I’ve been wanting to do a post about recycling clothes and making sure everything you have fits how you want it to. Unless you’re one of those lucky people who tend to fit into everything off the peg, then this post might resonate something with you. I love wearing clothes in all different shapes, colours and sizes, however something that I see on a hanger and want to wear – doesn’t always do what your mind is hoping.
There are so many occasions where I have said to myself: ‘I’m having this dress no matter what’ and more often than not the dress is too billowing or the jeans are unintentionally saggy around the bum. This is so normal with a lot of clothes – especially high street stuff, not that high street is bad at all (you know I love high street) but it’s worth having things nipped and tailored so you get the best wear out of your carefully invested clothes, whatever price you paid for them. I’d much rather have a £30 dress that was tailored to fit comfortably than avoid wearing it at all. Before you know it a year has passed and it gets further into the depths of your wardrobe until it gets put in the annual pile of jumble because you’re over it already *sad face* – what a waste.
I finally dedicated some time to trawl through those ‘ugh’ category of clothes in my wardrobe whether old or new, and went through it with expert Annie Mehren-Asher from mywalk-inwardrobe to de clutter my space and make things fit to perfection. The list goes on but includes a favourite pair of my Levis jeans that I want slightly tighter round the bum but still keep them ‘straight’, a Celine dress that I bought from Ebay that was a size 10 and too amazing to resist buying, a recent Mango summer linen dress coming up in a post soon and a couple of black gown esque dresses that I have trashed the hem, or haven’t worn yet before it’s slightly too long.
Below we are working on a gorgeous classic jumpsuit from Reiss. One of those constant use outfits that you know will pull you through of an evening if you need something smart. I’m obsessed with anything classic in blacks, navies, blues because you can sass up everything around it to re invent the outfit each time. This is all the more reason to ensure your favourites fit to perfection. More throughout this post…
Onto getting a pair of my favourite Levis jeans to fit perfectly. Depending on what fit you’re after, I often find that those ‘boyfriend’ jeans that I bought intending to look ‘cool’ somehow don’t always turn out that way. For these particular jeans I love them however I have a bigger bum in proportion to my legs, so they fit fairly well around the bum but then don’t pinch at the legs at the right point, so I decided that they needed a little help. We’re keeping them tapered at the bottom so there is still a ‘straight’ element to them as I don’t intend to turn them into skinny jeans. I would say this is one of Annie’s specialities as I’m always asking where her jeans are from because the fit is so flattering.
Solace is another one of those go-to brands that do glamourous dresses that are each a statement however hold a strong core of ‘classic’ with their thick material and distinctive cuts. They do always come very long so I would say a hem at the very least is always necessary if you’re vertically challenged like me. I have a couple that I have worn year after year and with a different pair of shoes or hairstyle they look like new dresses every time. They are also really reasonably priced too which is a bonus! I have popped some of my favourite ones in the blog post below.
Navy jumpsuit | Reiss
Red dress hanging | Mango
Jeans | Levis
White halter top | Brandy and Melville
Earrings | Tada and Toy (use tribekavita for 15% off)
Black gown dress | Solace London (more below)
Go to www.MyWalk-InWardrobe.com for a help in hand from Annie herself or to have a sneak peak at her second hand designer shop. x