Friday, 23 September 2016

Do you Have a Defined Style? ( & #Passion4Fashion Linkup)

When collating and working with a capsule wardrobe it really makes you take a long hard look at your own personal style.
The easiest way to make a capsule work for you is to have a clear cut style that works across all of your pieces, therefore making it easier to remix and create new outfits and to also wear them.
I have to say this may be one of the things I strugle with most.

For a long time I have been searching for my defined style and if i indeed actually had one.

If you look back through my archives of 5 and a bit years you will see my style has changed tremendously over this time (and lucky me i have documented proof too, ha! Oh lord... all those coloured tights, It was like a  rainbow threw up on me!)

When you look at some of the highest followed Instagram accounts, they have a uniform, a defined style, each photographic square flows perfectly continuously in to the next.

I think i still struggle with this.

Every time i've ever defined my style it as inevitably changed again.
Since hitting 30 I can say i have seen a definite change and somewhat of a consistency in style, but i do still like a bit of variation... Perhaps I'm just a bit fickle. Or maybe a change is as good as a rest?

Right now I swing between "preppy" (stripe tops, oxford shirts, stan smiths and trench coats) and "boho" (flares, floaty tops and a bit of floral).


My capsule is working for me right now, and i don't appear to have a problem with having a slightly bi-polar sense of style. Or maybe I'm just not quite ready to quit one or the other right now.
But I do wonder if I will ever truly have a defined, definite style.

Do you?
Do you have a defined style?
 As for this outfit, well I really wanted some of this pretty blush pink colour in my capsule. It's everywhere right now, and I am smitten with it. Its a great almost-neutral as it goes well with lots of colours (:think grey, dark jeans, black and even burgundy or forest green/khaki!). I also loved its interesting little twists on a plain sweater. The split flared sleeves, the split to the sides and the rib knit, that makes it thin but cosy. I think this could also make a great layering piece too!

I had wanted to pair this with some grey jeans, but having tried 5 pairs these past few weeks and NONE of them being at all right, I returned each pair and have continued my search. Previously I would have settled for a sub-par pair just to have them in my wardrobe, but i have learnt my lesson as I would previously have worn them once and consigned them to the ebay/charity pile.
The capsule has brought patience and pickiness (in a good way), I now longer settle for pieces that are just ok, or will do. I want each piece to be fantastic and exactly what I need. that way I know I will be happy to wear it time upon time.
So the trusty flares came out and did the trick just nicely.
I added in my new favourite accessory: The cord tie choker..
I actually love this little thing, although I do wonder if I can pull it off?
My 13 year old step daughter keeps borrowing it, which does make me wonder if i should relent and give it to her, lol!

Outfit details
River Island Flared jeans (2 years old) But these are the best on the market
H&M sweater
Bag is old but This one is divine!

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  1. I have a hard time defining my style too! I'm okay with that though, it means I can wear what I like without worrying about it, if I like it I wear it!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you're having a great week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. Hi my lovely, I love the colour of the sweater on you. A defined style? It's such a tough question for me to answer. Sometimes I like going a bit crazier than other times, I love preppy and colour and classic style as well. If I had the chance I would probably run around in a modern English country style and drinking tea in my gorgeous manor. If I could! It's probably easier for me to answer what I'm not: A person with a very clean style, with no colour and going after every trend. You see, it's very hard for me to answer. Lots of love, Kirsten xx

  3. i would say, no, I don't have a defined style because I love wearing different clothes and different styles all the time. As for the highly followed Instagram accounts where all the pictures look the same, it perplexes me why that's appealing to people, because I find those accounts boring and lose interest after awhile. I also find blogs where where women dress in a 'uniform' for every post dull, and I eventually stop following them too. But I must not be the norm if others find that appealing. I love your outfit. That sweater is gorgeous! Cute choker too!

  4. I really like the pink sweater!

    And I don't have one distinct style either. I love casual, classic pieces but also some "fun" once in a while. I think that's okay. I know that the most popular Instagram accounts have a very distinct style (and color palette), but I think life is too short to be too restrictive. Having said that, I'm working on creating a capsule wardrobe of sorts (without giving myself too many restrictions) and "pieces that all go together" is definitely key! :-)

    Thanks for the link up & have a wonderful weekend!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  5. You look so cool!!!

    I am launching another 3-part collaboration with fashion-forward brand STAYING SUMMER this week at the blog - come on over and see what I am super excited about!

    Happy Friday!


  6. It's a lovely sweater and seems very you. And style evolves so you never really pin it down anyway. When I was 24 it was all Laura Ashley/Edwardian Lady, when I was 34 it was Austin Reed and Hobbes suits (banking career), and now in my 50's it's sort of Lady Edith meets hippie but I kept my pearls. Just never find yourself lurking in the farthest depths of M&S trying on crimpeline slacks ;)

  7. I know my style is kind of a classic-feminine. I love color, so I suppose I know what i like, and I imagine you do too! Love this pink sweater on you a very pretty color with your hair, and I have gotten into the flared jeans. The booties are fab, what I love about Fall.
    Have a great weekend Rachael!
    jess xx

  8. I love your preppy boho style! I'd say mine is classic with an edge, but I always like trying new things. This blush sweater is beautiful and I love the slit bell sleeves!

  9. I don't like trying to define my style because I feel like it changes based on whoever I feel like being that day! Sometimes it's more feminine, sometimes more trendy, and other times classic.
    I love your choker here! I feel like I should just give in and get one already seeing how great you and others have made it look!

  10. I am smitten with it too so I am glad that it is popular! You are right it can be styled many different ways. I usually wear mine blush with black or brown. But olive and burgundy would be pretty too!

  11. Hmm, I flit through so many different looks that I find this a tough question, I think I can definitely say what my style is not, but it's harder to define what it actually is?! Maybe it's just harder for an individual to see that about themselves - for example, I think that you yourself have a very clear style. I'll be thinking about this all weekend now! x

  12. I definitely struggle with this too! I love so many different styles!

  13. I love the blush pink + black combo, it's always a favorite! I struggle with this too--while I'm usually drawn to more preppy/classic pieces, I sometimes like to venture out of that sometimes. I like to have fun with style, but at the same time I also want a wardrobe that is cohesive... it's hard to find a balance between those two things.
    Shea |

  14. I really need to jump on the choker trend. It looks great with your outfit, especially against the pink sweater. So cute.

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