I can honestly say I love Autumn/Winter way more than Summer. I’m a girl that likes to be warm and cosy so I’m all for big jumpers and boots therefore you can bet I’m counting down the days until Summer officially ends.
I’ve been starting to slowly introduce new pieces into my wardrobe this last month in preparation for the cooler weather but I’m also trying not to spend an absolute fortune on a winter wardrobe.
Something I’m embracing more this year is florals; a pattern I would steer clear of in the past. I’ve purchased more midi and maxi dresses/skirts to pair up with chunky knits and oversized tees.
A colour I’m trying out more is white. When Freya was a lot younger I would never have risked wearing white but I’ve bought a few tops and t-shirts in this colour recently as it works with a multitude of patterns and denim.
Lastly I’m trying out more fitted styles of tops/jumpers/jackets. I’ve really struggled with my shape since having a baby and have stuck to oversized or baggier clothing. My confidence is slowly creeping back and I’m trying out new styles again. That includes this gorgeous fitted quilted jacket from Rydale Clothing. This style of jacket would have been too fitted for me in the past but now I actually wear it with confidence. I can’t wait for the cooler weather to continue so I can wear it all the time. I think it’s the perfect staple for winter that will work with dresses/skirts and even denim.
I’m willing the cooler weather to come but am happy to wait until after our holiday to Rome soon. After that, roll on Autumn/Winter so I can wear all the chunky knits and jackets.
If your search somehow landed you on this page, you are one of us. You may be wondering what this statement means, well it means we are the people who have to manage our wishes according to our budgets. Let’s face it no matter who you are or where you from we all want to look good, and like they say if you look good you feel good. But nothing is free in this life or better yet nothing good comes cheap in this life, so we all feel that little heartache when we pass through a store that is showcasing a fashion item that would rock your look but the price tag on it seems like something impossible on your budget. Fashion isn’t exactly cheap, brands and designer products have made it even harder to get a deal that wouldn’t unbalance a budget, but there are a few ways that can potentially save you money and help to get fashion for less.
First of all, figure out what you want
If you want to save money on your fashion shopping always make sure you know what is that you want exactly, and control what you buy. Let me give you an example of what this means, this may have happened to you often when you go out shopping and see something that’s just perfect and exactly what you want but the price tag scared you away, now what people usually do after being chased away by the price tag is that they go after inexpensive items and take their leave. This is called impulse buying, now what happened is that you didn’t get what you like and ended up with buying things that you like less and most probably they will rot in your wardrobe for years. So the first thing to do is figure out what you want and stick to that plan, its ok to pay an extra few bucks to get something that will actually be a part of your wardrobe instead of buying a heap of junk.
Review your closet
Take some time off and face your closet and you will see that there are a lot of things that are just lying there that were rarely or most likely never been used. The first lesson you will get is that these were the things you didn’t need or like but you still wasted a good amount of money, which could’ve been used to buy something nicer that you would actually wear and use.
Sell, Trade or donate
If you have stuff that isn’t being used and is in good condition consider selling it or making a trade with something in return, there are a few great platforms like vinted and eBay on which you can buy or auction used stuff and get some extra cash, also consider donating stuff that isn’t in your use.
It’s always a good idea to take your shopping experience online, because it gives you the opportunity to go through thousands of products, compare prices and get the best deal for yourself, another great thing about shopping online is discounts, almost all online retailers offer great discounts throughout the year and armed forces members can get discounts on top brands like Cotswold Outdoor with Troopscout.
Avoid impulse buying
It’s really important that you thoroughly grasp this point and I can’t stress on it enough “avoid impulse buying” which in simple words means don’t buy stuff that you don’t really want or need just because it on sale, because in doing so you are just making your budget even thinner and making it hard for yourself to buy things that you actually want.
After having Freya a whopping 16 months ago now, I really struggled with the fact that it took me 4 months to get back into my skinny jeans. I’d seen other Twitter mums talk about how they’d got back in their pre-maternity jeans a mere 10 days postpartum and felt a bit of a failure when it took me 4 months and even then I was sucking my belly in.
When I finally came to terms with my new body shape and realised that I did in fact need to go up a jean size, I struggled to find pairs that I felt comfortable in due to still having a wobbly stomach. I’ve tried on countless pairs in different stores and numerous times walked out empty handed.
I can now count on one hand the number of jeans I own which include a few pairs of black skinnies and a pair of boyfriend jeans (which despite being a size 10 like a pair of my black skinny jeans and from the same high street brand; require me to squeeze my belly in!!) Most recently I got sent a pair of high waisted skinny jeans from Fredafunk and I didn’t actually grimace at the sight of my butt squeezed into them.
I’m slowly learning to love my shape and dress it so that I feel comfortable. I’ve definitely fallen into a trap of wearing skinny jeans but baggy jumpers/t-shirts in a bid to hide the fact that my stomach is still wobbly. I chose the leopard print blouse above because it’s lovely and loose but looks great tucked into jeans. I think the print helps to flatter that area of the body and doesn’t focus the eye on area’s you might not be as comfortable with; like my hips!
Our bodies are incredible things and the fact that I grew a human for 9.5 months always amazes me. Now it’s time to carry on re-inventing my wardrobe and find some staple pieces that work for me.
*Jeans were gifted, blouse was purchased by my own money*