Sticking with Staples

Its safe to say that over time my shopping style has changed. When I was younger, around 18 or so, I used to buy pretty much what ever I wanted clothing wise. Not much thought necessarily went it to it, I just bought which ever items I liked the look of. As I’ve grown older I’ve started to notice a real shift in the way I shop, especially in the last year of so. A big reason for that change was moving to Brighton.

Moving to Brighton affected my shopping in many ways. Firstly, I was paying rent for the first time and had less money to spend on clothes (wah). Secondly (and this is going to sound cheesy) but I really ‘found’ myself when I moved to Brighton. I was finally in a place where I felt I could be myself and this feeling was elevated more so in the last year. Definitely for the first year of living here I became this amalgamation of my previous London style mixed with new styles that I was forming since moving to Brighton. But over the last year I’ve really discovered my core style and what really makes me love fashion.

I’ve noticed that recently I’ve really been in investing in staple pieces. Now this does not mean basics. These pieces are still some what ‘out-there’ or have something slightly different about them but they are pieces that integrate with everything else in my wardrobe. For example, I’ve been buying boxy fit items or expanding on my colour palette or buying classic style trousers; all which have some sort of twist to them. Yet they intertwine in my wardrobe. No one piece only goes with two or so items anymore like my previous wardrobe would have. Now, each items nearly goes with every other item in my wardrobe. I’ve kind of managed to create a large capsule wardrobe. A wardrobe where everything works well together, therefore letting me create more outfits with out having to buy more clothes.

One other thing that’s made a huge difference is learning to shop sustainably. In the last 6 months and even more so in the last 2 months, my rate of shopping second hand has increased greatly. By that I don’t mean I’m just buying tonnes of second hand pieces, I just mean the ratio of secondhand to newly bought has increased with the former. I’ve managed to hone in on ways to effectively shop secondhand, by finding amazing secondhand retailers online through depop and expanding my knowledge of vintage stores. I hoping to film a second hand haul on my channel soon to show you the pieces plus explain how to effectively shop secondhand.

In this outfit, I’m wearing new pieces yet I wanted to show how they are staples for a wardrobe yet aren’t boring in the slightest. The tank top is from Arket. This will be such a staple piece for me as it’s so versatile and can be worn alone or with a turtle neck underneath. I think the dark olive colour really sets it apart. The trousers are from Uniqlo, I have this pair in grey too. These have probably been my best purchase of the year, such a fantastic ballon cut trouser that really speaks for itself while being practicable. The shoes are of course Converse, my first ever pair may I add! These ones are slightly different to the classic black hi tops, these have white stitching and an embossed badge. I love the simplicity of them and how they work with basically all my outfits.

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Photography by Stacey Louise White

Author: rayofstyle

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