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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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Transition Your Wardrobe from Summer to Autumn With These Key Pieces 

The hot summer is nearly over and we will soon be returning to the crisp cold that we know so well – I couldn’t be more excited. Who doesn’t love cosy nights by the fire, snuggled up under a pile of blankets? A change in season obviously means a change in wardrobe, but if you don’t have the money to completely overhaul your wardrobe this autumn, don’t worry, here are a few key pieces that I always invest in to get my outfits winter ready. You can save even more on your winter staple items with voucher codes for Pretty Little Thing and get savings of up to 30% off. 

 

Winter Coats to the Ready 

If I could only purchase one new item for the autumn season, it would have to be a new coat. I have so many already it is beginning to become a problem but each year, there is a new style of coat in trend that I know I just have to have. It’s not exactly a purchase I should feel guilty for, think of all the colds I have prevented by having such a wide coat variety.  At the moment, this stone waterfall coat is what I am grabbing. It is perfectly light for the current summer-ish weather but keeps me from getting chilly when the sun goes down. 

 

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Bring on the Autumn with a Blazer 

If all of your coats are too heavy for the not-yet freezing autumn weather but you still need that extra cover up from the cold wind, a blazer is your new best friend. I think my blazers have to be my most reached for items in my wardrobe – not to mention they’re so on-trend right now. For a perfect autumn night out look, I buy a blazer one or two sizes bigger than I am, put a belt around it and make it into a blazer dress. I am so in love with the look. This oversized white blazer is both the perfect substitute for a coat and large enough to make it into a dress when I fancy it! 

 

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Back to Basics with a Black Bodysuit 

If you are looking for a chic, staple top to wear all through autumn, a black high neck bodysuit is the one. This item is so cheap but well worth investing in – it literally goes with anything. I wear this under a strappy dress for a cute day look or pair the bodysuit with some cigarette trousers and heels for a smart/ casual evening look. The high neck is perfect for keeping you warm when the temperatures get colder. 

 

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Switch it up with a Maxi Skirt 

Skirts are one of my favourite fashion pieces and I have always found them a lot more flattering on my body. However, I am always reluctant to wear them in autumn and winter in case my legs get cold. But I have recently discovered that Midaxi ribbed skirts are the perfect solution, with the combination of a midi and maxi skirt being the ideal  length to show a bit of ankle whilst not risking getting cold. This amazing skirt find means I can switch up my jeans for a more feminine look whilst not compromising on warmth. This one from Pretty Little Thing is perfect- it has a ribbed effect making the skirt thicker and warmer and the skirt is elasticated making it super figure hugging!

 

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With these four staples, your autumn wardrobe is pretty much sorted! I obviously supplement with a few additions when I need to and but these are your core pieces, vital for keeping you chic all winter. 

How are you making the wardrobe transition from summer to autumn?

 

 

Summer Fashion Finds I Am Loving

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Fashion is one of my favourite things. It was one of the main things I spent money on before having kids. I don’t spend as much money and time on fashion and style like I used to but it is still a major part of my life. I enjoy writing about stylish pieces and accessories I have found and I love playing dress up! Life is too short not to look fly!

Summer is here and the weather has been amazing recently in Cheshire. The sunshine and heat means it is officially summer fashion season, and I am ready for it! Best to make the most of the summery weather especially if you live in the UK. Before you know it, the sunshine would disappear and autumn would be here.

Here are some of the new fashion finds I am loving at the moment –

 

Alexander McQueen Sunglasses

 

 

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I got my hands and eyes on this stunning Alexander McQueen Sunglasses some weeks ago, and I am loving it. It is one of my favourite sunnies at the moment. I love the frame a lot. The shape suits my face and it stands out so well. It is my go-to sunglasses for summer! You cam see how I wore this pair of sunglasses in this outfit post.

 

Love Leggings Oatmeal Beige Classic Leggings

 

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You can easily catch me wearing a pair of leggings which is why I am forever adding a new pair to my collection. I am a huge fan of Love Leggings. Myself and my daughter have pairs of leggings from the brand and they have been worn many times and been washed too may times to count, and they still look amazing. The latest addition to our leggings collection is this Oatmeal Beige Classic Leggings. I love the neutral colour a lot. It is very different from the other colours I have in my leggings collection. It suit many pieces in our wardrobe wardrobes. We love it!

 

George Asda Red Floral Harem Trousers

 

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Apart from leggings, I am also wearing a lot of summer trousers this season. I find them really comfy and one of my current favourites is this Red Floral Harem Trousers by George Asda. It is so pretty; I love the stylish print. It keeps me cool in the summer months and it is dead easy to style. I can style it with almost anything in my wardrobe.

 

Ted Baker Avelini Slide Magnificent

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This stunning yellow slider by Ted Baker is another summer fashion find. I got it some weeks ago and I really like it. It is my go-to school run footwear. Easy to wear and very comfortable thanks to the padding. It also looks very stylish which is a plus. I am looking forward to going on holiday with it. I love it so much that I also got a pair in black! They are simply stunning.

 

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Banana Moon Poseidon Junon Blue Shorts

 

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Summer fashion is never complete with a good pair of shorts! I like to have a few in my summer wardrobe for days when I can’t be bothered to wear anything longer. We have experienced a couple of very warm days, and thanks to this Banana Moon shorts and others, I have been comfortable.

 

What do you think of these summer fashion finds? What do you find yourself wearing a lot this season?

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