Your Forever Clothing Pieces

You will have them in your wardrobe. Those items that you picked up ages ago that might need replacing or updating, but you can’t let them go because you haven’t found a suitable replacement for them. Where replacing another piece of clothing is pretty much done in a single shop, these things seem to be impossible to bring to a final conclusion, so you shelf them and they become lingering missions, always in the back of your mind. You could be going clothes shopping for something else completely, but be sidetracked by veering off your mission by ‘quickly’ checking out your long-term replacement goals. Why is this so hard, and what are the usual suspects?

The Cardigan

On everyone’s list is the perfect cardigan. Sure, clothing stores will stock plenty of them, but if you are looking for a stylish long cardigan you can wear in winter, they are near impossible to find. They are either too slim or too sloppy. Going too thin will run you the risk of looking too bulky when you wear things underneath (which you will) and going too sloppy will make you look like your grandma (which is fine if that’s the look you are after).

The 3 Inch Heel

Another one on everyone’s hit list is a perfect 3-inch heel. Sure, you have your “I’m going out” heels of 4 and 5 inch, but for your everyday work shoe, you will need a 3-inch heel… and for me they’ve been hard to find. The alternative is just to wear sneakers, but having a good 3-inch heel in your arsenal will make things much easier. Dressed up enough to look presentable, practical enough to deal with everyday challenges.

The Tunic

A set of high quality tunics. Tunic tops get a bad rep because a lot of people wear them not form-fitting at all. In most cases, it will make the wearer look bulkier. An excellent fitting tunic top can do wonders with one’s body shape while being comfortable as well. They are perfect for lounging and will even be suitable for a day at the office. Tunics are great because they are flirty, flowy and playful. The only risk with tunics is that once you find a good one, you will want to wear it every time.

The Turtleneck

Another misunderstood, and hard to replace, the item is the turtleneck. Maybe you’ll have associations with Steve Jobs thinking about this type of garment, but that is unfair on an item that should be part of anyone’s wardrobe. The turtleneck is extremely practical in winter, keeping your neck warm. The problem, however, is that they tend to be extremely ill-fitted (either too tight or too loose) and if the fit is not correct, they quickly get uncomfortable.

Endless Journey

So, the perfect cardigan, a pair of 3-inch heels, a versatile tunic and a comfortable turtleneck are on the forever searching list, but there are plenty of other items that could be on this one. What about the perfect winter boots, best pair of underwear, and, dare we say it, ideal autumn and winter hat? Seems like the quest is endless, but maybe that’s precisely how it should be.


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Tired of Mall Store Trends? Here's Your Alternative!

There’s nothing wrong with the mall. It’s where the vast majority of Americans do their shopping, after all, and there are many good reasons for doing so: everything is in the same place, its convenient and there are always ongoing sales.

But let’s be honest, if you are into style and great clothing, the mall often lets you down. It might be great for the basics, but ultimately, no one wants to dress in tired, repetitive clothes that look exactly the same as everyone else’s.

The good news is that there has never been a better time for American fashionistas to find alternatives, and we’re going to take a look at some of those different options - so read on to find out more.

 Imports

Thanks to the Internet, we all have the power to buy from anywhere in the world these days. That means you aren’t restricted to local trends and fashions - you can tap into the styles of any country or city on the globe. Yes, it will cost you a little more in delivery and - possibly - import taxes. But if you love those Japanese denim jeans, it can often be cheaper to buy them directly from an online store in Tokyo and ship them over than it would be to buy the same pair from your local independent clothing store.

 

Boutiques

Independent stores give you an opportunity to find clothes that you might not find anywhere else.  If you want to expand your wardrobe, so it includes unique pieces, it’s one of your best and most accessible options. There are online clothing boutiques, and you’ll find real world independents in the trendy areas of every town and city in the country. They are worth supporting, too - most local boutiques rely heavily on a loyal following from their communities.

 

Thrift and vintage stores

My absolute FAV.....

Want to get more bang for your buck? Then head to your local thrift or retro store and start developing relationships with the owners and store staff. You can often spend hours looking in thrift and charity stores without finding anything nice at all, but if you start talking to the staff, you’ll find they will be happy to keep some of the good stuff for you. And here’s another top tip - head out to charity stores in the wealthier areas of your town or city. Some of the clothes and accessories that people hand over are incredible, and you can pick them up for next to nothing.

 

Get busy

Of course, there is another way to improve your current wardrobe without visiting a clothing store at all. If you can get handy with a needle and thread, why not start customizing your current gear? There is plenty of inspiration and tutorials online and in books, so get reading, learn how to customize, and you will be able to imprint your unique style on any item of clothing you currently own.

 

Do you have any tips to add? Let us know about them in the comments section below!


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How To Lighten Up Your Wardrobe For Summer

As the days get longer and warmer; monochrome and dark colors within your wardrobe have less of an appeal. However, it can sometimes be difficult to incorporate brighter and lighter hues into your everyday attire. If you have a large collection of winter neutrals and darker shades; you’re in luck, as these are versatile colors that can be paired with pretty much any other shade! So it’s time to open your wardrobe doors and make some room for vivid brights and pale pastels.

 

Classic Pieces

Just because you’re adding an influx of lighter clothing into your wardrobe for summer, doesn’t mean that you have to buy throw-away fashion that will only last you until autumn. Investing in new clothes is always an opportunity to think carefully about what you’re missing in your closet, and, more importantly, what you’ll continue to wear when the days begin to get colder again. Classic cut silhouettes, in pale shades, like a crisp shirt or elegant blouse, will lighten up a darker pair of skinny jeans, and if the fit is perfect for your body, you’ll be able to wear it all year round.

The same goes for jeans, skirts, and trousers; keep the cut of the clothing classic, and ensure it flatters your body, then consider the color of each garment. Pastel blues, light taupes, and even white, are beautiful shades that will lift your wardrobe from cloudy to sunshine in no time. Pale colors are also easy to pair with an array of hues, prints, and patterns and can become staple parts of your closet.

 

Statement Items

Statement items are often a way to have fun with fashion. If you’ve seen a color trend or print in all the latest glossy magazines; accessorizing is the perfect way to add that influence into your wardrobe. Don’t shy away from brighter shades because you feel they won’t go with anything; remember you have that neutral and monochrome palette in your closet already, and it’s waiting for that yellow tee you’ve been dreaming about or those teal heels.

If you feel like taking baby-steps into summer; jewelry is another route into introducing hot-weather colors to your look. Adding watery, aqua hues with a Roman glass pendant or ice cream pastels with a few bangles are just a couple of examples of how to lighten up your outfit and rock a trend at the same time. Start layering pieces together in the mirror, and see what works for you.

 

Subtle Shades

If you know what you like when it comes to your style choices, and don’t feel like adding a hot-pink summer dress into the mix, then great news; you don’t have to! Maybe you could add a hot-pink nail color instead, or a fuchsia lip. There are plenty of subtle ways to add that pop of summer to your favorite clothes and ensembles, and it’s so much fun experimenting to see what works. Check out Pinterest for some bright lip color inspiration.

Also, remember you don’t have to go bright with color; just lift and lighten some of the items that are hanging on the wardrobe rail. If you have a favorite style of jeans, simply try them in a lighter shade of denim; the same goes for tops and accessories too. Don’t buy pieces just because they’re on-trend; invest in fashion that will make you feel and look great, but, try the mint-green color instead of the charcoal option.


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