Editor’s note: I gave myself the day off yesterday so a big thank-you to the uber-gorgeous Melissa from Sugercoatit for stepping up to run this week’s Wardrobe Boot Camp. Remember if you have wardrobe dilemma you’d like tackled in this blog series, email me me a photo with your plea to firstname.lastname@example.org
Good day Stylers, happy to be back in the driver’s seat for this week’s Wardrobe Boot Camp. Melissa here. Let’s get the ball rolling, shall we by meeting Sarah, a work-from-home mum who has recently relocated to Melbourne from sunny (sometimes!) Queensland. Her wardrobe needs to keep up with her life and be affordable.
But Sarah also has a desire to create a more grown-up winter look. Sarah is wearing sneakers and jeans, or tracksuits because they are comfortable and easy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But her aim is to create a more sophisticated look then these items alone just won’t do.
I need your fashion advice …. as you know I’m now in Melbourne and am not coping with the cold (former Queenslander, hello!). I NEED to go shopping but for something other than jeans and long t-shirt tops. I am lost. Anyway if you can help advise on a good winter wardrobe from afar? I need help. It’s time to be more sophisticated and grown up but also warm and comfy but have no idea where to start. Ohhh and am on a tight budget!
For those like Sarah who are aiming to “grow up” their wardrobe there, I have some tips.
1. The first being that you don’t have to ditch the fun to create a sophisticated wardrobe. There is no age limited on the classic jeans, tee and sneakers combo. Don’t give them up altogether if they are what you love, just add a little omph.
2. Create a fun ‘grown up’ wardrobe through the use of colour, texture and unexpected tailoring. My favourite example of this is adding a structured blazer to the jeans combo mentioned above. Make the blazer patterned or in a bright colour and ever better. For me the look in the image above with the floral peg pants is about as fun as it gets.
3. Another way to update items you already own and love is to add a pair of opaque tights or stockings. There is just something sophisticated about stockings, something that says check me out I’m all grown up. The added bonus is that this will stretch your summer wardrobe through the cooler months.
4. Consider too that it might not be time to go running to the shops just yet (I know, booooo). You will already own numerous items that will work beautifully. Take a look through your wardrobe and pull out items like quality coats and knits, jeans, structure dresses and blazers and anything that you’ve invested in that is particularly well made. I wrote a post recently on wardrobe essentials, that might be a great place to start looking.
5. When shopping look for items that are well made, there is something about a well-fitting item of clothing that adds immediate sophistication. Ditch those baggy items, badly cut and shapeless pieces. Clean lines and a clutter free wardrobe, that’s your aim.
6. And last but by no means least, stop trying so hard. There really is no set in stone way that a grown up looks like. Though you hardly ever see them in cropped tops and denim cut off come to think of it. So make your own rules, keep it simple, include some fun and colour and only buy new items that look made for you. Have fun, what’s the point of being able to do what you want if you don’t go a little nuts now and then.
1. ASOS Curve Soft Blazer | 2. BASQUE Woman Blazer | 3. Virtu Knit Cardigan | 4. 17 Sundays Wet Look Tights | 5. Sportscraft Trench via Myer | 6. BASQUE Woman Skirt via MYER | 7. DJANGO & JULIETTE Albert Loafer | 8. Target Studded Flat
Melissa Walker Horn is the chief blogger at Suger Coat It, a blog about living the sweet life. Known as Suger, Melissa loves her family, too much butter on fresh bread and anything with stripes on it. Melissa created the Confident You challenge and Budget Fashionista post series and shares her love of fashion, the gym and cooking most days of the week on her blog. A social media addict and consultant, you will find Melissa anywhere you search for Suger with an e.