Wardrobe Inspiration

Over the past year I have been really trying to pare down my wardrobe. This has been for a few reasons

1) to stop wasting money on items I don’t need or really want

2) to make some extra money from clothes I don’t really wear!

3) to declutter!!!!!! (for anyone who knows me, this is not something which used to come naturally at all!)

4) to better value the items I do own, and to LOVE all of my clothes and how they make me feel when I wear them.

 

I wouldn’t say that this has been a quick process. It started by cleaning out my wardrobe pre USA holiday mid last year – where I made some nice sales on eBay to contribute to the ‘holiday fund’. I found that once I started this “purging” process (and earning some money off it, yay!) it was almost addictive. I realised how much of my clothes that I did NOT wear, that did NOT fit, or that I just didn’t enjoy!

 

So I decided to continuously try to clear out more items, whenever I was in a purging sort of mood. Two of my greatest inspirations for this were the gorgeous ladies of YouTube – Light by Coco (click here and here for links) and LoveRawVegan (click here). Both women have a stylish, realistic and practical approach to living with less – but getting the most use out of what you have.

 

And although I must admit I still have quite a lot of clothes, I have stopped purchasing items I don’t need – and have been seriously considering if and what items I do need in my wardrobe. To make it more fun, I’ve been trawling Pinterest for images of styles and looks that I LOVE!!! (Check out my Pinterest fashion folders here). And I’ve made a little mood board of my favourite looks, split into 3 categories:

  • General Clothing Inspo
  • Winter Clothing Inspo
  • Shoes and Accessories Inspo
Clothing inspiration mood board by Natasha Dearden - with images sourced via Pinterest.
Clothing inspiration mood board by Natasha Dearden – with images sourced via Pinterest.
Winter clothing inspiration mood board by Natasha Dearden - with images sourced via Pinterest
Winter clothing inspiration mood board by Natasha Dearden – with images sourced via Pinterest
Accessories Inspiration mood board by Natasha Dearden - with images sourced via Pinterest.
Accessories Inspiration mood board by Natasha Dearden – with images sourced via Pinterest.

This fashion analysis shall we call it, has also helped me to come up with a little ‘priority list’ of items I want to keep my eyes peeled for.

This is the list so far:

  • Black or grey Nikes (possibly could go for some New Balance in the right colour combination)
  • Tan or marle grey overcoat
  • Long sleeved stripy top replacement (current Ralph Lauren favourite has gotten so much love it’s now developing holes!!! Sadness!)
  • Short sleeved dark french navy and white striped tee (that can be dressed up or down)
  • New black ankle boots that suit jeans and skirts

 

Now all that’s left to decide is whether to take the plunge to attempt a capsule wardrobe to truly pare back my wardrobe!

Let me know below what you guys do to plan your shopping, style and wardrobes.

 

Clothing and Accessories inspiration mood board by Natasha Dearden - with images sourced via Pinterest
Clothing and Accessories inspiration mood board by Natasha Dearden – with images sourced via Pinterest
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