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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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Men, Stop What You’re Doing: Here is the Ultimate Guide to Buying Women’s Handbags

So she’s said she’d like a new bag and you’re already kicking yourself for asking in the first place. When it comes to buying a handbag for that significant lady in your life, whether wife, girlfriend, mum or sister, they’ll be quick to tell you every single one they own is different and has a purpose. However, when it comes to you picking out one, you’d better believe they’re leaving you to work it out for yourself. Not to worry, though. My Favourite Voucher Codes have got you covered on the lowdown of women’s handbags and each type’s outstanding features.

 

Backpacks

The backpack can seem like a practical choice, but they’ve actually become something of a classic staple in any woman’s collection of bags. From leather to canvas, there are plenty of options out there, offering both sharp style and the ability to carry more around without getting backache.

  • Two straps in order for it to sit comfortably and distribute weight evenly across your shoulders and back.
  • Great for carting around heavier items including valuables.
  • Often features pouches and zipped compartments in the inner lining.

 

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This backpack from Marks & Spencer, just £39.50, is great in terms of both style and protection for your goods. With the added bonus of heavy-duty clips as well as a draw string, you can feel secure with gadgets like laptops and tablets inside. The padded exterior is also fantastic for this and made with Stormwear technology to keep your cargo dry.

 

Tote

We’re going to go out on a whim here and suggest she doesn’t mean the canvas tote bags largely used to carry around shopping. Similar in cut and purpose, tote handbags hold all their structure in their main body and are otherwise completely open.

  • Generally unstructured with an open interior to accommodate anything you want to throw in your bag.
  • Set of two straps to hold or haul over your shoulder, with one magnetic fastening.
  • Shopper and Hobo style bags are similar – shoppers even less structured with no inner pockets, whilst hobo bags are larger and baggier in shape.

You can find all these styles stocked at the retailers featured on our site, including Marks and Spencer, Debenhams and New Look, all with the latest money-saving deals. For the perfect tote, this red leather one by Autograph at Marks and Spencer has the option of organisation but meets in the middle with an otherwise open interior. Just £99.

 

Clutch

Put in simple terms, a clutch is a lot like a purse, just marginally larger and you’re usually able to cram your phone and lipstick in it, too. Commonly desired for those special occasions, it’s worth knowing there are still clutch bag styles available for day and night.

  • Compact in size.
  • They only have a small strap if one at all.
  • Designed to fit snuggly under a woman’s arm.

 

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Often colour comes down to matching with other accessories like shoes and shouldn’t distract from the main event of a woman’s outfit. Like with any bag, it’s best bet of standing the test of time is by opting for neutral colours and avoiding anything too brash if you don’t want it to go out of style. This nude clutch will probably only squeeze in a phone, some cash and maybe make-up to top up if you’re lucky, but at £15 it’s the ideal accessory that can be easily incorporated into most outfits.

 

Across Body

In the small to medium size bracket, across body style bags are distinguishable by:

  • Long, adjustable strap, which you can either wear across the body or hanging from your shoulder.
  • This gives you freedom to move your arms with your bag at your waist.
  • Offers compartments inside and often a zipped pocket on the outside, too.

One of the most popular styles for day-to-day use, you can buy across body bags in a range of colours and shapes. The leather crescent-shaped bag from Marks & Spencer is ideal for cramming in your daily essentials, with a separate zipped compartment on the front for your phone or keys. Just £69.

 

Shoulder

Shoulder bags are perhaps the most diverse in terms of shape and size.

  • The overarching feature is that it has one strap that you wear over your shoulder.
  • These straps can be long or short, adjustable and not.
  • The interior of shoulder bags isn’t specific either, with some featuring compartments and others completely unstructured.
  • Buy slouchy or rigid shoulder bags, big, small or medium, with fabric or metal chained straps.

We’re a big fan of a bag that can hold a lot, so would reach for this faux leather double shoulder bag, which features a shorter strap for holding in your hand or a longer one for swapping it onto your shoulder. For around £39.50, shoulder bags offers versatility in terms of style and the space to take as much or as little as you want and be comfortable to take with you wherever you’re going.

When it comes to buying that special woman in your life a bag, it’s a good idea to weigh up what she wants out of a bag. Is she the type of woman who travels around with a lot day-to-day, or does she like the freedom of not having to cart around a huge bag? From the small, smart clutch to totes and shoppers, if she’s got an ever-growing handbag collection, we’re sure she’d appreciate any one of these styles. That said, we think it’s probably best to get more details out of her than just a handbag. Otherwise you might find yourself returning that thoughtful gift.

 

What do you think of these bags?

 

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Outfit Post – Fashion Bloggers Please Dress Warm

It is my birthday in a few days and I am looking forward to celebrating the new year in my own way. Being a January baby means I get to start the new year with a birthday and align my goals to suit my new stage in life. I am still in the process of styling my birthday outfit in my head (it has to be perfect since I am a fashion blogger right?), not really decided what I would wear or what I would do on the day. But I am sure ideas would crop up closer to the date, so look out for a birthday outfit post soon.

 

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I wore this outfit some weeks ago. The Silver Grey Long Oversized Coat With Faux Fur Hood is a new wardrobe addition. I am so in love with it. It is the right length and it feels so warm and comfy. The faux fur trim hood is an added touch of beauty and the puffy fit is great for layering this winter.

Dressing warm is so important in the winter and we fashion bloggers need to promote that a lot more. I remember when I initially started blogging, I came across a few fashion blogs that would show off outfit posts wearing summery pieces in the middle of winter, and I thought it was so unrealistic and misleading. 9 times out of 10, these bloggers would pose outside for a few minutes to get the photos taken and get back inside to wear something more sensible. Like who walks around in a mini skirt and crop top in the winter months?

 

 

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I don’t play with the cold weather. I dress warm and make sure the kids are dressed warm too. So I find it crazy to see many fashion bloggers still doing this. Fashion should be stylish and comfy. You should not have to choose one over the other, when you can have both. So my fellow fashion bloggers, please think twice before you step outside to be photographed in yet another revealing outfit in the middle of winter. It looks very silly and dangerous. Health is wealth, remember that.
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WHAT I WORE

Silver Grey Long Oversized Coat With Faux Fur Hood – c/o LOTD

Black Boots – H! by Henry Holland

Burgundy Bag – Guess

Black Leather Leggings – Max Mara

Earrings – Swarovski

 

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