My simple style

My simple style

When you think of someone working from home I bet you think of them working in their pajamas. I know I did! However when you’re a parent and you’ve got to be up and out for the school run you have to be ready to face the world first thing. Not to mention the fact that I don’t think my daughter’s would ever speak to me again if I rocked up at the school gate with bed hair and ‘jamas on.

In all honesty, I feel more focused when I’m dressed and ready for the day. Now, don’t get me wrong I don’t wear office wear sat all by myself in my home office, but I do wear clothes that are comfortable and that get me in ‘work mode’ so to speak.

I’ve mentioned in earlier blog post that I’m keen to simplify this year and this covers my wardrobe too. I’m not the worst offender when it comes to buying and hoarding clothes but there’s a definite room for improvement. I need a wardrobe of clothes that work for me as I work from home. Simple, stylish, comfortable clothes that lend themselves to working at home, the school run and meetings.

Over the past couple of years I’ve really tried to experiment with colour and print. It looked so good on everyone else, however these choices just led to a wardrobe half full of clothing I’d never wear. I didn’t instinctively reach for the floral dress or the red cardigan, so they’d stare at me making me feel guilty for the money I spent on them and the space they then took up! I’ve faced facts – I just love black and grey, I love having clothes that compliment each other that are easy to mix and match in the morning. I hate standing in front of a muddled wardrobe first thing in the morning trying to figure out what to wear!

Embracing the black, white and grey

Before you either fall down in shock or give me a round of applause the featured photo is not my pared down wardrobe, it’s just a few of my favourite pieces. I’ve a long way to go before I have a minimal, capsule wardrobe! I am really inspired by those that have got a capsule wardrobe and I’m keen to work towards it. For now, I’m fully embracing the black, white and grey and not feeling guilty that I’m not more into colour and bold print, well, unless you count leopard as colour and print? If you do then I’m all over that! Having a clear ideas of what I like and what suits me makes shopping so much easier. Of course, it’s fun to experiment with trends, and I for one am loving the 90s grunge revival going on right now, but using them within your own style is key. 

Next steps

For now I’ll be continuing to work through my wardrobe, popping things on ebay and Facebook selling pages to try and pare down what I already have.
Make sure the clothes that I already have work for me, and for my working lifestyle.

 

Top tips

If having a huge clear out is far too daunting for you why not try a one in, one out policy. I’ve done this before and it really makes me think about my purchases, basically whenever you buy something you have to give another item away (clothing, bags, shoes).

Have a play around on Pinterest, what looks do you like, what colours are you drawn to. Take a look at your wardrobe and see if there’s a similarity.

Get rid of clothes that you haven’t worn in years. Seriously, those cargo pants and bootcut jeans from ten years ago, they are too small and  you are never going to wear them!

 

Recommended reading

If you’ve been inspired by the need to simplify I recommend you check out these bloggers and posts

Jessica Rose Williams A Minimalist Capsule Winter Wardrobe

All That Is SheHow To Build A Capsule Wardrobe

 

Style inspiration

 

Get the look

If you like the style I’ve gone for you can see more here – just click to shop

PETITE | Cropped wide leg jeans
ASOS Petite Ultimate Maxi Tshirt Dress
ASOS Petite Minimal Jumpsuit
Rib Popper Midi Skirt
City Maxi Tea Dress
Washed Black Mom Jeans
Meadow Flat Leopard Print Shoes
Mini Cami Slip Dress
Black Old School VAns
Blossom Leather Look Jacket
Pink Longline Jumper
‘Got Your Back’ T-Shirt
Mini Faux Leather Pencil Skirt

 

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9 Comments

  1. January 24, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    Oh I love these I am the opposite and trying to work towards embracing black as I never really owned many black pieces. Pregnancy seems to have me drawn to it because we don’t really want to be wearing colored leggings. As much as I love my pastel pink and white skinny jeans and could live in them white leggings is just for Peter Pan. hahaha I love your style and you always look chic and trendy. This is fab and working towards wardrobe capsule I solute you babes. You would puke how much pink is in my closet hahaha But I guess I don’t own red or orange really so we all have our no color schemes. #wrc

  2. January 25, 2018 / 11:22 am

    I did this last year but it is still a WIP, it’s an ongoing thing for me. Always editing and replacing with longer lasting items

    • morgana
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      January 25, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      I think I’m going to be the same. I doubt I’ll be able to submit to the strict capsule wardrobe but always editing. x

  3. January 28, 2018 / 8:32 am

    I have been guilty of buying bright or patterned clothes before and I never, ever wear them – I live in black, grey and dark blue most of the time and whilst I used to feel guilty about it I’m starting to realise (and accept) that it’s just who I am and I don’t need to explain, apologise or justify to anyone else why I like those things. There are so many things I need to get rid of in my wardrobe but I simply can’t find anything new in the shops that I feel comfortable in so I haven’t bought anything new for ages and I’m running out of stuff to wear!

  4. January 28, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    I am doing the same – really thinking about everything I buy and having pieces that work for me. I have cleared out a lot that I don’t wear anymore and brought in things that suit me. Good luck and keep us posted xx

  5. January 29, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    Yes, I totally agree, I get so much more done when I feel like I’m dressed to work…. also my girls would be mortified if I dropped them off to school in my PJs – so that’s another thing we have in common. I definitely need to ‘simplify’ my hectic, stuffed to almost breaking point wardrobe but I’ll be honest, I just hate the thought of chucking out clothes I’ve paid money for, even though I know I’m not going to wear them again. I really must get over it!!

  6. January 29, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    I love this post Morgana, its so important to realise what you truly like and where I think it is good to experiment if it isn’t for you then I am all for retreating to what you feel most comfortable in. Black, grey and white is perfectly you x

  7. January 31, 2018 / 10:26 am

    I read this the other day Morgana and was inspired! The problem is that I do like colour as well as monochrome so my wardrobe is probably likely to be considerably more overstuffed than yours! I am drawn to certain items and don’t find out first whether I have anything to go with them. I clearly need to do some work in this area! I am starting to learn my style though and that’s helping. I definitely need a good clear out asap.

  8. February 5, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    I keep cleating out my wardrobe, every month another few things head to the charity shop. But I still keep keeping things as I hate all my clothes on me and can’t afford more. So I think well I better keep it as I will have nothing to wear.

    My promise to myself this year is to stop buying bits that catch my eye and actually buy some staples.

    Good luck with your journey my lovely xx

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