Being a freelance stylist means I’ve had privy to many a wardrobe in Britain and abroad. I sieve through clients wardrobes, decluttering and giving them my humble advice. I say ‘giving’, because they are paying clients, who have asked for my advice on style and Fashion. So when fellow fashion blogger Karen (N4mummy), called to suggest that we do a styling shoot from each others wardrobes, I thought hmmm…- great idea! but how do you style someone who already has style….
A telephone call, back in December, evolved from a social call, to discussing the after Christmas sales, to not being able to hit the sales (again perils of being a freelancer),to sustainability and to reworking what we had in our wardrobes. So we set the dates, making sure that no kiddywinks would be around to distract, and I popped along to North London to nose through her wardrobe, for a photo shoot inspiration.
The whole purpose of this exchange, was not to come up with trendy outfits, but to actually reconsider what was in our wardrobes, come up with new outfits we hadn’t thought of ourselves,that and then do a mini photo shoot.
On the day, I sieved through Karen’s wardrobe, shoes and Accessories, and asked her to pick out 3 items of clothing that she no longer wore, or had not worn in a very long time. She put a big pile on the bed, using my request as a prompt to pick out clothes she had been meaning to donate to charity, post pregnancy. In the end, we settled on 3 pieces of clothing, and I built 3 outfits from these pieces.
Snap shot of Karen’s wardrobe.
Awwww… what we chomped on and talked about in between picking outfits. (a little persons Pombear snacks; whether to use Karen’s camera, or my iPhone for pictures; this magazine, and the wooden table , because I love wood) – of course we talked about other things too…..*-*. PS I must apologise in advance, because I couldn’t get the hang of Karen’s camera, and the light was fading fast, I used the phone. However, some of the pictures turned out a bit dark. Apologies! Anyway, more to the matter at hand..
The Bridesmaid Dress
Yep, I have one of these in my wardrobe too. Always a dilemma, as to where or how else to wear them, apart from weddings. I thought it would be fun to get Karen wearing this dress more often and not to another wedding.
A few trial and errors later, and viola, this ensemble appeared. I paired this very feminine bridesmaid dress, with skinny black denim, a biker jacket, a scarf, smart black flat shoes, bangles, a beautiful beaded clutch bag and a pop of red lipstick.
Karen, Never, wears a head scarf, so I thought it would be nice to show her another way to wear her regular scarves that normally go over her shoulders.
Throwing a black biker jacket over the dress, makes the outfit more edgy, and less feminine.
Having the sleeves and collar of the jacket up, gives the outfit an attitude.
The fitted denim will allow Karen to free carefree in this dress, and the zip detail ties in nicely with the biker jacket.The black pattern shoes also create a nice contrast the black denim.
I threw on a variety of bangles, including her pearl necklace, which I wrapped round her wrist a few times, and this beautiful little clutch bag.
Statement Stud Earring for interesting detail.
Great Outfit for press day events, socialising or date night with the hubby.
This monochrome top is such a simple, yet interesting piece. Sometimes, less is more, and to create an outfit from this, I thought the attention to detail is what would make it stand out.
I started with a simple loose plait in Karen’s Hair. She normally, wears her hair down or in a loose bun. I added her Tada & Toy star stud earring (which she bought from the Birmingham clothes road show, whilst we were there in December).
The little details on the sleeve really popped when I paired it with a burgundy waist coat, which we borrowed from her husbands’ side of the wardrobe. It was only a small section, mind you, most of the clothes in that wardrobe belonged to Karen!
Borrowed waist coat, from hubby’s side of wardrobe!
A long simple silver necklace and neural colour on the lips.
I paired the monochrome top, with High waisted denim, that Karen had not worn in ages. Again, attention to details makes this outfit simple yet individual.
A simple but practical clutch to tie in the outfit.
The tread bare bottoms of jeans, give it a shabby chick look, whilst her neutral sling back shoes tidy up the outfit elegantly.
Karen gets two outfits in one here – waist coat on, – one outfit. Waist coast off – second outfit.
Delicate black slip dress
Karen is a yummy mummy Blogger, which makes her a busy chick! I thought it would be helpful to put together an outfit that she can quickly throw on without much thought, but still look stylish and effortless. This slip dress is great for that, it requires no ironing, and has pretty lace details at the bottom hems.
I rummaged through her sock drawer, and found these funky sparkly grey socks. Well, I found one, and Karen went looking for the other, in another room.
A bit more rummaging through her hubby’s side of the wardrobe produced, this over sized burgundy shirt, which makes a nice contrast to black and the lace.
…and even more rummaging through his accessories drawer (well she rummaged, and showed me what was in there , just in case hubby reads this post .. hehe) produced this Ronnie Scott’s cuff link, which I put through a button hole.
I rolled up the over sized sleeves, because Karen’s Hubby is 6 ft something, and she, petite. The shirt works as an oversized shirt/light weight jacket.
The gold chain compliments this simple outfit.
I thought this coral bag added instant colour pop! Great outfit for dropping off a little person at nursery in the morning, then popping along to meet friends or running Bloggers’ errands.
WELL, It was fun hanging out, catching up, and picking out new outfits for Karen. We also horsed around for the first time with the Periscope App and managed to capture some on it on Video. Thanks to all those who tuned in live, to watch. Feel free to follow me on Periscope, as I will be doing alot more beauty and fashion vlogs from now on. (My profile name on Periscope is – @bunmiabidogun)
NEXT WEEK, Karen gets to come round to mine, to do the same thing. I’ll keep you posted…
Happy Frugal January.