I started reading Hayley Morgan aka The Tiny Twig's blog during her 31 Day No Brainer Wardrobe series back in 2011.
The series is well worth a look as is the book that came out of it: The No Brainer Wardrobe. And so is her latest project - an ethical line of children's clothing - Wildly Co - that she's currently looking to fund.
She gives lots of good advice and all with a really positive attitude to what can be the very depressing subject of getting dressed!!
I especially wanted to recommend it today as for the last two weeks we've been talking about translating inspirations into real clothes.
Hayley is really big on this. She's a fan of Pinterest and gives lots of helpful examples of turning inspirations into real clothes for real life. Like this one:
She runs through this outfit explaining that:
1. She picks out the main components of it: t.shirt, knitted waistcoat with shawl collar, wide belt and black trousers.
2. She finds things in her wardrobe that emulate it: leggings as she doesn't have black trousers, grey t.shirt, the waistcoat although it's a bit longer.
She says: "You see, it's all about the spirit of the outfit... not the exact match." which is exactly what I've been trying to say and I hope you're starting to see.
For more examples, buy the book! Here's the testimonial I wrote that's on 'The No Brainer Wardrobe' website:
I have read so many books about all things to do with clothes but I found 'The No Brainer Wardrobe' like a breath of fresh air. It simplifies something so many of us over complicate without taking away the creative element of having a unique style. In fact, Hayley suggests really practical ways you can identify your personal taste and convert it into a real wardrobbe for real life. Unlike other books, it encouraged me that having a wardrobe that works for all occasions is within reach and that getting and maintaining it can actually be straightforward and fun.
(Just so you know - I get no remuneration for recommending any of this).