But then in lieu came a couple of bad days, the kind everyone supposedly has every now and again, since we’re all human, and thoughts of restarting the blog went astray. Until now, that is; when I took to redesigning the blog layout and actually posting again. I like starting afresh. Nothing like the first page of new spiral-bound refill paper, a new pen, a new diary, a new project, a new week, a new season...it puts a fresh smell of hope in the air. So now that spring is here it means I have the chance to start a new page with a new spring wardrobe. But first of all I'd like to tick the following the checklist... to make sure I'm on the right track. I feel this helps in spending your money where it matters!
1. Estabilish where you're headed.Think of where you'll be going this spring. Will you be at work most of the time? Are there any events you absolutely must attend? Where are you going to spend your weekends? Are you going clubbing, or somewhere quieter? Will you be having picnics every so often? Are lunch dates something you do? As soon as you've established that you'll know whether you'd rather go for the flats you've been eyeing or the platform sandals which caught your eye or pretty dresses versus casual t-shirts and distressed denims.
2. The rule of ThreeIf the item you've been eyeing doesn't go with at least another 3 spring-friendly pieces you already have in your wardrobe, then NO. If you do go ahead and buy it, it will end up just sitting there looking pretty leaving dust-rings around it. Another rule I've heard quite recently uncovered is that after 3 weeks you've purchased an item you haven't worn it- return it! (Unless, of course, you have some specific event you're saving it up for.) No use letting it rot there when you can probably exchange it for something you really would wear!
3. What does suit you?This requires a lot of time spent in front of the mirror and good lighting! Study which colours make your complexion glow, and which dampen it so you'll know to avoid them. Which collars make your face longer than it should be, which make you look neck-less; what pants make you taller, which stomp you and so on. It's all about proportion! Work it out!
4. Emulate, don't copy.Buy a few fashion magazines, follow some good blogs, surf the top fashion websites and discover which trends or current fashion moods you're into. Build your own 'mood board' and work your wardrobe into it.
5. Determine your budgetYou'll find you'll make the best purchases when you stick to a budget. That way you won't buy anything for the sake of quantity. You'll have to think twice about it. You may discover you don't really need it after all. Also when you've spent your wardrobe budget, you'll only buy anything else if you really, really, really, absolutely like something. And that will be your treat.
6. The power of the trans-seasonal.An item holds extra style value when it can be work from one season to the next with just a change in the styling. Where it underneath a black blazer today then with denim cut-offs in a month!
7. The All-purpose PiecesPieces which in a way or other
a) be transformed excessively,
b) are in neutral shades (black, white, grey, brown or navy)
c) you can sincerely consider to be 'timeless', 'classics' (and do not allude to a seasonal print or trend)
should be given extra purchase value.