So before the Easter weekend I shared with you some tips from Katherine B on how to successfully sort and plan your new season wardrobe. See my post here.
I spent a few hours myself having a good sort out. Putting winter items away and getting out my spring and summer wardrobe. Reviewing what I had already, what needed to go and what gaps I needed to fill. I was pretty ruthless. I had some garments and shoes that had been hanging around for years that I had not worn or didn't love when I wore them so I decided the time had come to let go.
It's not finished yet. I have all my summer clothes that I love hanging on a clothes rail, freshly washed and ironed. I am now looking at it in more detail and deciding what else I need to buy. One obvious hole is in trousers / jeans. As you know I lost quite a bit of weight between last year and this year and my size 12's have gone so I need to replace with size 8-10's. My tops were mostly 10's anyway or the size 12's have already gone. Casual dresses are another gap - same reason, gone are the baggier styles, I want something more fitted now.
Katherine suggested deciding on a colour palette for the season ahead and this is something I have been getting better at in more recent years. Having a colour analysis done really helped too - see my post here.
So my colour capsule for this spring / summer is:
I am a bit over on the recommended 5 colours but I will see how I get on with this and how it all works together once I start wearing.
My shopping list:
Dark blue or navy jeans
Cardigans or jacket that will go over everything
Summer dresses that I can wear every day and on holiday
Tan sandals maybe a wedge heel
What I don't need - any more tops or any more stripe tops! And no more scarves!
I have tried on quite a few white jeans already. Umm they are not the most flattering and I am still headed back to the 'investment purchase' here. I am going to go and see my friend at Brookes in Wendover as soon as I can and see what jeans they have in. I have ordered a couple of pairs of 7 for all Mankind white jeans to try. I do think getting the fit of white jeans right is essential. Badly fitting white jeans are very unflattering and unforgiving. I have tried some on in Mint Velvet (too short), in Hallhuber at House of Fraser (not a good fit) and Boden (not stretchy enough). I need to sort the white jeans out first then everything else will follow!
Let me know how you are getting on!
Oh and a little tip - a clothes rail is essential when you are sorting your wardrobe out. I picked up a cheap one a few years ago from Amazon but it kept collapsing when I put heavier items on it. Then last year I bought a different style from Lakeland and although it is not as aesthetically pleasing it does work much better and doesn't collapse with the weight (but you do need to load it evenly or it falls over)!
It is still a bit chilly so I am currently wearing 'transitional' outfits which is not my favourite way of dressing and I am looking forward to some more consistent milder days.
Hanging Rails - I found the style on the left collapsed with too much weight whereas the Lakeland one on the right is more practical, but doesn't look at nice!
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