I’m at the mid-point of my ‘blogging every day this week’ mini challenge to boost me back into a regular blogging schedule. Yesterday’s post turned out to be a somewhat patriotic one, sartorially speaking; red, white and blue, finished off with cool, white and very classic brogues. Well, I am British!
Today however, we’re traversing continents and oceans to portray an outfit with an oriental feel. We like to celebrate all cultural influences here at Vix Towers.
And it’s all been created from 6 pieces that are existing ones in my wardrobe – all old favourites – 5 of which have been seen on the blog before. The unseen one is the floral top, which is having its debut on the blog but has been a long standing Summer favourite of mine.
As bloggers I think we can often fall into the trap of thinking we must always show new outfits: that our readers will get bored with seeing the same items.
Taking my blogger hat off for a moment to put my blogger reader hat on, I actually really like it when I see bloggers creating different outfits from pieces I may have seen before.
Anyone can go into a shop and buy exactly what they see displayed on a mannequin. It involves much more creativity and originality to take pieces in your wardrobe and create several, different outfits.
The gains are maximum wardrobe efficiency for minimum expenditure!
With the explosion of fast fashion in the last 10-15 years, it’s as if we’ve become spoilt by too much choice. On top of that, many brands now drip feed collections throughout the year; sometimes on a 6 week basis, rather than the 2 defined collections of Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer of yesteryear. It’s created very much a disposable culture. If you buy a skirt for £15, what does it matter if you only wear it a couple of times before discarding it?
Back in the Autumn, Eco Fashion activist Livia Firth, suggested that women should always ask themselves how many times will they wear a garment before they buy it.
If it’s a minimum of 30 wears, then yes. If not, why not ask yourself, do you really need it?
I can honestly say, I’ll get more than 30 wears out of all the items I’m wearing.
Where have my 5 hard working items been seen before then?
The kimono appeared in my Styling Fabrics post when I wore it with contrasting materials of suede, chambray, silk and denim sandals.
The choker (plus the fringe bag) came out to play in my What to wear to a Gig at 40+ when Tall Brown Fox and I went to see trip hop duo, Lamb perform in London. Just as perfect when teamed with coated jeans, as with a floral top.
The sandals have make several outings on the blog with their debut being last summer in my Evening Floral Maxi Dress post.
And as for the skinny jeans… well, this Style Challenge will be showcasing them at least 13 times and this is number 6 in the run, so take your pick!
When there’s such gorgeous detail in the kimono from the devoré fabric, and you can almost smell the flowers in the print, then you don’t really need to over embellish with jewellery. My simple jet black choker and cuff are enough finishing touches.
Although I love floral prints, I don’t naturally gravitate to wearing them. My bias would be geometric or abstract patterns. Florals have to really catch my eye. Too many floral prints can veer towards being twee or really girly and although I may look girly with my curly hair, I’m not a ‘girly’ lass and I sure ain’t twee!
What made me buy this top was I loved the sharpness of the black and the olive green against the red and pink flowers. I like an unapologetic floral!
I’m sure we’re all guilty of sometimes buying things and knowing that in our heart of hearts we probably won’t wear it for a minimum of 30 wears. When that happens to me, I always make sure I pass it on in some way; either to friends, a charity shop or selling it on second hand sites.
Will you be asking yourself the 30wears question the next time you buy an item of clothing???
Do pop by tomorrow for my third and final Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge outfit for this week. Friday’s post will be something totally different! A heady mix of music, polka dots and mud!