Restyle With Me – Creating a more versatile wardrobe

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Since being out of work, and in Coronavirus lockdown, I’ve had a lot of time to think about things, and particularly to stare into my wardrobe and feeling really uninspired with anything I had in there.

Thus, #RestyleWithMe is born!

I have always been bad at impulse buying, seeing something in the shop or online that I buy without thinking…and ultimately a lot of pieces end up sitting in my wardrobe unworn because I just don’t have anything to wear them with or I just decide I don’t like them. It’s also hard to not give in to too much pressure through social media to keep up with every trend going, something I’m trying to think more about.

I’ve spent a bit of time reorganising what I’ve got, putting aside pieces that I definitely want to take to a local charity shop, and thinking about how I can make my wardrobe more versatile, and wear the items more often and in different ways. I want to make my outfit choices go further, and in the longer term try to contribute less to the huge environmental impact that fashion can have.

Last week I ordered a few pieces from Misspap, I specifically chose pieces that were simple and versatile, and that could be mixed and matched with other things I already had in my wardrobe! Yes Misspap is a fast fashion brand, but at present i have to make decisions based on affordability. I’ve made the decision that anything I buy, no matter where from or how much it costs, will need to have multiple functions, and that I know I will wear as much as possible, and not just gather dust in the back of my drawers.

I also had a couple of pre-loved items already set aside destined to be sent to landfill, simply because they had a couple of holes in. But i decided to get my sewing kit out and (badly!) repair them. My sewing skills need a bit more practice but I can now wear those pieces again without them going to landfill, a big thing in this throwaway culture we live in!

So, what’s #RestyleWithMe?

Rather than constantly filling my wardrobe with new pieces, I want to keep my older pieces at the forefront, reusing and restyling, to use them to their full potential. As I’m writing this I’m wearing a shirt that I’ve owned for several years, one that I haven’t worn for a long time before today. Checked shirts are back on trend right now and I had started to trawl through sites to look for one (see i’m a sucker for being on trend), but I then remembered I had this one thrown at the back of my drawers, so voila, it has new life… I’ve not bought a new shirt that isn’t needed, and I’ve saved some of my pennies.

I’m going to be sharing some of my restyled pieces over on my social media platforms and here on my blog, showing how older pieces in your wardrobe can be given new life! I also want to explore how staple pieces can be worn in different ways, for example, how I style mom jeans or cycle shorts. I never thought I’d be interested in the cycle short trend and they’re a new piece my wardrobe. I am going to go through my wardrobe and see how my outfits I can put together, with the shorts!

I’ll also talk about how I pick new pieces for my wardrobe, and navigate my way towards becoming more sustainable. I know it won’t be easy, I’ll make mistakes along the way, and I know I’ll fall victim to my own temptation and impulse from time to time! But I know even making a few small changes will make a big difference in the long run.

Share your styles!

I want to build an online community of people experimenting and developing their wardrobe using pieces they already own. Share your styling photos on Instagram and use #RestyleWithMe, let’s encourage others to practice and develop sustainable fashion!

Starting Point

I have made a little list of a few key pieces I would like to purchase, some new, some I’ll look for on second hand sites. I know the aim of this is to not keep buying, but I want to have a few items in my wardrobe that I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of. For example, I’ve wanted an oversized demin jacket for months, and I finally found one on Topshop I loved, so I purchased it. I thought about all the outfits I could wear it with, items that I already own, and decided it was a worthwhile investment, and it won’t be neglected and unworn.

So yes, something to focus on in all the madness that’s going on in the world. Learning to love what I already own, while still developing my style and adding a minimal amount of pieces to my wardrobe. In turn it’ll also help grow my confidence to wear the items I love, and not worry about being so self conscious all the time.

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