Spring Steals: Creating A Cool Capsule Wardrobe

It may still be wet, dark and miserable, but if you’re a fan of fashion, you may have noticed that shops and magazines are full of the joys of spring. With a glimpse of lighter, warmer days on the horizon, it’s never too early to start planning what to wear when the new season arrives. It’s no secret that staying on trend can be pricey, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to be en vogue. Here are some simple, affordable ways to build a cool capsule wardrobe fit for spring.

Get the basics right

Basics form the foundation of any capsule wardrobe. If you get the basics right, you only need to invest in a few key pieces every season to look and feel fabulous. Basics are items that are versatile, classic and hard-wearing. Take the pair of black skinny jeans you can wear to almost any occasion and the white blouse that never fails to take you from the office to the bar. As spring approaches, focus on pieces that will make you look stylish while also ensuring that you’re comfortable. At this time of year, the weather can be unpredictable, so layers are always a good investment. A light mac is ideal for spring when showers appear out of nowhere, and it’s wise to swap chunky knits for lightweight crew neck jumpers and long-sleeved tees. Patterns like florals and stripes are always a hit in the spring and summer months. When you’re building your basics collection, consider both a work and casual wardrobe and think about the kinds of clothes you like to wear and the types of occasion you’re likely to need to cater for. Once you’ve got your basics pinned down, you can adapt and modify them to build a base for any outfit.

Accessorise

Accessorising is a brilliant way to stay on-trend without overspending. You can use accessories such as hats, scarves, brooches, jewellery, bags, and shoes to create completely different looks even when you’re wearing the same clothes. If you need accessories and you don’t want to splash much cash, take a look at www.cards2cash.com and shop around for bargains. As spring approaches, swap woollen fedoras and bobble hats and heavyweight scarves for berets, baker boy caps and cotton scarves, and opt for bright colours and pastel shades when choosing bags. Mix and match your accessories to embrace different trends and dress classic outfits up or down.

Tick off a trend or two

If you love fashion, one of the most exciting things about a new season is the introduction of a raft of new trends to try out. When you’ve got your basics and your accessories, invest in a few statement pieces to embrace seasonal trends. This spring, opt for a printed daisy jacket rather than a plain blazer, swap a navy trench for a blush pink, beige or lilac duster and learn to love plaid. If you’re keen for more ideas, take a look at this article https://www.glamour.com/gallery/how-to-wear-spring-2018-trends. When you’ve got your statement pieces, you can mix and match them with your collection of blouses, tees, trousers, and skirts to produce an incredible array of looks suitable for every occasion.

Spring is on the horizon, and soon, it’ll be time to banish the bobble hats and refresh your look. Hopefully, this guide has given you some inspiration for your gorgeous new wardrobe.

 

Filling In The Gaps On Your Blog

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There are a lot of bloggers out there with the skills to create excellent content which captures the minds of their readers. This ability usually comes with time, dedication, and plenty of reading, resulting in a wide range of different talents. Of course, though, while there are a lot of people able to achieve greatness with their posts, far too many waste their chances and stick themselves at the bottom of the pile. It never has to be this way, though, and this post is here to help you to fill in the gaps.

Marketing: On a lot of blogs, the biggest shortcoming will be the marketing being used to sell it. Without a solid campaign in place, it will be impossible to generate a following, and a lot of bloggers find this area very hard. An IMC master program can be a great way to solve this. Teaching you how to handle this work yourself, this sort of option will limit the need for professional help, making the whole process cheaper.

Security: A lot of people are hyper aware of their personal computer security. For the same reasons, it’s very important that you spend enough time making sure that your blog is secure. A simple SSL certificate will do most of the work, with a solid host often being enough to prevent an attack. If you fail to do this, readers could be warned that your site isn’t secure, and this will send them running away.

Monetization: Making money out of the content you produce is another important part of this process. It will be impossible to run your blog like a business if you are unable to achieve this goal, and a lot of people don’t know where to start. Hosting adverts is a good way to make a little bit on the side. But, for the best results, becoming an influencer for other businesses will often be the best way to make blogging into a job.

Standards: The best blogs out there will all follow a strict set of rules when it comes to their content. Specific language will be used to tie posts together, and grammar will have to remain on point. After a couple of months of writing, it should become easy to fall into a pattern like this, ensuring that your posts retain their quality.

Ideas: Finally, as the last area to consider, a lot of bloggers find it easy to become complacent with their ideas. Producing posts which have been seen hundreds of times before won’t make you popular. Instead, when you’re brainstorming, you have to keep uniqueness on the mind. While looking for new ideas all the time will be hard, it will certainly set your blog apart from those around you.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into your brand new blog. This sort of career can be very hard to get into. Instead of relying on an employer to give you work, you will have to give it to yourself, and a lot of people find this hard.

My Latest Vintage Finds

My husband knows me only too well. At the weekend we visited The Emporium, an antique, retro and vintage store in Brierley Hill, and while we were there, I feel in love with a beautiful 1970s vintage dress. It was purple and gold, with long sleeves and Fortuny style pleats. I knew I couldn’t leave without it, and so hubby got it as a Valentine’s present. It is perfect!

It got me thinking that I hadn’t shared any of my vintage finds for a while. January and February have actually been pretty good months in terms of vintage finds in normal charity shops rather than dedicated vintage shops. The prices are of course cheaper than vintage shops where the pieces have been curated, and although the pieces are harder to find, you can still pick up a bargain if you know where to look.

Consider the evidence

1960s Jane & Jane Dress By Susan Small

Jane and Jane was a British fashion label of the 1960s that was taken over by the Susan Small designer label (I believe Susan Small may have been Australian). This dress is a beautiful evening piece that, to be honest, is a little too tight for me, but was just too lovely to leave behind. The beading and style is very Jackie Kennedy, early 1960s in flavour, and the colour is delicious.

The modern Linea long tuxedo style coat was another find, £4.99 and perfect for an evening cover up.

London Pride Jacket

I can find no information about London Pride, nothing except this image that was on Pinterest which makes me think it was a 1960s label or an offshoot of Viyella. This jacket is more of a early 1980s look, think Princess Diana at Balmoral, but I loved the puffed sleeves and the dogtooth print, which seems to have made yet another comeback. For £4.99, it was a bit of a bargain.

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St Michael Label Terry Towelling suit

Have to admit I didn’t get this, even though it had a much sought after St Michael label. I think at some point it would’ve had a tie belt, but that was now missing. I remember my nan having something like this when I was young, but despite that nostalgia, it was a no from me.

1970s Day Dresses – no label

These two dresses were a pound each, so it was an absolute no brainer that I would take them home. They have no makers labels, but I really like the design of the first dress, which is another black and white print with pretty button detail, whilst the second dress will look great with tan sandals in the Summer.

Peacocks Vintage Style Dress

This dress is vintage style and cut, rather than actual vintage. It is a Peacocks 1960s style shift in a sort of brocade print and was £3 from the Salvation Army shop.

Finally, these two beautiful pieces were from The Emporium. The 1960s style sweater was just wonderful, whilst the bag was a 1930s original in very good condition.