Good afternoon and what a rainy Sunday it is! 🌧️ My garden is certainly enjoying this rain however I am not and just want to wear some of the summer dresses I am going to mention in my blog post today.
I asked over on my Instagram what you wanted to read next on the blog and it was a toss up between this blog post and one all about garden party dresses. I thought that garden parties could wait seeing as this weather isn’t bringing the summer vibes! Therefore, here it is – how to create a timeless wardrobe when picking dresses. I’m going to give you some tips when choosing the right dress and talk about how I select mine. *This post contains PR products and all dresses are tagged over on my Instagram.
My dress collection is what you can see on the left in the image above. It used to be larger but I found I was just wearing the same items over and over again and I much preferred to do that. I am extremely fortunate to have worked with a number of brands like Oliver Bonas, Crew Clothing and Phase Eight where I receive items and in turn, take photographs for you guys and show you how I style the pieces up. But how do you create that timeless collection?
It has taken me years to get my dresses right but I finally started to pick pieces that work with my body shape and height. I am only 5″3 and have a long torso rather than long legs. Therefore, a midi dress is way more flattering on me than a mini. I also can’t just eat anything anymore and not see it appear somewhere on my body so I think about the areas I prefer to cover up and for me that’s my tummy and my arms. Instead, I am quite busty so I tend to accentuate that area with the style of dress I choose – a cinched-in-waist or elasticated bust works really well for me 📷
Colours and prints are something to be really mindful of. I have always been a ditsy print kind of girl and in my wardrobe I have a whole heap of different coloured dresses from reds and purples to blacks and pinks. My go-to colours are blues and greens as they complement my accessories more. I have one trench coat which is a print and I would wear that with all of my dresses, regardless of clashing prints. My shoes and trainers are extremely minimalistic and can be worn with anything too.
Less is more. I am extremely conscious of the amount of dresses I accumulate. Like I mentioned before, I am very lucky to work with brands as part of my content creation. In the past, I have turned down partnerships and collaborations if it wasn’t something I would wear over and over again. Yes, I post midi dresses over on my Instagram account but it isn’t realistic to have a new dress every other day! Who has the money for that? 💰 For me, to create that timeless collection, you need to be really sure about a piece – invest in longer term items rather than fast fashion.
It took me a while and only now at the age of 30 do I feel confident and comfortable in my wardrobe. I also choose my dresses thinking about all seasons and qill only pick it if I can see myself wearing it in every kind of weather. Can I style it up with boots aswell as sneakers? Will it work with a jumper layered over the top or a chunky knit?
Finally, I’m less influenced by others’ choices and happier in what I already have and I think that is key to creating a timeless collection. Don’t get me wrong, I am the first to put my hand up and admit to having done this A LOT in the past but I guess my priorities are different now and I’ve been gardening and styling my home. Fashion has taken a bit of a back seat and I’m more than OK with that.
Whilst I give this advice, I’m no expert and honestly, like I said, it has taken me years to get to this point with my wardrobe and I would still reassess some of my choices even now. I still don’t own a little black dress! Creating a timeless dress collection is a journey. Enjoy it – dress for your body shape, choose colours and prints you love, pick versatile pieces and enjoy what you have!
Happy Sunday guys x