Finding your style on a budget

Hello friends! I’ve recently posted a suggestions story on my Instagram for some blog post ideas for whilst I’m starting uni, and one of you lovely readers wanted to see a post on finding your style and wearing what you want to, whilst remaining on a budget. I thought that this topic would be a great thing to discuss in depth where I can include a lot of factors from getting inspiration to trialling new pieces etc. So, if this is something you’re interested in then do keep reading.

First step, have a good wardrobe rummage. Look for the pieces that you enjoy wearing and separate them from those which you know you don’t wear. Why don’t you wear them? Is it the fit? The colour? Does it not go with anything else in your wardrobe? Whatever the answer may be, consider these factors for when you’re buying new pieces. Look out for gaps in your wardrobe where you might not have enough bottoms or tops and so you might want to focus on adding in some more of these pieces.

If you’re feeling completely lost and you’re in need of some form of guidance before doing any shopping, I’d highly recommend getting some inspiration to start with. Whether it be a Pinterest board, browsing online or whatever your preference is, save any image that you like the look of. It doesn’t have to be a whole look or something you could initially picture yourself wearing, it could just be the colour or the shape of the piece, how long it is or how it hangs from the body. Once you’ve gathered many different sources and you have them all on one board or in an album you may start to see some patterns throughout the images. What you like about these pieces and what the reoccurring themes are will evidently show through.

Once you’ve got some kind of idea of what type of colours, shapes, fits, textures and all that malarkey that you’re quite fond of, it’s a good thing to see if these styles will suit your everyday life. Smart and casual dressing are figurative ideas that differ between every person, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to prioritise either of these categories. Likewise, look out for clothes that will suit your lifestyle. If you’re a student who’s plans can vary each week, then you may want to look for pieces that can be used to dress up/dress down a look (consider shirts or t-shirts, jeans or trousers, blazers or cardigans etc).

So now you’ve got a good understanding of what you want out of your wardrobe. Now is the time to bring a friend or your mam and go on a good shopping trip. But… if you’re wanting this trip to be on a budget, I’d highly recommend checking out the charity shops, thrift shops and Depop first. These shops are the perrrfect way of trying out new styles at a cheap price, and if you try out each piece and don’t find them to be exactly what you’re looking for, you can easily resell or donate them to a charity shop again and there’s been no environmental harm done in the process. As we’re heading into the colder months, charity shops can also be the perfect place to find jumpers and coats without having to worry about specific sizes.

If you’ve found a few pieces through this method but you’re still looking around for those more specific items you’ve been hunting for, have a good browse around many different stores both in person and online, just to test the variety. Many shops will sell a pair of white jeans but they will each have something slightly different to them than the shop next door, and it’s those little details that end up being the make or break of your relationship with them. Although the budget may be a focal point for shopping, it will be worth it in the long run spending a bit more on a skirt that you’ll wear forever than one you’ll wear once before you don’t like how short it is. Always try clothes on when you have the chance, and a good tip to follow is imagine at least three pieces in your wardrobe already that you know that they’d work with.

My final tip: wear what you want to wear. You’re going to feel a lot worse if you walk into uni wearing jeans and a t-shirt if you really wanted to wear a particular dress that day, but you didn’t have the confidence to try it because you haven’t tried to before. Your wardrobe is what shows your personality before you’ve even opened your mouth, and so why would you try to hide that? At the end of the day you can literally just take your clothes off and wear something completely different the next day, and so if you’re wanting to ease into a style that you’ve been wanting to wear for a while, then you can take it a step at a time. If a dress or a pair of bright red shoes are going to make you a bit more confident than normal, then don’t hold it back. Once you start taking it step by step you’ll eventually be wearing exactly what you want to and the consideration of what other people are thinking will completely evaporate.

Well, those were my tips on how to find your style on a budget. I know that this can be quite a common issue for younger people who are trying to put more effort in with their wardrobe or don’t seem to know exactly what their style is. This process isn’t necessarily to reinvent your style but more to keep up with its continuous evolution as the years go by. So, I hope you’ve taken something away from this and I hope to see you again tomorrow for a continuation of this back to uni series!

Sophie x

20 years of fashion

(Well, 19 years and 11 months.)

Hello everyone, I’m back again with a more personal blog piece today. As of the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about clothes (as always, but this time in a different way) and more particularly the way in which my own clothes reflect on myself as a person. It’s sounds like a cheesy statement that many fashion based individuals may say from time to time, but in between getting dressed for work everyday and browsing through Instagram for some inspiration, I’ve also started packing my wardrobe for uni and my god is it a challenge.

Now don’t worry I’m not finding the folding and packing part to be too much of a stress, yet. It’s more the continuous questioning of frivolous ideas like ‘will this make a good impression at uni?’ Or ‘is this something that would be practical for the everyday student life?’ Even beyond the generic worrying of fitting into the uni student lifestyle, I’m also picking up pieces that I’ve had in my wardrobe for many years and questioning if they still fit into my idea of ‘me’.

As a kid I never ever cared for clothing at all. Whenever my mam would take me to town I’d probably cry because I hated walking around Topshop and Primark and the closest thing I would get to accessories is the overpriced key rings in Claire’s (r.i.p Claire’s on Linthorpe road). Like many other girls my age, I only had any idea of ‘fashion’ when tumblr became a thing and every girl thought that a flower crown and Chelsea boots were the look.

All things must come to an end and thank god for that, as it wasn’t until I started studying the history of fashion in one of my a-levels that i started getting more of an insight into how fashion has evolved throughout it the decades, and more importantly, I found my own style through it. Along with other factors like colour and preferences that seem to come more naturally, I found exactly what I liked and what my style was.

Not much has changed in that time. My love for colours has also began to include even more brighter colours whether they suit my pale skin or not. I’ve became comfortable with adding trainers into day to day life, as mid heels aren’t really ideal for working in an escape room. I’ve became ever so slightly intrigued by men’s street style and how that has became such an important factor in men’s lives today, however I would still call myself a bit of a rookie in that field of styling.

So, I’m soon to be 20 and I know what I like and what I wear, yet I’m still clenching onto certain pieces that I just can’t let go of. As Marie Kondo would say, they do in fact bring me joy just from looking at them, yet at the same time I’m also recreating that scene from Toy Story 3 where Andy drops off his toys to Bonnie before he leaves for uni. I am Andy, the toys are my past loved pieces that I treasure deeply but never wear, and Bonnie is in fact the friends that I trust enough to make good use of them (Holly you better look after that paisley shirt).

This post didn’t exactly have a particular purpose other than for me to reflect on my clothing pieces that I treat like my own children. Fashion is both my aspiring creative field and also my hobby, I love getting dressed in the morning and thinking of what to wear the next day. Call me sad but I can’t wait to see what half sober outfits I chuck on together at 9am in a few weeks time.

P.s. trends come and go, wear whatever you want and laugh back at it in 10 years time.

See you soon,

Sophie x

How to build a capsule wardrobe

Hello guys! As well as last week’s blog post on my designer wishlist being super requested, you were also very keen to see a capsule wardrobe themed post, so I thought I’d discuss that today.

I’ve spent the past few years learning the capsule lifestyle both from reading and listening to others talk about the subject, and from personal experience too. My own process has been both a challenge and a reward from time to time, yet overall I’m happy with the clothes that I have and they all fit my lifestyle, taste, and my body of course.

So what is a capsule wardrobe you might be thinking? Well, a capsule wardrobe can be altered to fit anyone that chooses to have it, but the overall process of it is to curate your wardrobe to be functional and suitable for yourself, without being excessive in size or containing masses of untouched pieces.

Basically, it’s going through your wardrobe and not just picking out what you like and don’t like, but what you wear regularly and what you no longer have a purpose for.

Now the actual vision of a capsule wardrobe can change from person to person. There’s the 333 guide online which is developed from ‘back in the day’ when the average woman would have 33 pieces in her wardrobe to suit the climate and her lifestyle. Hypothetically, you could put that down to 11 tops, 11 bottoms and 11 miscellaneous items to mix it up.

The numbers can differ to your preference, if you’re just starting and you’ve got an overflowing wardrobe that you’re struggling to shrink down, you could go to 50 pieces and split it up however you want.

let’s say you’re a student in England who goes out occasionally, with a taste for darker colours and minimal faff: you might want to focus on everyday items that you could also dress up or down for going into uni or going to the pub. If you’ve got a bright green hoodie that you never wear because you don’t like wearing much colour, it’s not worth keeping. That piece could be passed on to a friend or family member or even onto depop or a charity shop where someone else would want to wear it everyday.

Or what if you’re a person in their 30’s with a full time office job and you want to keep those few items for when there’s a special occasion? Focus on the types of pieces you enjoy wearing every week and feel comfortable wearing for long hours, and invest in those types of pieces if you feel like you could do with more variation of that particular garment and you know you’d get your wear out of it.

Keeping the odd piece here and there for those special events that don’t correlate with your day to day style is totally understandable and practical, but let go of that dress you’ve had for way too long to remember and hasn’t fit you in about half of that.

Once you’ve organised what works for you, you now have the chance to find those key pieces that work for you if there are any gaps in your wardrobe. If you mainly stick to particular colours then feel free to add in a skirt that you think would work greatly with the majority of the tops that you’d already own.

The process should be exciting and relieving so don’t feel pressured to get your wardrobe to a particular size or feel like you need to do it all in one weekend, it’s pieces that you’ll wear for years to come so take your time and enjoy curating your own wardrobe.

If you are interested in the capsule wardrobe lifestyle and you’re considering giving it a go yet you’re having some doubts or feel like it’s a bit of a hassle, it’s worth it. Yes you might have to take an hour out of your week to really figure out your wardrobe, but that time quickly gets added up when you’re thinking of what to wear whilst staring at hundreds of pieces that you don’t wear.

Thanks for reading, I really hope that you’ve taken something from this post and that I’ve explained the topic well enough for those asking for it!

Thanks again,

Sophie

2019 designer wish-list

Hello everyone! Earlier this week I put a poll on my Instagram for you to pick whether you’d like to see a capsule wardrobe guide or a designer wish-list, and you all seemed to be super enthusiastic too see the wish-list! I’m always super curious about what other people would dream of owning and if you’re the same, here’s some of my personal desires!

Bags

An all time personal favourite for myself and an iconic piece for the Shrimps brand, my main fashion investment that I’m aiming towards is to own a Shrimps non-collaborative Shrimps piece, and the Halley bag is something that I’m definitely focusing on for it’s versatility and unique play on textures.

Following on from the Halley bag, this is probably my most favourite item on this list for many reasons, but one in particular is the personal dream of mine to own a little cottage in future as my forever home. This bag reminds me so much of the type of build and surroundings that I’d love to have, so this image translated into a beaded Shrimps bag is exactly what I’d dream of.

There aren’t many high fashion houses that I particularly love for their iconic house handbags, but the Dior Lady bag is one that I’ve always thought was a timeless and beautiful piece, and it’s sturdy shape with a classic two strap handle will prove the test of time very well.

Shoes

Now shoes are a particular favourite of mine, yet I’m not really a trainer person. Instead, my favourite types of shoes are typically loafers, low heels or sling backs. Miu Miu are a brand that I would happily have any of their shoes if they were handed to me, as the youthful 60’s inspired cutesy vibe of their shoes is nothing to complain about.

However, the shoes I’m particularly dreaming of at the moment are the Gucci low heel loafers in white. This perfect white leather with gold embroidery reminds me so much of Elvis in the 70’s just before he passed away, at a time where his costumes got more and more ridiculous and tacky. However, the £600 mark is not something I could really be considering at this point in time, maybe a graduation present to myself?

Clothing

As for general clothing pieces, I only had a few statement pieces that came to mind when coming up with this blog post. Two of which are from Shrimps (obviously), one of them is a Gucci skirt from a few seasons ago that I don’t even have to explain as to why I love it, and then I’ve shown a Molly Goddard dress that I’d wear on the daily, however any Goddard dress would be fab for me. I also want to highlight the Alexa Chung face jumper, as nearly two years ago I came so close to buying this piece on black Friday after trying it on. However, the only one they had left in store was a few sizes too big and instead I got a t-shirt, however I still miss it from time to time.

Tights

Now this category might seem a bit unusual for a designer wishlist, but I’d definitely say that my guilty pleasure is designer tights. I think that it’s an underrated field of design that a lot of artists are starting to play around with a lotmore, from Marc Jacobs to Molly Goddard.

I’m not really a fan of plain black tights as I think that they can really ruin some outfits, but these styles add a bit more fun and can completely change the tone of a look.

I was glad to know that Acne Studios had recently started it’s summer sale, from which I was to find their beautiful turquoise illustration tights to be half price! I don’t think I’ve ever made a purchase quite as quickly as that, since I’d been eyeing them up for months just waiting for them to be discounted. I haven’t yet worn them as I’m saving them for special occasions, but here’s a pic I got whilst trying them on for the first time. (Just to let you know, they also come in black and beige too).

Well that is my designer wish list as of this current moment in time, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it and maybe even found some new favourites for yourselves! I’ll be back next week for another requested topic.

Thanks again,

Sophie x

2020 fashion predictions: 100 years since the 1920’s

Hello everyone, today I wanted to discuss a topic that has been on my mind recently since the sudden realisation has hit me that we are already halfway through 2019! It made me start to think about not just what to expect for next years trends, but also the next decades. Particularly, I began to focus on the fact that it will have been 100 years since the 1920’s and how different some aspects of our world are today, yet also how similar they are too, and how the fashion industry could be impacted by these topics. So, I’ve wrote down a few of these ideas to share with you all…

It will become 100 years since the 1920’s, one of modern societies’ most influential and progressive decades for our own economy, industries and western development. What we strived for 100 years ago in cars and electrics etc, has now became a threat to our future with a desperation for sustainability and eco friendly alternatives in order to protect our earth for years to come.

As of this, sustainable and ethical fashion is slowly becoming a huge focus within the industry and it could be expected that more ethical attitudes are being created from not only small independent brands, but also from a fair few high street names due to the pressure being put on them by the likes of Fashion Revolution, the 333 rule and concerned customers. This could also spark the progression of newly invented fabrics and textures, made from renewable and eco friendly sources in order to create new pieces without causing a fraction of damage.

Around the 20s period was also the growth of newly established Chanel, founded by original fashion industry girl boss Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel. Similarly in recent news, we have seen the likes of Rihanna sign to LVMH as the first female established company to produce with the brand, and also the recent crowning of Kylie Jenner as the world’s youngest self made millionaire. Now despite these large scale successes, this century has seen a rise and fall for women’s rights and the attitudes men have towards women in work. Despite the past few years revealing the true struggle women have at being treated fairly and equally in order to succeed, such as Trump’s horrific quotes and the sexual assault claims being made against males in positions of power, these issues have also created a worldwide audience that have boycotted these men of power with protests like the Women’s March, the #timesup movement, etc.

These empowering times coincide with the multiple female idols that have been unapologetically pushing their way through the industry with the likes of Miley Cyrus, Kesha and Beyoncé all raising awareness of these issues and further proving that women don’t have to listen to a man or take orders from them. Beyond just empowering slogan t-shirts, there has also seen a huge evolution in women’s styling choices, particularly in terms of not caring what others think about what we wear. Suits are becoming a common everyday trend, every year brings a more ‘revealing’ style of festival wear for girls that don’t care, and just on a daily basis women are dressing for themselves and not what they’re expected to wear. I don’t have a doubt that any of this will change for the decade to come, only to progress even more.

Of course we cannot reflect on the 1920’s without the fashion of the time itself. The economy growth of the time created a vast development in household appliances, cars, technology etc, but it also reflected on the average household income. Women had more money to spend on the glitz and glamour in their wardrobes, whilst also looking towards newly popular Hollywood actresses for style inspiration for the first time ever.

Now we might not be seeing such a repeat in terms of our average income growing, but history has definitely repeated itself in terms of creating a new source of inspiration for women to look towards for fashion. The ridiculous boom of social media has created a variety of new jobs, rolls and platforms. It’s had an undeniable impact on how we receive current trends and discover new brands and styles. From the Kardashian sisters creating an empire of businesses from their online audience, to new debuting models like Kaia Gerber and the Hadid sisters having the ability to sell anything they wear and make it ‘trendy’, although they may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they certainly know how to sell clothes.

Some other factors to note in the predictions of 2020 fashion, is following on from the recent passing of Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld. With the crown being passed on to coworker and good friend of Karl’s Virginie Ward, it’s expected that Chanel could face a few u sturdy years of getting back into the swing of things and inventing new and modern designs, but for the mean time there should definitely be a vast production of Chanel boy bags in all the colours and designs you could think of, and so we may see a transition back from structural, shaped bags to classic handbags in timeless designs.

Also consider the recent trends of items such as slip dresses, excessive gold jewellery, and sling back heels. These are all related to the 1920’s decade and don’t seem to show any signs of leaving us, so expect to see a continuation of these items in stores for a few years to come, as well as the growth of growing trends such as the small beaded bags and the embellished hair accessories. Very 20’s, but in such a youthful way.

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I had a lot of fun writing it and reflecting on how our society is changing the fashion industry as we speak. I’ll be back next week with another exciting post!

Thanks again,

Sophie x

Tips for shopping second hand

Hello everyone! Recently I’ve been getting a few messages relating to my last blog post about shopping second hand, specifically from those who often struggle to find anything nice in charity shops or on Depop. So, after today’s excursions with a lot of shopping, I’ve been coming up with some tips on shopping second hand and more particularly, finding some good stuff wherever you go.

Jumper and handbag both from charity shops, dress is Topshop

1. Have some ideas of what you’re looking for.

Although it might seem a bit pointless to be aiming to find particular items in charity shops or vintage shops since everything is basically one of a kind, it can make the whole shopping process a lot easier. Instead of walking into a shop surrounded by dozens of pieces, if you know you’re after some new jeans or a jumper for instance, you can focus more on that area and thus it will narrow down your shopping horizon.

2. Look at all the sizes.

This one might be a bit of a strange one, but don’t just stick to your own size when it comes to browsing. More specific items like t-shirts, hoodies and dresses can often look better in a few sizes up, so you may as well give it a go. On that note, don’t be afraid to vary between ‘gender specific Ed’ isles as retailers excel in certain garments for men in contrast to the quality or fit for women, and vice versa.

3. Check regularly.

Like most high street stores, the second hand retailers and websites are constantly absorbing new stock everyday. Sometimes it can be easy to feel like there’s nothing that exciting on Depop or in a second hand shop and so it can put you off looking again soon. However, new items will be constantly getting uploaded or donated by the hour, so what you might be struggling to look through one day could be a gold mine the next. Obviously this doesn’t mean that you have to get the bus to town everyday just to look in the charity shops, but just by simply adding them to the places you’ll visit every time you go shopping will give you so much more variety.

4. Go there first.

Following on from my last point, there is nothing worse than seeing an item so similar to an item you’ve just bought up for sale in a different shop at a fraction of the price. This is just an easy solution, but always go to any second hand shops first to see if anything catches your eye. If you’ve done a whole months worth of shopping in one day and then you decide to pop into a charity shop, you’re going to not really care as much to find anything as you’ll already have bags filled with new things.

5. Consider how it would work with what you already have.

Just because an item isn’t exactly something you’d normally go for, doesn’t mean that it’s a bad thing. That piece might be the exact type of thing that you’re missing from your wardrobe which you might discover that you become obsessed with, if you give it a go. If you’re buying the exact same things every time then it can become very easy to buy things because you always wear that item, which yes theoretically is a good thing, but in the long run will just cause you to feel like there isn’t much variety in your wardrobe. So try something new, this is the perfect chance to experiment and evolve your style since it’s cheap enough and isn’t doing much damage to your bank account or the environment for that matter!

This vintage dress is from Marie Curie, it was just £1.99!

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and that you’ve gotten at least one thing out of it, if you have any questions about the subject or just want to talk about some things you’ve found recently, just pop me a message!

Thanks again,

Sophie x

Should you feel guilty for shopping on the high street?

Hello everyone! Today I’d like to speak about a topic that has been on my mind quite frequently over the past few months in particular, and that is the question ‘should we feel guilty for buying into fast fashion?’.

An entirely second hand outfit for under £10!

There are so many pros and cons to excluding or reducing the amount you buy from large fast fashion companies. Of course, fashion isn’t necessarily a ‘need’ in terms of daily life besides something to cover us, yet it is what we use to express ourselves and also what we need to adjust from time to time in order to keep up with any seasonal transitions, body changes etc etc.

Speaking from my own experience, I go through phases of only buying second hand, or finding it super difficult to buy second hand. Two summers ago, I decided that for that summer I wouldn’t buy anything ‘new’, mainly due to a.) money shortage, but also b.) becoming more aware of the damages of fast fashion.

I was glad to know that I had been putting my money towards a more sustainable lifestyle whilst also donating a lot to charity in the process, however there was definitely a point where I thought ‘this is a challenge’. I noticed that buying second hand takes a lot more time to find new clothes than just looking online whilst in bed at night. You have to be regularly checking for new pieces that are in your size, fit your taste, and that you’re willing to buy.

If you have experienced feeling guilty for buying into fast fashion or potentially funding a toxic system, that guilty feeling just shows that you are conscious of what you are buying. You shouldn’t feel bad for buying a pair of jeans from a store because you know they will fit you right, or just a top that you’ve never seen anything like before. Your shopping choices should be practical and tailored to you and your lifestyle, instead of trying to squeeze into a pair of second hand jeans because you felt bad buying a new pair.

However in today’s age, it’s important to include the impact of social media on the fashion industry, meaning many people’s careers rely on buying new fashion each season. Not only that, but sometimes it’s just easier to shop from the high street than second hand. In the end it’s your money and if you know you’re going to get a lot of usage out of an item then you should have every right to buy it.

What I’m trying to express here is that it is important to be conscious of what you are buying and whether you believe it is worth investing in. Purchasing multiple new trendy pieces every month that you yourself even know that you’ll throw out in a few months time, never mind years down the line, is unhealthy for both your purse and the environment.

Be selective of what you think is missing from your wardrobe and what you actually like to wear in terms of colours or shapes or materials. Once you know what you like specifically, that process of buying multiple new things a season will narrow down but become more valuable in the long run. So no, you do not have to feel guilty for buying from a high street shop, as long as you are thinking more practically about what you’re buying, then you will be making a good impact on your own lifestyle and protecting the planet. In this case, less is more.

Thank you for reading this slightly preachy blog post, I’ve been speaking to a lot of friends recently about their contributions towards slowing down their shopping rates and I thought it would be a good topic to share! Do message me if you have anything to say on the subject.

Thanks again,

Sophie x

What I’ve been working on – FMP Foundation 2019

Hello everyone, as some of you may have noticed from my Instagram page, this week was the opening of the summer show at my college. The personal viewing was on Wednesday night with many friends and family arriving to see what my friends and I have been creating over the past few months.

Just for some context if you’re unsure of the show, this is my third and final year at college. I chose to do a foundation year to get some more experience in the fashion field, as I was quite uneasy about going to uni straight after a-levels and boy was I right. (If anyone is considering a foundation year I 100% recommend!). I’ve been working on this project since around February time, and I gave myself my own briefing and direction throughout the process.

As my starting point, I chose to begin with looking at how modern day standards and technology have affected childhood innocence. Why you ask? Well to put it briefly, it was only when researching different themes did I realise that majority of the topics I was looking at came under this sort of branch. Whether it be the health affects of early exposure to phones and the internet, or war themed kids toys, or the impact of the sugar tax, which I became greatly interested in.

As my project developed and I continued my research, I was quite fascinated by the sugar coating (pun intended) of childhood obesity and related health risks. Ads on tv showing families sharing bags of sweets, phrases like ‘just one for today’, and the nostalgic sense of going to the corner shop to get a pick and mix all seemed to have this lighthearted feel to them, despite our constant exposure to obesity adverts and healthy eating.

So, when I began to start visualising my topic, I was heavily influenced by the excessiveness of the issue. The bright colours and fun shapes used to influence parents and children into buying packets upon packets of sweets was something that I reflected on within my own design process. This also directed me towards looking into areas of diabetes and tooth decay, which I began to love recreating within some of my coordinating jewellery.

My final collection consisted of a two piece set inspired by the elaborate styles and nostalgia of childhood dress up, with the artistic influences of some of my favourite designers such as Hannah Weiland at Shrimps, Molly Goddard, and Vivetta Ponti.

• The top was printed on with a tooth print that I had illustrated, then burnt into for added texture, and further embellished with a variety of beads and sequins for that added sugary appeal.

• The skirt, consisting of a total of 44 metres of fabric, was completely hand ruched with a machine shirred waistband, featuring a sprinkle of tooth charms and added beads for further emphasis and fluidity throughout my collection.

• To coincide with my two piece set, I created a variety of bracelets and necklaces with hand sculpted decayed teeth on each one, as a way of sharing my project with friends and family. I displayed them on a pop art inspired sweet wall (which took a whole day to glue on every single sweet, and yes, they’re real!). These pieces are available to buy on my depop, and no two pieces are the same!

https://www.depop.com/sophieannrodgers/

As of now, I’m spending my summer with friends and family whilst also working to pay my uni fund, as well as focusing a lot more of my time on the blog! Come September, I will be studying Fashion Design at Leeds Arts University and I’m super super excited to start. Before I go, here’s a few more pics from the show.

Thank you to everyone at college for making the past three years such a great experience, especially to Holly, Skilly, Frazer, Joas, Beth and Olivia for being the best group of people to spend it with. Also to the tutors for taking the time to make sure we’re okay academically and personally, in particular to Alyson for being a great support system daily and for encouraging me to make a blog in the first place!

Lots of love,

Sophie ❤️

Reinventing the clothes you already own.

In 2019 we as a population are thinking of more ways to protect our environment and become as sustainable as we can. As of this, people are slowing down their own shopping cycles or even cutting out fast fashion all together, instead relying on what they already own in order to maintain an ethical wardrobe.

However, despite your hardest efforts towards shopping ethically and maintaining a practical wardrobe, it can be hard to make the same clothes feel brand new again. So, I’ve developed some styling tips in order to give your wardrobe a refresh without having to spend any money.

Clothing can be adjusted to fit into any season, style, or occasion, once you start to experiment. Take a dress for instance, you may believe that it is just one piece and thus, it makes one outfit. Yet have you tried wearing it as a skirt with a jumper on top, or a t-shirt, or a shirt? What about styling it as a cami by layering a skirt on top of it, or even with a t-shirt underneath that for some added warmth?

What about a basic button up shirt? It can already be paired with trousers, skirts, jeans etc, but what about wearing it as a form of jacket/cardigan over a bralette and jeans? Or even tucking it in unbuttoned to wear it as a low cut top? Just simply knotting it in the front or wearing it off the shoulders can give it a completely different appearance.

Layering your pieces could have you creating multiple new outfits from the simple pairing of a just a few pieces. If you think as garments as multifunctional, instead of them just having one purpose, it can become easier to provide a whole new attitude towards your old clothes.

Even beyond just the layering of pieces, but the colour combinations you can put together are endless. Wearing complimentary colours can make any pieces work together, or even different shades of one colour together can create a beautiful monochromatic look. Wearing a single colour can give off the illusion of a collective look instead of just pieces put together, no matter how many times you may have worn them!

If you are to take anything from this blog post, understand that majority of these tips simply rely on your own imagination. Once you start to look at your wardrobe as an endless amount of combinations, you’ll find it so much easier to style your most worn pieces.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and be sure to give me any feedback of what you found useful, I’d love to see your new outfit ideas!

Thanks again,

Sophie

A weekend in outfits

Hello again! I recently wrote about some outfits that I’d worn during a bank holiday weekend a few weeks ago, and you guys seemed to love it! So, I thought I’d write something along the same lines today, featuring some looks that I’d worn during this past weekend.

Friday

On Friday a few friends and I headed to York for a payday girls day out, which mainly just consisted of a bar crawl. At the last minute of that morning I opted for this vintage white lace dress that is oh so comfy, with a men’s section Forever 21 denim jacket on top, a pair of black kitten heels from Primark and a vintage handbag from the beloved Disgraceland Vintage. Head to ankle I was super comfy for the day, however I still haven’t properly worn in these heels and so they definitely rubbed throughout the day!

Saturday

Saturday consisted of a typical mooch around town with the addition of going for a Nando’s. I layered a Primark cardigan on top of an old white turtleneck which is also from Primark, tucked into a pair of wide leg jeans (originally from Glamorous, but were a 25p charity shop find!). Finished with my Stan smiths, a pearl hair clip and an old Topshop handbag, I loved the end result of this whole look.

Sunday

Today was a day to celebrate my auntie’s birthday, so my family had created a surprise meal for her at a lovely pub that had the most delicious steak! So, I decided to wear a brand new shirt and jeans combo with a white turtleneck, my Stan Smiths and the same white handbag. The shirt was originally from M&S and is a size 20 in fact, but I picked it up from a charity shop along with the jeans, originally from Primark.

Overall, it’s been a great weekend spent with friends and family, and I love getting the opportunity to dress a bit fancy every now and then! I hope you enjoyed another one of these weekend in outfits blog posts, if you did be sure to let me know of any other recommendations!

Thanks again,

Sophie x

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