I confess that last year I wasn’t the most experimental when it comes to my personal style. Between nursing bras and belly wraps, my priority was to be practical and to be honest…feel thin again postpartum. I had two or three tops and skirts that made me feel good and allowed for quick breastfeeding access. I have no shame in saying that I wore these outfits on repeat.
I didn’t make it to the beach, consequently, I didn’t have sun kissed skin to boost my self confidence. I was living in a perpetual state of paleness all summer, without even starting on the dark circles under my eyes. All that said, I had a good excuse and it was all part of the process I was going though. I embraced my moment and focussed on caring for my newborn. Although I admit, there may have been a few longing glances directed at my strapy dresses and basically anything with a high neckline and no boob access!
Fed up of my wardrobe
Now, with a new season beckoning, and not faced by the wardrobe restrictions as this time last year, I riffled expectantly through my wardrobe. I was disappointed. I organise and clean out my closet (I always feel so grand when I say that word) on a regular basis and I am very much a believer in Functional Wardrobes but nothing in my closet seemed to be functioning for me. Even though I had already sold and donated various items of clothing that I had fallen out of love with, I still wasn’t feeling like I had a wardrobe full of things that made my heart beat faster.
I followed my own advice and took advantage of Gael’s extended Sunday afternoon nap to put together a few different outfits with pieces that I already owned. Anything that I really couldn’t work into a look had to go. After an hour, I started to feel something I hadn’t felt in a long time; excited with my clothes.
Trans-seasonal retro look
One of the outfits I put together had a retro feel. I’ve always had a real soft spot for the late 60s/early 70s and I love prints in earthy tones, this is evident throughout my wardrobe.
I would normally wear this this thrifted top like kind of jacket over jeans and a vest to liven up my basics. Instead of playing down its retro feel for once, I wore it as a blouse and tucked into my old suede ASOS mini skirt. When combined with my faithful vintage Chloé boots, (that you must recognise by now) it became the perfect trans-seasonal outfit, especially when topped off with this Zara woven bag.
I would have thought of wearing this together if I hadn’t taken the time to put together new outfits with clothes that I already have. I’m thinking of starting a Shop My Wardrobe series on the blog, let me know in the comments if you are into the idea?