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How to extend your wardrobe for all seasons

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 Staple the Label dress, Ellery top (layered underneath), All Saints Live leather Jacket, Acne boots

With one more month of winter to go, it may be a bit early to break out those spring/summer dresses or purchase those new beautiful spring clothes appearing in shops.  Or is it?

Rather than impatiently waiting for warmer temperatures, why not get creative with your wardrobe and play with layers to extend the life of your wardrobe? Layering is such an effective styling technique to add interest to an outfit and also re-invigorate items which may have been relegated to the back of your closet (case in point- the zara cami worn in my previous post had been sitting in my wardrobe for a good year and half until it dawned on me to layer!)

One of the simplest tricks to wear dresses in cooler temperatures is to layer long sleeves under them. Whilst the no brainer option is to use a simple long sleeve tee, why not use something more unexpected and interesting? Shapes are quite dramatic at the moment, with flares currently trending. I’ve decided to use this as inspiration and layer this Staple the Label dress over an oversized flared shirt for a different spin on the ordinary.

Whilst I was lucky to get away with ankle boots as it was a relatively mild winter’s day (20 degrees celcius), if it is a cooler, use over the knee boots for warmth without sacrificing style. Top it off with a leather jacket for edge and you’ve successfully styled a summer dress for winter!

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Jumping on that 70s bandwagon

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Zara denim mini and camel coat, Asilio lace top, Acne Jensen boots, Alexander Wang Bag 

70s fashion is currently in full swing with flares, tan suede, fringe, and bohemian peasants blouses invading stores.  If your clothes err more on the minimal side, 70s fashion may seem too much and too busy. However  there are ways to incorporate this trend subtly in you wardrobe.

Take for example my nod to this trend with a denim mini from Zara.  The a line, button down shape screams 70s, however it is actually a versatile piece that will happily sit along side my other wardrobe usuals. I’m thinking of teaming this skirt with simple tees and sneakers for no fuss summer wear, or slouchy sweaters for cooler days.

I’ve amped up the 70s vibe in this outfit by pairing it with a lace top (throwback to crochet) and a camel coat.

My other tips for injecting this trend into your wardrobe subtly is to focus on the accessories. Perhaps purchase a fringe bag that will dress up a simple outfit, or a pair of of killer platform mules.  Think of items that will able to mix and match with your current items  so you won’t be regretting these purchases later.

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maxi skirt

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 Viktoria and Woods Calista Wrap Skirt in Oatmeal, Zara Knit, Rag and Bone hat, Acne Jensen Boots, Alexander Wang Bag

Transitional seasons can be confusing. It’s hot one minute then cold the next, which makes dressing difficult.

During these seasons layering is the key- think thin tops worn underneath lightweight jackets, vests worn over long sleeves, and scarves to keep the chill at bay.

Transitional weather is also an opportunity to showcase knits on their own as opposed to in Winter when they are hidden underneath an overcoat.

Here I’m wearing a wool Viktoria and Woods maxi skirt paired with a slouchy cotton knit from Zara. Wearing double knits  is super cozy but due to the structure in the skirt does not look or feel sloppy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Denim and lace

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Asilio the Label white walls crop top, AG jeans, Kara Backpack, Acne Jensen boots

Lace is something I’ve always loved- on other people. I’ve never been a “girly” dresser and lace is the epitome of pretty.  However I’ve found that paring lace  back with more minimal, urban items creates a look which I’m comfortable wearing. It’s pretty, interesting but not overdone.

 

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New layers and oversized clutches

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Nicholas the label midi skirt, Witchery knit, Hansen and Gretel Clutch, Acne Jensen boots 

We all know a high waisted midi skirt is the perfect match for a crop top.  However  layering a mini dress or longer top over a midi skirt also creates a chic, lean, silhouette.

I’m all about versatility and using different layering ideas to extend the use of items in my wardrobe.

To finish off this outfit, I’m using my new oversized clutch from Hansen and Gretel.  I love  that there is a hand strap across the front, it’s an interesting but also practical addition.