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Do you struggle with clothes in summer?

Do you feel like all of your tops and shorts just look horrible together? Girl, I absolutely can relate to that. I find it quite challenging to put an outfit together when there are 30 degrees outside. Let’s get into what exactly I do to come up with easy, on the go outfits.

Find 5 clothing pieces that you like from your wardrobe

They don’t have to go together. Just choose the ones you best like and represent yourself. Not something you’ve seen online and bought it because you thought it was cool for the moment. Think about something along these lines: timeless and items that are 100% you. I would recommend picking 5 items, so you have a solid starting point. They can be dresses, tops, shorts, skirts, sandals, you name it. So, gather your beloved items only please and get ready to the next stage.

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Reinvent the way you wear your clothes

Next, you want to come up with new ways of mixing your clothes, so they look different (to you) than what you’re used to wearing usually. It’s like giving your outfits a second ‘life’. I happened to come up with this idea of making my outfits fresh after I went on a rant about my wardrobe. I’m not the one to stay in the complaining mood for too long, so I prefer coming up with a solution. For example, I really like this yellow dress, but it goes boring wearing it on its own all the time. So, I just added a cool shirt on top. Voila, a new outfit. Don’t stop just at adding new things on top, but be creative: other shoes, maybe change the hairstyle a bit, or even add some statement jewellery or accessories. I always worn this dress with converse and a backpack, so to me this restyling of it, makes me feel like it’s a completely new outfit.

Loving your wardrobe again miss andrada

But.. Andrada, what if I don’t have time…? Well, we’re all busy with our lives, but I truly believe that there are a lot of times when you can actually fit it 30 minutes for yourself. Can’t you? 💋

So, reinventing your wardrobe should be on your top priority list any season and whenever you feel like your wardrobe can be a bit mundane. What is your way of falling back in love with your clothes?

Lots of love,

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The 2018 Way to Effectively Layer Your Clothes

Hello there,

If you’re in the hunt for really warm clothes and you believe puffer jackets are the only solution to the current situation, layering can really come in handy if you don’t like feeling wrapped up every single day. There are no big news here as you probably layer your outfits already without necessarily realising you do so. Keen to switch the usual ‘winter jacket’ for a cooler alternative, I began researching ways of dressing appropriately for winter. What can I do differently to change the way I’m creating my outfits to fit my current needs? Today, I’m happy to share with you my proved and effective layering strategy for the coldest months of the year.

First step: Tops tops tops

Mention the word basic top and I will be the first one to say: I need more! As basic as they are and as easy to find they are, I am currently having only six or seven to use for layering. I found it really useful to own basic tops in different colours based on the shirt colour to be added to it. I feel that a black top should not be mixed with a white shirt as it will look really tacky – it’s similar to matching the underwear to the clothes you’re wearing. There’s nothing more disgraceful than a black bra underneath a white shirt. I like my tops in black, white, pale pink, and nude as I have quite a lot of shirts / blouses from that colour palette. Add as many different colours as you like based on your wardrobe colour range. You will instantly see the difference in the final look.

The 2018 Way to Effectively Layer Your Clothes

Hot Tip: So, as you probably guessed, the first step is getting your tops to match the shirts’ colours.

Second step: Shirts & Bottoms

Depending on the outside temperature, you can choose between a full-length arm shirt or a T-shirt. The beauty of layering is that you don’t have to pack your wardrobe with jumpers as a top and a shirt will do the job if the third layer is done right.

You can choose between a pair of pants or a skirt. If you choose a skirt, pick a pair of winter tights. I usually wear pants, but there are some exceptions of course.

The 2018 Way to Effectively Layer Your Clothes

Hot Tip: Go for cool designs in your tops. A printed logo T-shirt, a lace blouse or a stripped shirt will do miracles to your outfit. Details always make the difference between a boring and a “wow” outfit. Bring your inner artist to the game!

Step number three: Blazers and Cardigans

If there are two things I LOVE to have in my wardrobe, they would be blazers and fellow cardigans. I call them fellow as they’re comfy and always there to help you feel warm & ready to fight the cold weather. After all, they are probably the most important layer of all (closely competing with tops). Be consistent with your colour scheme: three or four colours per outfit should be enough to create a well put-together outfit. Any outfit made out of more than four colours will make you look sloppy.

The 2018 Way to Effectively Layer Your Clothes

Hot Tip: Choose a wool blended cardigan / winter blazer to go on top of your shirts. Be careful not to use more than three – four colours overall when putting together the outfit.

Step Four: The Winter Jacket

An ultimate layer to your outfit would be the beloved (or not) winter jacket. Make sure it has a wool blend to keep you warm. There’s no harm in having two or three winter jackets in different styles and colours to complement your outfits.

Hot Tip: Choose wool blended jackets that come in different lengths & styles. You can adjust one winter coat to the length of your skirt, so the latter is not longer than the former. 

Optional Step for BOLD girls: Statement Accessory 

An accessory won’t make you bolder but it can help you express your strong personality. As  designer Michael Halpern said Right now, people need fantasy from fashion. I believe his remark is 100% true as it perhaps relates to the concept of people loving story telling. The more you create stories around your outfit, the more empowered you will feel. My go-to accessory for the month is this green beret that I’ve been wearing quite a lot.

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Hot Tip: Embrace statement accessories and wear them with the confidence you have in you.

Psst: Don’t forget about your winter boots.

 

Close-up & Portrait Photography by Graham Wills (www.buckinghamcameraclub.co.uk)

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Until next time,

MISSANDRADA