord - a great buy because the skirt will look great in the Autumn and Winter with boots too - a pair of white jeans (one of my Spring/Summer wardrobe essentials) and a second short sleeve wrap knit. Add a couple of accessories, in this case a pair of bow detail shoes, small neutral bag and necklace and you have 4 outfits that will take you to a restaurant, pub or friend's for dinner.

Of course the sweaters and skirt will also work with other pieces in your Spring/Summer wardrobe too.

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Sweater // Skirt // Jeans // Pink cardigan // Necklace // Bag // Shoes //

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