Anyway, after a careful sort through, I applied what I am dubbing the 'smile test'. This meant that to make the cut, an item had to generate a genuine, spontaneous smile - as it 'I like it'. Now very importantly - do not apply logic here - just go with your 'gut feeling'.
I was left with a rather odd assortment of items frankly, and for a while was scratching my head wondering if I had totally lost it and thinking how on earth I could work with them and make outfits.
Well it wasn't so hard really. A lot of the items were simple. The ones which were not simple will be an 'accent' item to lift an outfit out of plain-ness (she fondly hopes!)
My other new watchword - 'accessories are my friend'. I didn't edit my accessories - heck no! - if I am going to survive on 10 key items (give or take a few - and this doesn't include layering t shirts / outerwear / shoes etc) - then I am going to need to be an awful lot more creative with my accessories.
I suppose it really is that old chestnut - 'shopping your wardrobe'. It's the start of a learning curve for me - but think today's cobbled together look is OK-ish...
(Excuse half finished demolition work / building sundries in the background!)
- Fairly recent Zara breton t shirt
- Very ancient (poss 10 years?) black vest style Warehouse maxi dress.
- Red Clarks flat shoes (this summer in sale)
- Old Joules beige bead necklace - bought on impulse in sale ages ago as was so cheap... and have been wondering what to wear it with ever since! Similar available online for this season
- Mulberry brown Somerset hobo bag