Wardrobe Rediscovery

As many of you know, my wardrobe is ready to burst. Next week, I’m planning on going through it and removing items of clothing I no longer wear. I was inspired by Flo, who cleared out a load of stuff over Christmas and whose wardrobe is extremely well organised. The problem for me is that my clothes are always attached to memories: I find my sentimentality gets in the way of me making an objective decision about keeping pieces in my wardrobe. With a bit of help from my other half, I’ll try to be tougher – wish me luck!

I started doing a little work on my clothing collection last weekend (aka school work procrastination). I found two vintage dresses at the back of my wardrobe – neither had been worn in over a year so out they came!

The first dress is a simple short-sleeved shift dress from a vintage stall in Camden. I fell in love with this piece because of the fabric. The background teal colour is rich and deep. The delicate butterflies in an array of different colours give loads of options for colour-matching and accessorising.

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The second dress is from Vivien of Holloway. It’s not part of their repro range; it was just on a rail with other vintage pieces during a sale. The details of the dress really drew me to it: the trim, the buttons and the thin belt. Pink and black always look good together so the colour combination was definitely a winner. I’ve worn it to work and paired with Converse and a denim jacket for days out.

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Have you made any wardrobe rediscoveries recently? Share your photos – let’s see what you’ve found!

Badges and Denim

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As many of you already know, I don’t always stick to the same era or style. Sometimes I pull bits and bobs together and, for some reason, it just works. This outfit is a perfect example of that!

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The T-shirt is over ten years old and it’s by Ack Ack (now discontinued). When I first bought it, it was about three sizes too small. Fifteen year old me tried in vain to make it work but it just turned into a heavily stretched crop top, so it ended up buried in the back of my wardrobe. I could never bring myself to throw it away though – I loved the print too much. It was covered in sixties and mod style badges with contrasting lavender sleeves and black piping around the neck. Rediscovering this treasure in my storage boxes put a smile on my face and now, I could finally wear it with pride!

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I teamed this T-shirt with a maroon belt from Hell Bunny, maroon Converse and a denim A-line skirt from Primark (now discontinued). This skirt is such a staple in my wardrobe; it goes with anything and you can accessorise it to suit all seasons. It also has POCKETS!

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I kept my hair and make-up relatively simple for this look. My hair was just wet-set overnight, then I ran my fingers through it. I put a little black eyeliner under my eyes and used Peachy Keen lip paint by Le Keux Cosmetics on my lips.

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I think fifteen year old me would be very happy with how I styled this T-shirt (even though I despised skirts back then).

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Have you got anything lurking in the back of your wardrobe that needs to see the light of day again? Bring it out and let it fulfil its clothing destiny!