Flared

 

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Shirt – Rag & Bone (no longer available, similar here)

Jumper – Celine (found on consignment)

 Jeans – Blank NYC

Shoes – Christian Louboutin

I’m going through something of a style evolution at the moment.  For years I’ve built an almost exclusively monochrome wardrobe built up of basics, jeans and t shirts mostly. Oh I’ve got all kinds of t shirts, long sleeved, short sleeved, high neck, low neck, distressed, structured… All monochrome.  I still have no real issue with a monochrome palette, it’s classic and makes getting dressed a lot easier, but towards the end of 2015 my wardrobe began to feel stale and mundane.  I wasn’t excited about getting dressed, the only time I felt any real buzz was dressing for an event, and even then I felt restricted to a crisp white shirt, jeans and heels – yawn!

So I’ve started to branch out; colour, layering, weird proportions, trousers that aren’t made of denim… You name it, I’m probably cultivating a branch in that general direction.  Wearing brown is foreign to me. Camel is one thing, but brown? I can’t remember the last time I owned something darker than caramel on that colour spectrum.  When you look into your wardrobe and absolutely nothing seems wearable, it’s time for a shake up. Try something new, even if it’s just a cut you haven’t tried before, different trousers or banning yourself from t-shirts for a month. It’s nearly spring, time to freshen up and do something different!  One or two new pieces, or wearing things you already own in a totally different way, can make your entire look feel brand new.

On a less serious note – I solved my “flare problem”! I’m 6ft tall, 6ft4-6 in heels, so finding flares long enough to wear heels with has been impossible. That is until I remembered that just because you bought something that way doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.  I’ve been ripping, cutting, tailoring and adjusting my clothes ever since I first learned to sew,  but for some reason recently I’ve just been taking things as they are, forgetting that I can make them my own to such an extent that it took weeks for this thought to occur to me – just un-pick the bloody hem!  It gives you an extra 1-2 inches depending on the jeans, and frayed denim is having a moment, right?  If there’s one thing I’d recommend every fashion loving boy or girl does, it’s learn to sew. You only need the basics, and it can really change your wardrobe! Taking a hem up (or down if you’re tall), cinching a waistline, make your clothes work for you, not the other way around!  There are hundreds of YouTube videos and blogs to teach you how, and it’s an invaluable skill!  Have you ever heard someone say they regret learning to sew? Or learning any new skill for that matter…

Learn something new this week, you won’t regret it!

Shan

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