At the back end of last summer I had a style and colour consultation with Anna Mewes. At the time I felt my style was scruffy, frumpy and boring – when what I really wanted was to look tidy, put together and stylish. Anna explained that I must shop with this mantra in my head – if it doesn’t feel tidy, put together and stylish; don’t buy it. We talked about how accessories are the key to looking “done” – particularly when, like me, you live in leggings and jersey tops.
Anna challenged me to avoid navy for my next three purchases (be it clothes, jewellery, scarves or handbags) and try to find something red, green and teal as per my “Clear” colour palette. Now it turns out this is considerably harder than you would expect! In recent months I’ve moved away from black and my wardrobe has a much stronger navy basis now however I’m really struggling to add the colour.
The main obstacles I’ve faced thus far are that:
1. My colours just aren’t really in fashion at the moment
There’s loads of navy around – which is perfect as it’s a great staple colour to base my wardrobe around. There’s also loads of navy stripes which is equally fab is it gives the “contrast” that Anna explained works well for someone with my colouring (and we all know how much I love a navy stripe!) What I’m struggling with though is finding the brighter stuff – since having had my colours done, everything seems to be really muted or washed out, which isn’t what I’m looking for. Most of the colours which suit me best are bright and bold.
This is especially challenging – although I have an hour glass figure and generally retain my waist even when I gain weight, I also have a real “problem area” with my tummy so a lot of the tricks and tips for dressing an hour glass figure just make me look pregnant (you know, the belt on the waist line – that sort of thing). I’m also pretty tall so lots of tops just aren’t long enough – especially if you’re going to wear them with leggings / jeggings. I did manage to buy a red t shirt but I’ve only worn it once or twice as it’s too short really. Of course this is the problem, if you don’t love it, you won’t wear it! I ordered some gorgeous green tops from Next last week which were perfect for my colours but again just weren’t long enough. My Wardrobe Lust Pinterest board is chock full of things which are the right colour but wouldn’t suit my shape (particularly as I’m carrying quite a bit of weight at the moment)
Tidy, put together and stylish. These are not words which fit with my current tired wardrobe of holey leggings and old tops. These are words which describe the way I want to look but which, so far, I don’t seem to be able to achieve. I would say I probably look “tidy” and “put together” one or two days a week. Usually if I’m going somewhere without the kids!! My problem is trying to find clothes which are a) the “right” colour, b) suit my shape and c) look tidy doesn’t seem to fit with the need for comfort and practicality that being at home with the kids requires. Yet, other people manage it don’t they! Why do I find myself looking like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards.
I love Anna’s recent post on her own “style evolution” since becoming a mother – it really struck a chord with me. Like Anna, I love the idea of looking all nonchalant and casual but it really doesn’t work for me, I just look a scruffy mess. I’ve been taking more time to make sure I’ve done my hair and make up on a morning and Anna’s post has inspired me to stick to my guns – to make sure that I do just keep looking and wait for the right pieces, the ones which fit well, which make me feel good – not the ones I buy just because “it’ll do”. When I’m shopping now I’m concentrating on basics, on my day to day wardrobe. Those clothes which “fit my life” – clothes for the school run, for playing in the park, for getting jobs done at home – not clothes for going shopping or eating out. So – if you know where I can find some great quality, brightly coloured jersey that’s long enough . . . let me know!