Vintage Dress + Sports Luxe Staples

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I’m not sure what’s gotten into me lately, but for some reason, every time my head hits the pillow these days, my heart and mind just start to race. In fact, its 2am and I’ve been tossing and turning since we went to bed about three hours ago, so I’ve abandoned James and snuck off to the guest bedroom to finish working on this post.

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I regress. A couple of nights ago, in another insomnia-fueled daze, I happened to be browsing Twitter at 3am and found an article on The Coveteur with some great motivation to clean out my closet. I so badly wanted the grown up girl’s closet filled with sensible pieces chosen with a ‘clear, concise vision’ that Stephanie Mark went on about in the opening paragraphs. While you probably won’t see going all Marie Kondo and stripping down to the basics anytime soon (I love my clothes like children) or all Rebecca Bloomwood and selling almost everything I own (I doubt my closet full of treasures has any real value to anyone but me), I did decide that it was time to start looking at my wardrobe a little differently. Here are a few things I’ve changed:

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As a fashion blogger, I tend to get a lot of free clothes from brands. And while I only ever feature pieces I genuinely love, sometimes they tend to be pieces that I can only really wear once or twice until they become dead weight taking up precious rail or shelf space. It was tough at first, but I managed to cull my first few gently-loved items and before I knew what, I was on a roll!

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Since I live in the UK now and no longer have access to a tailor to alter my clothes so they fit just the way I like, my next-to-go items were pieces that didn’t fit the way I’d like them to because I hadn’t tried them on before I bought them. Saving a few die-hard favourites to take back home with me to be altered, I did away with the rest.

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This snowballed into getting rid of anything that was faded, bobbly (when the fabric gets those annoying little balls growing on it aka pilling) in a colour or style that wasn’t flattering.

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Next, I attacked some of my impulse purchases, online buys gone wrong that I was too lazy to return, stuff I’d bought from sales and charity shops mainly because they were ridiculously cheap or a great brand and clothes that reflected my style when I first started blogging, but just didn’t feel like ‘me’ anymore. These were followed by items that were gifts from friends and family but also weren’t ever really ‘me’. I was too polite to pass them on before I’d owned them a year or two.

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And last but not least, and this was the hardest bit, my sentimental pieces. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve kept the little Carrie Bradshaw moment tulle tutu dress I wore when James met my family for the first time (a little dressy in retrospect but whatever), but it was time for the tiny little fur gilet my mom and I bought on a holiday in Spain five years ago but never worn once to finally find a new home. (It hurts my heart to type it out as if I’ve betrayed it in some way and haven’t lived up to its awesome softness).

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As for what I did with the ones I’d saved (still more clothes than the average human, but who’s counting?) – I took to Pinterest and Polyvore to research multiple ways of styling the pieces I already owned in different ways than I had in the past. In fact, you may remember this vintage dress from my trip to London back in 2014. I bought it in 2013 on a trip to Sydney since I loved how flattering it was and styled it with studded flats, a metallic belt and a monochrome bag to update it a little for modern-day use.

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This time round, I chose to go down an easy but edgy path and elevate it with some sports luxe staples like a white sleeveless vest, a white clean-lined gym bag and some on-trend white trainers. I layered it over jeans for a relaxed vibe that wasn’t as girly as I’d styled it before. The whole look didn’t cost a thing since I shopped my closet and used items I already owned, so to make it feel a little more plush, I added the designer sunglasses and watch I got for Christmas and a little red lipstick as a cherry on top.

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I look forward to sharing more posts with you over the next few months showing you how I now styled items I’ve worn before. If you have a favourite item you’ve seen me wear on the blog before and would love to see it styled differently, Tweet, Instagram or Facebook me a picture and I’ll get right on it! See you at the next post!

 

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{OUTFIT DETAILS} Dress: Vintage | Vest: Stalk Buy Love | Jeans and trainers: Primark | Bag: Baylis & Harding | Watch: Larsson and Jennings | Sunglasses: Miu Miu

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PS in case you’re wondering what I actually do with my clothes when I say things like I ‘get rid of’ or ‘do away’ with them, please know that I would never be so wasteful as to simply throw them all in the bin when I know how many needy people there are in this world who could directly or indirectly benefit from them being processed ethically. When I am in the UK, I donate all my clothes and accessories to Oxfam, a charity that has many stores across the UK that I have personally worked with and have foud the experience to be rewarding beyond belief. The profits earned from these stores are used in the efforts to fight against hunger, poverty and to rehabilitate refugees.

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When I am in Mumbai, I donate all my clothes to a local church who distribute them among needy churchgoers, poor families who go to the church for shelter and help and to the homeless. They have also been known to put on a jumble sale, sell items at very reasonable prices and put the profits towards helping the needy.

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PPS: I kept the gilet after all!

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