In the last couple of years I would have flocked to the patterned tea dresses to pair with ballet pumps and my rain mac, however I now tend to choose more of a simple black shift dress paired with ankle boots and a smart jacket, I'm a minimalist convert.
Most of us will only ever wear 20% of the clothes we have in our wardrobes, going for the same old dress and playing it safe rather than mixing it up with something daring we've bought on a whim, admittedly I had always done this, until recently. I went on a simple basics shopping spree on my favourite high-street websites H&M and Asos with a colour palette in mind, Black, grey, white and cornflour blue. A fair few pounds and a week later I had a delivery of lovely simple pieces to start building chic outfits around (my fave seems to be black fitted trousers, black tee and studded black boots with a colour block bag)
I've always admired minimalist dressing since way back, Acne, Celine and A.P.C have always served as a big influence in my fashion mind, it just took its time to transition into my wardrobe. Classic and super flattering cuts, floaty camisoles and interesting textures keep a minimal wardrobe interesting. It doesn't always mean stiff monochrome outfits, a splash of tangerine would a whole new dimension to a black outfit. If you aren't brave with colour, slowly introduce it into your wardrobe with your accessories, a colour block clutch bag would be a perfect place to start (plus its an excuse to expand your handbag collection!)
I've also learnt recently to keep a mood board of outfits/styles I enjoy, whether on Pinterest, Tumblr or even a good old fashioned pin board,I have piles of magazine cuttings floating around my room and boards bursting with pins on my Pinterest with inspiring outfits and street style. Having inspiration and influence to refer back to when your stuck in a fashion rut is a huge help in keeping clothes looking fresh and feeling fabulous. Bloggers also play a big helping hand in discovering new brands, or how to change up a simple piece. Hedvig Opshaug's blog Northern Light is a favourite, she is the definition of chic!
|Hedvig makes pregnancy look uber chic!|
Now I'm heading back to lust over Celine paper bag purses, a girl can only dream!