Who is guilty of buying things and never wearing them? Me! The main reason is not necessarily that I've fallen out of love with the items, or can't fit into them, but purely because I can't be bothered to iron them. Yes, I'm guilty of grabbing easy jumpers and dresses to wear rather than some my structured shirts and skirts, boasting the interesting details and patterns that made me buy them in the first place. When Samantha from Phillips got in touch with me about trying out the Phillips Perfectcare Xpress, I saw it as an opportunity to rediscover some of my forgotten items and get myself organised at the start of the week. The settings are simple enough for me to figure out (non-existent in fact, the iron stays at a single temperature that works for all fabrics) and it's the perfect item to bring with me when I (hopefully) move out this year. Fingers crossed!
Outfit One - J.W Anderson x Topshop Mustang Jumper, Thrifted COS silk shirt, Topshop Wool shorts, Nike trainers c/o Spartoo shoes
Outfit Two - Opening Ceremony Cat Sweater, Vintage Jaeger shirt, Monki Skirt, Vagabond shoes c/o Zalando, Asos Bracelet
Outfit Three - Vintage Paisley Blouse, Shorts c/o Boutique by Jaeger, Office Shoes, Tatty Devine Necklace
I seem to have collected a fair few vintage shirts over the years and decided to feature them in this challenge, as I have been neglecting them recently. Each outfit consists of my tried-and-tested formula for getting dressed, involving a short skirt or pair of shorts and a bit of waist emphasis. Note the trainers in the first pic, I've graduated from the Converse of last year and embraced adding a sporty edge to the most sensible of looks. I do feel a bit like one of those commuters who's going to change her shoes once they get to the office, but hopefully I can ditch the tights soon enough and go for something a bit more like this. I think I've had to give up on the oversized shirt look, it doesn't really suit my figure and makes my legs look a bit strange in comparison. Wearing the COS shirt as a bit of a dress with a jumper on top and shorts underneath created some interesting proportions and saved it from being relegated to the eBay pile. My other shirts are a bit more versatile, I loved having a little flash of the khaki collar with my new favourite sweater and the paisley print on the vintage shirt was too nice to hide away.
I was also sent an iconic Alexander McQueen silk skull scarf to test everything out on and happily gave it to my Mum as an early Mother's Day treat once it was ironed nicely. The face she pulled was worthy of an Instagram photo, but sadly went undocumented. Do you need to rediscover some of the items in your wardrobe? I must admit it does make sense to have things ironed before you need to wear them. Another tip is to take out a few items you rarely wear and put them to the forefront of your wardrobe, vowing to wear them that week. I definitely need to do a lot more of this and be a bit more creative with my day-to-day outfits, though the weather is putting me off slightly. Bring on Spring!
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