Friday, 4 January 2013

What's in a capsule wardrobe?

So the whole blogging thing has been a bit of a shambles this week as all of us chez Sickofmystylerut are in a post Christmas daze. But now I'm back eating healthily, (I cunningly tidied away all the leftover Kettle chips and chocolates straight into my tummy) the kids are back in school after the weekend and Project Capsule Wardrobe starts on Monday (by which time I can hopefully fit into all my clothes again!)

In the meantime I've been googling and gaining ideas to develop the beginnings of a capsule wardrobe. I've bought a great blazer with leather lapels, which fits perfectly and really hangs well for the price (now only £50 but I paid a little more) in the sale at Mango.

 And following the wise advice of Susie So So I'm going to get some fantastic black pointy courts. I'm tempted by this lovely Sam Edelman pair, in the sale at Matches for £84:

However, I keep coming back to these classic black leather stilettos from Zara, they're cheaper but full price, so less of a bargain- but every time I see someone in them I think they're way more expensive, they're brilliantly cut and comfortable too (and I could get a tan pair too for only slightly more than the Matches pair, two for the price of one!)

While I wrestle with that conundrum, here's a few of my ideas for my new capsule wardrobe. I've pasted pictures that are on sale now but I'll be mostly using items that I already own (remember I said mostly).
What would you put in a capsule wardrobe?

Red coat: Joseph £275 in sale but sold out at Matches still full price at Joseph
Black court shoes: £49.99 at Zara
Cream chunky knit: H&M (can't find online)
Black A-line mini: Jigsaw
Angomania dress (oh how I long for this but my old one will have to do!): MY-WARDROBE new season
White pintuck shirt: Jigsaw
Black chiffon printed shirt: This is Equipment, mine is Zara but old
Jacket: Mango (this season sale)
Outfit inspiration: Marant (this will be me a cheaper version)
Chelsea boots: Topshop (I'd like these but a little higher ideally!)
Trench: Mine is an old Whistles number but this is Patrizia Pepe down to £185 at Flannels
Jeans: Zara
Skinny indigo jeans: Gok at Sainsbury (still no online shop)
Scarf: Ebay
Red drape top: Anglomania  ( I am desperate for this but at well over £100 I am sure I can find a reasonable and cheaper lookalike)
Breton: Zara
Leopard heels: New Look
Black skinnies: Gok at Sainsbury (no online fashion)
White scoop neck (and black): Next
Black cashmere jumper: Uniqlo
Red V neck : Uniqlo
Black polo: H&M

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

New wardrobe?

Happy New Year everyone and thanks so much to anyone who has taken the time to read or comment on my ramblings, it means so much and  I wish you all a fabulous 2013!

I've spent the time after Christmas slouching around in leggings and baggy tops to hide the Christmas bloat re-wearing outfits past, I thought I'd spare you the pictures, suffice to say Atlantic Pacific isn't having sleepless nights about having a style competitor!

But with a new year comes a new start. My challenge definitely made me experiment with different looks but it really hasn't made it any easier to get dressed in the morning. Without a go-to uniform I'm kind of lost. In many ways it's harder than before my Fifty outfits in fifty days. Then I just grabbed the boot-cuts and v-neck and I was away. Now I seem to leave a trail of rejected clothes on the bedroom floor every time I get dressed, it's like being a teenager again (but without the pert butt and peachy complexion).

So my new challenge is to figure out which of my fifty outfits worked and which definitely didn't. Then using those styles I'm going to try and put together a...brace yourself for annoying fashion-y term...capsule wardrobe of items that all go together and that I can mix and match into easy outfits for every day. Hopefully I'll use lots of my old clothes topped up with some new essentials ( well, maybe not strictly essential but the sales are on.....)

Fifty outfits in fifty days ...did any of them work?

So this is what I think (but feel free to contradict me because I really am stumbling on blindly here):

Simple lines work better on my small proportions, too much layering or overdoing the big accessories can swamp me. Less is definitely more.

I love pointy midi heels but midi skirts make me look Mumsy and meh! 

Red in pictures looks good, even if it feels uncomfortably bright when I first put it on. So I am going to make a concerted effort to keep on wearing some colour (but I still love black and won't be leaving the dark side.)

The jeans that made my legs look longest were the straight legs-but even so I think prefer the skinnies. I love them turned up with pointy stilettos or long with ankle boots and topped with tailored jackets, trench coats or simple jumpers.

I like little jersey dresses with bikers and boots... in fact, annoyingly, many of the clothes I like the most are the ones I have borrowed from DD, such as the biker jacket, the peg trousers and the blazer. I don't think they look particularly muttony (certainly not as muttony as the Anglomania dress which is mine all mine) so I'm going to be more open to fashion trends and find ways they can work when you're the far side of forty.

Oh, and of course I may well keep dipping into the DDs' wardrobes!

What do you think? Which outfits do you hate? The double denim and burgundy suede skirt are two of my least favourites and I'm not at all sure about the coatigan, it seems to magically mumsify everything it's worn with. I don't think they'll be making the cut into my New Year capsule wardrobe...but what will?

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Merry Chr-Issa-mas everyone!

Christmas day and I was up at 5.40. But I certainly wasn't planning my outfit or calming down over-excited children (my gorgeous DDs at the grand old ages of 14 and 15 stumbled down in their onesies at 9am), oh no, I was up before the larks partly because my mouth was parched from a little too much celebrating the night before and partly because I was having my usual stress about whether my Aga would stay hot all day, or whether it would decide to cool down and leave me with a bloody turkey and soggy roasties.

So after a couple of hours shuffling the bird between roasting and simmering ovens, making giblet stock and poking pressies under the Christmas tree I decided to pull on a selection of presents from Christmases past. My Issa dress (much beloved by the Middleton gels) was from my parents last year. It's the perfect shape for Christmas day, sooooo comfy and with cunning twisty draping around the midriff to hide any post prandial...ahem...bulge. With it I wore my classic midi-heel (no painful bunions in the kitchen for me) Louboutin boots, a gift from DH many years ago and later on I was lucky enough to be able to accessorise it with a gorgeous Gill Clements necklace from my lovely brother and his wife, a fab sparkly Anya Hindmarch clutch from DH and of course a glass of bubbly. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

No I didn't have my lips pumped up for Xmas...just a dodgy photo and some rather smudged lippy!

Dress; Issa
Boots: Louboutin
Necklace: Gill Clements
Bag: Anya Hindmarch

Same style Issa dress on the sale at Flannels

Similar sparkly clutch from Anya Hindmarch now on the sale here


I have a hankering for a Vivienne Westwood black jersey dress. The sort with complicated bits of ruching, draping and asymmetry. I've been obsessively stalking a few online and waiting for the sales to start but they never seem to be reduced, or if they are, they're only available in two sizes...ginormous and miniscule.

While I was impatiently waiting for the perfect Westwood LBD to turn up, I managed to absent-mindedly buy a bargainous one on Ebay, it was late at night and I just clicked without really thinking. When it arrived it seemed quite a lot smaller and significantly shorter than I'd imagined (one of the few times I've been rather grateful for my little legs.)  I suspect it will probably find its eventual home in DD's wardrobe but for a pre-Xmas night out I thought I'd give it a try.

Dress: Anglomania from E-Bay
Shoes: Kurt Geiger from Shoeaholics
Blue and gold bracelets: New Look

Promotional picture that shows the draping better than in my dodgy photo.

I added my faux fur from Ark to keep off the chill

Dahlia dress from and Selfridges 

Force dress in metallic midnight.

I think I'll keep on stalking the others though!

Red wine and a red dress

Ahhhhhhhhhh :)

The family have all gone home after a wonderful Christmas full of absurd amounts of food, wine and laughter. Time to upload all my pictures and catch up on blogging to hit the 50 outfit target I set myself back in November (the cleaning can definitely wait a while).

Surprisingly I did manage to stagger to Christmas without having to repeat or resort to dressing up my pyjamas with a few fabulous accessories. Unsurprisingly, rather a lot of the photos are a little blurry and a bit the worse for wear, rather like their subject!

So, firstly, the red dress. Is there anything more Christmassy? I had seen a wonderful photo of Dita Von Teese looking fabulous (as ever) in a red jersey dress and I tried to emulate her with touches of animal print, red lips and dark glasses- but it didn't seem right for the stormy Yorkshire weather and I felt like I was off to a fancy-dress party. Black tights and boots made it more wearable and the red lips and black fur scarf added just a little dash of Dita-ish vintage glamour!

Above: Dita looking gorgeous
Below: Me looking rather ridiculous!

Dress: Diane Von Furstenburg (old)
Glasses: Chanel
Bag: Louis Vuitton (Very old hand me down from Lovely MIL)
Shoes: Barratt from EBay
Tights: Seamed glossies from Pretty Polly

Dress: DVF
Ankle boots- Kurt Geiger from Shoeaholics

Scarf: Topshop (this season)

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas and colours

A quick look at my pictures and I realised that I look a bit more alive in red, is it my imagination or could it possibly be that the colour analyst all those years ago was right? I pulled out my dusty book of swatches and on the cover it said that scarlet and forest green are two of my best colours. I was duly inspired to find something in green for Christmas and found a jersey dress with leather detailing by Patrizia Pepe from Flannels (20% off when I got it, now down to £95.) Now,  it's rather tight and unforgiving but I've been working bloomin' hard to get into shape on the fantastic Mumsnet low carb bootcamp, so with some serious shape-wear underneath (thanks to M&S) it was perfect for dinner out before the serious Christmas eating has started! In the New Year I think I may dress it down with chunky boots, scarf and leather jacket

Dress: Flannels
Boots: Kurt Geiger from Shoeaholics
Necklace: E Bay

Friday, 21 December 2012

Going dotty!

Confession time. The title may well refer to my spotty stockings but when it comes to fashion, at the moment I am genuinely losing it. The relentless, constant and unremitting rain means that the only appropriate outfit is a kagoule, waterproof trews and wellies. No, strike that,  I really need to become Mrs Noah and build a bloomin' ark!

So, with the biblical weather and the Christmas frenzy, I've fallen just a teensy bit behind on my pictures. With five days to go I have to dig out at least five more outfits to fulfil my challenge. Fortunately I have just bought my absolutely final pressie, so the pressure is off (apart from the supermarket shop, wrapping and cooking of course!) It's time to stop stressing and start celebrating.

Today, my outfit was as dark as the clouds- out came a black polo and jeans but I added some spotty tights and midi heels to introduce a little interest a la crazystylelove. And over the top... a mac of course!

Tights: Primark
Shoes: Gucci ( very old)

Polo: H&M (this season)
Jeans: Gok at Sainsbury
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Gucci (old)

Trench: Whistles

Spotty ankles

Inspiration courtesy of