White pants 5 ways - Part 1 (Colour blocking)

It's quite common to see blogger's wearing various outfits, barely re-using items.  Maybe it's due to being caught up in trying to be fresh (I'm guilty of this too), but it's a double edged sword. I mean how many people really don't re-wear their clothes?  Who can afford to live like that?  So I decided to create a series that I will be doing from time to time focusing on one item, worn different ways. After all our wardrobes need to be versatile and be realistically based.

In addition to the 're-wear' reasoning, there are two other prominent motivations behind this series.  I thought this a good opportunity to show you what I consider when I shop. Foremost I ask myself 'do I have existing items in my wardrobe that it will go with', 'how many outfits can I make with the item' and 'when will I have the opportunity to wear it'?  When you start assessing items like this, styling becomes easier and the liklihood of maximising wear increases.  You will notice that the possibilities to mix and match items becomes exponential so much more so than if you merely purchase an item because you like it.  My old purchasing decisions were based on what caught my eye at the time, but none of my purchases went together, or were lifestyle inappropriate (I was easily distracted from reality by all the pretty things).  I had a jam packed wardrobe and was flat out making an outfit!  It sounds ridiculous but it's true. So this is what I do to keep me on track.

The last point worthy of mentioning is the benefit of investing in even a few mid-high end items.  Ones that are able to be on high rotation.  I personally buy quality over quantity (most of the time), due to durability.  This provides better cost per wear than buying a cheap copy which will no doubt fall apart or look shabby after short usage and cost you more in the long run of buying repeatedly. Mid-high end is more justifiable and relevant when buying things which are multifunctional and fit with many items. Also, they tend to hold better value too.  I'm an avid re-seller so this is important to me as it provides me with income to purchase new items.

I've tried to keep to more simplistic styled outfits throughout this series.  The kind of looks that can easily be replicated with similar items in your wardrobe, if you are in any way inspired by the outfits. I hope you enjoy the series.


Inspiration - Colour blocking



Photographs by Tom


What I'm wearing:
Karen Walker mustard wool coat (old)
  Isabel Marant 'Poppy' heels (old)


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21 comments:

  1. Those Poppy heels are gorgeous! How I wish I could wear white pants! I need only look a white piece of clothing and it'd get dirty! Oh, and I want to snuggle in that sweater, glorious colour too!

    xx

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    1. I used to be like that too with white. The only problem I have now is with random fluff getting stuck to it or if you wear a coloured new top/sweater there is always the risk of colour transfer. I'm being a bit cautious with these white pants since they are my new favourites. Cross fingers they go the distance and remain white. I'm hopeful :)

      The sweater is honestly gorgeous! It's my first Chinti and Parker item and I'm so impressed with the quality.

      Have a great day and thanks for stopping by
      xx

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  2. I think this is a great series Mandi. I wish more fashion/style bloggers did similar things, often they create too much of a false image. I've been looking for a mustard coloured coat and yours is so perfect. I'm loving your hair too! I've actually been thinking a lot about you. I got your message but honestly, everyone has been so supportive and kind I really don't know what to say. Last week was the inaugural Canberra fashion festival, it was so much fun - I thought about you each day it was on and how you would have loved it! Maybe you can come over for it next year! (In case you're curious about the Canberra fashion scene here is the link to the posts I did on it http://vanishaslife.blogspot.com.au/search/label/FashFestCanberra)

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    1. Your photo's of the event are brilliant. You look gorgeous! Please give me a heads up for next year. I may just make my way to you for the event. What a perfect excuse for a catch up too! Glad to hear you are doing ok. xx

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  3. oh mandi this is a super cute outfit, the combination of colours are really inspiring me. have a great week ahead! x

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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  4. Beautiful outfit! I'm always scared to buy white pants, I think they would get dirty immediately.
    Nicole
    www.younglovestyle.blogspot.com

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  5. Such a great idea and I look forward to your other combinations. This one, I like a lot, so stylish. By the way, I ask myself the same questions when I buy new clothing. :) Oh, and I love your hair like this! Gorgeous! xx Kayin

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  6. Mandi, this outfit is seriously chic. I've never thought of putting such a dressed up spin on a textured sweater. I'm inspired!!!

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  7. great look, I really like the shoes!

    Love,
    Becky

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  8. Really like the mustard and red together! Such a nice colourful outfit :)

    I know exactly what you mean about buying things just because they catch your eye - I'm sure that's the reason I ended up hunting through my wardrobes (oh yes more than 1!!!!) trying to find a nice plain block colour top last night. Was almost impossible. I need to think about what I need when I shop rather than buying what looks good at the time!

    Away From Blue

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  9. Such a fresh combinations with those warm colours!



    www.style-chameleon.com

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  10. I love this outfit and I find what you said really interesting... I am actually completely guilty of photographing pieces more than once- but hey, that is real life.

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  11. I'm in love with your coat, Mandi, it's adorable. xoxo

    www.rockandfrock.com

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  12. I love all of the ideas! Amazing post sweety!

    xoxo
    http://tfd-thefashiondistrict.blogspot.nl/

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  13. I indeed love your words... First let me tell you how fun and helpful is it to see how one reuses items. It does provide a different perspective. And I am definitely learning how to stop spending on low quality items. I have so many times learn my lesson that in the long run it does pay off to spend more in order to build up a qualify wardrobe...

    and love your outfit and your haircut! xo

    www.azrakunworld.com

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  14. such chic girl i love the combo !
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  15. I love this color combination. Very cool.

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  16. Lovely look dear! :) Your shoes are so pretty! *

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  17. Anonymous7.5.13

    You mentioned that you are an avid reseller. I am keen to start doing the same. Where do you think is the best place to do this? eBay?

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    1. Yes I sell on eBay. I tend to do huge wardrobe clean outs and list all of my items at once. It seems to get more interest when people look at other items you have listed at the same time rather than just relying on search results. It's a great way to in a way 'recycle' money

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  18. Still in love with those red poppy heels...one day I will find some in my size on Ebay (I keep telling myself)!
    www.twofortheshowblog.com

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