Some of you already know Liverpool UK blogger Jane from The Small Fabric of My Life as she journeyed through a year of working her wardrobe without going shopping. Here she shares her stylish thoughts.
What is the secret to great style?
This has been a lifelong quest and my blog was part of that. I used to think it was all about knowing dressing rules and your body shape and dressing accordingly. However, now I think it is a little about knowing those rules but much more about inner confidence and intuition.
What is the one thing you would spend a lot of money on?
I covet a Mulberry bag.
Tops and t-shirts – anything that needs washing a lot.
Flat or mid-height shoes, sunglasses, great hair and layers while avoiding jeans and anything that crumples. And avoid beige. Look at pics of Jennifer Anniston leaving and arriving at airports – she has it sussed.
What’s the secret to looking polished?
Don’t have four kids! I am still working on that. However, newly-washed hair, manicures and pedicures (in summer) are essential.
How do you balance new trends with a more timeless look?
I pick trends that work best with my body. I have good shoulders, arms and waist. However, I have short chunky legs and my ample chest can be a blessing or a curse. The check-list is:
What is your current obsession?
I am looking for a pair of high, edgy court shoes that will be comfortable to wear all day. I have tried on hundreds of pairs but am still looking.
Jennifer Anniston. I love her sense of smart casual style with a smattering of red carpet thrown in. I love her hair and body shape. She is a similar age to me and I kid myself that I would have had her life had I not married for love and had four kids. But of course I wouldn’t swap everything I have for the hair, the body, the clothes……. Well, maybe for just one day!
What’s your secret to making yourself stand out?
The one piece of advice most women need but don’t get?
It is not what you wear but how you wear it – your inner confidence is the key.
What are your favourite websites
I started style blogging in 2008 after stumbling across Wardrobe Oxygen (http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ ) and realised ordinary women could look stunning. At the same time I was trying to save money and find my style after investing the energy of my 20s and 30s to babies and toddlers and work. I set up www.workthatwardrobe.blogspot.com as a pledge to experiment and not spend any money on clothes for a year. I had great fun “dressing up”; making some hideous choices and accidentally finding what worked for me. After that I started my current blog, The Small Fabric of My Life to continue my style quest, document my dailywear and add in a little of my career as a freelance writer and teacher.
It is difficult to pick out my favourite blogs but most are listed on my blogroll. However, if I had to single out the five that are most influential to me they would be:
1. Inside Out style – Imogen’s comprehensive encyclopaedia of style. https://insideoutstyleblog.com/
2. My Everyday Wear – Lorena won my first Capsule Wardrobe Competition in 2009 and I have been impressed with her style ever since.
3. What I Wore Today – Kasmira is the queen of thrift and style.
4. Chic on The Cheap – LyddieGal always looks fabulous and I love the way she is not afraid to try things out. Great photographer too.
5. Sheila – for her quirky confident sense of style. http://sheilaephemera.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Aniston for all of the above and Lulu and Kylie Danni Minogue because they are a similar height (and all 40+) and always look stunning.