Recently I found this article entitled 'Building a Wardrobe and Demystifying Those Fashionable Girls'.
Personally I have never been a 'fashionable girl' in any sense. I made my way through several (mostly alternative) fashion style throughout my teenage years before settling on my current look in around 2011. I've never been a big fan of modern fashion - it's a bit too fast-paced and disposable for me, and although there are certain styles which I love on other people, none of the modern fashions have felt like a perfect fit for me. This is what led me to experiment with a variety of other styles and to express an interest in everything from goth to steampunk to lolita and a fair few in between.
At the moment I am the happiest I have ever been with my wardrobe, but I still don't understand how 'those fashionable girls' manage to put outfits together so well. How to you look so coordinated, so well accessorised, and yet still effortless? So far it's been a bit of a mystery to me, and I don't want to look like I'm trying too hard.
After reading the article I decided to try out the tips for myself. I started by putting together a Pinterest board which I have called 'Styles I love'. I have been pinning any looks that catch my eye enough to make me stop and look. Anything that makes me think 'ooh, that's pretty' or 'I would wear that' goes on the board.
The main problem with trying to build up this wardrobe for myself is that the kind of styles I am choosing don't come cheap. Normally I can afford, say, £30 for a dress that I would wear for everyday. The prices for most of the items I have been looking at are more like £60 plus, with a majority being closer to the £100 mark or more.
Of course, any clothes that I buy don't have to be vintage. Reproduction is okay. Modern lookalikes are okay. I'm easygoing as long as I get the overall look that I want. I can also start to sew or knit items (although that's debatable considering my Knit For Victory cardigan).
At least now I am much more focussed, wardrobe-wise. I would love to hear everyone else's tips for building a great wardrobe and whether or not you like the ideas laid out in the article. I know this has been longer than most of my posts so thanks for sticking with me this far, if you've made it all the way to the end.