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Reuse, recycle. Making a conscious effort to strip back on the new and explore vintage.

It’s hard to break a habit that has existed for a lifetime. I’m trying to become more conscious of my spending and to strip back on buying new. Is another faux fur necessary? I’m looking to re explore my wardrobe and learn to love vintage again. To be at peace with what I have, work with what I have got and stop buying unnecessary purchases that I may or may not wear.

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To keep up with fashion is impossible, each week there is a new high street trend, catwalk favourite and so on. With a low budget and lack of time to explore fashion much any more, I’ve decided to strip back completely and to wear my old pieces that I have loved before. Albeit some. Items are still attached to there original tags, three years down the line.

It’s crazy to think how much we waste shopping and trying to keep up with latest trends and street wear. Each year the trends remain the same, I’m tired of the mundane and predictable online shopping. I want to update my wardrobe with one off pieces, urban renewal clothing and art deco style jewellery. I love the 70s and draw much inspiration from that era, the whole disco look just sucks me in. I need to hunt down pieces that I really love and feel that for one off pieces and pulling looks together, vintage has everything to offer and more.

The high street is forever adapting to update store fronts and bring in new stock to meet the changing trends and keep up with the cat walk designers it becomes an endless cycle and as soon as you get into one new seasonal trend, gingham for Summer, faux for Autumn and leathers for Winter, the cycle starts all over. It has become a bit boring, there are only so many times the cycle can repeat itself and I’m seeing the same items crop up over and over. Snore.

With this in mind, bored by the mainstream high street, I’m going to try something new, to have fun with my current wardrobe, to mix it up with not new, but vintage pieces found at local markets charity stores and online retailers such as Etsy, which I already love.

I’m looking to explore and update my style through the hidden gems I have had stashed away for months, to get the use out of previous worn once only items and to really fall in love with finding my own style and doing fashion my way. Not by the way of the magazines for a change.

My budget as a working Mum on a part time wage can’t keep up with past shopping habits and my iterest to keep up has long dimished. I don’t want to have the newest dress on the block, to continue to fall into the shopping trap, it’s a consumer market out there for sure and I’m done with it and the waste.

My love of clothing and personal style is as strong as ever, with a penchant for pretty dresses, glitter and chandelier earrings but my eyes have been opened to the online world of vintage, and I know fashion doesn’t have to be new to be cool, to be loved and that style varies for everyone, it is what makes us unique. I’m excited to dive further into my ever changing personal style with the help of vintage and preloved clothing and garments by my side. My style has changed so much over the years and I’m excited to find out what comes next. I like to mix grunge and bohemian. To mix party girl dressing with street wear. I don’t do too good at casual wear but it’s growing on me.

I’m going to look to update my wardrobe with classic and timeless pieces that I can wear over and over again, not just on a one off. I’m going to invest in key pieces and hunt down bits and bobs from vintage stores and marketplaces to update what I already own. I’m going to create my own style and I’m going to have fun exploring and playing around.

I could shop until I drop but frankly, my budget won’t allow much shopping at this stage, my priority is saving to move to a family home, saving for Eleanor’s future. I’ve set myself a challenge to buy vintage and old items only for the next three months to see how I do. No Topshop, no Urban Outfitters, and no Doc Martens (miss you already). Here goes, a challenge that I hope can shape the way that I shop for the future and can teach myself how to fall in love with style and get out from the consumer trap. With this challenge not only can I look to prepare for more important things but I can also save the planet a little and stop with the waste.

I’ve worked through my wardrobe over the past few months and done a real good cleanse, rid of anything I haven’t or don’t wear. I’m moving on with my life and in this case it’s out with the new and in with the old. Wish me luck. If you have any favourite vintage clothing and jewellery stores or wee treasure chests hidden away, please, share with me. I’d love to know and dive right in to a world of vintage and pre loved. Reuse, recycle after all.

 

Keren x

The jumpsuit edit.

Okay, as promised. I finally found the perfect jumpsuit for me. This took a few months of trolling online to get what I wanted. Nothing seemed to stand out. Not until I stumbled upon a black halter neck number on ASOS with flared bottoms and a relaxed fit. Petite in size, comfortable to wear with an soft and stretchy material that leaves room to breathe. Ah, perfect after a good Christmas feast. This jumpsuit is also very versatile. Making it so easy to dress up or down.

I’ve found THE jumpsuit and I’m not going back. I’ve been hunting high and low for one that would suit and fit me perfectly that I can wear a variety of ways. I wanted a piece that I could wear over and over again and wear it differently each time.

I didn’t want to splash a fortune for a jumpsuit and I didn’t want to buy several styles to get the looks that I required either. I wanted one jumpsuit that I can style in many ways and keep tucked away in my wardrobe for years to come. Not as easy to find something to fit the part as you would think. Especially with my petite 5ft 2 frame.

Seeing it online at only £25, I jumped at the chance to purchase my size before stock disappeared. I have to say, I was unsure of the quality I would receive as a garment.

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When my order arrived, I wasn’t disappointed with this item. I’ve been spending time playing around and putting together different styles as Eleanor sleeps and have had so much fun with it already. It truly is a unique piece and a new wardrobe staple. You can wear this in so many ways and create different looks along the way. You can go all out glamorous with faux fur and glitter or you can wear it super simply and use it as an everyday item. There’s plenty of choice of how to wear this which can make it difficult to pick just one style!

The jumpsuit has the ability to give you the WOW factor, especially when teamed with lots of accessories and a strong lip colour, I think I will wear this with a plum lip.  It can also be a simple piece and can be covered up with plenty of layering and worn without no make up. Regardless how you wear it, it will stand out and give you that feel good confidence.

The material isn’t too tight and doesn’t cling to your skin. It leaves room to breathe and move around with ease. I think I might even wear this as a longe item, something I can wear as I roll around the floor playing with my baby and get through several nappy changes. It really is that comfortable.

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Wear it to go shopping with a large slouchy jumper over the top and slips ons. Get glammd up for the evening and wear it alone with simple and delicate jewellery, or team it with bold and bright jewellery and a bold lip to match  to stand out that little bit more.

Whatever you decide, make sure you have fun playing around and getting it right for you!

Throw some jazzy boots on to give a pop of colour or add some height with sassy stiletto heels. Go walking with the dog with warm layers thrown over the top of this and some trainers.

The possibilities with the piece are endless and I will show you some of the looks that I have created. I’d have loved to had played around with make up and shown my style creations with the make up to match my looks but unfortunately, at home with a newborn alone leads for little time to play around with make up. In these posts, I am bare faced. My skin is naked. Had I had the time to play around with make up to show how I wear each look that I styled, I would have went all out.

For this particular occasion,  I’ve chose to dress the piece up. It was too fun not to, and as a new mum, the only chance I have to dress it is when I prance around the bedroom after catching five minutes alone. I think I’ll be taking this jumpsuit on its first outing when I have my first night out with my man post baby and I will be sure to dress this up as much as I can. I’ll be adding as much accessories as I can and going completely over the top. Can you tell I don’t get out much?

 

 

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Simple and stylish, worn alongside with my go to old skool vans slip ons a a red beret for that colour burst.

 

 

Team with a corset belt and a faux fur shoulder bag for a slightly more flamed up look all while keeping it casual. Add a faux fur jacket over the top or team with a slouchy bomber jacket thrown on.

 

Go all out with the glamour. Dress it up with your favourite accessories, the bolder the better. Large gold hoops or bright tassle earrings, layer with plenty of necklaces of different lengths and styles, add a choker into the mix. Hide a bad hair day but still keep the glamour up with a stylish hat and throw on a faux fur stole or jacket to turn heads. You can dress this piece up with whatever accessories you choose.

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A stiletto heel, a platform, chunky boots or delicate flats. I’ve chosen to style this with slip on flats as I prefer to be in flats than heels but if I am to go full glamour for a big event I’ll add a blocked heel or a glitter sandal to fit that part. It really doesn’t matter how you wear this, go with what works for you.

On this occasion I’ve went all out on the accessories and believe me, if my baby didn’t begin to wake and seek my full attention, I could have added even more jewellery and glitter. The more the merrier when it comes to accessories! That’s my mantra anyway. But remember, that’s me and accessories aren’t for everyone. If you don’t want to stand out, drop all of the accessories and wear it simply. A delicate necklace or a small pair of gold hoops still makes a great addition to the jumpsuit all while being extra subtle.

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I have also teamed my jumpsuit with some layers to dress this down. I’ve teamed this with layers underneath but you could always throw a chunky knit over the top and on a super cold Winter day, even wrap a scarf or a faux fur snood around on top. The perfect dressed down look for a casual Sunday heading out for brunch.

With the addition of layers, I’d team it with a trainer on my feet to give a casual look. You could still dress the jumpsuit down with a band tee or polo neck and wear a block sandal. I particularly like this worn with a floral polo neck underneath. It looks super stylish and a polo neck is a great way to cover up and keep cosy in the Winter. All while keeping your look fresh and stylish. The polo neck I am wearing is from Zara and cost just £12.99. On a maternity wage right now, I’ll take all the bargains I can get. There are plenty bargains out there if you look for them so if you are on a budget, there is something out there for everyone.

I’ve found that when I teamed this piece with a band tee and a pink satin block strappy sandal it looked really cool and I really liked the look it gave off. Very rocker chic and perfect for going to a gig or having some drinks down the pub on a weekend afternoon.

The band tee I have teamed this with is Slaves and I purchased this t-shirt from their official website sometime last year. They have such cool styles online and I’ve worn this every other week. It’s become a staple of mine and actually, now I mention it, I’m off to go check out the site to see what is new. Yes, I do like and listen to Slaves before you judge me.

 

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However you wear your jumpsuit, I hope that you have as much fun styling as I do and create looks that work for you and the occasion. If you have any tips or pics, please feel free to share with me. I’m always seeking outfit inspiration and I would love to hear your thoughts. If any of my ideas work for you, take a picture and send it my way. I’d love to see your creations and styles. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and comments.

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Lots of love, Keren x