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“No husbands were harmed in the making of this post,” he said in a reporter voice at one point. See, that’s the sort of thing my husband says that makes me laugh, and you can see it reflected in the pictures. Love that man and how he humours me and my many projects.
On this particular afternoon, we headed out with the children to a favourite spot where my husband patiently played photographer because I wanted share three main reasons why I organise my wardrobe for each new season.
1. To celebrate the new season (helps me feel fresh)
2. To save time when dressing (I enjoy fashion but I don’t have a lot of time)
3. To help me utilise items already in my wardrobe (so things don’t go to waste)
I give a little splash to my wardrobe each season to extend what I already have; however, this season, I needed a few extra pieces because I kept off much of the weight I lost during my 300km charity ride in Laos (bonus!). So, I was glad when Big W was keen to work with me because I’ve purchased, worn and enjoyed the Emerson range before and found it to be great value, easy wearing and good quality. I especially love their 3/4 sleeve cardigans this season.
Each week for the next 3 weeks I’m giving away a $200 Big W voucher so you too have a chance to spruce up your Spring wardrobe with Emerson.
Steps to a Fresh Seasonal Wardrobe
Each season I do a quick cull by looking through the items I have, and giving away clothes I don’t wear or don’t fit. Be ruthless.
2. Choose a Season Highlight Colour
Classic fashion pieces in neutral colours like beige, navy, black and white are always useful. Plus I have a lot of red, because I like wearing red (I think it’s important to have that zing colour). Then, to inject some personality and freshness, I decide on a highlight colour. Last year it was coral (as pictured below).
Deciding on a highlight colour gives direction to my wardrobe which then makes it easy to dress and find complimentary items to wear. This season, I’m going with aqua because it reminds me of the sea.
Inspiration: it makes me think outside the box and helps to maximise my wardrobe. For me, colour is the ultimate inspiration and I often browse and search a fabulous website called Design-Seeds for different colour palettes to help me match the items and accessories already in my wardrobe with my new clothes. I’ll show further below how this works.
Inspiration in hand, I then sort and explore my wardrobe (including shoes, belts, bags, jewellery & other accessories) so I can test different items together. The best way to do this is spread clothes all over the bed and just start putting items together.
Pulling everything out gives me a visual of my wardrobe and what combinations work. It’s amazing how much you can mix and match pieces and accessories when you invest a little concentrated time. Then, I organise it all in my wardrobe, by hanging tops together, then shorts/skirts, then dresses. I hang jewellery on a railing inside the wardrobe (as pictured in this post).
Taking the time each season (takes about an hour) to think about my wardrobe makes dressing stylishly FAST and enjoyable. Below are picture of how it came together: new clothes + colour inspiration + existing wardrobe.
Outfit one – Beachy
Wearing: Emerson Contrast Cardi, Emerson Aqua Demin Shorts, Pink Flats (a year old), Brown Belt (5 years old), Peacock Necklace (gift from my sister), Ecco Brown Plait Bracelet, Aqua ring from Diva (2 years old).
Outfit Two – Classic
Outfit Three – Classy
Wearing: Peter Morrissey Striped Dress, Peter Morrissey Sunglasses, 3 Blues Lovsia Necklace (gift from my SIL for my birthday last year), Yellow Wedges (for my birthday last year), Cuff (from my recent trip to Africa), Fiorelli bag (I picked up on a sale table 4 years ago).
* COMING SOON! Interview with Peter Morrissey about his Big W range.
Outfit Four – Smart Casual
Wearing: Emerson Dark Denim Skirt, Emerson Black Singlet, Emerson Beige Cardi, Red Belt (from a little shop in Montville 2 years ago), Ecco Wedges (1 year old), Red & Silver Bracelet stack (gifts from a friend last birthday), Bag from Italy (recent gift from a friend)
Outfit Five — A Little Cute & Quirky
Wearing: Emerson Black Singlet, Emerson Beige Cardi, Purple Pants (4 months old), Pink flats (a year old), Bon Bon Bella necklace, Diva Aqua Ring (2 years old), Black Bluebird Purse Clutch.
Outfit Six – Floral
Wearing: Peter Morrissey Print Navy Top, Emerson Dark Denim Skirt, Peter Morrissey Sunglasses, Vintage Pearl Necklace as a braclet (found at a thrift shop), Pendant Necklace (gift), Green leather court shoe (found at a thrift shop) or Blueberry Mox Shoes
Outfit Seven – Everyday Glamour
This is only a small selection of all the mixing and matching I can do with my wardrobe this Spring. Celebrating it! Loving it!
Now the fun part. I’m giving away a $200 Big W gift voucher each week for 3 weeks, starting right now! For your chance to win, use the simple Rafflecopter entry form below.
Starts 17 August, Ends 23 August. Read full terms and conditions by clicking the relevant link below.
What would your highlight colour be?
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The lovely Kate from Kate Says Stuff is doing a giveaway too, so if you want another chance to win, head over to her blog here.