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Clutter Free

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Clutter Free

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Clutter Free

Today is about being free of clutter. It’s been a while coming, but today is the day that my Nan’s house is finally ready for inspections by prospective buyers. There are people coming through this afternoon, so the next couple of hours will be spent frantically shoving as much as possible out of sight. Into cupboards, under beds, anywhere we can fit it really.

With that in mind, my outfit needs to be clutter-free as well. I don’t want to be annoyed by dangling jewellery or scarves, so to make it a little less boring I’ve gone for a top with interesting texture around the neckline. My accessory of choice is a belt (unlikely to get in the way), which adds some unexpected colour. It would be fantastic Nan gets a reasonable offer on the house today so this process doesn’t draw out for weeks and weeks!

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Red Belt

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Red Belt

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Red Belt

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Red Belt

To add a little extra colour to my outfit today I added my red belt. I haven’t worn it so often in recent months, and the reason becomes clear if you look closely at the last picture – it’s starting to completely disintegrate. It has served me well, but really does need replacing. Especially now that I know it will definitely get some good use.

Apart from the lack of quality, this belt has some great features. It’s red on both sides which is great for if I loop the end around like this. I love the shade – it’s lovely and bright and works better with my clothes than a cherry or raspberry red would. And perhaps best of all, it has the perfect amount of holes which allows me to wear it equally well on my hips and waist. So I have a feeling it’s going to be a tough job to replace it!

Coloured Tights Dare

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Coloured Tights Dare

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Coloured Tights Dare

Day four of the June Style Dare A Day was “coloured tights”. I decided that as the point of the style dare is to challenge yourself to try new things I really needed to come up with an outfit using my teal tights. I’ve had them for months now and haven’t managed to wear them yet.

These tights are pretty bright, so to balance out the colour I added a cardigan in a similar shade. To give the eye another focal point (other than my brightly coloured legs) I added a red belt. I think the result was okay, but not my favourite.

I’m coming to the conclusion that perhaps coloured tights are not for me after all. It seemed like a great idea as I love to wear a lot of colour, but I’ve found it difficult to incorporate brightly coloured legs into outfits in a cohesive way. Perhaps if I chose less bright shades it might be less overwhelming, but I was worried about buying a colour that didn’t work with my existing clothes. So far my favourite looks using bright tights consist mainly of neutrals (generally black/white/grey) and boots so that only a small amount of the tights are on display. This really limits my options so I think in the future I’ll only be purchasing neutral tights – now my black fleece-lined tights, I’d happily wear them with pretty much anything!

Linking up with Kiwi Womens Style for Wardrobe Wednesday.

Purple And Red

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Purple And Red

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Purple And Red

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Purple And Red

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Purple And Red

Purple and red is one of those combinations that you don’t see around that often but really appeals to me. The use of contrasting colour adds interest to what is essentially a plain jeans-and-tshirt outfit.

I layered a 3/4 sleeve top underneath purely for warmth, but I really liked the effect of the two purples together. As it was far too cold to take off my blazer all day I thought I’d include a picture here – hopefully I remember to wear these together when spring comes around!

Watermelon

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Watermelon

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Watermelon

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Watermelon

This is my the fourth instalment for the Pinterest Challenge, where I commit to actually using some of the ideas I’ve saved using Pinterest. Today I was inspired by this photo featuring pink, red and green. I didn’t realise at the time, but it is apparently from the J Crew Spring 2012 catalogue. Hey, so I’m not an early adopter of trends!

I didn’t have high hopes for this outfit but was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. I certainly don’t look as awesome as the model from my inspiration picture, but I think I’ve fairly successfully captured the essence of the colour combination I admired.

Most people would agree that the colours you see together in nature are great to pair together in an outfit. Today I am a walking watermelon.

(Or possibly a flower, but as a general rule I find food more interesting.)