It's been quite a while since I last wrote...but, it goes without saying that I am very excited for this new season of G&C. I have always loved designing both timeless and on-trend outfits. But due to either lack of inspiration, discouragement, exhaustion, motherhood, wife-life, or what have you, I just haven't been able to get myself going until this week. It's been almost a year since I've done any real styling. But it feels so good to be back.
I'm not sure exactly when the styling bug bit me, but over the last few weeks, I've been feeling really overwhelmed by my closet. I only own things that I really really like, but I like quite a lot. And I was feeling like I wasn't getting enough wear out of the things I enjoyed wearing the most. So I began playing around with how I could wear some of my favorite items all year long. And so this idea of "Seasonal Style" was birthed.
A lot of times, there are things like seasonal capsule wardrobes, or a very minimalist year-round capsule wardrobe, but I personally don't like the idea of only getting to wear certain things that I love, for only a season. And where I live, it is too much of a drastic temperature change during the course of the year, for me to keep only a small amount of clothes to ALWAYS wear. I needed to find a way to wear the things that I really enjoy as often as possible. Three to all four seasons, if possible. So I began playing around with things I really enjoyed and here we are. I hope it inspires your closet creations as much as it has inspired mine.
Now, before I continue there is something I want y'all to know. It's something that is vital to know in all that I do. Style, fashion, wardrobes, etc are not life. For me they are an enjoyable part of life, and I'm grateful for the creativity the Lord has given me in this sphere. But all of these things are wasting away. I want to enjoy the talents God has given me. But the things of eternity are what truly matter, and I desire to invest a majority of my time into those things. If God has given me talents that do not necessarily carry into eternity, then when I do take part in pouring into that, I want to create those things to be a catalyst that will point others to Him.
Okay, so now that you know where I am coming from, let us continue.
I, personally, am a lover of anything that is feminine. I love skirts, dresses, flowy material, floral print, gold, you get what I'm saying. So when I was going through my closet, searching for some items that would be appropriate for all seasons, I came across this fun patterned wrap skirt. I purchased it last year on ThreadUP (if you haven't checked out the world's largest online thrift store, you must do it).
It was an easy choice, a great length for spring and summer, and a great material for fall and winter, but all in all, it is comfortable year round. It has a neutral pattern that doesn't scream any specific time of year as floral or some other specific prints sometimes does.
It is very important to pick seasonally-appropriate fabrics to accompany whatever the focal point may be. In my case, it is a skirt. Picking the right fabric is a very important detail. And it's vital when creating a wardrobe that works year-round. Cotton, silk, viscose, and polyester blends are great go-to's for all seasons. Leather, linen, and tweed are usually more associated with specific times of year based on their ability to warm or cool. Leather can be versatile, but I personally tend to wear it more in the cooler months, while sticking to breathable materials in warmer temperatures.
Mixing fabrics and textures also adds great dimension to a look. Metals, a leather jacket, a woven belt, canvas bag, a graphic tee, straw hats, a wool hat, black tights or leggings, vegan leather over the knee boots, are my go-to's and I've found all of them to make great additions to any outfit depending on the season. Of course, depending on your own personal style you have to choose what accessories you would wear the most. And once you have them, you can use them to make one piece of clothing become completely seasonally appropriate.
Has this helped just a bit, to get that creative ball rolling? In this video, I show a few quick trick to creating the looks above using just a belt or a clear hair tie.
Be sure to let me know if this has given you some new ideas for extending your wardrobe into multiple seasons. I love hearing from you!