Monthly Archives: December 2012

Wardrobe Staple – Denim Skirt

Red Nail Polish and Vintage Dares (1)

I guess it’s kind of obvious to use denim as a wardrobe staple, but I really do like my denim skirts. I am the owner of two different skirts, one with pleats and the other with frills. They are largely interchangeable, but I do often choose one over the other for styling reasons. For example, I might choose the pleated one to balance out a girly floral top, or the frilly one to soften the “edginess” of boots.

Here are just a few outfits using my two denim skirts:

Pleats And Pearls (1)Mix It Up (1)Floral (1)Arm Party Dare (2)Washing DayAnother Brick In The Wall (1)Animal Print Dare (1)Boots Dare (1)

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Reflect: December

December was a bit different as I was participating in DAREcember, which involves a different style dare for each day. This meant there were a few outfits that were more “experimental”, but it was great to try out some new things. Sometimes you just don’t know if you’ll like something until you try it!

Favourite Outfits

Denim Dare (1)I loved wearing this, it made me feel slimmer (without having to suck it all in constantly). Plus, one of my friends commented that it made me look younger – what’s not to love?
Stripes Dare (1)I love how this outfit came together. I wasn’t sure if it would work, but it turned out better than I hoped and the different colours and textures created a lot of interest.
Braid Dare (2)I was really pleased to find a different way to wear this skirt as it was becoming increasingly difficult to justify keeping it.
Hot Pink Lipstick Dare (2)I like this outfit, but wouldn’t say I love it – the reason it’s made it into my “favourites” list is because of the hot pink lipstick. As much as I felt really conspicuous and uncomfortable wearing this bright lippy, when I flick back through my photos this one really stands out (in a good way) because of the extra brightness of my face. Perhaps I’ll have to give this lipstick another go after all!
All Black Dare (1)This is a surprising inclusion into my favourites list as I wouldn’t normally choose to wear all black. But to me this outfit is a little bit sophisticated (in a casual way) and I love how the cute shoes become the focus. It’s unexpected, and I like it.

Least Favourite Outfits

Scarves Dare (1)This outfit is just a bit busy, too many different colours that aren’t working in harmony together. I think the worst part is the yellow belt against the pink cardi, that just doesn’t work for me – ditch the belt and it would be fine.
Dress Dare (1)I think I might enjoy wearing this more when the weather cools down and I can add layers to the look, by itself it just seems a bit too black. I’m still trying to get used to maxi dresses, somehow they just don’t seem as comfortable as they should be – this doesn’t help I’m sure.

Honourable Mentions

Patterned Dare (2)A New Hairstyle Dare (2)On Your Head Dare (2)Eyeliner Dare (1)

And that was December 2012 – a month full of trying new things, what a great way to round off the year!

Stuff I’ve Learnt – Belts

One of the really useful things I’ve learnt so far on my quest for a functional wardrobe is how to use belts. I have to give a lot of credit to Audrey from Putting Me Together for this, she definitely got the ball rolling for me! Here are some of the ways I’ve used belts so far:

Denim Dare (1)A skinny belt over a flowy top to create a defined waistline (also shortens a long torso and lengthens the legs).
Breakfast At Tiffany's Dare (2)A wide belt to define the waistline and create a neat top for a skirt that doesn’t have a neat waistband. (Also would be useful for creating a barrier and distraction when a top and skirt don’t match perfectly.)
Hot Pink Lipstick Dare (2)To soften the transition between a contrasting skirt and top.
Close Enough (1)To distract from a top and bottom that don’t match perfectly.
Orange Twist (1)To accentuate the waistline of a fitted dress.
Cafe DayTo make regular jeans look that little bit nicer.
Blue And Green (1)To help different coloured shoes belong in an outfit.
Something Old Something New (1)To give shape to a loose cardi.
And last, but ABSOLUTELY NOT LEAST, to add a splash of colour to an otherwise plain outfit!
Washing DayBlue And White (1)Why NotA New Hairstyle Dare (1)

Wardrobe Staple – Cobalt Jeans

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What are wardrobe staples? Well they are pretty much the exact opposite of shy clothes – they are the pieces that are easy to match and create outfits with using other items in your wardrobe. I’m not trying to say that cobalt jeans are a staple for anyone’s wardrobe, just that they have become a really versatile piece within my own wardrobe.

When I first bought these cobalt jeans I thought they were a little crazy and was almost too scared to wear them in public. I was definitely worried I’d only be able to wear white or black with them. How things have changed! Now I love wearing them and to be honest there’s not too many things in my wardrobe I wouldn’t put with them.

I love how they instantly brighten up an outfit – you’ve probably noticed by now that I love lots of colour. Because they are blue it doesn’t seem so very far away from wearing regular denim jeans and there are lots of items in my wardrobe that seem to work well with them. These cobalt jeans are already down to less than $1.50 per wear in a few months (and I’m not done with them yet), so have turned out to be excellent value for money too.

Here are just a few of the ways I’ve worn them over the last few months:

A New Hairstyle Dare (2)Blue And White (1)Seaside (1)Out Of Order (1)Hoo's The Cutest (1)Try Again (1)Blue And Green (1) Adrenalin

Reflect: November

On reflection November doesn’t seem to have been as successful as October was, as far as creating outfits goes anyway. I’m going to give myself the benefit of doubt here and say this is at least partly to do with the fact that over time it becomes harder to make new combinations with existing items. If it wasn’t for this blog, I would be re-wearing a number of “October” outfits quite happily!

Following that line of reasoning then: even though it was a little too easy to cull November’s favourites down to a top five, the result is still that I have more great outfits that can be created from my existing wardrobe. Hence my wardrobe is more functional. Let’s call that a win!

Favourite Outfits

Hoo's The Cutest (1)This outfit was a lot of fun to wear. It’s a bit of a departure from my usual style, but that also meant I was proud of myself for being brave enough to try it!
Spicy Island (3)I like the way the top and skirt complement each other, and it was so comfortable to wear. One of those outfits that allows you to eat a lot of food while still looking neat and tailored!
Black, White and Red (2)There’s something about the crispness of black, white and red together. Very simple, but effective and very “me”.
Floral (1)I just love this pleated denim skirt, it seems to work brilliantly with nearly everything. In this case, I think the pleats counteract the girliness of the floral print nicely.
Hot Day (1)Simple yet pretty, and I’m struggling to think of something else that I’d rather wear on a stinking hot day.

Least Favourite Outfits

Back In Jeans (1)I was experimenting with different scarf ties, and while I think a bow could be cute it just doesn’t work here. Live and learn.
Missing Purple (1)This outfit just hasn’t come together well, there’s too many things going on. The blue/navy/black might be ok on its own, and the pink cardi/necklace combination has potential. But together it’s just a bunch of items competing for attention.
Purple Tights (2)Let’s face it, I was just trying to wear my new purple tights before summer hit for real. This didn’t work out and now I’m going to have to wait for months before I get the chance to redeem myself!
Shorts Challenge (2)I like some of the ideas in this outfit, but I don’t love the result. I think mostly this is due to the poor fit of the shorts which were almost falling off me.

Honourable Mentions

Blue And White (1)Blue Stripes And Red (2)Out Of Order (1)

And that was November 2012. Meanwhile, it’s almost 2013 – how did that happen?