Here we go then; I’m making good on my promise from this post where I had a bit of a whinge about how much it costs to keep up with fashion, and starting a whole Making My Wardrobe Work Harder series (the first one is here if you fancy checking it out). I’m not going to have a schedule for these – as per usual I’m going with the flow, but I’m hoping to do one every month or so. We’ll see how we get on.
As I’m trying to make this a thing, here are the rules; 1) I must choose an existing item from my wardrobe and style it in four different ways and 2) I’m not allowed to buy anything to wear it with specifically for the post, each outfit must be put together using things I already own (although they can be recent purchases). Those are the only rules because I don’t want to pen myself in too much, but the aim is to get myself thinking about reusing and rewearing things more.
Today is the turn of this black culotte jumpsuit from Primark, which I stumbled upon for £5 in their sale in January. I don’t know if ‘things I picked up for ridiculously low prices’ is going to become a theme here but we’ll see. Anyway, I love this thing, not only for the way it looks but also because it is so comfortable. I know that this is the kind of piece some people shy away from – but in my mind it’s incredibly versatile, so I was excited to come up with multiple uses for it. Here are my outfits:
A Day in the Office
Top – H&M | Bag – H&M | Shoes – Primark | Sunnies – Primark | Earrings – M&S
A culotte jumpsuit might not be the first thing you think of as workwear, but it actually works really well for the office, particularly with a shirt or top in a semi-formal fabric underneath. This combo also gave me a chance to wear a cream H&M chiffon top which I very cleverly put in the wash with dark stuff and now has big patches all over it – but the jumpsuit covers that up so it’s fine and now I feel vindicated in not throwing it away. For accessories I went for blush pink mid heels and my absolute favourite work bag to complete the outfit and make me work-ready – and I think at the end of the day I could even take the top off and be ready for some after-work drinks in the sun.
Hat – Primark | Denim jacket – Topshop | Sandals – New Look | Necklace – Accessorize
I love a jumpsuit for the summer, and culotte style legs are ideal for warmer weather because of the loose fit – no one wants anything tight against their legs if it’s hot do they? I’ve never been sure about these white sandals, but I’ve seen a lot with the espadrille style soles at the moment so thought I’d dig them out again; plus I think they work with this straw hat from Primark (which is a recent purchase and is just £3). I know I look dead weird wearing this ensemble in front of a red brick wall next to my flat…but could definitely see myself popping it on for a sunny summer stroll.
Tee – H&M | Trainers – Converse | Necklace – H&M | Sunnies – Primark
One of my favourite things about this jumpsuit is that it is great for layering – with tees, with shirts…I’ve even layered a jumper underneath and worn it with ankle boots in the winter. For a casual, mooching-around-on-a-Sunday-doing-the-food-shop-and-maybe-popping-into-Outfit-for-a-browse look (you know the one, I’m sure), I popped a striped tee underneath and my oldest, most beaten up trainers on my feet. If anything says ‘oh this is my casual look’, it’s converse, right?
Earrings – H&M | Shoes – Primark | Bag – New Look
And finally, it’s time for a more dressed up approach. When you’re required to look dressy but don’t fancy a dress, a jumpsuit is a godsend – and with all the layering stripped away I think it’s perfect for a night out. To make it evening-ready I had to go with my super cute cat clutch because it might be the best thing I own, and these gold strappy sandals and black and gold tasselled earrings made me feel super glam. Now I’m just looking for an excuse to wear this outfit, because putting it on to spend 10 minutes taking photos didn’t really cut it…so if anyone has any fab parties they want to invite me to then help a gal out and send the invites through!
Which look is your favourite? And also – if anyone fancies it, I’d love to see another blogger give this a go (little blog post idea for you there if you’re suffering from a creative block)! If you see me wearing anything over on Instagram that you want to challenge me to use for one of these, give me a shout.
Photos: Rob Poor