Thursday, 1 February 2018

Styled by Kimberley: January Sales

In my students days, I loved a bargain and I was notorious for making the same mistake Helen has- buying completely random items that didn't go with anything else in my wardrobe. Occasionally these purchases wouldn't even go with me, and I definitely wouldn't have bought them at full price, but as they were so cheap it was worth a punt. Fast forward a decade (ahem) and I've spent the last few years actively avoiding the sales, buying only things I'd wanted anyway and considering each purchase. I feel guilty buying anything.

When I think about it, though, a number of those quick dopamine fixes shaped my style! They gave me the chance to experiment by making a leap. I could be more adventurous throwing a few quid at a "is this too out-there?" purchase. I could bulk out my belt collection or add in a frivolous accessory that would normally be out of my price range. If you buy only staple, or what is necessary, you miss out on individuality. It also increased my clothing usage- I'd be so excited to wear my new things that I'd go deep into my wardrobe to drag out other items I could combine with it. It helped me to use my wardrobe more creatively, try out a new silhouette and test my own boundaries.

In 2018 I'd like to feel less guilty about buying on a whim. I've been pushing the ethical fashion and 30 wears mantra for so long that it's hard to separate my own habits. But I do need to buy things!

This is in part due to the fact none of my clothes fit my small frame, partly because I don't think it is healthy to internalize negative feelings over a silly treat, and partly because I enjoy clothes. When we are talking about throw away fashion, we mean people clogging up wardrobes with useless things, or trying out every going trend that is soon tossed aside.

I've been around long enough to see the cycle of trends circling back round (sob!) and I've already tried them out. I've kept what I like, ignored what I hate, and obsessively ordered multiples of things I love (totally normal, right?). And all of my clothes are worn. I have worn them to the point of repairs and then worn them more. As I've talked about before, all clothes have a limited lifespan, no matter how organic or expensive.

I want to renew!
Kicking off my new goal, I picked up this brilliant jumpsuit in the ASOS sale (along with yet more pink shoes and my NYE dress). I've been thinking about jumpsuits every since wearing that Biba one. This one is not ideal, being backless and slightly awkward in leg length (and poofier in the sleeve than I realised?!) but it gets a perfect score for it's day-to-night versatility. Even if it is far too bloody cold for wearing in the snow. Just like old times, I dug through my wardrobe to pair it with some H&M tassel earrings I've had for years (constantly in my ears right now) and a fun fluffy bag that I don't even know the history of. I think I picked it up in a sale and cut off the cheap-looking strap. Still living that upcycling life!

Let the shopping commence!

Jumpsuit | ASOS
Jacket | Oasis
Necklace | Pippin
Ring | Oh My Clumsy Heart
Earrings | H&M
Blether Brooch | Bonnie Bling


  1. I am similarly living for jumpsuits at the moment. I never thought they were particularly "me", but they're so flattering - or at least, the two that I own now are!

    I'm not much for spur of the moment shopping because sale racks exhaust me, but I DO love keeping a list of things that I would like to buy and then snapping them up once they go on sale. And I've found some great buys from email newsletters, other bloggers' wishlists and things like the Domestic Sluttery Sales Spy too!

    Lis / last year's girl x