Hey there darlings! What have you been up to? I’m getting ready for my first summer excursion (road trip! Heeeyyy!!) so as I was doing some packing I thought why not share it with ya! Summer is by far my favorite season for so many reasons. Although the busiest time at work I always put in good use my days off. This time we are heading to a nice village, 3h away from Athens, by the sea so there’s no need for heavy packing. The trick in these cases is to pack light but smart. Creating looks that are comfortable but still can put you in the spotlight!
Some say you are born with style,some others say you grow with it. In any case having a good sense of style and being stylish are two different things. For example,for many (way too many) years I had a great sense of style but I had no style! Do you know what I mean? I was the kind of person that would shop for my friends the best pieces and could chose awesome outfits but always ended up wearing a pair of jeans and a t shirt! Why? Well I was too afraid to show myself to the world. I wanted to blend is growing up and not standing out. Over the years I’ve realized how fashion is a part of expressing myself so I “gave in” the temptation of shopping and exploring all different styles.
For those that are now attempting to find their style here are some simple tricks to help you find your modjo!
Copy an outfit
I know it might not sound nice but if you are at your early 20’s and you think you can’t really decide on how to create a look this is a good way to start. When I was younger I used to check catalogues from Zara,Mango and Forever21 and I would chose an outfit I liked and purchase the entire thing! It wasn’t original but it got me in the right track and after a little while I began exploring and playing with my outfits,gradually creating my own style!
Know what looks good on you
I have big thighs. and I hate it,but that’s another story!! Anyway, I know that I cannot wear a very tight pencil skirt cause this makes my thighs look huge! So guess what: I don’t! Just because something is a huge trend or cause it’s what you like doesn’t mean you should wear it! Find your weak spots and hide them while you highlight all your assets!
Keep it simple
I know Chiarra Ferragni is causing a scene with her Fashion Week outfits but ladies she is a pro! Don’t just go out with one sneaker and one heel just to provoke. Begin with outfits you feel comfortable with and make you feel pretty!
Invest in key pieces
Regardless of your age group there are some pieces you can’t go wrong with! Try have few aces to your sleeves for your “rainy” days. The little black dress of example is a piece that might stay in your closet for many years and with the right accessories it can look like new every time! A good coat, a pair of dark skinny jeans and a nice blazer are also very important in a girl’s closet.
Now that’s the most important!! For me this feels like playing dress up! The clothes,the makeup,the accessories..! You are supposed to have fun with the process and feel good about yourself and your body. No matter what,enjoy life!!
(images taken from my personal fav inspo app, Pinterest. first pic from Zara)
Those following my Instgram account might have noticed how much affected I’ve been with summer and how I’ve already done my summer shopping! No 1 item (obviously) has been the swimsuit!
Although i wont be continuing my capsule wardrobe this summer too i am determined to keep it simple and not to overdo it. So I only buying things that will elevate my wardrobe, without spending a fortune. So here is what i have come up with so far! I have already bought the one piece from Zara but I’m definitely getting a bikini too!
I’m coming London!! Oh I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed London. I have a huge list with all the places I’ll go and of course a shopping list! And you know I still have to be true to my capsule wardrobe so the only things I can buy are the items missed from my summer capsule wardrobe and presents (I think I’m gonna bring a lot of presents back!!). So for now,I will share with you my packing tips and my signature vacation styles for great casual looks!
My number one item is my faux leather bikers jacket. It’s a great must and goes with everything! Mine is from forever21 but similar styles you can find in most stores.
Plain t-shirts are also a must in my luggage. In white and black I love wearing them with many necklaces and a laced bra under them, to give a more girly and stylish vibe. They are also super comfy and I want to be stress free on my vacay.
A dress always comes in handy!Since I’m not gonna be partying or anything I decided not to include any formalwear. That’s why I’ll only bring a nice spring colorful dress for my everyday walks and I’ll pair it with black tights and heels in case I decide to go for a drink!
Shirts are great both for everyday looks but also for night outs. I’ll pair them with my boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt in the mornings and with nice jewelry and tights at night.
Ok, raise your hands if you don’t believe I can do it!! 🙂 I’m a shopaholic,to the point of psychosis, so giving up my fav thing in the world for the next 3 months (the ultimate goal is 6,but let’s start with baby steps!) is a pretty hard thing to do! But I have decided to give this capsule wardrobe thing a go!
I have been planning since January my capsule wardrobe, donating few things every week and cross checking all items I want to keep. It has been a very emotional journey as more than half of my closet has somehow been gone. But let’s take things from the beginning:
What is a capsule wardrobe?
For those hearing it for the first time, a capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe of approximately 35 items in total – and for the Jedi masters around 20 items- which you wear for an entire season! This includes shoes too but of course jewelry don’t count!
To be fair, most women,no matter the size of their closet, tend to wear the same clothes over and over again. So this shouldn’t be so hard,right?
The trick is to remove all extra items from your closet and create a more “relaxed” way of putting outfits together.
All these sound great but there is of course a catch: once you decide on your capsule wardrobe of a season you can’t shop until next season!! So in my case, I have come up with my capsule wardrobe for Spring and this means I’ll be able to shop again in June! 😱😱
But I’ve made my mind so I’m gonna try it! The first thing I did was to chose clothes from my closet that are brand new. Some of them are up to two years old but since I kept buying more I never got to wear them. So I made them now key pieces for my capsule. To be honest, I only spent 120€ for the entire wardrobe as I bought 4 items! The rest were already in my closet – including the two Ralph Lauren pairs of shoes that were still in the boxes! 😳😳
For my capsule I have chosen …
3 pairs of trousers (mainly for work but I’ll try to incorporate them in my weekend looks too)
15 tops,blouses and shirts: of course the simple one colored tee that goes with everything, casual but colorful tops and some more sophisticated shirts for the office.
3 Blazers jackets: the classic black(Not just good for the office but also great with casual wear), a light pink one (totally a spring classic) and a long oversized blazer in blue ( cause a capsule wardrobe doesn’t mean not following the trends!!).
4 cardigans: It’s still chilly out there but it’s also a nice way to create a look! I kept two long sleeved for now,as it’s still cold, and two with no sleeves for April and May when it’s gonna get warmer!
One dress and one long skirt: it is still chilly so I won’t be wearing dresses all the time. But I wanted to have the option of a more girly look for the warmer days!
5 pairs of shoes: I know they sound few but I preferred to have more clothes than shoes, as I end up wearing the same shoes anyway no matter how many I buy!
For the next month I’m gonna be wearing my winter coat( and only that!!) but in April im gonna be using 3 pieces of outwear: a short trench coat, a light parka and a faux leather.Obviously my winter coat is not gonna stay in my capsule wardrobe,as I can’t have them all!
My one trick to avoid panic attacks,and of course the impulse to shop,is to keep few tops hidden in my drawer for a rainy day! So, although I will be wearing only my capsule pieces,if I get super grumpy over this I will pick one top from the drawer and wear it just once, to convince myself it’s something new! I know it sounds silly,but even the idea is very comforting! Of course this doesn’t mean I get to do that every week, but once ore twice in the entire season! Hopefully I won’t have to do it at all if all goes well.
What I’m mostly excited about is the fact that I’ll have to be more creative and work with what I’ve got. I would have to accessorize more,do my hair more often and try combinations I wouldn’t normally try!
So I’m gonna need your support on that guys and of course your thoughts and ideas on the capsule wardrobe!!
This is what happens when Greek talented designers get together!!
8 jewelry designers join forces in order to promote Greek Fine Jewellery designing worldwide!! They obviously have my vote!!