I’m in a little bit of a fashion dip at the moment, despite summer usually being my favourite season for clothes. I’ve always been a summery person – I like nothing more than hot weather, sunshine, bright colours and pretty dresses, so the clothing of summer has always appealed to me a lot. I’ve recently found though that a lot of my old favourite summer pieces are no longer old favourites – they either don’t fit right any more or they’re really old so no longer “fashionable” – it’s not that I follow fashion trends and try to stick to them, but they’re the kind of things I thought were fashionable when I was a teenager that are no longer – ie. low cut denim shorts that sit precariously low on the hips or super cropped crop tops.
I’m also not really feeling my pin up and retro clothes I’d picked up over the past few years. They all feel a little too prissy or over the top. I want things that are comfortable for warm weather, feel right for me and age appropriate for mid-20s. I’m not a fan of “age appropriate” clothing, but I’ve found myself moving away from certain styles and towards others as I get older.
I got rid of another bin bag of stuff to the charity shop, and passed on a few to Charley’s younger sister, so I’m now left with a smaller wardrobe that I’m still planning to pare down a bit more. And over time I’ll be adding back into it, although mostly from sewing I’d imagine. I’ve got plans for lace bralettes (another thing I’m wavering more towards at the moment – trend-swayed? Maybe…), more Anna maxi dresses, some lighweight blouses, comfortable shorts and trousers…I’ll see how I get on.
But for now, I want to look back a little for inspiration, like Rebecca has done, to see if that helps me get out of summer fashion dip at the moment. Some of these clothes left the wardrobe a long time ago, some are still hanging around; some of these things I probably couldn’t really wear on a daily basis anymore (think work appropriate), but others I can take inspiration from.