FASHION SOS: I LEFT WORK AND LOST MY STYLE

For many in their twenties it’s a gloriously selfish time when they can justify spending three weeks rent on the latest must have, unfortunately as we grow older and lifestyle changes, it’s much harder to rationalize. Mortgages, children and husbands (especially those with an aversion towards late model cars and big screen TV’s) all chew up that dollar once dedicated to an enviable wardrobe.

Back in my twenties I was lucky enough to work in fashion, regularly enjoying fashion shows, industry events and photo shoots. My wardrobe was bursting with amazing pieces, dangerously easy to justify when you buy at wholesale!

Fast forward to today and my life now consists of looking after my two daughters, being a wifey, coffees with girlfriends, staying up late doing uni assignments and of course the usual fun that comes with being a mum aka endless washing, cooking, cleaning etc. Somewhere I seem to have lost my style, it may be somewhere between a mountain of Dora DVDs and 3am wake up calls for yet another cuddle. I still live vicariously through my girlfriends who are yet to have children or a large mortgage and seem to be wearing some new designer lust worthy purchase in every uploaded photo on instagram or facebook – but back to my reality – dressing for my new lifestyle on a relatively modest budget. I want a relaxed, cool look with an edge.

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Pinterest is a fantastic tool to discover your style and highlight what important items are missing from your current wardrobe. I must warn you however, you may find that while surfing pinterest multiple hours suddenly disappear from your day, it’s addictive! A couple of favourite bloggers I’ve repined a little excessively from are Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules and best friends Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson of the renowned They All Hate Us. Both give a perfect example of casual luxe. An outfit that you can wear with converse for the day, then simply change into heels and red lippy and you’re ready for a night out. Or perhaps there’s a celeb whose style you admire, simply enter their name in the Pinterest search tool and you will have pages of images to inspire. Kate Bosworth, Lara Bingle and my absolute favourite Paris Vogue’s editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt are definitely worth stalking.

Considering my budget I’ve got to keep realistic (so hard to do!), there is so many different styles I adore, but to get the most out of your wardrobe you must put together a cohesive collection of clothing that you can mix and match multiple ways.

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1. Rails shirt
2. Bassike tee
3. Converse Chuck Taylor all star daintys
4. Paige Denim slim boyfriend jeans
5. Kirstin Ash ‘Fines’ rings
6. Lindi Kingi bracelets
7. Paige Denim skinny black jeans
8. Twenty Seven Names and.co breton tee
9. Chaos and Harmony ‘Vow’ boots

Keeping to a pallet of denim, leather, white, grey and black, I can mix and match to create numerous looks and make the most of my new purchases. The key is stretching your dollar as far as possible by keeping your wardrobe to a small number of key pieces, investing in the best quality you can afford and keeping your eye out on sales and Trademe for a designer piece at a chain store price tag.

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