For the record…
I don’t claim to be a fashionista or guru of any kind. My “style” is very casual and relaxed, consists mostly of earthy tones and the last time I wore a pair of heels was at my wedding (which were promptly removed and replaced with trainers). So you wouldn’t look at me on the street and turn your head because of an outfit I was wearing.
However, I don’t like to be boring either. I tend to go for safe clothes and put my own spin on them in another way. So I thought it would be fun to put together a little list of this to help you add your own personality to your style, without breaking the bank!
I love pins and badges, even the odd patch. It takes me back to my “punky” days. I bought a plain denim jacket a while ago with the intention of adding a tonne of pins to it. I’m still working on my collection, but they’re so easy to come by and you can get so many weird and wonderful ones that it’s easy to inject your personality into something plain.
You can add them to a bag, a hat, a jacket… anywhere that isn’t going to cause you discomfort. You wouldn’t want anything sharp to stick into you! I have a few places I like to get mine from, but one of my favourites is Old English Co. They’ve got some really cute ones and are quirky and very “on trend” with a rose gold theme to many of them. They’ve also got a competition going on at the moment too, so get involved and win yourself a set of their heart pins!
Studded belts will always be near and dear to my heart from when I was younger. I wore them when they weren’t cool and now they’re everywhere. When I team up a belt with jeans or culottes I feel like there’s a little more of ‘me’ added into the fray. You can use them to jazz up something casual, cinch in a waist or transform it completely by adding a corset belt. Thick, thin, plain or colourful… there’s a belt for everyone’s tastes and personality.
Whether it’s genuinely sunny outside, you’re having a makeup-free day or hiding a hangover… sunglasses come in all sorts of weird and wonderful styles. You can keep it safe with a wayfarer or aviator for an understated edge, or be bold with shape and colour and channel you’re inner Dame Edna. They’re fun, in abundance and affordable. Play around with what suits you and gather a little collection so you’re armed with few to switch it up and match your mood.
I never used to be that bothered by hats. I’d maybe throw on a beanie in the winter time, but other than that they never really called to me. But you can’t deny that they can really make an outfit. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes; you can keep it toned down or add a pop of colour.
I have a black felt hat I acquired some time ago, it’s got tiny unicorns and stars around the middle and it’s so cool. That’s me all over! It’s very subtle, but there’s an injection of what I love in that hat. It’s one of my favourite things! I might have to bust it out now we’re getting some sun. But if you’re like me and have a tiny head, make sure you’ve secured it with pins so you don’t lose it in the wind!
This is a no-brainer, and you really can’t go wrong. Fun jewellery is your best friend. Just throw on a few stackable rings and a choker and you’ve added some personality already. I have to peel myself away from the stands if I make the mistake of going into a shop. You can show off your elegant side, darker side, colourful side, whatever you want. The options are endless and there’s so much to choose from. Personally, I like my chokers and big statement necklaces.
If I think of anything else I’ll add them to my list. But these are the things I have in my armoury to put a bit of myself into otherwise plain attire. It doesn’t have to be big and in your face, I like to do it because I feel more comfortable. Literally, something as simple as a quirky pin makes can reflect you a little and that may be enough!
If you have anything you can think of, let me know in the comments below!
Until next time ♡
☆ This is a collaboration with Old English Co. and contains affiliate links ☆