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Five Must-Have Tops for Your Life

*Collaborative post.

As a twin mum and also as a woman and a writer, I have a lot of different places and spaces in my life. There are times when I need to be dressed up and there are times when dressing up is the worst idea ever. My kids, like all kids, like to make messes and I like to be able to participate or at least not lose my mind when I inevitably get sucked into their dusty fun. 

But there are plenty of moments in my life when I need to look polished and put together. For my wardrobe, the tops that I choose have to be wardrobe workhorses

 

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Here are my top five styles that are a staple in my closet.

 

1)      The Short-Sleeve Top
 Whether made of a casual material like cotton or a dressier fabric like silk, a short-sleeved top is the most versatile piece in my wardrobe. I can wear it by itself in warmer months and I can layer it under a cardigan during the fall and winter months. Nothing gets more use in my closet.

 

2)      The Button Down Top
This is another top that is a workhorse in my wardrobe. Theses tops can be made of a heavier weight material for warmth during the cooler months or it can be made with a lightweight fabric to use during the warmer months. This style is perfect for a casual weekend brunch or a work meeting. These tops look best fitted comfortably to the body. I like to get my button down tops tailored for just the right fit.

 

3)      The Twist Front Blouse
This top is a sweet mix of femininity and flair. It is versatile, fitted, and gives me the confidence I need to go from a work meeting into a date night. It can be dressed up easily with a pair of heels and is flattering on all body types. Choose it in a rich, bold color or pattern for a statement piece or choose it in a muted neutral for a laying piece to wear with any and all of your outfits.

 

4)      The Knit Top
The knit top is a piece I love to wear and layer in the colder months. It wear it under jackets, over other shirts, or simply by itself. It can be worn with a business suit, skirt, or a casual pair of jeans on the weekend. Its ease and predictability makes it a staple in my wardrobe and makes it a piece I’m never without in my closet.

 

5)      The Crop Top
Okay, hear me out. Today’s crop top is not the wild child shirt you wore when you were a teenager. Crop tops can be made out of delicate materials and fabrics and when I pair them with high-waist pants they are not too revealing for daytime. Give this style top a try in your wardrobe the next time you’re in a rut. It’s a fun exploration into something creative and trendy!

Those are my top five tops that I love as staples in my closet. What are your favourite tops?

 

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Fashion Blogs I Love Reading

As a fashion blogger, I am forever reading fashion blogs. It is always a joy when I find a fashion blog with great content. I can read such blogs for hours at a stretch and not be bored. Especially when the blog has been around for years. There are always so many beautiful outfits to look at.

Here are some of my current favourite fashion blogs –

 

MOJ IN TOUCH

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I have been reading Moji’s blog for years now and I love her content. Her fashion blog category is filled with amazing outfit ideas. She has a great sense of fashion and a good eye for stunning pieces and accessories. If you are after lovely outfit ideas, you need to check out MOJ IN TOUCH for some style inspiration. She is definitely the Style Queen!

 

 

The Fashion Engineer

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I have been reading Sayedero’s blog for many years now. Her blog has evolved over time but her content is always a refreshing read. I love her stylish sense of fashion. She knows what looks good on her and has the confidence to style anything and make it look amazing. I enjoy reading her blog – The Fashion Engineer. You can check it out for fashion inspiration and much more.

 

Somodishly Chic

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Somodishly Chic is one fashion blog I really enjoy reading. I have been following and reading Sade’s blog for many years. Her personal style is so cool. She is effortlessly stylish. Her outfits are always on point and she makes it look dead easy. I love whatever she puts on. She slays on every style post. You can have a look at her style on her amazing fashion blog – Somodishly Chic.

 

I Want You To Know

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This is another fashion blog I really like. I Want You To Know is run by Kristabel. It is one of the first Fashion Blogs I discovered in my early blogging days. I love her quirky sense of fashion. It is so different from what you see around and I like it. Her personal style is a breath of fresh air. You can check out her blog for some outfit inspiration.

 

In My Sunday Best

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I have only just discovered this blog thanks to a link I found on Kristabel’s blog, and I love it. In My Sunday Best is run by a pretty lady called Sade. I have been busy scrolling through her blog, and I love her style category. The photography on the blog is amazing and her outfits are well put together. You should check it out!

 

Do you enjoy reading fashion blogs? I also cover beauty on Fashion and Style Police, so I will be sharing beauty blogs I enjoy reading in a bit.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Have a great week.

 

Start A Clothing Label With These 10 Tips

Have you ever dreamt of starting your own clothing label? I remember flipping through the glossy pages of fashion magazines wondering how it would be like to start my own clothing label. And I’m sure just like me there are other women who have been thinking the same. After some research I found out that starting a clothing label like many other businesses, requires you know these basics.

 

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  1. Commit to start

So many people had the aspiration to own their own clothing label but never followed through with their dreams. At the end of the day, starting their own clothing label becomes only a daydream.

If you are really serious about having your own clothing label then you need to make the decision to get started and commit to your decision.

Some ways to prove to yourself that you’re committed to launching your clothing label is to come up with ideas on how you want your clothing label to be like, the vibe you want it to have and maybe have a couple of preliminary designs of the clothing items you want to have in your clothing line.

 

  1. Know your target audience

Once you’ve committed to get started on working on your clothing label, you need to know your target audience. Who are the people you want your clothing label to appeal to and why?

Having a clear image of your target audience helps you create and deliver clothing that they will love and value.

 

  1. Identify a need

When you’re able to know who your target audience is, the next thing you need to do is delve deep into what their needs are and how your clothing item can help them meet their needs.

For example, let’s assume that your target audience is tall ladies. You need to find out what challenges they are facing right now that available clothing labels weren’t able to solve. How can your clothing label add value to your target audience? Is there a particular style, shape or size that your target audience can’t find?

 

  1. Hire the right people

To embark on a venture like starting your own clothing label isn’t something you can do all alone. You would need some help.

Get yourself a team of people you know will help to make your clothing label possible. You would need a designer, a marketer and someone in charge of logistics. If you’re not sure who would be a great fit for your clothing label, you may seek the help of a recruiter who will help you find the right people you can get on board.

 

  1. Find a factory you can trust

This is one of the most important aspects of having your own clothing line. You need to find a factory that will be able to follow your specifications to the letter.

Make enquiries from factories if they will be able to create your designs. Try to get some samples, if possible. It is crucial that the factory you choose is one that will do a great job.

 

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  1. Market your clothing items

Now that you’ve arranged for a factory that can help you have your clothing items made, you need to market your clothing label to your target audience.

You can use Facebook or Instagram ads to help you reach a lot of people. You may also use influencer marketing to help you get across to your target audience.

 

  1. Be resourceful

Maybe at this point it seems like you’ll require a lot of money to get your clothing label up and running. However, you may need that much money to make your clothing label a reality – that’s where being resourceful comes in.

For example, instead of getting yourself a large boutique you can get started with an online store. Instead of hiring a photographer, you can ask a friend who’s a decent photographer to help you take pictures of the clothes in your clothing line. You may not have to hire professional models to model your clothing items. You can ask a couple of friends to help you out instead. The options are endless!

 

  1. Acquire some business know-how

Setting up and running a clothing label requires some business know-how. You have to learn how to market your products, how to handle your clients and give them the best customer service.

It’s alright if you are not an expert in business, so long as you know the basics. Having someone on your team who is business savvy can be a plus too.

 

  1. Keep improving

There will be times when you have to go to the drawing board several times before you can get it right. As your clothing label grows, you have to work on getting better all the time.

Review the clothing items in your clothing line and think of ways you can make them better. Get the feedback from your target audience on how you can make the clothing label to best serve them.

 

  1. Stay consistent

Some people give up after a couple months or even weeks of getting started. The reason most people do is because they find the process of running a successful clothing label difficult.

The truth that it takes time before you can get any traction. That is why you need to keep working hard. You need to keep reaching out to your target audience, keep coming up with creative designs and keep improving the business in order for it to grow. So you need to be consistent with your efforts to make your clothing label a success.

 

Have you ever played with the idea of setting up your own clothing label?

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