It would seem that I’ve taken an unintentional blogging break over the Summer. I felt so inspired when I wrote my last post back in June and got such great feedback from you all (thank you!) that I felt the need to take a step back and really think about the focus of the blog; in particular what I want to talk about and share with you all.
With it being the first week of September I felt it timely to start posting again. I always feel like Autumn is a time for reinvention and new beginnings, even more so this year as my eldest has started school this week [sob]. I’ve been very emotional about it (tell me I’m not the only one!) so I’m keeping myself busy whilst he’s embarking on his first foray into life as a school boy!
Seeing my little guy in his school uniform this week (which, might I add, is in one of his colours, of course!) got me thinking about my own ‘uniform’ for the school run. I don’t have much time to think about my outfit first thing in the morning, which means I have to plan ahead (but rarely do), so I’ve decided to look at some style rules and outfit inspiration for the coming school term that should (hopefully) ensure I look and feel put together at the school gates, without too much time or effort expended each morning.
Here are my new school style rules…
Autumn is the perfect time to take stock of what you have in your wardrobe. My Autumn/Winter clothes are currently in storage but I will be getting them out next week and carefully evaluating each item before it goes back into circulation. Here’s an overview of how I decide what should stay and what goes…
1. Is it in my colour (s) – if it isn’t (but I love it), can I wear something with it to make it work?
2. Does it flatter my shape? This time last year I was heavily pregnant and my shape has changed since having bambino number 2 so its an important question to ask.
3. Do I LOVE it? Do I feel AMAZING in it? The final and most important question. To me, it actually doesn’t matter if your favourite item of clothing isn’t in your ideal colour or style – if you feel fabulous in it, then that is ALL that matters!
On the advice of my friend, Kate, I recently purchased these velvet hangers for my clothes. They save space (meaning room for more clothes, winner!), look good and everything stays where it should! I feel so happy every time I open my wardrobe doors and everything is so easy to see!
I’m pinning away here, creating a mood board of looks I want to recreate, or use as inspiration for the new season so that once I’ve detoxed I can draw up a list of items I need and then hit the shops.
Once I know what I need I will be hitting the shops to get the key items that will allow me to create a multitude of looks for the coming months. For me, its about quality not quantity. The aim is to have a capsule collection of versatile pieces that can be worn in lots of different ways.
My new mantra for the season is ‘plan ahead’. I intend to decide on what I’m wearing each evening and have it ready to go, so come the morning all I need to grab is my keys and a strong coffee before hitting the school run.