4 tips for freshening up your style

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You might have read my post on lazy weekends not long ago. I discussed my want to change from the same ol' scruffy Spongebob squarepants pyjama bottoms, to something a little more grown up without compromising on pure comfort. Well my day to day style has taken a similar approach. 

I have never been overly interested in personal fashion, (everyone else's, I'm all for it). As long as it fits, is easy to wash, throw on and in a dark flattering colour, clothes ticked boxes for me. A large part of my disinterest comes down to preferring to spend my hard earned money on interior finds instead of looking good, but since turning 24 I've decided it's time to step out of my 'same old' comfort zone and embrace colour for a more 'grown up' look. 

Here are 4 ways I'm doing a style re-fresh:

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1. Make seasonal changes working to a tight budget

I'm sure you're well aware of the 'capsule wardrobe' debate, so I won't bore you with definitions. Well, I'm all for it. I've emptied my wardrobe clear of all but approximately 50 or so items that I wear all the time. Every month, I'm allowing myself £50 and no more to purchase a few 'disposable' seasonal items or any necessities, such as colourful bits and pieces or accessories to jazz up outfits. Shopping in places like George at Asda make it so easy to achieve a particular look on a super tight budget. They have some fantastic Spring clothing that you need to see. It rivals Topshop for a quarter of the cost.

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Yellow coat / Style ››


2. Buy one thing you'd never think you'd wear

It's all too easy to get stuck in a style rut. I've been in one for 24 years, only wearing dark, slimming colours and opting for the most basic clothes that don't need much thought to accessorise. I bought this bright yellow coat knowing full well I'd be scared to walk out of the house with it on, and it's one of the best things I have ever done. It's so unbelievably bright and fun, and so unlike anything I'd usually wear, that it's given me the confidence to experiment more with colour and cuts.

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Yellow coat / Blogger Style ››

3. Copy, copy, copy!

Fifi styling the perfect outfit? I can dream on. As a rookie when it comes to personal style, and unsure of what goes with what, I've took to Pinterest to teach me the basics. I have a pinterest board called 'gladrags' where I pin my favourite looks, and once payday comes and I have my budget of £50 to buy some bits, I look at these pins to see how I can copy my favourite blogger's style. It's as easy as that. 

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Yellow coat / Blogger Style ››

4. Invest in staples like stripes & jeans

Dependent on your style of course. Everyone has their own staple look. Whether it's short dresses & ankle boots, jeans & t-shirts, or blouses & high waisted skirts. For me, it's stripes & jeans. They're the two style items that make me happy and comfortable. Recognising this, I invest in long lasting, well cut jeans and lots of different stripy tops because I know I'll not stop wearing them for months and months. I love these high waisted jeans from George, they're super tight fitting and acid wash. And this bardot style stripy top is my new fave. 

Any other tips you can share for a more grown up look?

Outfit:

Yellow coat, £15, George
Striped top, £8, George
High waist jeans, £16, George
Bag, New Look
Wellies, Hunter
Necklace, £1.50 Primark 

 

Credits // Photography by Neil W Shaw, outfit c/o George Asda