I absolutely love shopping. Not the most profound of statements, I know – I’m pretty sure almost everyone likes new clothes – but I have a bit of a problem with buying things, wearing them once, then shoving them to the back of the wardrobe, never to be seen again.
What I’m trying to say is, I’m a serial impulse buyer, I‘m not good at rewearing things, and not only is this incredibly wasteful, it’s also making me poor. However, with a trip to Scandinavia booked for just five weeks away, I need to be saving money rather than throwing it at Zara. Experiences rather than things and all that (although things are nice too).
And that, my friends – are we friends? This is only my fifth blog post but I’m something of a keeno so I’m going to roll with it and say we are – brings me to the point of this post. I need to get smarter with how I use what’s in my existing wardrobe, so I challenged myself to style one item in several ways to force myself to look at the different combinations I could put together with clothes I already own.
The item in question is my pleather tan midi skirt. She’s a beauty, isn’t she? I find myself gravitating more and more towards midis as I get older (gulp) and this one was £2.89 in the M&S sale. You read that right. TWO POUNDS EIGHTY NINE. You can’t even imagine how excited I was about that. Anyway – on to the looks!
Tee – Primark | Trainers – Carvela | Sunglasses – Primark
First things first; the simplest combo you can imagine. I’m a big fan of making a midi super casual so on went a basic white tee, my much-loved Carvela trainers and some sunnies. Sunday morning brunch ready and one look down!
Top – Primark | Belt – Primark | Mules – Marks & Spencer | Sunglasses – Primark | Belt – Primark
For the next look, I wanted something less casual but still fairly relaxed. I bought these delightful little mules from M&S recently and absolutely love them. Mules are everywhere at the moment and I’ve seen so many pairs I want, but I feel like I made a wise move by going for some classic black ones with a nice heel height first. This belt reminded me a bit of those chunky waist belts everyone at sixth form was wearing in 2006 (please say someone else remembers this?!) when I first saw it but the circular buckle drew me in anyway.
Shirt – Warehouse | Shoes – New Look
I work in an office, so I thought I would go for a workwear look next. The tan colour looks so nice with white that I stuck to that again with a simple shirt – I tied it at the front because my work isn’t too strict or corporate, but you could just tuck it in if that wouldn’t be okay where you work. I think this would look so nice with one of the beautiful deconstructed or ruffled shirts that are about at the moment…but the rule was things I already owned, and I’m not a rulebreaker, so I managed to avoid buying one (for now!).
(Why you so moody Soph?!)
Top – Dorothy Perkins | Belt – New Look | Bag – New Look | Shoes – Zara
To wrap things up, I tried a more dressy outfit, popping on this adorable little top from Dorothy Perkins, a skinny belt, and my trusty Zara lace-up sandals – with a red lip, of course. You may notice my hair also got significantly shorter – my bad, we shot these on different days as we were a bit pressed for time and I had my sister chop quite a lot off it on the day we were going to do the last photos. Ooops. Of course, if you rewear an item but get half your hair cut off in between wears, then you will suddenly look different, so everyone will think it’s a completely new outfit! Just an idea…
And there we have it – one skirt, four ways. Congratulations if you made it all the way through this rather lengthy post! I think this is definitely going to have to be something I start doing more of (not necessarily on here, just in general) so that I make the most of everything in my wardrobe. Which look was your favourite? Anyone have any top tips for making your wardrobe work harder?
Photos: Rob Poor