Monday, 12 February 2018

FASHION | Finding Fun in Fashion

If you're a long time reader of this little website of mine, you'll know it first started life as a fashion blog... But let me tell you, oh how the times have changed. Maybe it's my age, maybe it's this blog, maybe my priorities have changed, who knows?. But over the last year or so I've lost all interest in fashion... And I'm not okay with that!
Let's start at the beginning. As a teenager (I'm not prepared to tell you how long ago that was) any spare pennies I'd made we're spent on clothing, I'd be in and out of Middlesbrough town centre every other weekend and it would never be a quick trip, it was an all day job. And I loved it! Looking back now I've got no idea how I did it, even though we've moved to a busier city, the idea of spending all day in town trudging the shops fills me with dread. There's absolutely no way I could do it. But like I say, I loved it, and it was just part of my everyday life back then.

As I've grown older and started working full time I began spending my money a little more luxuriously. I'd pick quality over quantity and would find myself browsing the likes of Net-A-Porter and Selfridges. Unfortunately this period didn't last as long as I'd like... I became a home owner and before I could even blink, my disposable income was gone!

Writing this now, I feel this is where my downfall with fashion began.



Priorities changed... I could no longer afford to buy those new pair of Topshop jeans or that new knit I'd been lusting after for I don't know how long. I had to adult! Gone were the days of spending money on what I liked, instead there were days of spending money on what I needed... A roof over my head, petrol in the car, all the boring things you actually need to survive. Damn you mortgage life! So I couldn't necessarily afford to buy the latest fashions, but I could still enjoy them right?

Well yes, to some extent... But there's only so long that can last. A gals gotta have a wardrobe update every now and again right!

My love for fashion flat lined. As soon as I walked through the door after my post work dog walk I'd be upstairs, stripping down & getting changed into my pj's. I wouldn't like to admit the ratio of wearing pj's to normal clothes, just thinking about it is a scary thought. And once you get stuck in the rut of a routine like that, it's very hard to get out of... And that's where I was at the end of last year.

And here we are finding the fun in fashion.

So how did I get out of my style rut... I've got a few pointers on where to begin, where I'm at now & how it's helped me.
* Let go. The best place to start when it comes to finding the fun in fashion is basically from scratch. Get every single last piece of clothing out of your wardrobe and scatter it across the bedroom in in different piles. Tops together, trousers together, knitwear together etc etc, and the once you've turned your bedroom into a bombsite you can scrutinize each pile. It's also handy from here to see what you're lacking in your wardrobe and what you've got way to much of. Letting go of pieces you no longer wear and popping things back away you know you love makes you look at your wardrobe in a whole new light. It's amazing, and the absolute best way to start.
* Play. Put random clothing pieces together and play with fashion. Mix colours, mix patterns and mix textures - You might be surprised by the outcome and it may even make you look at your wardrobe in a whole different light. And even if that doesn't happen, you've had fun paying dress up right? I found layering different textures and playing around with silhouettes worked best for me. I've embraced less fitted clothes and have actually enjoyed being that bit comfier in what I wear - It's a win win situation.


* Listen to others. Go shopping with friends and ask how they'd dress you. Getting a whole other perspective on the way you put outfits together can be so refreshing. Especially if it's someone who dresses totally different to you. It may be nerve wrecking at first, but I think it's one of those where the more you let go and let someone else take control, the more you'll get out of it. It might even help swapping wardrobes, not necessarily all of it, but exchanging bits and pieces can be so refreshing and may even help you with future wardrobe purchases.
* Don't give AF. Possibly one of the hardest things to do! We live in a world where what we do and even what we wear gets criticized on a daily basis through our social media channels. It's such a shame, but it seems like the norm in the digital age. Learning to wear what you want to wear and not giving a rats ass about who doesn't like it is the most freeing thing! We've all heard the saying 'you do you' and that's something I've been learning to do over the last half a year. I quite often say it, but I feel like I've reverted back into teenage me when it comes to fashion, and you know what, I bloody love it! 
You won't believe the transformation my wardrobe has had over the last few months. I've massively downsized the amount of pieces I have stashed away in there, throwing out and donating those that needed a little more love than I was willing to give them. I've gained a few new exciting additions to my wardrobe meaning I no longer want to crawl into my pajamas as soon as I get in from work. I want to get dressed up again and get excited by fashion. That's not to say I'll be uploading fashion posts left, right and centre, because I probably won't but, I am finding the fun in fashion again which is amazing!

Have you ever lost your fashion direction? How did you find it again?

Claire. X

Did you see my latest post? It's a few daft goals for 2018.

Coat - Primark
Jumper - New Look
Culottes - Primark
Shoes - Vans
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