Hi hello Hi! If you’re new to my blog then Hi (I hope you stick around) and if you’ve returned then I’m glad you’re here too! If you’ve been following me for a while now you’ll most likely know that I’ve been afraid of incorporating colours and prints into my outfits for quite a while now. It sounds silly I know, but I just couldn’t do it, for the fear of not looking my best but I’m taking on the challenge of doing this on a budget.
It’s strange really as someone who likes to call themselves a blogger and is obsessed with fashion and creating new looks that I didn’t want to branch out and wear things that might not work or might clash… It wasn’t until recently that I realised how totally and utterly boring my (Insta) feed was and that what I have been wearing was not inspirational at all.
Getting away from all Black everything
Black used to be colour I’d wear every day ‘All black everything springs to mind‘. Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with wearing Black, I still incorporate it into nearly all my looks. I just think that my looks should maybe include a little more erm variety…
I decided that it was about time that added more colourful and/or patterned pieces to my wardrobe. Not anything too bright or too bold because I’m still me and I still love darker colours, just something to brighten things up a little. Now we’re in Autumn, the days are getting darker and the nights are drawing in earlier we need something a little different to lift the dullness, so why not start with our clothing?
Due to being rather pale I find it hard to find colours that don’t wash me out or make me look ghostly… I seem to have started adding a lot of Red tones to my wardrobe. Including bright Red, Burgundy, a Red Brown (which must have a technical name) oh and I also picked up this ridiculously bright rainbow coloured jumper which I’ve come to love and wear far more than I ever expected!
How I’m adding new pieces to my wardrobe on a budget
A great way to add new pieces to your wardrobe on a budget is to visit sample sales. One of my favourite necklaces that I own was reduced from £20 to £2 in the Lisa Angel sample sale a while back. It’s such a simple piece but is great for everyday wear, and you can’t complain when you get it for a fraction of the price!
If you’re buying clothing on a budget why not take a look at the 10store or everything5pounds as both stores sell ex high street stock at a discounted price? The dress below was kindly gifted to me by the 10store, this dress would have been £40 new but buy purchasing it from the 10store you only pay £7 as all their items are under £10.
Swapping items with friends is another great way to get ‘new old‘ items, I know this sounds kind of silly but I’m serious. Being a clothes hoarder like I am, it’s far too easy to collect items and not actually wear them. The Red skirt in this post was swapped with a friend and now rather than sitting at the back of her wardrobe it’s getting a new lease of life and I didn’t even have to spend a penny…
Oh and a fourth and final way to update your wardrobe on a budget is by visiting charity shops, you never know what kind of gem you’ll find until you have a browse. Plus you can help support a charity at the same time as treating yourself so it’s a rewarding purchase, which will also help combat fast fashion without even trying.
You may have realised that this post is merely me rambling on about finding coloured items and adding them to my wardrobe slowly because the fear of prints and colour is real however silly it sounds… But by adding individual pieces to my wardrobe I’m slowly becoming more confident and comfortable in things that I would never have worn before, by mixing new and old. So yes this post may not be super helpful, or exciting in any way shape or form (sorry to disappoint) but I am trying to influence you in a more positive manner so surely that counts for something…
Change doesn’t have to be drastic
Change is good, no matter how big or small and by gradually pushing yourself out of your comfort zone it’s amazing what you can achieve. That is if adding colour and print to your wardrobe can be classed as an achievement? I’m going to count it anyway.
So if you’re looking to change your style or just to update it a little why not find a few pieces that can be worn with almost anything? I only buy prints that will stay ‘in fashion‘ or that I feel will come back again time after time. Oh and let’s not forget items that can be worn in a number of ways because I hate seeing clothes just collect dust or fall to the back of my wardrobe!
Thanks for reading,
Love Saff x
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Loved reading this, I’m the same with just wearing black all the time – I guess I just feel more comfortable in darker clothes but similar to you I also recently bought a rainbow jumper which I never thought I’d ever see myself in it and I just want to wear it all the time!
I love this post and these are great tips about revamping someone’s wardrobe! I had fun reading this as I am slowly transitioning into a fashion blogger now. Thanks for sharing! 💖
Mary @ http://marychronicles.wordpress.com
I totally agree on the black! As I was sorting out my clothes for moving I couldn’t believe how much black I own! I play it too safe on blacks and whites !
Black is like the go to color for me as well, so I get it girl! You look so pretty in those outfits! Definitely loving the red mini skirt and black top combo! Super cute overall though haha! Great post!
Really enjoyed reading this post, especially when it’s from a fellow ‘all black everyday’ kinda person. You look really beautiful with colours added, especially the stripy top with the burgundy pinafore!
Ruth | melanintalks.wordpress.com
Loved reading this! Looking at my wardrobe, most of it is black but recently I have tried to incorporate more colours. I am loving the Autumnal colours so I do have a couple of those, including two really cute tops! Thanks for some great inspiration here.
Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com
I’m somebody who owns a LOT of black clothing items! I do want a little more vibrancy in my wardrobe and this post has motivated me to do that! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk