I've been thinking about clothes and fashion more than I usually do, and instead of my usual habit of just throwing on the first clean/ironed outfit I can find, I'm actually trying to plan my outfits in advance. Hand on heart I can't say I always achieve that, but I am trying to make more of an effort.
Shortly after I wrote the post about my life as a slob I decided to contact some of my favourite fashion/style bloggers and ask for their help. First up is a blogger who has really reinvented herself. After years working in finance Amanda used a career break to set up a blog which has since developed into The Online Stylist, and I was thrilled when she agreed to write a guest post on the subject of capsule pieces. Over to Amanda.
I was really pleased when notSupermum asked me to do a guest post for her style advice series as she was one of the first people who used to read my old blog, 39 And Counting. If memory serves, we bonded over a post about a broken heel on my Louboutins…I think most women could sympathise with the pain of that!
When I read her post about dressing for comfort, I found myself nodding along - it’s something that I hear lots of people say. After all, who wants to be tugging at their clothing in despair all day when you have a million and one things to do?
Whilst NSM referred to herself as “becoming a bit of a slob” which I’m sure is somewhat on the harsh side, I don’t think comfort has to mean slobbiness. My first piece of advice would be to persevere in finding brands that offer easy pieces that fit your shape really well and make you feel good by camouflaging your least favourite parts.
I’m a huge fan of draped jersey but it has to of a good heavy quality so that it falls away rather than clings. Try Isabella Oliver 365 – every season they bring out stunning collections with form and function.
|Classic Wrap Dress by 365 Collection|
I’m writing NSM a shopping list for the top three basics to get her started now - they include:
A dress to wear during the day – keep it casual if dresses aren’t the norm but go for a good, nipped in at the waist fit. She mentions having a fuller bust so I’d advise more of a dipped V neckline. You don’t have to go too low but it’s better than something that goes straight across the neckline. This classic wrap dress has been all over the press for its ability to flatter every figure.
|Black Drape Collar Jacket from|
To get over the legging phobia buy some slim fit, cropped trousers to wear with the tunics you’re keeping. Better and smarter than leggings and far more flattering with longer line tunic tops. Wear with a lower wedge sandal to add height and elegance. These stretch slim leg trousers, £25 at Wallis won’t break the bank.
|Black Slim Leg Trousers |
And above all….don’t save the good stuff for best – hang it up and wear it now!
The Online Stylist offers a Style Advice Service where Amanda will personally select outfits from online retailers to fit your specifications.