I’ve always loved fashion, in fact, my first job was in fashion and it was also one of the reasons I started my blog. The thing is though, I’m not very fashionable, or at least, I don’t think I am. I’ve always struggled with trying to find my sense of style, which means shopping for key pieces and fast-fashion items has never come easy to me. I know, it sounds crazy. I’m a girl who loves fashion, but yet, can’t quite shop for herself, which means my wardrobe is seriously lacking in everything. You might think I’m being over dramatic, but seriously my wardrobe is pitiful, which is why operation improve my wardrobe has commenced.
One of the reasons my wardrobe is pretty bare is because I struggle to find anything when I’m shopping. I’m always stuck in a catch 22; I prefer to invest in my clothing, but never seem to have enough dollar to buy the high-end, or luxury pieces I love, so then I’ll buy something more affordable. The problem with that is the cheaper items only last one, or two washes and then I’ll need to buy something else to replace it, so it turn I end up spending the same amount of money as if I’d have bought the more expensive item – does this happen to anyone else?
Well enough is enough. I’m 26 years old and I should have a wardrobe that I love, not hate. Instead of hitting the high street and online stores buying everything I see because, let’s face it, my debit card will have a heart attack, I’ve got a plan. My plan is pretty simple; as soon as payday arrives I’m going to treat myself to something, no matter the price tag. I’ve come to the conclusion that I work too damn hard not to treat myself and improving my wardrobe is the perfect excuse to do so.
Now, treating yourself with a full bank balance can be a little dangerous, which I why I’m starting strictly with the basics. I’m talking about getting a decent pair of boots and pumps, staple denim and black jeans, a pair of leather leggings, a statement white shirt, an iconic leather jacket, a dress for the summer, a jacket for spring and so on. I just think that once my wardrobe has the staple items then I have the essentials to put together the majority of outfits.
Since staples last forever and I’m treating myself to one, or two items a month, I’m going to invest in them. I’ll try my best to get them in the sale, or with a discount, but sale or not, for what you pay for them for how long they last I just think they’re worth splashing the cash on.
I’ve already put my plan into action and at the end of December I bought some black boots from All Saints. They were £178 reduced to £42 – what an utter bargain, right? I also picked up a peplum blouse from ASOS for a mere £10 in the sale. It’s a classic shirt that I can either wear for work, or style up with a pair of jeans and boots. This month I’m looking to buy some jeans, but quite frankly, I have no idea where to look. Any suggestions would be really helpful. I’ve bought jeans from Topshop in the past, but they only seem to last a few months. I’ve also got a couple of pairs from New Look, but they never seem to fit me properly and always need pulling up. Where do you get your jeans from?
So, what do you think of my plan? If you think there’s a sale, or store I need to check out please let me know. Do you think there’s something else I need to invest in?
Sarah Jayne x
Blouse ASOS (similar) | Jeans PULL & BEAR | Shoes PUBLIC DESIRE
Bag LULU GUINNESS | Coat OASIS