I don’t know about you but I don’t have endless pots of cash lying about that I can spend on a whole new wardrobe every season, I prefer recycling from previous years. To be honest even if I did have the bank balance, I don’t think I would want to be shopping just for the sake of it. I think there can be so much pressure to always have new things, not just clothes, and particularly when you’re a blogger. You feel like you need to show fresh new items to keep readers interested. I do get that, but I can’t help but think what a waste especially when you see haul after haul on Youtube.
Apparently the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world (after oil) and that disgusts me. That is probably a whole post in itself and I can ramble on about it for hours but I will try and keep to my point. That point is what is the shame in wearing something more than a handful of times or recycling from previous seasons.
This lead me on to thinking about my own wardrobe and what I own. I’ve actually bought hardly any clothing this year, the majority of it seems to be from last autumn/ winter. I thought that I would put together an outfit of pieces that I have owned since last year, and intend to wear again this season.
Maybe part of the reason I can easily do this is because the items I tend to go for have more of a classic style that won’t necessarily go out of fashion. It also helps that in some ways I feel I’ve developed my style and have a look that I’m comfortable with.
I have been through my wardrobe and taken a look at the pieces I wore most last autumn/ winter and that I’ve started wearing again this season.
Leather Effect Trousers
I this style of trousers and I wore then so much last year. I have brought them out again this season already even though it’s not quite cold enough. They are more of a coated denim and I’ve noticed that the coating is starting to peel off. I picked them up from New Look so they were very affordable and I’ve definitely got the wear out of them. I think in the future I would invest in leather trousers that last a bit longer now I know how much I’d wear them.
A simple white or grey t-shirt is so easy to throw on. I’m actually the worst person to wear a white top as I tend to spill but I’ve become a pro at getting stains out. I would much rather try and take care of things than throw them away and buy another one.
Office Lucky Charm Boots
I never even packed these boots away after last winter. I’ve literally lived in them all summer too. Boots are year round footwear for me, you will never catch me in flip flops. I actually bought them in the sale with £20 but I’ve more than got my monies worth.
My leather jacket came from ASOS about four years ago and it is another wardrobe staple that I would be lost without. Even in the warmer months it’s perfect for throwing on over a dress when the evenings get a bit chilly. I think this jacket cost me around £100 and it has plenty of life left in it. I love how the leather wears as it ages.
I bought this double breasted camel coat from Topshop last year and I think it was my most worn coat. It’s great for everyday wear and the colour means it is easy to pair with a lot of outfits. I have already gone to reach for it this season but again it hasn’t really been cold enough.
Another great investment for me is my Bayswater. I bring out this bag every autumn as I bought it in oak and that shade is perfect for this time of year. I must have bought the bag pushing 10 years ago now. it was my everyday handbag for years but now I tend to use it seasonally. There is only minimal wear on the corners, the rest of the bag is immaculate.
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I do the same exact thing. I have stuff that I’ve had one for over 10 years. If you love it then continue to wear it. Btw I’m obsessed with those boots. I just pinned a similar pair on Pinterest.
These boots are probably one of my best buys!
I agree with you wholeheartedly. It’s so easy to want to constantly buy new things to entertain an audience. And it makes sense to wear something and if people like it, it’s new and still in store so they can buy it. So I think it’s okay a few times, but it’s better to help people utilize what they already have.
I like finding new ways to style my classics using current pieces. I think that helps give people ideas on mixing and matching.