The Perfect Wardrobe

I had a really un-profound dream this morning (um yeah I slept late!) where I was wearing the most perfect outfit. The details are slightly vague, but it was a floaty light blue cotton poplin type tank and long white skirt that somehow looked preppy and arty all at once. Not something I own or would contemplate in real life unless I was on holiday (a long white skirt?!), but in the dream I had that feeling of confidence and pride in knowing what I was wearing was flattering and was something I had chosen with (the elusive sense of) easeful consideration.

In the dream I felt like one of those girls in magazines with curated wardrobes, like I had a closet full of easy, interchangeable pieces I could wear anywhere. Which to be honest is kind of my dream. In reality my wardrobe is a cacophony of colour and print and skirts that have no tops and vice versa. I spent HOURS last week packing for a weekend away because I needed an outfit for a night out and had NOTHING TO WEAR!!! (much to the perplexed amusement of the huge pile of clothes mocking me on my bed!).

I ended up with a blouse I had never worn because it has these weird roll sleeves that look stupid but I like the print so wore it with the sleeves rolled down, and my black joggers which I’m starting to appreciate really are miracle workers on days where I’m bored with jeans but don’t want to wear a dress – they are comfy but still (I think) dressy looking. The shoes were an issue – boots look weird with joggers but it’s still cold, so in went two pairs of shoes, neither of which were perfect but in the end I went with my pale pink ballerinas from Clark’s, they really do go with almost anything.

Is it just me who requires this amount of brain work to find something to wear? I feel like it’s much harder than it should be, and probably because I have so much choice and so few things I actually feel confident in at the moment. Hence the dream(?)….

Also last week I did find a bit of a holy grail (for me) wardrobe item – the perfect “boyfriend” shirt. I didn't know I needed a boyfriend shirt (that's what I'm calling it anyway!) until I met this one.


It’s a very unassuming, light blue button down from H&M (I did not see all of the other colours in shop -want the white one and maybe the striped now, uh oh!). It’s too baggy to be formal (it looks like any other button down in the model pic but it's cut quite roomy), and I’m slightly obsessed with it. It immediately felt like one of those things my wardrobe has been missing, casual yet not a boring t shirt; and preppy, which for me is unusual. I bypassed an embroidered folky top, also in H&M, which is my safety zone/go to, so buying this very plain, unassuming shirt made me feel like I was branching out, weirdly, if that makes any sense at all! As in, "I can be plain, I can be effortless, I can be the Girl in the Blue Boyfriend Shirt!" (Um yeah I may be reading Sophie Kinsella's latest Shopaholic book at the moment ;-).

I think in my head I would like to be all Gwyneth Paltrow in the Hamptons riding my bike in J.Crew, I find something about simple preppy style aesthetically pleasing. Maybe because it’s so completely removed from my more complicated, messy, sometimes fruity tastes – it would take a lot of work for me to be that simple. But my dream this morning captured that feeling of what I imagine it would feel like to be a carefree, stress free girl with a perfect, easy wardrobe, and I can’t pretend I didn’t like it. So I don’t know, maybe it’s as simple as, I need more plain stuff in my wardrobe, more ease, less chaos? I can’t help thinking my new plain blue shirt would look nice with my hippy skirts though…..;-0

How about you, do you have a wardrobe full of staples that make sense together? What are your fashion must haves? :-) xo


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  1. Ah, the perfect wardrobe! Isnt that the dream of everyone! I recently did a closet cleanout and im trying to buy only to fill in the "gaps" , because how ridiculous is it to have so many clothes and nothing to wear! My gaps are blouses, flats that are not worn to death, dressy shoes, and cardigans. I do not need any more jeans or graphic tees!!!!

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    1. I clear out my closet all the time, yet still it expands into bigger confusion each year! I could do with more dressy (yet comfy!) shoes. And weirdly jeans, I'm in that position where I suddenly have like two pairs that fit, ugh! And dresses, I feel like if I had a couple of easy, casual flattering dresses my life would be easier.

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  2. Ah, the perfect wardrobe! Isnt that the dream of everyone! I recently did a closet cleanout and im trying to buy only to fill in the "gaps" , because how ridiculous is it to have so many clothes and nothing to wear! My gaps are blouses, flats that are not worn to death, dressy shoes, and cardigans. I do not need any more jeans or graphic tees!!!!

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  3. I find it utterly baffling how my wardrobe can be bulging, I'm spending horribly huge amounts of money on clothes every month (seriously starting to regret starting the Buyers Archive series on my blog!), and yet I STILL have nothing to wear on a regular basis!

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    1. I was half considering doing your Buyer's Archive to keep myself in check, hmmm! How is it we have nothing to wear? It's so confusing! The clothes are mocking us! And I usually end up with the first thing I've tried on after approximately 20 other outfits, ugh! ;-0

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  4. I have a uniform of knee length skirt, tshirt, cardi. Saying that, I am experimentally wearing a jersey dress today, v comfy. Always looking for comfy shoes (feet and knee problems )tops that don't make my boobs look huge (or I worry everyone is staring at them which I'm sure they're not really). I have pretty much a whole wardrobe of dresses that are rarely worn which I am trying to incorporate into my everyday wear.

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    1. Ooh I do like a jersey dress, they are so comfortable! I have so many lovely dresses that either don't fit at the moment or I've just never had occasion to wear. Very few "throw on and go" things, which needs rectified I think!

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  5. I am pretty good at having items that work with at least one other thing in my closet, but I do have one or two stumbling blocks. Lately I have been feeling that a pair of navy or dark denim blue coloured shoes would really help. I am trying to make navy my new black. Your dream-white-skirt outfit sounds beautiful but white clothes do scare me. I will get a dirt mark or stain on it part way through the day and become obsessed with it.

    I am convinced that those fictional girls with minimalist always coordinated wardrobes only live in California and have only one season to cope with. Maybe they need to toss on a cardigan once in awhile or they own one really chic pullover sweater which is potentially an oxymoron anyhow.
    xoxo

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    1. It's funny because when I was in the sixth or seventh grade I think I can vividly remember getting this long white, sort of cowgirl style skirt (it was the 80's!) and being over the moon with it. I guess it was one of the first items of clothing that made me feel less kiddish, more grown up. And I don't think I've owned a white skirt since! (As you say, these things are best suited to California, or maybe Florida, but most definitely not Scotland!). It would be nice I think to live somewhere where you could wear almost anything year round - I do think I'd miss sweater a tiny bit, but I don't know, I get used to Florida pretty quick whenever I go!

      Dark/navy blue shoes would be a handy thing to have, I always think black shoes look a bit drab in summer. Hope you find some you like! :-) xo

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  6. Love navy. I just bought a white summer skirt, it is broderie anglaise which is apparently quite in at the moment. Not sure about how to kerp it clean though, I may never sit down!

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  7. Love that "boyfriend" shirt. Looks perfect!

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