In a bid to save time in the mornings and continue to streamline my wardrobe, I’ve been considering planning my outfits for the week in advance and housing them on an open rail.
I’ve never claimed to have a “capsule” approach per se – I become bored quickly and am far too easily swayed by the latest Zara campaign or my daily Outnet email updates for that. But I am determined to spend more wisely, by investing in timeless classic pieces and wasting far less on frivolous spur-of-the-moment purchases which often are worn once before they are left in the depths of my closet in favour of something with a significantly superior cut.
In my new home office I have an industrial rail – it’s main purpose is for photoshoots (hence the rather ornate floral flourishes in the slider above) but I am currently considering essentially looking at my calendar on say a Sunday evening, and hanging up outfits for the week accordingly. Of course schedules change, as does the weather forecast, but for the most part, at least I wouldn’t be faffing around at 7am trying to find something appropriate to wear whilst simultaneously trying to negotiate Mabel into cleaning her teeth.
I think it could also be an interesting lesson in what I do wear, I bet there are some pieces I wear more often than I realise and those which I consider wearing often but actually don’t for one reason or another.
Towards the end of last year I invested in my Chloe bag of dreams and after having a word myself over my Gillian Anderson related blouse obsession (where I have bought more than I care to mention, none of which fit my petite frame properly and have thus been given away to friends) I finally found the perfect fit. That perfect fit being a spendy blush pink silk Reiss number as seen in the slider above (unfortunately now sold out but I’m loving this “Quinn” style that is £65 in the sale). In future I will therefore make Reiss my first port of call for when I fancy getting sexy in the shirt department.
As part of a Rock My Wedding collaboration Lottie and I visited Bicester shopping village a few months ago. That was a revelation. I actually bought my wedding shoes from Bicester – and James bought his shirt and tie, yet as a couple we don’t visit often at all. We made the mistake of visiting on a bank holiday some years ago where it was so busy you couldn’t get into a shop, let alone buy anything, so we left fed up and empty handed. It put us off and that was a shame – Lottie and I chose to go early morning in November and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. There are more brands than ever and a few lovely eateries for lunch or coffee and a cake. Or wine. Definitely wine.
I bought a pair of Prada nude patent pumps for 60% off the RRP (They were about £230, reduced from £600 ish) They are beautifully made and I know I will wear them often. I also scored a Coach leather tote in stone (in the header above – and no, I don’t carry it around filled with hydrangeas – although that would be fun) that was reduced from £479 to £129. What. A. Bargain.
This year I’ve bought not a lot, honestly – I’ve been VERY good. Admittedly James did buy me this Marc Jacobs cardigan in peach as a late Christmas gift but it was actually less than the All Saints jumper I was initially after.
What I’ve learnt is that it pays to shop around for designer bargains, be it an outlet store or online. If you really really love something then it’s more than likely worth the splurge – it truly is about price per wear folks. And if something doesn’t fit quite right then it’s never going to. No matter how much you like the design/print/colour. At least not unless you’ve got the time or budget for alternations.
I also endeavour to buy in only a few colour palettes per season (The last few months I’ve stuck to mints, peaches and blush with some burgundy thrown in for Autumn/Winter) so I can mix and match as much as possible. Go-with-everything basics are also a must, I’m a huge fan of ASOS own brand crew neck T-shirts – currently only £15 for a pack of three (grey, white and black). I’m also having a moment with Warehouse knitwear – I know I will wear this nude pink scallop stitch jumper for years. It looks pretty with jeans for day and also works tucked into a leather skirt for evening with heels and a winged eyeliner.
I’m not saying this “Railing” adventure is going to work, or that it’s going to be carried out every week without fail but I’m going to give it my best shot. You can see this weeks fashion choices on my personal instagram.
How is your wardrobe looking for 2017? Found any designer bargains lately? Do you have any foolproof way of organising your clothing for the week ahead?
All images by We Are // The Clarkes except for the last image (by Charlotte).