When I am making an effort, my fashion philosophy (if I have one) is colour coordination. Beyond that, I shop for comfort and my personal style. Seeing as I haven’t made a post in a while, I thought I would try to figure out and document my perception of my current style in the most serious way possible: as a listicle.
- I start with neutrals.
My range of neutrals is probably a little different from most. Whites, creams, browns, greys and blacks are great starting points, but I also include blues, yellows and greens. Sky blues (all blues exhibited in the sky), pastel yellows and vibrant, rich greens (grass and leaf greens) are a huge part of nature’s backdrop, and also mine, at least hypothetically.
- I avoid buying black even though it’s a staple colour.
By consciously avoiding black, I cave only when something really catches my eye, or I’m replacing a black cardigan or trousers combination that turns any top into an outfit. Of course, when going for functional, black is great for everyday wear, but it seems a shame to waste all the other colours in the world at the expense of black’s seemingly universal appeal.
- I buy items that complement my pre-existing colour scheme.
My colour coordination skills or lack thereof is as a result of picking clothes that already fit my existing wardrobe, rather than on-the-day-thought. My favourite colour is peach at the moment, so I’m compiling a range of peach colours from pastel yellow to bright orange, to burgundy and back to pink.
- Metals, sparkle and shine do a lot of work.
Jewellery uplifts your mood and also gives an element of boldness to a soft outfit (cocktail rings, chunky necklaces or earrings for example), or an element of delicacy to a strong one (anklets, midi rings and stacker jewellery). It gives you the effect of putting more thought into an outfit which in turn makes you feel more prepared. Preparation for me is a stepping stone to confidence. In other words, if I have time to find and wear jewellery, I know I’m not late which is the same as being prepared.
- Comfort and contentment beats all.
There is no sense making yourself uncomfortable with fashion, unless that’s your thing. I would much rather be comfortable, cosy and warm in several mismatching layers, odd socks and gloves than frozen waiting for the train. Plus, it brings me one step closer to being more like Luna Lovegood and that’s the most important thing.