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How many garments do we really need in our wardrobes?

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Shopping no longer feels as guilt free as it used to back in the day. A lot has changed now and we consumers tend to think twice before splashing out on new pieces and accessories. Times have changed and we have all had to adjust to the new times. I no longer shop like I used to a few years ago, and I think twice before I add any new additions to my wardrobe.  But the question remains – How many garments do we really need in our wardrobes? Let’s see if I can break this down –

 

How many garments do we really need in our wardrobes?

Many of us think it is easier to shop for men than for women, but it is pretty much the same process most of the time. I remember being shocked back in 2017 when it was revealed that British women spend an average of £74 per month on clothes compared to British men who spend an average of £100. That same study also revealed that the average man owns about 56 pieces of clothing but only wears about 62% of these regularly. Women on the other hand own 95 but only wear 59%.

 

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Tops and blouses

With tops, the best way to go is to have about six to ten pieces per wardrobe. Having said that, this is just an estimate. The amount of tops you would need in your wardrobe depends on your lifestyle, employment, budget and so on, but it is a guide to go by. I like to mix and match my tops with other pieces to create different looks. This works great for me and I find I get more wear out of each and every piece that way.

 

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Pants, skirts and shorts

With pants, I like to have about six to eight of them in my wardrobe. That way I always have options but not too many that I forget about them. One denim expert recommended having about three pairs of jeans in the wardrobe and it makes perfect sense! There is no point having over ten or twenty pairs of jeans in your wardrobe. It is likely you won’t be able to wear half of the jeans most of the time.

It also makes sense to make some room for skirts and shorts especially in the summer months. I like to have a couple of these each for when the weather allows.

 

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Outerwear is key

Having a great quality outerwear is very important. They are great wardrobe assets as they can help finish off any look. I like to have about 4 outerwear pieces. The key to getting your outwear pieces to stay with you for awhile is to invest a bit more in them. I always recommend at least two casual jackets, one waterproof jacket and one or two blazers in different designs.

Blazers are particularly important as they can take you from the office to the restaurant effortlessly. You can put on a blazer for a meeting at work underneath a stunning dress shirt, or top and skirt for example.

 

 

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Shoes are made for walking

Shoes are super important. They have the power to take an outfit to a whole new level, and they can also completely ruin an outfit. I must confess, O like to have a couple of pairs in my wardrobe but you don’t really need as many pairs of shoes as you think you need. Three good pairs of shoes would work for many – One pair of smart shoes for work and events, one pair of boots for when the weather demands, and a pair of trainers for casual outings.

 

So how many garments do we really need in our wardrobes?

I would say between 18 – 25 garments. At the end of the day, this is just a guide. You may need more or less depending on the weather, lifestyle, budget and space. I hope this post helps you rethink every new wardrobe purchase you want to make. Have a great week.

 

 

 

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Outfit Post – Street Style with GANT

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I have been a fan of GANT for ages, so when I finally got the chance to work with them, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. The classic and innovation look of the brand is right up my street. The pieces are good looking and they catch my eye every time. For this outfit post, I am wearing a floral shirt dress by GANT. I adore the classic floral look of the shirt dress. I find shirt dresses really comfy to wear and easy to style, and this lovely stylish piece was all that and more. It is currently one of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe.

 

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This shirt dress is great for the spring/summer season. You can wear it to the office or a garden party. It can be dress up and down, and styled different for various occasions. I love the relaxed, straight fit. Great for those who rather stay away from the fitted body con looks. I am wearing a size 10. The stand collar also stands out beautifully, so does the removable belt at the waist. I love everything about this floral shirt dress by GANT.

Styling this look was very easy. I went for my good old black wedge sandals and decided to go bright in the handbag department. This is one look I know I will be recreating with various accessories over and over again. I found it so comfy! It would be a great outfit for the warm summer months.

 

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WHAT I WORE

Blue Floral Shirt Dress c/o GANT

Black Wedge Sandals – XY London (Similar here)

Gold Vintage Earrings – Christian Dior

Brown Sunglasses – Swarovski (Similar here)

Pink Bag – Juicy Couture

 

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What do you think of this look? Are you a fan of the floral shirt dress? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. You can also have a look at my previous outfit post to spot my stylish GANT shirt and me twinning with my little princess.

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Outfit Post – Looking forward to spring

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We are almost half way into February and the end of winter is drawing near. I am seriously looking forward to spring now. It is not my favourite season, but it is a good change from this cold winter weather. Plus, we pretty much skipped spring last year, with the extended winter weather that ended in March. And the summer weather that started in April. Having some spring weather this year will be amazing.

 

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I got this lovely Gerda Self Ribbon Blouse by Elvi Ladies Clothing some weeks ago, and wore it to my nephew’s 10th birthday party last week in Chelmsford Essex. The design of the blouse caught my eye immediately when I saw it. Prior to getting my hands on this blouse, I had nothing like it in my wardrobe. The self ribbon detail is a beautiful design. I love it and I also love the fluted sleeve. I think this blouse is really pretty. What do you think?

Everything else I have on is an oldie. I love the black jeans. It fits like a glove and is my go to jeans for many looks. Back in the day, I struggled with finding the right pair of jeans. It was either too low and tight, or too baggy with a shabby look. So I was very happy to find this particular pair of jeans and a few others many few years ago.

 

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What do you think of this look? Do you struggle with finding the right pair of jeans? Are you looking forward to spring?

Drop your comment in the comments section below, let’s chat.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

 

WHAT I WORE

Gerda Self Ribbon Blouse – c/o Elvi Ladies Clothing

Black Molly Jeans – River Island

Black Boots – NOSE

Peach Blazer – Wallis

Black Bag – DKNY

Pink Watch – Apple Watch

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