The idea for "The Rack" came to me when I was watching some of my favourite Youtube influencers Spring/Autumn look book videos for the new season. I loved the way that they put together their "basics" or "capsule" wardrobes for the in-between seasons, showing the key pieces they believe you needed to have, to be not only stylish, but on trend and weather appropriate. However, most of these videos were very lengthy, and were mainly directed at those living in the Northern Hemisphere. Which I am not. To add to this, a lot of these videos mixed high street with high end pieces, which for most of us non-famous bloggers and normal people, is not exactly realistic at this point in our lives. And so, "The Rack" was born.
This is my first go at fashion writing - I love writing, I love fashion, but for some reason I have always hesitated actually putting together a piece about the two, for one main reason - I don't want to be judged. Judged for my fashion sense, judged for the amateur nature of the whole thing... the list goes on. But I have decided to take a leap.
Hence, the first edition of "The Rack". A seasonal edit of what pieces I believe everyone needs in order to update their wardrobe, from essentials and basics to statement pieces. This is not extensive, the first rendition of this edit is a 'working wardrobe' - there are still pieces that I need to purchase, and I know that my taste will change next season. So bare with me.
PS. not every edition will be this lengthy!
What's on The Rack - Autumn 2017
This Autumn it's all about bringing back the 1980s, and injecting colour and pattern into your wardrobe. On this edition of the rack, I have kept it simple, using basic pieces - jeans, t-shirts and jackets to adapt this wearable and fun trend. By stripping it all back and using these wardrobe essentials to spice up outfits from casual wear to evening wear, you avoid investing too much on the trends in statement pieces that will be 'out' next season.
Leather and Denim:
My favourite materials making my favourite things - jackets and jeans. Jackets and jeans are worth investing in because they aren't necessarily seasonal, and they are what I call 'style' pieces - they aren't necessarily on trend or off trend, they are just always 'in'. For the past couple of seasons and I am sure for the next few, vintage and distressed denim has been flooding my Instagram feed, and I am simply obsessed. The 'preloved' style makes every outfit look less try-hard and more lived-in, and also makes everything more comfortable. Anti-fit, frayed, Mom style, acid wash, over-sized - which ever way you incorporate it, it can be used to create endless looks. A leather biker jacket is the perfect friend for the vintage denim trend - toughing up any outfit, and can be taken into the evening, worn with dresses and skirts for a more formal look.
Bold and Bright Basics:
Logo t-shirts, statement jumpers, pinks, reds, and monochromatic turtle necks. These pieces are cheap, they are versatile, easy to style and very accessible. Have a look inside any high street retailer, such as Zara, Topshop or General Pants Co., and they will be flooded with these pieces. Pick up a t-shirt or five and you're in business for the whole week. Plus they are all super comfortable and warm too!
Polkadots and Gingham:
I personally am yet to actually own any gingham, as I am waiting for the perfect skirt to slide onto my Instagram feed. However, polkadot patterns in girly, frilly styles, I do own. I never thought I would, but I do. Popular brands such as Realisation Par and SIR the Label are producing polkadot-like styles in every colour and shape, and every It Girl is wearing them. If you want to go for a cheaper option, stores like Zara and Topshop are your best bet.
My favourite accessory trends for this season are hoop earrings with a twist and space themed jewellery. Be bold and wear thicker, bigger hoops, or layer smaller ones with big constellation pieces. If you can't already tell, earrings are my favourite accessory and the only type of jewellery I really wear, so prepare yourself for many other earring updates in the future.
OK, that was probably one of the most time consuming posts I have ever written. My sincere apologies for the length of this edition, but I had no choice but to introduce "The Rack" to you all in my usual, very descriptive and lengthy fashion. I hope this first trial isn't as cringe as I think it is, please feel free to contact me with any feedback or ideas!