It seems everyone is writing posts about what they are packing on their trips away….well I am going to jump on board! I am heading off to Italy next week for 3 beautiful glorious weeks. I’ll be in my families village for my cousins wedding, which is south of Rome right near Naples, then heading back to Rome and onto Nice. My suitcase needs to be filled with easy, casual summer clothes that can take me from the beach, to the shops then off to dinner.
We have previously touched on capsules wardrobes, well I am going to need a capsule suitcase. Where else would I find all the right ideas and inspiration needed for this task, but Pinterest. I have been scrolling through and pinning like a crazy women, but have found all the inspro I required.
First thing I had to decide was a colour scheme, I have chosen a colour palette of – Black, white, Navy & Grey – and then throwing in shoes, bags & accessories to change up the outfit looks. Everything that I pack has to be able to be worn together (mix & match), and by keeping to a pretty neutral colour scheme Ill be able to achieve this. I am hoping to pack as little as possible, because we all know you have to have a little shop when on holidays! Cant wait to show you all what I am packing….
(images sourced from pinterest)
The idea of mixing or even wearing prints can seem a bit out there…..or possibly not a good idea. But it can be done, as you should of done during our #dailystyledares last week. So here’s a little inspiration to get you on your way.
To do it right you need to remember a couple of things;
- the easiest being to mix prints within a similar colour scheme – this way the print ties and blends together, while still making a bold statement.
- If your pieces don’t share a color within their prints, a similar background colour, like brown, black, white, or grey, becomes important.
- An easy way to start mixing prints is to wear Stripes and Polka Dots together – or the same print. Wearing both in a black and white colour scheme, will keep it chic and stylish.
- Leopard print goes with everything – so does stripes, even together!
- Keep your prints to only 2, its easy on the eye and you can see the outfit as one, anymore than 2 say 3 it becomes a bit much and too loud – and no one will know where to look
- Use a small and large print – not both of the same, again more to do with the effects of the eye and confusing them
Now head to your wardrobe pull out a print and start matching it – give yourself your own fashion parade and have fun!
(all photos sourced from pinterest)
There are so many items that can go onto such a list. But let’s keep it simple and to the point. I don’t have a huge shopping budget, money usually comes out of the food and bills account (shh don’t tell) so I have to make my purchases count. Before I make the decision to purchase an item I have to make sure it’s needed and can make other wardrobe pieces go further.
My top 5 wardrobe must haves include jeans, striped tee, a blazer, pointy toe flats and a chambray shirt. These may not be on your list but they should be. All 5 items are versatile and will work with everything else in your wardrobe and the best bit is they work with each other.
Jeans are a staple you can wear them for most occasions dress them up, down on the weekend sometimes even to work.
A striped tee is one of the easiest pieces to wear. It is a go to for us and we class it as a neutral and staple. I have not just one but many striped tops in my wardrobe short sleeve and long sleeve for all weather conditions and one for all occasions. Dress it up with a statement necklace and your black pumps and off you go.
The blazer is a perfect to add another layer of depth and warmth to your outfit. It’s also perfect to smarten up an outfit, throwing on a blazer takes you from easy casual to smart casual instantly. It doesn’t matter what color you go for though we have black and and I also have an olive/khaki one. Also spring is the perfect time to grab a colored or floral blazer to stand out.
Pointy toe flats or heels….what can I say they make your legs look longer and leaner and just look hot. Between us we have over 15 pairs of pointy toes, between us. We love them more than any other type of shoe. They are perfect with jeans on a night out or even for work during the day. We think they just make an outfit look polished. I’ll never own enough.
Our final must have peice is the chambray shirt. Not many like the double denim but with a pop of color or a statement peice to draw the eye it works very well and looks super cool.
Once you have some staples you can use them as a foundation to start building the rest of your wardrobe. Add tops, skirts, pants and accessories. What else would add to a wardrobe must have list?
(all images sourced from pinterest)
The beginning of this week has allowed us to undress and get some much needed vitamin D rays into our skin. This weather is perfect for starting to try out some of those Spring trends we have been hearing about. Whites and pastels are always big in the beginning of spring, it’s an easy combo to try. A white pair of jeans and a pastel pink, blue or mint top is an easy way to try this trend.
Off the shoulder dresses and tops along with midriffs are also going to make there way on to some people. Off the shoulder tops, just like the ones from the 90’s are cute, very wearable and summery. Midriffs on the other hand, well let’s just say they aren’t going to be for everyone maybe just the models in the magazines or teenage girls.
Other spring summer trends I’ve been seeing in magazines, new season ranges and on the web are stripes (love the easiness of stripes), wide leg pants and it seems cobalt blue hues are coming back our way. Which is great besides the fact that I passed on my colbat blue shirt as I thought it was done (doesn’t that always happen?)
What other trends are you waiting to try, now that winter is out the door?