Sunday Stripes and Florals: In a bold Striped Skirt and Wedges

Being the responsible adult that I am, I recently decided that it was time for a thorough spring clean of my closet (ok. fine. closets). I have been meaning to confront the contents of my closets for a while but truth be told I was a bit scared of the enormity of the task before me.

I have performed the task at hand for over 48 hours now and this is what I have discovered.  Yes, of course, it goes without saying that I own too many clothes but let us not lament the obvious. As I keep telling myself, I am in my forties and multiple decades of good taste has consequences. So I have decided to concentrate on trying to be more efficient in the way I store my clothes as well as my accessibility to the various items in my closet. In the spirit of finding new solutions, I went onto Amazon to see what novel storage items I could find. The top item that I have found so far is a multiple handbag holder (purse rack) that can be hung on the back of a door. The children have no idea what I have planned for their bedroom doors next week!

The good news is that I found many clothing items that I have not worn in a very long time.  I discovered this white top and denim jacket that worked perfectly with this bold striped skirt that I recently purchased.  I have never owned a high-waisted skirt like this before but I loved the idea of it and decided it was time for a fashion first this summer.  I have accessorized it with a floral clutch as I love the way florals and strips look together – it is a tried and tested styling formula that always works for me.

I hope you enjoy this ‘lookbook’ and have a great Sunday! As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.

(Clothes and accessories: Skirt – Stradivarius, Top – Target, Wedge Sandals – Tory Burch, Clutch – Karen Millen, Denim Jacket – Target)

Pleated Skirts and Ponytails: Happy Days Are Here Again

For years, I avoided skirts like the plague – in fact they almost completely disappeared from my wardrobe for nearly a decade.  Then, a few years ago on a significant birthday, I decided that fearlessness in all things was the order of the day! This fearlessness had to extend to my wardrobe choices and I decided to analyze in-depth my disdain for skirts. My introspection revealed that I had somehow convinced myself that skirts were not flattering on my particular body frame and did my ‘Punjabi’ hips no favours. As a result, even though I enjoy wearing skirts, I probably started avoiding them and eventually they faced extinction in my wardrobe.  I am so glad that I rediscovered skirts a few years ago.  Wearing them again has made me realize that many of us often form clothing alliances based on convenience of familiarity and fit.  We convince ourselves that certain garments don’t suit us and as a result our fashion experimentation declines and we fall into the trap of wearing the same silhouettes all the time.

While there are definite advantages to wearing what suits us  – I find I almost always up my fashion game when I convince myself to try something different. It’s surprising how often I have shopped with  friends who will not try a particular kind of garment on because they are convinced it will not work on them.  Then they do, and voila – they look lovely in it! I am enjoying skirts all over again and in particular I am loving the pleated and midi length skirts that are in all the shops at the moment.  I love the way this pale pink pleated skirt from Topshop moves and I look forward to styling it many more ways in the coming months. Thank you for reading and I would love to hear about your experiences with avoidance of certain clothes.

(Clothes and Accessories: Top – Ben Sherman, Skirt – Topshop, Shoes – Calvin Klein, Watch – Philip Stein)