Under normal circumstances I would post a new fashion blog each season – but these are not normal times. So, this time I will be doing a combined blog for autumn and winter, and because clothes shopping isn’t at the top of people’s to-do-lists I am kicking this blog off with some general tips on utilising the clothes you already own.
I am currently in the final few weeks of a yearlong fundraising campaign for Flat Friends UK – I am posting a selfie every day of that days’ #Outflat outfit throughout 2020 – so I know a thing or two about eeking out as many outfits as possible from a finite number of clothes!
We all know how well layering works for a single or double flat chest. If you have a waterfall cardigan or jacket, or a blazer try layering it with different styles of tops. On the left I have layered it with a wrap-front blouse in a ditzy print – which creates lots of drapes, depth and movement. On the right I have teamed it with a bold monochrome polka dot blouse with double breast pockets, creating the illusion of depth. Throw on a contrasting vest top as a base layer for added depth, interest, and warmth!
Bardot tops aren’t just for summer! Above I have layered a thicker, plain Bardot with a floral wrap front chiffon layer (this would work equally well with a heavier wrap front jacket or cardigan). On the right I have teamed a decorative Bardot with crisp chambray waterfall blazer.
I have never met a piece of knitwear I don’t love – I am a chilly mortal and always have a cardi to hand. Cardigans are great for adding depth, width, texture – and for making summer tops wearable all year round. Try a smart light cardigan – like the grey one on the left which warms up a smart sleeveless blouse; a chunky colourful knit like the middle one which is perfect for the weekend either with pjs or jeans, or something that buttons or zips up to cover your chest – like the vintage buckled cardigan on the right.
Pinafores and dungarees
Anyone who had been following my #Outflat fundraising selfies this year will know I LOVE a dunga! As well as looking great with thick tights and boots, they also add the illusion of shape on the chest. Find one with a chest pocket or interesting buckles, and different textures such as cord, denim, or velour for extra interest and decoration. They look great teamed with a plain jumper or bold blouse.
Stretch the lifespan of your summer dresses by adding thick tights…The cotton summer dress on the left will be getting the same treatment as the dress on the right: vest top underneath, and teamed with black tights and ankle boots so I can wear it all the way through until next spring!
With high streets in lockdown again new clothing purchases will either be while you are doing your grocery shopping or online – either way, stay safe! I made the most of online sales and ordered a few new jumpers…
Above from New Look: on the left is a thick, soft leopard print jumper, with a high neck and long puff sleeves. The all over pattern adds all the decoration you need! On the right is a soft ribbed knit wrap jumper which gives me an adjustable v-neck depending on how tightly I tie it. I am a size 10-12 and ordered both in a Medium (size 12-14). New Look offer free returns via the Post Office and have extended their returns window.
Above from Topshop: On the left is a colour block ribbed jumper – perfect fro drawing the eye around your outfit, and adding shape. The placing of the cream sections also creates width across the chest.
On the right from their ‘Topshop Idol’ range of timeless pieces is the black ruffle front jumper, a must-have if you are missing your bardot ruffle tops from the summer.
Both bought in size Medium – Topshop have a great Size Guide on their website so you can type in your exact measurements and they will tell you which size to order.
Last up from me is this print hoodie from Topshop – they say it’s grey…but is more a muted mauve (it matches my ‘Mellow Mocha’ bedroom walls perfectly). The slogan is perfectly placed to decorate my flatness.
Wishing you all a peaceful autumn and winter.