Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Wardrobe Essentials I simply can't live without! (hand drawn)

1) Stripy T-shirt: They're one of those basics that you can throw on with a skirt or a pair of jeans, whereby it instantly adds character to the outfit, simple but effective. One can wear a stripy t-shirt with almost any colour, my favourite is wearing one with the colours white, red and navy which gives my outfit a nautical theme!

2) A midi skirt: Admittedly I have nothing against a mini, they're fun, chic and are versatile in that they can be dressy or casual depending on what you pair with them. A midi on the other hand I feel has classic and more sophisticated vibe to it, especially those that have structure to them rather than the jersey ones that cling to your thighs.  I personally favor midi chiefly due to my religious requirements and body insecurities however I believe that even if that weren't the case I would still have an inclination towards midi skirts. My final words; ladylike, sophisticated and elegant.

3) The white collared blouse: I often don't wear white blouses on their own, rather I prefer to layer them with a dress, blazer or knitwear. Despite them not playing a prominent role in my outfit, they still do feature as a detail especially peterpan collared blouses which are quintessentially vintage and obviously adorable hence why incorporate them into my outfits so often.

4)Preppy blazer: This is pretty self-explanatory really, it adds structure and is a major layering component in my wardrobe, especially my faded duckegg blazer which seeps it's way into the grand majority of my outfits, to the extent it's practically like a school uniform.

5) Pinafore/Dress:  I'm a great sucker for sleeveless dresses particularly those with some texture to it, my fondness stems from the fact that I can wear them with a pretty blouse underneath which has that schoolgirl appearance that I am very partial to, it's adorable, preppy with a tinge of a studious nerd aspect to it.

6) Culottes: Mum despises them with a passion, I however love them! In terms of Culottes I feel blessed since they're quite mainstream which means I can purchase them in an array of colours and patterns from shops such as Zara and Topshop,  which usually does not occur since my style would be considered granny inspired so it is difficult to find items that suit my style on the high street.  I'm digressing, to cut the chase I enjoy sporting an androgynous or masculine intersects with  feminine look. My favourite kind of culottes which are very accessible at the moment are the denim culottes that have a sailor quality to them.

7) Brogues, court shoes and Ballerina pumps: For the life of me I cannot comprehend with the need for a vast show collection,  if you ask me, it's possessing a couple of pairs (in honest truth I'd wear nothing but my tan Brogues,  but I alternate to keep things interesting) which are complementary with every item in my wardrobe,  and yes it is quite possible. Ballerina pumps are my designated summer shoes, they're much more feminine and compliment your outfit without drawing too much attention, you simply slip them on and off you go. I reserve court heels for special occasions which require me to appear more formal, presentable and visually appealing, otherwise heels of any length are not worth the hell they put you through. I'd like to take this moment to express my awe for anyone who can wear them for longer than an hour. Honestly.  

8) Cardigans and Jumpers: Cardigans in my wardrobe are a cosier and warmer alternative to blazers, they still have a layering aspect to it and can really emphasize the colours of your blouse or dress whilst keeping you warm and snuggly unlike a stiff blazer. Jumpers fulfill a similar purpose, I needn't explain why I possess a few essential jumpers... particularly if you have a low threshold to the cold like me. 

9) Bows, bags, jewelry and scarves: As I previously stated; it's all about those details! This category is the final touches to an outfit,  and if you ask me, however small they may be, are still an integral part to what comprises an outfit. They can add a splash of colour to a dull, monotonous outfit, they can help determine the theme or style you're going for and in general constitute what makes an outfit interesting and eye catching. The scarf can be used as a layering tool or to stabilize a colour scheme...or simply to keep warm.... you gotta do what you gotta do to not turn into an ice cube.  Personally I wear the headscarf once again due to the modesty requirement in my religion, since I cannot finish my outfit with a hair style, I attempt to compensate by trying various hijab (Islamic headdress) styles.

Hope this was helpful!


  1. This post is great!! So much fun!
    I'm with you on so many of these. I just can't make it work without my flats, a collared blouse/shirt, a pinafore/dress and a jumper/cardi.
    I am more of a mini skirt girl though, but I like midis too.
    Much love,

    1. Aww Mona I'm glad you enjoyed it, I know right! I don't know where I'd be without them. I think one thing I prefer about mini's are that you can wear them with wooly tights/knee high socks whereas with a midi it would smother the look.