Friday, 3 February 2012

Three Way's To Wear...

This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while now and I hope it will become a regular feature on Hip Shapes and Bristol Fashion.  I came up with the idea when I was pulling together the post about this maxi skirt.   I mentioned then, that I will only buy something new, if I know it will go with at least three other items I’ve got back at home.  Well ‘Three Ways’ to Wear’ is an extension of this.   Some weeks I’ll illustrate three ways to wear a key item and others will focus on a particular trend.  I love the challenge of pulling together looks and outfits using the same item of clothing and proving to you that you don’t need to have an extensive collection of clothes to create countless outfits…just some imagination and a pair of fresh eyes.

As a personal stylist I’ve been through so many wardrobes and while they’re all so different from each other (one of the many things I love about my job is the variety), there are a couple of things that I see again and again.  The first is there are always at least three or four items hanging in the wardrobe un-worn with the labels still on and the other, is that some items are only ever worn a few times and in the same way.  

I want this regular feature to inspire people to experiment more with their wardrobe, to be more creative and not to be afraid to try something new.   As well as this, I’m hoping it will force me to put the time aside to regularly look at my own wardrobe, something that I’ve enjoyed doing with the challenges I’ve done, but that normally comes last after all my clients wardrobes. (On that note, I still want to do more challenges, so if you have one for me, then get in touch!).  So, what do you think? 

Well, if you like the idea then here’s my first post...
Three ways to wear a blouse.

1. Blouse from Monsoon, jeans from Donna Ida, shoes from NW3 and vintag broach
2.Blouse and jeans as before, shoes from Ash, vintage belt, cardigan from Hennes.
3. Jumper from Zara, skirt from Joy, shoes from Dune.
I’m a huge fan of blouses; I find them such a versatile item and perfect for layering.  This one is from Monsoon Fusion, a make that’s recently caught my eye.  I love the colour and the cute heart print (which surprises me as I’m not normally drawn to clothes or jewellery with hearts).  The first outfit is fairly simple, I’ve paired the blouse with a pair of skinny jeans and heels.  I love the shape of the top so I’ve kept the rest of the outfit fairly simple.  I really like the collar and the little bow round the neck so thought I’d try to make a feature of it by adding the broach. 

My second outfit is much more of an everyday look.  It’s a bit blurry, but I’m wearing my leather trainers by Ash with jeans and have tucked the top in, finishing it off with a studded belt and cardi.

And finally, I’m wearing the blouse under this crochet jumper with a skirt and flats.  The collar works quite well around the neckline of the jumper and I like the way you can see a little bit of green through the holes.  I think my favourite look is the middle one, what about you?

12 comments:

daisychain said...

My favourite is look three...I'm a sucker for blouses tucked in to skirts!

AVY said...

I like the one to the right too.


/ Avy
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Anonymous said...

I love your blog Niki. Jane introduced me to it and I'm hooked! I now follow the 'at least 3 things' rule. Excellent advice.

Since having Wynstan I've had a major clear out of my wardrobe and need inspiration for a new look. Your blog really helps.

Thank you

Love Steph x

Niki said...

Thanks Laura x

Niki said...

Hey Avy, thanks for the comment :)

Niki said...

Hey Step, so plesed you like my blog! How's little Wynstan? Have fun building your new wardrobe, just ask if you want some help xx

SJP said...

Love the concept, love that photo! I try to think of three occasions I could wear a potential new piece of clothing to before buying, which I guess is similar, but I'm also susceptible to the odd impulse buy... and yes, have decided to keep all of last weekend's haul : )

Niki said...

Hey SJP, that's great! Glad you decided to keep everything I'm sure they'll become wardrobe staples. Thinking of three occasions you can wear an item is a great piece of advice, will have to try that next time I'm tempted :) x

Anonymous said...

He good thanks! Thanks very much, just seen an amazing vivienne westwood dress i like,not sure it classes as baby friendly sadly and is £298 xxx

Jules M said...

This 3 ways tip has always been my rule for buying something!! If i can think of 3 different ways to wear the item then it will be part of my closet. It's a good rule! My favorite is the first outfit :)

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Niki said...

Hey Jules, thanks! I love the photography on your blog. I'm trying to improve mine with each post, x

Niki said...

Hey Steph, the dress sounds awesome!!! Not baby friendly tho :( I love Vivienne Westwood's dresses, bet it will look fab on you :) xx