I cannot tell you how much I have wanted to do this blog post! I have seen it circulating the internet, particularly on TikTok for a while now (if you know who started it please let me know so I can credit them).
I mean who doesn’t love a good Pinterest scroll for some inspo, it definitely reminds me of 2014, when you’d create several Pinterest boards so you can dream of what you want your life to look at when you get older (or was that just me? hahaha).
Anyway, as you probably know by now, I have always been a big advocate for sustainable, considered shopping methods. I have written extensively on the subject over the past year and consequently, I thought this was one of the best ways to have a different perspective on my wardrobe. Trying to envisage what you already have and translating that into something that is new and exciting is extremely satisfying and fun!
I can imagine if you grab a few friends, some drinks and a free evening this could be quite a laugh!
I have chosen 5 outfits that grabbed my attention, an afternoon and some creative license, to recreate these images myself.
This outfit really stuck out to me, especially for its unique use of layering and its simplicity. I also knew I could take advantage of this as I had some variation of every item.
Making sure to select outfits that are slightly out of your comfort zone/usual style is a great way to open your mind to different styling alternatives and it makes you rethink what you already own.
I adore this outfit and the combination. I am also really glad that I have found another way to wear this dress. The overall look is comfortable and different, the perfect way to restyle something that’s been sitting in my wardrobe for a while.
All the items making up this outfit are ones I have had in my wardrobe for well over a year. Are they the most sustainable brands? No. But am I making the most out what I have and not throwing away things and creating waste? Yes!
And this is why doing such a task can be so invigorating – you really don’t need to go out shopping to create something that feels new!
I do have a recent purchase that has made its way into my wardrobe and that is a blazer. So, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to find different ways of styling it.
I loved the darker tones of this outfit and how the shape of the blazer took centre stage.
I didn’t want to reuse the dress so instead I took the colour palette and ran with it. I’ve got a black turtleneck long-sleeved top on and a black denim skirt which I have paired with my new, deep green blazer.
Like the original outfit, I made sure the silhouette of the blazer took centre stage. This was made particularly easy by having the skirt slightly shorter than the blazer so the boxy, oversized fit was more prominent.
Blazer – H&M
Skirt – Old New Look
Turtleneck – Old Primark
It is definitely an outfit I will be using again!
Now this is a classic white t-shirt and jeans moment. The reason I chose to recreate it was because of the jacket and the interesting shape of the jeans. Now I don’t have a jacket this long but I do have one that is a similar cut and colour. Additionally I have a pair of jeans that are unique in their own cut so they would be perfect for going with a similar style.
Jeans – M&S Wide cut
Jacket – Old Primark
Similarly, as the inspiration photo, I let the jeans do the talking. Pairing it with a simple white t-shirt and a longline black coat, makes for an outfit that is really easy to chuck on and go.
Having the white t-shirt match the shoes and though adding a pop of colour via the bag and some layered jewellery, means you really don’t have to overthink this one!
The only way I would change this, is through adding a longer style coat but I don’t own one and we are not about buying just because it would work better!
I think this is one of my favourite looks from this styling session. It is definitely not one I have tried before and the relaxed look of everything makes it super comfortable and laid back.
If I was to change anything, it would be to alter the cut of the jumper slightly by having it longer. But overall I am really happy with this!
This was another search that was centred around one particular item in my wardrobe, the pleather trouser. I have recently added this cream pair and wanted to push myself to create something more tailored and ‘sophisticated’.
It also incorporated the blazer so I knew this was the perfect opportunity to combine some previously used items.
I loved playing with textures for this ensemble and I feel like I did a pretty good job recreating this outfit but with items I already own.
These pleather trousers are definitely out of my comfort zone but I feel like they could quickly become a staple in my wardrobe as they are super comfy and would look great with trainers as well as boots.
I really want to find different ways of styling these boots too as heels are not something I wear often so if you want to send me some inspiration then please do.
I’ve attached my Pinterest board where all these inspiration photos (and more) are found if you too are also in need of some inspiration.
So, that is it, 5 outfits and 5 ways of putting together items in my wardrobe that I never really thought of before. They aren’t the most adventurous outfits in the entire planet and I am aware I have stuck to quite a neutral palette so if you want me to do this again but with a wider variety of items/colours then let me know!
I may or may not have filmed the process and I plan to upload it sporadically over the next week on both instagram and TikTok so if you want to watch the method behind the maddness then follow me there!
Which one is your favourite outfit? Would you change anything? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to know what you think.