3 Q U E S T I O N S

Ever since I was young and discovered the power of my own full-time wage,  I was buying everything and anything. Weekends consisted of buying new things I didn’t need to fit in my already overflowing wardrobe. Supre fluoro slogan tee? yes please! Two for $20 deals? Sign me up!

But as I’ve grown older, I’ve realised that it’s better to create a quality staple wardrobe. See my post about my staple wardrobe here. So to help me create and keep my perfect wardrobe, I ask myself 3 questions with every item I consider buying:



1. What is it made of?
Fibres such as cotton, silk and linen breath better
2. What can I wear it with?
Will it go with my fave jeans, skirt, pants? Can I wear it under my leather jacket?
3. Do I already have something similar to it?
Do I need a 5th white tee?

These questions (along with the cost per wear equation**) helped me to create a wardrobe that I love!

**4. Does the cost per wear balance out?
This is only a question for big purchases (such as my Gucci’s) If I am paying $$$$ for it will I wear it enough to make each wear cost less and less?
E.g: $100 silk shirt worn only twice means that you haven’t gotten a positive cost per a wear. This means you should re-evaluate the things you need in your wardrobe**

I also edited out the colours I never wore. Black, white and grey became my most worn colours, I felt comfortable in them and creating outfits is much easier as everything matches!

To keep my wardrobe from over filling, I clean it out every few months or so. To do this I turn all my hangers the opposite way and then when I place an item back after wearing it, I turn the hanger the right way. After my designated time period, whatever hangers are left facing the wrong way are the ones I re-evaluate and decide if they are to stay or go

You don’t need to spend big on every single item to create a quality wardrobe, some of my most worn pieces have been purchased from the markets, op shops, garage sales or on sale. You just need to take into consideration the above 3 questions and shop smarter.

Tips to create a quality “you” wardrobe:

+ Create a mood board on Pinterest or a physical one if you like. Pin images of anything that inspires you (it doesn’t have to be clothing)
+ Cull your wardrobe. Take out things you don’t wear, donate them or organise a market stall. Be brutal, you aren’t going to wear that mini skirt from 4 years ago.
+ Identify the staple items you need in your wardrobe. (see my post here and I found this one helpful)
+ Make a shopping list for yourself. Try to include quality basics, and items you will wear often. Stick to a basic colour palette. I find this one here is useful.

Creating a quality staple wardrobe will take time and experience. It doesn’t mean you can’t wear the latest trend. Just be more careful with it. Ask yourself if really suits you? Can you borrow it from a friend for an event? Maybe buy a similar item from the op shop/market?

By creating a quality staple wardrobe really helps you to define your style, save money and most importantly – get dressed faster!

 Let me know in the comments below if you have started or are interested in a Minimalist lifestyle!

x

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S H I R T

A shirt and shorts outfit is still a favourite combination of mine. Casual, but cool.

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MRP Men’s Shirt | Landes Warehouse Shorts | Nakedvice Bag + Silk Scarf | Jeffrey Campbell Mules | Ray Ban Sunglasses

Photos | Reannon Smith 

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F L A R E D

Yes, it’s true, I’M WEARING COLOUR!

I discovered these ABBA-esque pants on Asos and feel deeply in lust.

I have slowly been adding touches of colour to my wardrobe over the past few months, it started with an army green bomber jacket and has now moved on to a light pink shirt dress and these blush pants.
As always, I will still pair them with my minimal toned pieces to keep true to my monochrome stylings.

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Wearing: Topshop Jacket | Cotton On Men’s Tee | Asos Frill Hem Pants | Nakedvice Bag | Tony Bianco Shoes | Ebay Leather String as Necklace

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Hey Mom!

I’ve finally found the perfect pair of Mom jeans! High rise – check! Straight Leg – check! Black – check!
Also new in my wardrobe is this L/S top, which I also purchased in black.

In other news, my hair is getting ridiculously thick. I feel like a new style is in order… maybe a fringe to shake it up?

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Wearing: Asos L/S Top | Nique Slip Dress (worn as top) | Asos Mom Jeans | Tony Bianco Boots | Nakedvice Belt + Bag

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Winter Layers

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In an attempt to utilise my summer wardrobe more and spend less, I decided to experiment with layering long sleeve tops under dresses. The result? this cute little outfit which I love!

Topshop Leather Jacket  | H&M Textured L/S Top  | Third Form Back Down Dress  | Tony Bianco Sugar Boots  | H&M Earrings  | Vintage Casio Watch | Ray Ban Sunglasses

Photos: Julian

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DIY Frayed Denim

I recently fell in love with the frayed denim trend that has been featured heavily in street style pictures and on fashion blogs.

I found a few pairs online for $100+, and while that is not mega expensive for a pair of jeans, I felt that I could DIY a pair of jeans myself.

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So I chose a pair of Men’s Regular Fit Jeans for a slightly baggier fit, cut them to the length that I wanted and ta-da! Frayed jeans for less than $20!

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I also plan to give them a wash to loosen up the threads for more of a frayed look and sew a few cm’s above the fray to stop it unravelling too much!

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Wearing
Cotton On Men’s Crew Tee | Topshop Leather Jacket | MRP Men’s Denim | Windsor Smith Boots | Naked Vice Belt and Bag

xo

 

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UNiDAYS and Me

You know those awesome winter boots that you totally need but can’t afford due to broke/student life? Well, what if I told you that there was a way to have those dream boots and still be able to eat? Introducing UNiDAYS! UNiDAYS helps out students by supplying  discounts to many fashion brands such as Asos, Missguided and H&M. The discounts can even be used in store via the nifty UNiDAYS app (iPhone and Android) *happy dance*

I purchased these amazing H&M pants recently by using my UNiDAYS app to score a 15% discount! 


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Wearing – Rayban Sunglasses | MRP Shirt | H&M Pants | Adidas Superstars (super dirty!)

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Details – Casio Vintage Watch | Silver Rings from Tony Bianco | Ash & Folly Jewellery (little finger)

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To get your paws on these discounts, all you have to do is click here and register your details. Don’t forget to have your student ID at the ready.

Need to know more? Follow UNiDAYS via:
Twitter – @UNiDAYS_AU
Instagram – @UNiDAYS_AU
www.facebook.com/unidays
www.myunidays.com

Don’t forget to HYPE me on lookbook.nu

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The Playsuit

So as featured in my previous post (ASOS Sale Steals),  I purchased this white lace up jumpsuit as a foray into the all white and lace up trend.
I decided to style it as I would for a day at the beach or a festival . Although I wore it quite casually, it can definitely be paired with heels and a clutch for a night out.

WEARING: Sportsgirl Hat | Rayban SunglassesAsos White Playsuit with Lace up Front Naked Vice ‘The Stevie’ Bag | Lovisa Rings | Birkenstocks Slides

 

 

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Shoe Wants

I’ve recently started to have that feeling.. that feeling of wanting needing new shoes!

These are the lucky few that have made it to the list:

Senso Ivan I
Senso Ivan I

I NEED these shoes. Pointed toe, check. Midi heel, check. Mule style, check! These have been on my wishlist for a while, unfortunately I got bills to pay! and now they have sold out in my size.
However… Zomp sell the same style but with a chain across the toe, which I also like. So these may be in my hands soon!

Nike Air Force 1 07
Nike Air Force 1 07

I’ve been loving the white sneaker trend recently (although I am a bit behind on the bandwagon). I have narrowed down the list to the Nike Air Force 1 07. I feel I can pair these with basically everything in my wardrobe. The only question is ” can I keep them clean?”

Birkenstock Black Arizona
Birkenstock Black Arizona

The Birkenstock was a staple style last year and is tipped to be a winner this year too. Its the perfect shoe for the minimalist trend, goes with everything and is comfortable.

Frenchy Tony Bianco
Frenchy Tony Bianco

It was love at first sight with these shoes, Tony always gets it right! I can picture these teamed with a midi skirt, tee and leather jacket for a casual look, perfect for this ever changing Melbourne weather.

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