What wardrobe staples do we need post-lockdown?

In January 2020 (I was about to type ‘last year…’ and then realised, nope) I wrote this post about which clothing items every gal should have in their wardrobe.

Life has changed a bit since then though hasn’t it!

As I re-read the post back, I thought “Have my clothing needs and wants changed since then?” And yeah, they probably have a little bit, and I imagine I’m not the only one who feels like that. So I’m doing a ’22 remix – the key pieces of clothing I feel I need to function and feel good in my life:

Blazer

I’m all about a piece that’s a good ‘throw on and go but looks like effort was made’ and a blazer is that for me. I usually prefer one that’s a proper fit (as in not oversized) and doesn’t have anything too fancy about it so it’ll go with a lot of other things in my wardrobe. This one is from Simply Be (it comes in quite a few colours- I also have it in pink and white) and I’ve gotten lots of wear out of it in the short time I’ve had it.

Stompy ankle boots

I mean, I think any kind d of black ankle boot is a must, but the past year or 2 something a bit tougher has been my go-to because they go with virtually everything in my wardrobe and I’m less likely to fall over. The ones I’ve been living in for the past few months are from New Look (sold out now but this pair from ASOS are very similar) I’ve also got some with faux pearl detail on similar to these.

A selection of belts

I’m not talking loads of belts! I have some with gold and silver hardware, some with more details and some that are simple. The idea is to use them to elevate or elongate a look or change the shape of an item. The styles I wear most are this one from River Island that I’ve worn to death for every occasion, and this one from ASOS which is a bit chunkier and more casual

Black jeans

Any shape that you prefer, any texture/magerial that feel most comfortable in. I’m still very much a basic stretchy skinny jeans gal on the daily because they work for the office, the weekend, evening, everything.

Cross body bag

Doesn’t require use of hands and can form part of the outfit. My current go to is this one from New Look.

A dress that can be dressed up or down

Before I specified certain kinds of dress, but I’d just say a style that YOU feel good in. For me that’s usually something tiered and midi length. I’ve bought a few really good ‘can do day or not’ frocks this year from Simply Be which is where this one is from.

Matching (and cosy) loungewear

Rather than just leggings and sweatshirts (of which I still have and wear often) I’ve found actual loungewear to be my preferred option at home. When it’s a little chillier I’m the morning or right before the heating is due back on, having something in a snugglier fabric has just made things feel that bit nicer. I’ve enjoyed wearing sets like this one from Boohoo because I like a bit of a matchy matchy situation.

Boujee PJs

The kind I’m referring too aren’t for sleeping , they’re for those days when you’re at home and just want to feel a bit extra! Some silky or satin feeling is always a winner – I love nothing more than to wear this silk robe from IDentity Lingerie (gifted for a previous collab) to do little more than a face mask and binge-watch a box set. I’m also a big fan of feather PJs which, if you get the right pair, you deffo can leave the house in.

I’m definitely not a capsule wardrobe kind of a gal, lord knows I’ve tried! But I do have some preferred methods of doing things, which are these:

– I tend to go by the mantra “if the shoe fits, buy it in every colour” – if I find a style of clothing I like, I’m highly likely to buy it in at least 1 or 2 other colours! – I try to shop more responsibly and only buy clothing I really love and believe I will get a decent amount of wear out of. – If there’s an item of clothing I see on social media that’s been gifted to somebody a similar size to me, I’ll see if they have a Depop/Vinted account and are selling it on. I’ve done that a few times in the past year and it’s saved me ££ for something practically brand new. – I don’t beat myself up if I impulse buy a couple of items here and there. If it turns out I don’t like it or haven’t worn as much as I though, I can return it, sell it on or donate to charity.

Thanks for reading,

J xx

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