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So Last Season

Get intimate with your wardrobe

Thursday, 23rd April, 2020 12:22pm

As the days roll into one, I feel like I’m spending more and more time hanging out in my wardrobe, filming IGTVs (IGTV is a video app on Instagram) and getting creative with my clothes.

I’m now getting to know my wardrobe on a very deep and meaningful level and we are quite the pals these days. Nothing like a pandemic to make you appreciate what you have and make the most of things and in our Instagram G&T Style Club, we are focusing on rediscovering our wardrobes this week.

At first I was pulling out my most outrageously flamboyant prints and colours and creating new looks with those but now I’m really all about rediscovering and breathing new life into my basic pieces. I’m also not inclined to want to buy online so really it forces you to get creative with what you have.

I think what happens with these failsafe basics is that over time - without a mad print or flashy colour to catch your eye - they can just start blending into your wardrobe and get overlooked in favour of newer pieces.

We can create numerous easy to wear looks with pieces we already own because they are without a doubt the clothing I see most often in peoples wardrobes time and time again.

One look that I find myself reaching for when I’m not feeling very fashion inspired is a striped top, a soft grey pair of joggers, blazer and some trainers. If you’re feeling chilly, swap the stripe for a hoodie. This sounds a bit crazy on paper but trust me, something about the high-low combination works. It also means you feel slightly dressed up while still be oh so comfy.

Another absolute understated classic combination that we can all pull together from our existing wardrobes is a blazer, white tee, jeans and a slider. It’s so simple but done right can look chic and effortless. I always make sure to add layers of gold jewellery to give it that sartorial edge. A few layered gold chains, delicate hoops and gold bangles do the trick nicely and just scrape back hair in a low knot for a very Parisian street style vibe.

Having gone through my wardrobe recently and discovered that I have a ridiculous amount of jeans, I really wanted to start wearing them more, so I’ve also been experimenting with doing some double denim combinations.

I find white jeans are an easy cheat way to work the look as they are denim but still are not two shades of blue. To anyone starting out, I suggest trying this first.

I’ve also found for me personally, mid shades don’t mix as well so I’m definitely preferring lighter shades to achieve the look or very blue shades of soft denim almost chambray. Just play around with what feels comfortable for you.

Accessories wise, keep it simple with white trainers or add a little bit of colour with a mid-heel mule or some sliders.

Now that it feels like summer could be on the way, I’m wanting to let the legs go free a little bit so I’m rediscovering my midi skirts. It’s amazing how different they look when you’re not pairing them with heavy winter tights and instead going bare legged with either a trainer or a sandal.

Just by shedding the tights alone and switching your knits for a classic t-shirt you will be amazed at how different the look can be. Just throw a khaki utility jacket or a denim shacket over the top and you’re more than ready to step into summer all the while not spending a penny!

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