Remember that time that I was walking around in beach dresses, with bare legs, slightly sun kissed skin and salty hair? Me neither. Seems like ages ago, but looking at these pics bring a smile on my face. Lennart en I had such a great […]
Contrasts. Somehow I’m always looking for contrasts in my outfits. In this case: wearing a pencil skirt with sturdy leather combat boots and a leather jacket. But let me talk about those boots for a minute: it’s not much of a secret that I’ve always been drawn to slightly masculine footwear. It’s not that I don’t like a classic pump or elegant shoe, I just like the aesthetics of a slightly bulky shoe more. Suits my style better I guess. So my go to choice of footwear usually are sneakers or ankle boots in all kinds of shapes and materials. I still remember I wanted to have a pair of combat boots when I was much younger. My mum wasn’t particularly fond of my shoe choices, but let met wear what I liked anyway. And boy, did they hurt. Same applies for my first pair of Dr. Martens. Remember the old Docs from back in the days? It took me weeks to break them in, literally. But of course I didn’t want to give in, because I’ve been saving all my money at that time to get me a pair of Docs. Long story short: I finally got myself a comfy pair of combat boots, and I’m supporting this local label TD Leather Boots at the same time. So much love.
Now that I’m taking this entire month to reorganise and rethink my wardrobe (read all about that here), I find myself focusing on basics even more than I already did. I’m using this month to find out what are my absolute go-to pieces, items I can wear over and over again without getting bored and items that might be added or replaced. By the end of the month I hope to be having a clear vision on what I’d like to add that isn’t necessarily considered ‘basic’ but maybe even more of a statement piece you might say. Or, if I find out wearing basics over and over again is just my thing, I might not even ‘need’ a statement piece anymore. We’ll see.
When creating the perfect basic wardrobe I keep a few simple principles in mind:
The time that I wanted to be that girl that could go shopping an entire day on high heels (yes, I dreamed of being able to do that) is gone. Period. Remember that chick that always carries a pair of sneakers with her as soon as she’s wearing heels and always replaces her heels by sneaker somewhere halfway the evening? That’s me now. Or to be honest: I don’t even bother anymore and opt for flats anyway. What I’m trying to say: I’m choosing comfort and functionality over va-va-voom. I’m super happy with the broad range of amazing options out there (I mean.. sneakers, loafers, boots.. they all make me happy!). Same applies for clothes: no tight, uncomfortable, pinching, itching items in my wardrobe anymore.
I’d rather have a few amazing items that are great quality, than having tons of cheap-ass, bad quality pieces: obviously because they last longer, and therefore are better for the environment, but also because they just look better. Also: I’m not rich enough to wear disposable pieces.
Let’s not mistake basic by boring. I don’t consider basic outfits boring at all, put it’s all in the little details for me: I’m almost always wearing the same ring and necklace, so that adds a personal touch to every outfit I wear. Also, I think even basics can tell a lot about your personality, or about how you pick your items: I’m not wearing basics because I’m lazy, I think picking the right basics can be even more challenging than spicing up an outfit with so-called statement pieces. I’ll publish an article soon about the favourite basics in my wardrobe, so keep an eye on the blog if you’re interested :)
This may sound weird coming from someone who seems to wear the same items over and over again (actually I take pride in doing that, thinking about writing an article about too, let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in), and has a closet full of stuff that seems to go with pretty much every other item in there, but when shopping for basics I still keep in mind that I want my newly purchased items to be versatile. I create at least three outfits in my head that I can pair the possible new item with.