Fashion week has started around the world and the seasons are changing rapidly I find myself thinking about what are the key looks I will be sporting this season. It’s not that I’m looking at the designers collections I’m more thinking about what my mood is, what I’m feeling drawn to this season. I’m also thinking about how I can work with my current wardrobe in a new fresh exciting way and how I can sort my cupboards out so they inspire me when I open them to get dressed. So here are my top tips for the new season;
Tip number 1
Remember this the world is in a pretty dire state environmentally and it really needs us to stop filling it with more junk/stuff. This by no means we need to stop being style savvy or even consumers it just means we need to be conscious consumers. We need to stop buying fast quick fix fashion items. The key is always quality over quantity, buy less and buy wisely always. Have this attitude with everything, good quality items will last better, will pass on to others and are less likely to end up in landfill? Or buy second hand whatever your budget, second hand clothes aren’t only for those who can’t afford new ones they are for everyone even the super rich it’s about saving our beautiful planet nothing to do with keeping up with the jones. There is nothing more cool than a market or car boot find for £1 when it was supposed to cost £100 new. So when you're thinking about adding some new pieces to your wardrobe keep these thoughts in your mind.
Tip number 2
Let it go, let it go, yes I’ve been listening to frozen music on repeat all summer holidays but seriously the best thing you can do is let it go. One study on women’s wardrobes showed that 85% of women are storing clothes just incase. Most women were shown to have clothes in 3 different sizes just incase they loose weight or needed it for the future. So my reasons for letting them go are both psychological and ecological. Imagine if all those clothes stashed in closets were out in the world for other people to treasure just think how much good that would be doing for our planet. For most of us we don't have huge walk in wardrobes to store our belongings in, so all these clothes we don't wear are just making our wardrobe spaces feel blocked cluttered and uninspiring. I say live life for the now, keep those style pieces you love it's perfectly ok to store great items you now you will wear or are out of season but pass on all the just in cases or if I loose weight items. You know what when you do loose weight there is nothing better than going out and treating yourself to a brand spanking new (Eco)version of whatever it is you need.
Tip number 3
Know yourself, hey sister there is no excuse for not making time to get to know yourself. I’m telling you now as a busy mother of 3, a female entrepreneur and an obsessive beauty lover with little time to think straight half the time. Let me give you some loving yet straight words on this. YOU are the wine, sweet honey, nectar whatever else you may call it that fills your cup. None else, only YOU are the person that can work out what rocks YOUR world. YOU don't need to be anyone else but SWEET HONEY YOU. Being a style savvy fashionista isn't about following the latest trend obsessively running after things that just aren't YOU whats the point in that? So what I’m saying is this unpick your personality work out who you are the things you love. If your favourite thing is to lounge all day and not really get dressed then great why not collect a few beautiful silk dressing gowns or some amazing lounge wear. We all have many personalities and when we know ourselves and accept ourselves from this point we can start building a wardrobe we really love.
Tip number 4
Honour yourself and your space. I’m all about a great wardrobe space, it is so satisfying to open your closet and find everything in order ready for you to dive in and play around with. I clear my wardrobe every season putting summer clothes either in a separate wardrobe or in storage boxes. Make sure you have a really great mirror and spend time arranging your clothes so they look good, hang as much as possible up so it’s easy to see what you have. Often things stashed in draws are easily forgotten about even if you love them. Invest time in keeping on top of this process, keep your wardrobes clean and smelling lovely, you can even put crystals in the draws and lavender bags or use essential oil mixes on ceramic hangers. Think of your wardrobe as part of your temple zen zone and enjoy making magical energy around it. After all your clothes are an extension of you and your skin so treat them with love and care.
Tip number 5
Keep a mood board in constant flow of styles that you feel drawn to and love, refresh this all the time. Collect and gather images you feel drawn too and stick them either on a pin board or in a note book. Pinterest is great for this. The point is to keep your inspiration flowing, when we collect images they create a visual reference both for you and the universe to respond to. You will find that you will begin to gravitate toward these styles that you love naturally and they will gravitate towards you with ease.
Tip number 6
It’s all about styling, you really don't need allot of clothes to wear allot of different styles. Get creative with your wardrobe. Playing around with your clothes isn't just for little girls, remember the days when you would try different things on all afternoon just for fun then as you got older and busier you didn't bother. Or if you have never spent an afternoon just trying on your clothes for fun well you really should. We so often mistake the fact we need something new with the fact we haven't played around with what we already have. I’ve spent so much time in my life trying things on upside down or back to front or mixing and matching things it’s really fun.
One of the things you can do once you have found combinations you love together is create a space within your wardrobe to hang these items in and for a certain amount of time you can focus on wearing only these pieces. Rather like creating a capsule collection out of your belongings, then when you feel like refreshing you can just circulate them back in to your other clothes and start again. My point is this have fun, get creative try stuff on mix it up.
Tip number 7
Get together and talk clothes, it’s so much fun to sit around and talk about style together. We are social creatures were not meant to do everything alone. As we get older we don't hang out with our girlfriends in the same way as we did when we were younger. Why not gather your bestie’s and have a fun evening or afternoon together talking style, clothes and well whatever else you want as let face it when us women get together we always end up putting the world to rights.
Or why don't you join me on one of my style pamper days in beautiful locations where we can do just that, see my events for more details.
Here is a picture of my daughter and her friend after they had spent an afternoon dressing up you can see their happiness and bliss!
ove Daisy x