Over the last few months I have been creating weekly capsule wardrobes, which consists of choosing 15-20 items of clothing from my closet to wear in my daily outfits for the week. Each Sunday evening I comb through my wardrobe searching for items which follow a specific colour palette (one week I did, only black and grey) or theme (last week I did a challenge, hosted by Encircled, which had me choose 7 rarely worn items to incorporate with my other capsule items). This has helped me immensely, not only in terms of saving time choosing what to wear each morning, but also in wearing literally every item I own in the span of three months and learning more about my specific brand of personal style.
Shopping is something I have always loved and although I have cut down tremendously, picking up new items for Spring and Fall is an itch that must be scratched. Recently, I’ve been to the mall and have made some new purchases, I’ve also done some shopping online to freshen up my existing wardrobe. This year I’ve added a pair of culottes, metallic trainers, two denim jackets, a striped dress, denim shorts, round, oversize sunglasses, a white long-sleeve top, two lace dresses, a long leopard print skirt, and a pair of cork, wedge sandals. I am still on the hunt for the perfect statement belt and perhaps a few more summer items but I am happy with how these new additions are fitting in with my existing wardrobe.
This past Saturday, I attended the CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) Runway For HOPE Charity Fashion Show, this event raises funds for the hospital and for cancer research. It showcases local fashion designers as well as local businesses selling their wares (skincare, jewelry, desserts, within the facility hall. This was an amazingly inspiring event filled with beautifully created items.
My look for the night was a bit of a bold one, even my sister told me it was too much when I sent her a picture of my OOTD but I am not one to shy away from being different, especially when I am trying to stand out in the world of fashion. One of my favourite fashion bloggers is Aylin Koenig, her looks are unique, on-trend and always extremely luxe, inspired this look. The jacket is from Zara and I first saw it worn by Aylin on her Instagram, I love the embroidering and fringe detail, it’s a bit busy but because it’s all one colour I feel like it’s an interesting piece which can be worn with a variety of items. The skirt is also fro Zara and was also inspired by a look I saw on Aylin, I wasn’t so sure about this one when I first tried it on. Animal prints have never been a big part of my style, long skirts are virtually non-existent in my closet and I think these factors gave me cold feet. But after trying it on with the other items as I had envisioned. My mind was made up, I was keeping the skirt and wearing the look.
The accessories were a cinch, I wore my new Kam Dhillon Park Avenue glasses, which work so well with this look because they are both white and gold. My Louis Vuitton Alma bb handbag in the damier ebene printed canvas, although I have two very different prints here I think it works well because they both have brown tones in them. My shoes are a new addition but I have quickly become obsessed with them, the white with metallic gold is fresh for spring and will go with literally anything. These ones are Geox purchased from Saks off 5th but they have heaps of metallic sneaker options on their website.
To finish the look, I added my favourite black and gold watch from Berg + Betts, which I love because it goes with nearly everything. I chose not to wear earrings with this look because I have very picky ears, instead, I opted for a gold trio necklace from Forever 21, a gold Erin bracelet I’ve had for years and two gold jeweled rings.
My favourite thing about creating different outfits is first being inspired by another person’s style, second is finding the items to recreate the look and third is making the look my own. Years ago, I would have been nervous to wear such a look, it’s different, it’s bold but the more I wear the things I like, the more confident I feel in my own sense of style.