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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Updating my S/S 16 Wardrobe

I'm one of those people who will normally just throw something simple on when I go out, I use the argument that British weather means you're wearing a coat most of the time anyway.. Whilst I do like buying clothes, especially dresses, I really don't know how to pair items together. Also, let's face it, most of the time it's freezing! So I can either dress up like I'm dropping into London Fashion Week or just dress prepared for a long day at work.

However, due to my lack of fashion expertise paired with an overwhelming desire to hoard clothes, I've ended up with quite a lot of things that I either never end up wearing or which leave me feeling quite stupefied, like what on earth was I thinking?! Previously I also tended to shop more on the affordable side of the high street, and whilst I've picked up a few things I love, there have also been a few occasions where the quality has left me wanting. Since then I've realised that expensive doesn't always mean a waste of money, I'm not talking about overpriced hipster stores here, but shops where you might pay a little more, like Warehouse/Oasis, but you end up with things that last that bit longer and the material is better quality.

This is where my wardrobe upheaval begins! I'm not going to throw away everything I own because that would be a waste and plus I'll be thinking of any excuse to hold on to them. However, I only want to buy things where I'm 100% certain on them, even if that means trying on items for 10 minutes or having to return stuff (I did have to return the entirety of two recent orders as the quality of the clothing was so flimsy compared to what the images depicted!).

I also want to buy more statement pieces, almost like a capsule wardrobe, items that are timeless, of a good quality and those that can be dressed up or down.

So far on the upheavel journey, I've picked up two shirt dresses. I love these because they're so elegant and quite modest, i.e. they don't have holes cut out in the most random of places. They also have sleeves which is a rarity on the high street, and it means they can be worn throughout the year as well!


The first floral printed blue shirt dress is from Fashion Union. I was always dubious about whether the quality would be up there as it's a solely online store I think, but when I saw they had 50% off Brand Attic I decided to give is a go. First of all, one thing it doesn't mention on the website is that the dress is entirely see through! As soon as the initial shock faded I realised there was also a slip dress included in the parcel to be worn underneath. I fell in love with it when I tried it on with the slip, it does need to be adjusted with the strings around the waist but it's very flattering, (plus I was also a bit secretly pleased to get two dresses in one).

I also really like this Flowing shirt dress from an online store called Esprit (see here) for £59 which has a satin look. I think a satin finish makes any garment look more expensive than it is, and it will be perfect for Summer.


The second striped shirt dress is from Oasis. I believe this one has been in adverts everywhere but as much as I wanted it initially, I wasn't prepared to pay nearly £50 for something that wasn't the correct size. I have found that Oasis sizing can be a bit all over the place, but I'm generally happy to overlook this for the sake of their beautiful camisoles. Just as I was loosing hope I saw that they had a sale on and so I picked it up for £28 from House of Fraser (with free collect + I tell you). This is just as beautiful on and again, very classy!


Lastly, I picked up a denim dungaree dress, also from Oasis, and whilst it is a trendy item, it's also something that I grew up wearing and so it brings back many happy memories. This is the only one that I brought without researching as it's almost an exact copy of the one I had as a kid. It's available for £45 here.

Finally, for some fun, if I could only pick one party dress to have in my wardrobe, it would be this amazing 2 in 1 dress with a tulle skirt also from Esprit!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Do you have any advice when it comes to clothes shopping, and which stores would you recommend?

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65 comments:

  1. I agree that high street clothes leave you wanting. I have purchased shoes and the day after i purchased them, they broke at the sole making them unwearble. Quality had certainly gone down on highstreet clothes while prices have gone higher -coughprimarkcough-

    The outfits are lovely though, and i especially like those dungarees. super cute!
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    1. Haha that's so true, most of the clothes in high street stores are now see through! Thank you :)

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  2. I really love the second dress you picked up, it looks very adaptable for every situation. Also loving the pinafore, I really want one but they're all a little short on me. :S

    Sally - DiagonSally

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    1. Thank you! Aww some shops might have some in their tall sections? Wish I was as tall! :)

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  3. i loove those denim dungarees! need to get one myself x

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  4. I'm that person too who will just stick a coat on over any outfit, means no one has to look at the dreadful outfit which I've chose hahaha! That denim dungaree dress is beautiful and looks wonderful on you!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. Haha I do exactly the same! Thank you so much :)

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  5. I'm glad that you're adding fashion into your blog and I love all three pieces that you picked up. I agree with paying a little more and purchasing investment pieces, I have been doing the same too instead of blindly buying clothes.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thank you, I do find it a bit different for me but I definitely want to add some more fashion in.

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  6. I love the striped dress! I have a denim pinafore too and it's so handy to throw on and reminds me of childhood too!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Snap! Denim dungarees are literally what my childhood was made out of :)

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  7. All of these dresses look so pretty on you hun! I especially love the denim dungaree dress, it's a great piece to wear in all British weathers. I can see it with a t-shirt like you're wearing, or with a long-sleeve top too. I definitely agree that investing in clothing is a great thing to do. I love Zara, Oasis and Topshop for purchasing investments pieces. As even though they're a little more expensive than the average high street store, the quality lasts and lasts.:D

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    1. Yes! I saw a really nice striped jumper/top that I think it would go with. I prefer purchasing things that I know I can wear for a long time too :)

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  8. Like yourself, I usually just wearing simple stuff and don't overthink my clothes too much. I'm not great at fashion, I have a few things I like but that's about it. :) I really like the dresses you picked, they're lovely and very versatile! <3 Personally I love Victoria's Secret clothes, they're sooo comfortable and cute, although a little overpriced! <3

    Kay
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    1. Sometimes it's the simple outfits that look the best! Ooh I haven't tried any from there before :)

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  9. It sounds like Toronto has similarities to London weather when it comes to just throwing on a jacket, so I often find the excuse to just sometimes throw on whatever underneath as well lol. I've always been on a journey to revamp my wardrobe as well and instead of buying impulsive one time pieces I've been looking for things that can always be in style. Great post!

    Stacey | www.thebambieyes.com

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    1. Yes! Our Summer this year has been non-existent :)

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  10. It really sucks when the quality is different than what was depicted. I've been there too. Just like you i find any and every reason to hold on to things, lol. Tell me about London weather. I remeber even when I visited during the summer i still needed a coat. Glad you found some things you like. They look great. Enjoy.

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    1. Thank you! This year we haven't had much of a Summer at all, It's like we're stuck in Winter! xx

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  11. It really sucks when the quality is different than what was depicted. I've been there too. Just like you i find any and every reason to hold on to things, lol. Tell me about London weather. I remeber even when I visited during the summer i still needed a coat. Glad you found some things you like. They look great. Enjoy.

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    1. Thank you! It's my secret favourite ;)

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  13. Love the first one!

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  14. I always use the same excuse for throwing on whatever, because you can never predict British weather and you'll never see me without my coat (even in the summer, in which case it'll be in my bag!)

    I love shirt dresses, but lately I've just been into maxi dresses (especially due to my stay in Dubai!) That pinafore is so cuteee<3

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    Sarah
    sarahinks.co.uk

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    1. I spent most of the last few months carrying around a hooded coat too! Wow that sounds nice!

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  15. I completely agree with you that it is often worth spending a bit more on clothes that are better quality and are going to last longer. I used to buy a ton of cheaper things that would last only a few wears and after a while I decided it was time to spend a bit more on my clothes and I think it is really worth it. I now only buy something if it fits perfectly and I know I will get a lot of wear from it :) x

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    1. I completely agree with everything you've said! I find a lot of the clothes are quite flimsy nowadays so I'm always searching for something that looks like it'll hold out better :)

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  16. I love the 2nd shirt dress, I have one similar myself and wear it on all occasions. I also love the denim dungaree skirt, I keep trying them on but can't find the perfect one!

    Cultivation of Jasmin

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    1. That was actually the first one I tried on and I loved it, I guess I git lucky (for once!) :)

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  17. I just absolutely love those dungrees! They're so adorable but stylish at the same time!

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    1. Thank you, they're my secret favourite :)

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  18. I love all these pieces but my favourite have to be the pocket denim dress and the shirt style dress! Someone is going to look pretty awesome this summer haha :) have a lovely week ♥

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    1. Aww thank you! I'm actually spending most of it moaning about the heat (at last!)

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  19. Some cute dresses - esp for summer!

    Charlotte x

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  20. Ahhh that dungaree denim dress is absolutely lovely. Love, Kirsten xx

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  21. Super cute! Love the floral shirt dress. Most days I want to throw everything out of my closet and start over...it's so jampacked in there right now. :/
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    1. Haha mines is a bit jammed, but I reckon it's because I have a small wardrobe!

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  22. I, too, don't really bother pairing things :D Also, I have so many things in my closet I never end up wearing... I love the two shirt dresses :) They look like you're trying, when in fact you're not :D xx

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    1. Haha yes those items that you're always going to wear one day ..

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  23. Great selections. I love the shirt dresses. Gemma x
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  24. I love those dressy shirts! They look so pretty on you babe. enjoy your day!


    Kayla xo // Kayla's Vibration

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  25. Love the dresses - the striped one is my favourite! I think dresses are such easy outfits, like you said you don't have to worry about pairing them with anything, they just work as is :) I definitely have more dresses in my wardrobe than anything else!

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    1. They are much easier to pair than a top or jeans :)

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  26. Yay for more clothes! Personally, I'm a person who goes 'If no pictures are taken, I'm a hobo.'I think the denim dress is beautiful! Perfect for your capsule wardrobe! <3

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  27. Perfect, the little denim pinafore is the cutest! I'm loving your blog too, would love to follow each other, let me know! x

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  28. I like your denim Dungaree dress, it's so adorable. British weather is so volatile, so I understand. Wishing you a lovely weekend. <3 /Madison
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    1. Thank you! Volatile is certainly one word for it :)

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  29. Lovely stuff!! I LOVEEE the 2nd piece! Lovely post, thank you for sharing this with us. Hope to see you on my blog www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk !! Have a lovely week. xXx

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  30. Love your floral shirt dress, so light and perfect for summer! *-*
    Have a nice day dear!
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  31. Love the dresses - the striped one is my favourite! I think dresses are such easy outfits, like you said you don't have to worry about pairing them with anything, essaysharp.com/essay-writer.php

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  32. Wow amazing dress. I love these dress. Thank you so much for sharing.
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