Style Travel · August 29, 2018

Rediscovering The True Wardrobe Staples

Last week, after years of being admittedly pretty slack with planning, Joe and I paid a visit to beautiful Bordeaux in France.

Having been meaning to pay his aunt a visit for as long as we can remember, we booked flights and accommodation (alongside Joe’s sister and other half) and finally got an August holiday out there booked, and honestly? I can’t believe how long it truly took to get us out there.

After years of saying ‘we’ll definitely come!’ and life getting in the way, we had the most wonderful week in the city- and I can’t wait to fill you in on everything we got up to over the next few days- there’s a lot!

Anyway- I thought I’d start things off with one of my favourite outfits I packed with me, and something I’ve been wearing non stop (or at least until it finally cooled down last week)…

After picking up these dungarees earlier in the summer (and then convincing myself I was in fact capable of wearing them), I took them on their first outing when I saw Mamma Mia 2 a few weeks ago, and have aptly titled them my Donna Sherdian power dunga’s ever since (kind of, anyway). Meryl Streep aside though, this kind of outfit is exactly what I look for towards the end of summer- cut off denim, billowing blouses (this one which I’ve mentioned before) and a favourite pair of trainers, which I’m sure have seen me through everything from graduations, world cup celebrations and endless walking from March up until now.

As I get older, or this year at least- I’ve truly realized my wardrobe is becoming more and more made up of staple pieces that get new leases of life every year. Tea dresses that one year will be with espadrilles, and the next Reebok classics, basket bags that go from beach to city- and checked trousers that look just as cool styled with band t-shirts as they do poplin shirts and jumpers when the leaves finally start falling.

I know as a fashion blogger this doesn’t always make things as exciting as the latest Realisation dress, Topshop drop or shiny new launch- but I feel like by not looking around too much, be it on Instagram or otherwise- I’m realising a lot of the good stuff is sitting pretty in my wardrobe already, and I’m pretty sure that’s how I fell in love with fashion in the first place. The people like Alexa Chung- everyone’s one true style crush, making the basics interesting- and it’s something I vow to do more of going forward to- new is nice, but sometimes the old really is the most interesting.

(Blouse: Topshop, Dungarees: Topshop, Shoes: Superga, Bag: Clare V, Scarf: Toast, Sunglasses: Accessorize)

We took these snaps before a day of exploring the city, so stay tuned for a heap of recommendations from one of my new favourite places to visit (a return journey won’t take me so long, I promise)…



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    August 29, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    I like how you said it – “New is nice, but sometimes the old really is the most interesting”. It’s interesting to make staples look interesting. Anyone can put on a vinyl jacket and be interesting. It’s what you do with a plain ol’ jeans and tee that makes up ‘interesting’ style.
    Love this post. It has inspired me a lot!

    my blog had a facelift –

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    August 29, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    I agree with you re: shopping your own wardrobe – in fact, it often requires more creativity than just throwing on the latest must-have item.
    P.S……where did your lovely fringe go? Please say you’re not growing it out – I thought it really suited you (fellow fringey).

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    August 29, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Love these photos!x

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    August 29, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I have loved your photos from Bordeaux on Instagram! But on a fashion note, these dungarees are super cute and the perfect summer staple. They’re easy to come back to no matter what current trends are!

    Julia x
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    August 29, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    What stunning photos, especially love the vogue cover over the face one.


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    Neeltje | Thoughts in Style
    August 30, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Such a lovely look and I love the photos! X

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    August 31, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    I loved what you said about coming back to old staples and building your wardrobe with different styling options! That is definitely what we should all move towards. And I think it is much more creative to be able to style clothes in many different ways than just buy new clothes 🙂

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    September 25, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Such a great post! and so so much yes to “old” clothes. I am a huge Vintage lover and would always prefer worn over new.. many pieces have such a great history. You look fab as always <3

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