Transitioning From Snow to… Spring?, Style File Friday

So, while a lot of the world is sharing Instagram images of cherry blossoms and flowers blooming and coats that aren’t parkas, there are a whole lot of us who look at the window and still see snow. I mean, I think for most of us that snow is slowly melting, but we aren’t going to truly have spring until sometime in the middle of May. I try to slowly move out of my darker and heavier winter wardrobe when we come to April, but it takes some creative planning and styling for the first month or so!

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A Guide to Smart Casual for the Office, Style File Friday

I recently changed jobs at the company that I work for, and my new department is quite different from my last! Everyone is incredibly friendly and welcoming, and I am really happy to have wonderful co-workers who make the day brighter. This office is more casual than most though, and I’m definitely working on adapting my style so that I fit more. (I’m not against being on the dressier side, but it does feel odd to be in suit when everyone else is in jeans no matter where you are in life.) This is a guide on how to tackle dressing for a casual office when you come from a formal background!


 

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How to Choose the Right Handbag for You (with Bagwhispers), Style File Friday

As some of you will know, I have decided that 2018 is going to be the year that I educate myself on all things style. It’s easy to get caught up in pretty pictures on Pinterest, but I want to understand everything that is going into my closet and the principles guiding what we wear. In my research so far, I’ve come to understand that there is as much history, knowledge, and skill into handbags and accessories as the clothing itself. For Style File Friday, we are joined this week by Siobhan of Bagwhispers who when asked about bag shapes and styles explained how to select a handbag that suits your lifestyle!

Bagwhispers was born out of a frustration of shopping for a bag.  It’s a destination for those who want to take the hassle out of high street pounding and online trawling for the bag that’s going to make an outfit. Bagwhispers does the trawling for you and gives you the low down on quality bags regardless of budget.  In Siobhan’s own words, you want to avoid the skin grazing zips, the stitching that won’t last more than a month and the faux leather that is closer to plastic. Here is her advice on choosing the bag best for you!

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4 Ways to Break a Style Rut, Style File Friday

I think that most of us get into habits in our day to day life- we gravitate towards the same food, we drive the same way to and from work, and we drink the same drinks. This routine usually applies to our wardrobe, as well. It’s easy to keep throwing together the same four or five outfits because you know that they will work, but I find for me and a lot of people, you often get a boost of energy and confidence from wearing a new ensemble. That doesn’t mean that you need to go out and buy said outfit, though. These are four easy ways to break out of your style rut and change things up!

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5 Tips to Repair and Refresh Your Clothing, Style File Friday

Taking proper care of your clothing and accessories can go a long way to ensuring that you get the most out of it! So much of clothing is thrown out without a second thought because people might not immediately know how to fix it/repair it- I promise it’s not as difficult as it looks! These are my go-to tips to repair and refresh your wardrobe with things that are easily accessible and don’t require you to watch 5 YouTube videos to be able to do. This is a skill that’s been lost for a few generations now, but it’s useful for every single one of us!

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How to Use Style Trends in Your Wardrobe, Style File Friday

Every season, every style magazine, fashion ‘grammer and blogger will tell you that THESE are the trends in the upcoming season that you absolutely need in your wardrobe, lest you be an unfashionable mess. Well, unless you have an unlimited budget and an incredibly expansive wardrobe, you will in fact need to limit what trends you incorporate into your closet. It can be overwhelming to figure it out and wade through the trends, especially when it’s based on runway pictures that don’t exactly seem to fit into an average person’s wardrobe. This post is a quick guide on how to evaluate trends and work them into your wardrobe in a usable and adaptable way!

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4 Clothing Care Tips, Style File Friday

I think that everyone can agree that the quality of clothing has declined steadily over the years, and that although that $5 t-shirt seems like a good deal at the time, when it is unravelling and/or shrinking within a month, it’s actually not (for you or the planet). I understand that most of us (me included) cannot afford to purchase only luxury cashmere and linen clothing, but taking the time to properly care for clothing can extend its lifespan and allows you the full value of the clothing. Yes, you may have to put a little bit more time into caring for your clothing, but I can promise it will pay off in the long run. These 5 clothing care tips will help you maximise your wardrobe!

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What is Your Shopping Strategy? Style File Friday

Shopping- quite literally a mixed bag for most of us. Some of us love shopping, some of us loathe shopping, some of us avoid it like the plague, and some of us embrace it like breathing. Emotions, finances, stress, time, and countless other factors can affect our shopping experience, but taking a methodical and organised approach to shopping can help improve the experience, lead to a more cohesive wardrobe, and possibly even save you money (and time)!

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3 Books on the Background of Style

As part of my 2018 Style Resolutions, I am trying to give myself as complete a style education as possible- I firmly believe that if you are passionate about something, you should educate yourself and learn as much as you possibly can. I have started with style and the industry itself; whether we like it or not, the fashion industry plays a role in all of our lives and our identities, and it is near impossible to escape it. And although we all take part, most of us live in ignorance of the bigger picture! Yes, we all know and acknowledge that sweatshops and barely-paid labour are a part of fashion, but most just push it to the side and leave it there. It is time for us to inform ourselves and play an active role in our choices, and information is the first step to style!

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How to Find and Utlise Your Style Icon, Style File Friday

Last week, we started out my new series by looking at how to identify your style basics in your wardrobe- they will be the building blocks of your style. While you are gathering info, today we are looking forward! We all have those style icons that we admire and daydream about when we are shopping, styling, and Pinteresting. It’s easy to get lost in the wonder of someone else’s wardrobe when you don’t have to worry about cost or care, and quite frankly, it’s really not a bad way to spend a few hours. Some of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe were inspired by one of my style icons. This guide will help you recognise who your style icons are and how you can pull elements from their wardrobe to fit yours!

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