Shake Up Your Capsule Wardrobe

Even if we are sad to see the end of summer, most of us Brits feel a tinge of excitement when the nights draw in and there is a chill in the air. For those under twelve it is the prospect of Hallowe’en and all the sugar and orange and black polyester that brings. If you stopped growing upwards over twenty years ago, it is more the thought of the more snug winter wardrobe – the fur lined boots and the cashmere scarves.

Except that it is rarely as simple as that is it? You unearth your box of knitwear either to discover it is full of moth holes or that most of it looks like old chamois leather. Those boots you so loved last winter, they look scuffed and sad and well, not nearly as cool as you’d remembered and that stretch dress, the one with the inner mesh panel that made you feel like Jessica Rabbit – yeah that’s way too tight. Way too tight and actually – quelle horreur – a little cheap looking suddenly? Particularly annoying since it really wasn’t.

The thing is, things change; people change, fashions change and even though it doesn’t feel like it, the cut of jeans change. A year is a long time in fashion. I said a silent au revoir to a pair of dark blue leg lengthening D&G jeans when I was pregnant with my son, hoping I would one day fit back into them. When that day came, far sooner than I could have dared to imagine, I was horrified to find the fit was all wrong and they made me look about eighty. My friend Becs’ favourite pair of white trousers had been her inspiration for her summer health kick. She reached her goal only to discover those beloved white trews were a bootcut from a bygone era.

It happens. Getting dressed can be emotional and it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and stay with the safe. I’m here to nudge you into making some small but significant changes that will make your winter outfits current without straining your finances. Here are some suggestions for a quick and easy update:

Bored of your biker? Buy a bomber…

Bomber jacket reduced to £29.99 at New Look

Bomber jacket reduced to £29.99 at New Look

Jumpsuits just not you? Trouser suits are where it’s at..

Trouser suit £100 from

Trouser suit £100 from

Sick of your skinnies? Try a surprisingly versatile wide leg trouser…

Wide leg trousers £125 from Reiss

Wide leg trousers £125 from Reiss

Fed up with fitted? Go for a relaxed fit midi dress…

Midi dress £49 from

Midi dress £49 from

Hate patent? Metallics are way more now anyway…

Metallic boots £79 from Warehouse

Metallic boots £79 from Warehouse

So over pleats? A box pleat is easier to wear, not to mention iron…

Skirt £29.99 from Zara

Skirt £29.99 from Zara

Happy shopping everyone and thanks for following!

My book Shopped is available to buy now on Amazon:

About aftercarrie

I help people refine their wardrobe to suit their shape, colouring and lifestyle. I am a style consultant, personal shopper and colour analyst working in London. Be the loveliest possible you. My first book SHOPPED was released on 5th July 2016 (September Publishing).
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Shake Up Your Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s