5.06.2019

Classic Capsule Wardrobe



Fast fashion has made it quick and easy to pack out your wardrobe with more choices than you’re ever going to need. But the truth is, it is making most of use waste time just trying to choose an outfit for a coffee on a Saturday afternoon. The fact is, that having too much stuff, means we end up having too much choice. Having too much choice means that we end up unable to choose at all - or taking far too long to do so. 

Here are a few things that you can never go wrong by having.

Ankle boot. These work with dresses, ankle-grazing jeans, suits and so much more. Perfect for people who love no ideal fuss-free shoe. The Chelsea boot is perfect


White trainers. They look slick with pretty much any outfit and don’t have to cost too much to get a great pair. 


Leather jackets are pretty much a timeless piece, and everyone should have one. You can have the typically grungy biker jacket or opt for a slick, beautifully cut coat instead. They last for years and will work with pretty much any outfit.

Silk shirts are stunning and can add a touch of class to even the simplest pair of leggings. 


High quality tunics can be a quick go to in the mornings, and they are super flattering too. The work with leggings, jeans and trousers and can work in a home or office based environment. 


The perfect pair of jeans do wonders for your capsule wardrobe, but it might just take you some time to find them. Mom jeans, high waisted, ultra-high waisted, skinny fit, boyfriends, and shapers. There is a lot to choose from as well as a massive variation in the quality. So try a few pairs before deciding on your go-to cut of jeans. 


Ballet pump flats in nude and black. The nude pumps elongate your leg and work with everything that black doesn’t work with. They work with dressed up or casual and are very comfortable when you’ve worn them a couple of times. 


T-shirts. Basic cotton t-shirts in a range of colours will see you through summer, and help you with layers in the winter. They work with jeans, leggings, skirts and under pinafore style dresses. Have around 4-5 in different cuts and colours. 


Sets of jewellery - three in fact. One pricey one that gets pulled out for special occasions, one bright and bold costume jewellery when you want to spice up an outfit and finally some lighter more delicate jewellery to add a touch of class to your outfit. 


Once you get rid of the things that you don’t wear in your wardrobe, you can concentrate on filling it with things you wear. Taking away the hours of choosing an outfit and replacing it with minutes - because everything works together, there will be no lousy outfit days. 







5.02.2019

April Style Diary

I'm back to uploading my monthly style diaries, because the little Style Diary section of my blog was getting lonely. And besides, what kind of a modest fashion blog doesn't feature modest outfits? Here are my favorite outfits from April. You can see how the weather progressed since I started off with a rainy outfit and ended the month with a floral spring dress. This month I also tried new things with my hair, since I always either have it wavy-ish or straight. When it comes to hairstyles, I never know what to do with my hair so I always keep it down. It's never too late to start trying new things, right? :)


This was my take on a "rainy day in spring" outfit. A floral sweater is a must for Spring days and I paired it with some boots. I think this is the last time I wore boots, which makes me a bit sad since I love boots, but I'm excited for warmer weather!



This is my random denim jacket that I decided to decorate with patches and pins that represent me and my personality. Let me tell you, it was the biggest pain ever sewing these patches by hand, especially the ones on the sleeve. I paired it with a soft tulle tunic and a denim skirt. I was going for "feminine + street style."


5.01.2019

4 Reasons Why Refashioning Is So Important



As you can probably tell, this blog is passionate about refashioning. And with good reason. In recent years it seems as though we’ve developed a disposable attitude towards our clothes. We treat shopping like it’s a leisure activity, and pick up new garments simply because we can. We may wear them once or twice but they’ll probably spend most of their useful life hiding in the closet before we donate them to charity or toss them in the trash. Refashioning is about extending the useful life of our clothes and finding new ways to adore and value them. Not only is it a great way to look fantastic even on the stricted of budgets, refashioning is important for a number of reasons…










It’s the ultimate antidote to fast fashion


Fast fashion has a lot to answer for all over the world. From shockingly widespread worker exploitation to poor safeguarding that leads to calamitous tragedies and the completely preventable loss of lives. Unfortunately, the cost of fast fashion extends beyond the human cost. It’s also terrible for the environment. As the United Nations Environment Program clearly states;


“The fashion industry produces 20 per cent of global wastewater and 10 per cent of global carbon emissions - more than all international flights and maritime shipping. Textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of water globally and it takes around 2,000 gallons of water to make a typical pair of jeans”


When you untether yourself from the need to support this industry, you’re doing your part for a more sustainable future. 


It’s easy and fun


The great thing about refashioning that it’s easy to get started requiring little, if any, capital investment. You don’t need to be a master seamstress or spend months repurposing a single garment. Very often structural changes to garments are actually pretty minimal and they’re given a new lease of life by different accessories like pieces from https://adinasjewels.com. What’s more, refashioning is a whole lot of fun, too! Once you’ve tried it a few times you’ll realize that there’s not that much of a learning curve and... 

It can help you to fall in love with your old clothes


Everything in your closet is there for a reason. Even if you haven’t worn it in a long time, you once loved it enough to part with your hard earned money for it. Often all it takes is a few little changes to your clothes for you to see them in a whole new light and start to fall in love with them all over again. 


It reduces textile waste


Finally, while fast fashion has a lot to answer for in terms of environmental impact, we as consumers also have to make amends, especially if we rid ourselves of old clothes by throwing them in the trash. Textile waste is a huge cause of environmental damage. Every single second, the equivalent of a whole garbage truck full of textiles is either burned or thrown in landfills. If things keep going in this way, by 2050 the fashion industry will use up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget. Refashioning helps to prevent textile waste by prolonging the usable lifespan of your clothes. 


So, for a fun and eco-friendly way to love your clothes even more, refashioning is an important practice to adopt!

4.26.2019

How to Add Long Sleeves to Sleeveless Tops & Dresses


I was really aiming to post this in March, and I even took these pictures then, but here we are at the end of April. It is really hot now where I live (dry Central Valley in CA), so I can't wear this dress anymore, unless I go to the Bay Area or someplace cooler. Crazy how time flies by, and also crazy how badly I manage my time, eek! Anyway, I made a tutorial last year on how to add short sleeves to a sleeveless top or dress, so I decided to make a tutorial for long sleeves as well. It's the same method, just requires a bit more fabric for the long sleeves. 



I used this blouse that I wore on Thanksgiving 2 years ago. I hadn't worn it since then, so I decided to give it a makeover and make a garment that I would wear more often. While I was looking for ideas, I came across floral dresses on Pinterest, and I remembered this lonely little blouse just sitting in my closet. I decided it was a perfect garment that I could refashion for myself AND make a long sleeve tutorial. I love dresses, because: 1. It's easy to make an outfit (just pop it on and go!) and 2. Cute & comfy! (This dress is made from Double Brushed Poly, so it's extra comfy!)


As I mentioned in my short sleeve tutorial, this is not a pattern drafting technique or anything fancy. Drafting sleeves is tricky. This is just a method I use to add sleeves to sleeveless garments for a little bit more modesty, or to change up the look of a garment (like I did with this floral dress).



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