My Minimalistic Summer Wardrobe

 

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Blue and White Capsule
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Black and White Summer Capsule
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Black and White Beach Capsule

Since my last post I’ve been busy curating (wanky I know) my minimal summer wardrobe after giving birth to my third and final baby five months ago. I had previously cleared some space in the wardrobe (see previous post: ‘The Big Purge’ for details) and was ready to add easy to wear essentials, coordinate colours and accessorise my surviving clothes. My aim this summer was to create two to three capsules using black, white and navy blue as neutral base colours. I have learnt to filter searches when online shopping to the colours within my capsule and to pick items that would diversify multiple outfits in one swoop.

I already owned a number of basic jersey T’s and plain vest tops in these colours so I worked around these, adding stripes, prints, shoes and jewellery. Carrying extra weight this year I wanted to restrict the amount of trousers / shorts I bought and kept those that I did purchase basic and versatile (a bit of an elastic waist was also appreciated); my £8.99 stonewashed denim shorts from ASOS have been well worn already this season. I’m also breastfeeding so needed to select items that were loose and could easily be hitched up or unbuttoned with abandon.

Although not a jewellery person I added a few minimal items to my collection in order to create a more put together look. I have to admit it still seems a bit foreign to put on a necklace or pair of earrings for the school run but when I do remember / have time, it makes me feel more polished and fashionable. My favourite new items were from online Jewellery designers ‘Lines and Currant’ (www.linesandcurrent.com) and Still with You (www. stillwithyou.dk/). I’ve started my collection with the silver ERIKKA Earring & Wishbone Midi-Ring Jewellery set from L&C and a minimal four piece earring set from SWY. I hope to add and build upon my modest collection from these quality, affordable and minimalistic jewellery designers who also happen to have impeccable customer service and fast delivery.

Adding a few pairs of basic sandals and shoes that work within my colour scheme has also been a game changer. In the past I have tended to buy shoes on a whim and in the sales. However, I carefully thought about my clothes and colours and invested in quality hardworking sandals that I love. My Black Birkenstock Arizonans, Navy Saltwater Originals and Gold Havaianas work with almost everything I own and make that final hurdle of running out the door (already late) a breeze.

My capsules are unlikely to make me stand out in a crowd and some might say I’ve played it safe, but I’m now able to reach into my wardrobe half asleep and pull out outfits that work with little to no thought. I hope to add a few items in coral next year to build in a pop of colour. In the meantime I’m done purchasing and online shopping and I’m off to enjoy the summer!

 

Goodbye, Farewell, Adios Maternity Clothes

Goodbye , farewell, adios dear maternity clothes.

IMG_5669We had a lovely time together throughout my three pregnancies, mainly spent eating and reading online articles about the importance of staying active whilst dossing on the sofa, but a lovely time none the less.

Despite my attempts and financial sacrifices to look fashionable during pregnancy, like the Pinterest boards promised me I could, I always ended up looking, erm, heavily pregnant. Funny enough no brand of maternity clothes ever made me look like the size 6 non pregnant models with their tiny fake bumps.

I remember lovingly boxing you up after my second pregnancy and putting a hilarious note inside that started along the lines of ‘oh no you didn’t’! Turns out it wasn’t hilarious. A sickly green and exhausted version of myself eye rolled so hard I saw the back of my own skull, ‘this is proof that you were clearly planning for this to happen you giddy idiot’!

Much like myself you stretched well beyond what was intended (one pair of Gap jeans actually ripped open exposing my ever expanding arse) and gathered multiple stains as I sat balancing my plate on my bump to eat ‘hangry’ style in front of the TV.

You served me well but it’s now time to say goodbye for good.

So there you are, the ones that survived the ripping and staining, bagged up in a black sack, like the body from Shallow Grave, purchased on Ebay and awaiting collection. Before you go, I sigh, reflecting that I will never again search the maternity sections or wear empire line, drop waist, trapeze style shapeless sacks that cost the same, sometimes more than actually nice clothes. I pick up my phone and eagerly start putting shit into baskets.