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How to shop your own wardrobe

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I’ve been deliberately shopping my own wardrobe for a number of months now, mainly because my wardrobe for both Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer is pretty good in terms of ticking all the boxes for what I need in my lifestyle. Some bits have cropped up like a new blazer for work appointments, a new coat for walking our new puppy and a new dress for Winter events. With all of these purchases I got them either in the sale or with discount codes and I thought about the purchases versatility many times over, and about how to wear them again and again. During this time I have learnt alot about reworking pieces that I own into new outfits and learnt that it is more of an attitude that leads to a naturally more sustainable way of life when it comes to shopping and spending money.

Don’t get me wrong, what I do for a living sees me advising men and women on what to buy for their wardrobes to make them feel good and more stylish. But I am always giving clients brands I know are great for quality, longevity and versatility so that you will keep these items for as long as possible in your life. That is what I have done with my wardrobe over the past 5 years, jumpers I am still wearing now are old Zara, Topshop and &other stories buys but paired over dresses, with skirts or tucked into trousers they look new again. I still have small holes in my wardrobe and there are going to always be things that I lust after because I love fashion and style, but I think personally I want to be more conscious about my spending, where I am spending and really thinking about whether I NEED it in my wardrobe.

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During the past few months, I’ve learned a lot about the ins and outs and ups and downs of shopping your wardrobe so I have pulled together some tips for you to think about this January.


Here are 6 simple truths about shopping your wardrobe

  1. Shopping your wardrobe is an attitude

    Shopping your wardrobe is a way of thinking and feeling about your wardrobe that has you appreciating and using what’s there, not wishing for things that you don’t have. You can cultivate a ‘shop your wardrobe’ attitude overnight – there’s no special skills or steps required.  The main ingredient you need is a new lens or a fresh set of eyes to look at, and experience, your existing wardrobe through.

  2. Shopping your wardrobe is about cultivating a working wardrobe

    This type of wardrobe is one filled exclusively with items that make you look good (if not great) and feel even better. This kind of wardrobe is created by being conscious about every purchase you make, so any new item coordinates with many existing items, and pays their rent in your wardrobe.

    A working wardrobe that you can shop in is full of items that suit your body, support your lifestyle, and express your mood and personality.

    A working wardrobe that you can shop in usually takes a while to develop and get right, years sometimes. This is where I can help you on your journey and believe me it will be worth it.

  3. Shopping your wardrobe gives you a chance to find your personal style

    By bringing your focus solely onto the items that you already have, you have a chance to define for yourself what you truly love when it comes to clothing and style.

    When you shop your wardrobe, you have the opportunity to explore and liberate your own sense of personal style.

    You can’t tap into your true style when you’re always shopping in the stores as there is too much noise going on you can’t possible hear what your inner style voice is telling you!

  4. When you shop your wardrobe, you make less shopping mistakes

    When you shop your wardrobe, especially if you do it for a while, you truly do liberate your sense of personal style.  You come to know – deeply and truly – what you love to wear, and what makes you look and feel great.

    So when you do choose to shop in the stores, you’re clearer.  You’re less susceptible to passing trends or compelling marketing and merchandising.  You’re more centred in your own style.

    So you make less purchasing mistakes.  Because you are so attuned to your personal sense of style, you have discovered, through a deep connection with your existing items, and trial and error, what you love – and what you don’t.

  5. When you shop your wardrobe, you find out what you really love

    When you shop your wardrobe, you have a great opportunity to explore and discover what about your existing items really works.  What items make your heart sing and makes you truly happy.  What items make you feel most YOU.  And of course, what items don’t pass muster.

    You can’t do this if you’re constantly shopping and bringing new items into your wardrobe.  There’s simply too much noise.

    When you shop your wardrobe, you have the opportunity to evaluate items in your wardrobe by detoxing; reusing and recycling.

  6. When you shop your wardrobe you will never say “I’ve got nothing to wear”

    When you shop your wardrobe and explore your sense of personal style, where you often wash up is with a cultivated and curated “working wardrobe”.  And this kind of wardrobe truly works for you.  You use it.  It isn’t a museum but a working and workable space, where every item in it ‘earns its rent’.

    Your wonderful working wardrobe may have 26 items in it or 66 or 1066 – it’s not the size that counts, it’s whether every single piece is working for you.


Consider this….

All of the above is achievable but if the idea of it scares you, you don’t know where to start or you want to the help of a professional then I can get the results you are after by booking a consultation with me.

I encourage you to consider a period where you only shop your wardrobe – whether it’s a week, a month, or longer.  You may be surprised and delighted at what you discover.

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My first fashion obsession of 2019 - Boilersuits

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There are fewer things you can be comfortable in over wearing a boilersuit. Loose-fitting but flattering, casual but chic with heels and easy to layer throughout the year, this pedigree breed of an all-in-one is a true wonder. I have an age-old Topshop cotton / linen boilersuits lurking in my Summer wardrobe as it’s the kind of throw-on piece that is easy to wear and comes back around in fashion every couple of years.

At the end of 2018 I noticed a resurgence of the boilersuit on the high street, in social media and I started feeling the urge to wear one with a roll neck underneath. I tried Topshops stitch denim one but I seemed to be inbetween sizes to make it work. Selling out twice now, this is the third delivery of the denim one and they now have it in different fabrics and colours which makes me think this trend is only going to get bigger and better into Spring Summer.

Since this big hitter I am confident that like the jumpsuit the boilersuit is versatile, stylish, easy to wear and well translate well into next season.

So I have done all the hard work for you and found the best boilersuits on the high street right now so you can get yours before everyone else - you can thank me later!


Best Boilersuits to buy now


1. Black belted boilersuit, River Island, £65

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Life Magazine - Hertfordshire January 2019 edition

Read my latest article in Life Magazine, Hertfordshire edition, covering Harpenden, St. Albans, Radlett, Hadley Wood and Hertford. Pick up a copy locally or read here online (pg 68) - https://issuu.com/fishmedia/docs/life_mags_herts_jan19/60

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What your clothes say about you

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As we enter a new year, often it comes with new beginnings, new resolutions and a renewed vigour to change things in our lives for the better. With that in mind many of us think about our style, our wardrobe and the role that our fashion choices play in our everyday lives.

Why do we care about our clothes at all? Why don’t we all just wear old comfy sweatshirts and baggy trousers? Why does it play such an essential role in the lives of so many of us?

Many people love fashion simply because it’s a fun creative outlet but whether or not you are into fashion, your clothes say something…our clothes reflect our personality and tell a story to the outside world of the person that we are, or perhaps that we want to be. Because whilst clothes aren’t just a mirror of yourself, they also have the power to transform; the sleek black blazer that you put on whenever you want to feel extra confident at work; the vintage floral skirt that’s bright & eye-catching it always cheers you up; or that wicked pair of heels that make you feel fabulous on a night out. That power can also affect you negatively. For example you might always reach for dark, shapeless clothes to ‘hide’ from the world when you are having a bad day. Therefore instead of your clothes making you feel good they are reinforcing your bad emotions.

The clothes we were make a statement about ourselves. We all use what’s on the outside to make judgements about what’s on the inside, subconsciously or not. Wearing clothes that don’t match our inner selves can feel strange, uncomfortable and make us deeply unhappy. There might be nothing wrong with the clothes themselves but chances are if you are not happy wearing them then they don’t line up with your personal style.


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What is personal style anyway?

Your style is a mixture of your likes, a reflection of your experiences and associations you have picked up over the years. That is why personal style can evolve, you are not born with it. As you go through life you collect new experiences; you red, watch movies and discover new things, your values may change and so might your lifestyle. But once you have truly discovered what you like and don’t like, that preference for a certain aesthetic is likely to remain stable and become your baseline for all future style decisions.


To discover your style you need to be inspired

Making a start on discovering your style can be daunting but as long as you are open to change and inspired to make that change, then collecting inspiration should be fun.

Start by finding out your individual colour preferences based on your skin tone, eye colour and hair colour. This becomes the base of your wardrobe and will shape your style as you begin to understand which colours suit you the most. You will see how the colours blend together in a palette making shopping and putting outfits together alot easier in everyday life.

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Get to know your body shape by trying on what you have in your wardrobe or go out shopping and really look at the silhouettes you are wearing. Are they flattering for your figure? Are you scared of a high waisted jean? What type of neckline is right for you? When it comes to the silhouette of an outfit, an extra inch of length can make all the difference.

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Think about the materials of the clothes you are buying. Is is good quality, cheap and something that will last? Do you have to wear tops underneath them as they are too sheer and therefore puts you off wearing them? Think about the textures and fabrics, this is essential when making decisions on your style and buying new items.

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Building a chic outfit is not just about what you wear, but also how you wear it. A couple of styling tricks and techniques can transform even the plainest old t-shirt and jeans combo into a great look. So as you look for inspiration, take note of all the little details such as tucking in shirts, accessorising a maxi dress or what jackets to wear with jeans.

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Like everything in life, styling takes practice

It takes time to train your eye, experiment with different pieces and develop a sense of style that feels effortless. It takes time to figure out which types of pieces work best for your lifestyle and to curate a versatile wardrobe. But it can be done! And if you want great style, to feel good about yourself and a wardrobe that reflects that then you need to put in the work. But the good news is that no matter what your wardrobe looks like right now, you can get it back in shape and have fun doing so. Working with me we can cultivate a strong personal style, even if right now you have no idea what that could possibly be. All it takes is one consultation, a little bit of effort, lots of tips and techniques and a whole lot of happiness at the end.

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If you are ready to build your best wardrobe yet and find your personal style then you need to book my style consultation package. Email me for more information - nina@ edits-styling.com


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