Getting back to basics after a style rut

“Seek the fashion which truly fits and befits you. You will always be in fashion if you are true to yourself, and only if you are true to yourself”

Maya Angelou – I know why the caged bird sings

As we have welcomed a turn of the season, leaves falling beneath our boots and warmer weather clothes to hand, I’ve found myself in a style rut.

It started easily enough; my body underwent some changes, which inevitably resulted in my clothes not fitting quite right. Also, this is the first winter I’ve either not been pregnant or on maternity leave, so my casual attire of past, isn’t quite cutting it.

Plus I’ve been so enthralled with my role as a stylist, transforming Mum’s into better versions of themselves, I forgot about myself on the way. & It’s easily done, even for someone in love with style.

So how do I break the rut, where do I start? Firstly I need to see what I already own to work with. A wardrobe cleanse at the beginning of a new fashion season is always recommended, primarily to store away my summer pieces.

Booking some precious me time, I work my way through my clothes, storing my lightweight pieces and trying on the transitional items. Items such as jeans, knitwear and basics tops, seeing whether they compliment my newly acquired curves.

As I feared there wasn’t much left to work with, however, it felt incredibly therapeutic to have a good clear out and be realistic with my look. It was clear from the beginning that I am lacking in ‘good basics’.

I recently watched Stacey Dooley’s Fashion’s Dirty Secrets, which highlights more than ever our responsibility as a consumer to make sustainable fashion choices. It’s about investing in forever pieces of good quality those happily ever after items that elevate our look and never let us down.

It’s important when creating your essentials wardrobe, that it is reflective of your lifestyle. What do I need to wake up in the morning, dress and go, without having to overthink my look. The perfect fitting jeans, luxury looking knitwear, jersey layering pieces that don’t cling to my lumps, but showcase the best of my figure.

With this in mind, I have started to go through the high street and build my shopping list. Alongside this, I continue to build outfit ideas and style inspiration, so I can get the most out of my new essentials. & Start to have fun with the sprinkles, which are the prints and colours that breathe life into our outfits. Those pieces that tell the world who I am and give me the inner confidence boost, all us mum’s need from time to time.


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