The multi-occasion top
Last week I posted the picture below on my Instagram and mentioned my love of a 'multi-occasion top'. In short, a top that can be worn casually with friends for lunch OR jazzed up with wedges for a date. Now more than ever I try and think about the phrase 'price per wear' when I shop. Spending more money on items I'm going to get the most wears out of and less on something I might wear once or twice.
Since I've stopped working I've really had to change how I shop. I used to be drawn to smarter items, things I could wear in the buying office or out in the evenings. My mindset had been like that for years and even after having Bella I still shopped this way. My birthday is a few weeks after Bella's and last year, just after she was born I was given vouchers. Looking back I went out and spent my money on some really lovely items which sadly I haven't got much wear out of. I soon realised I was better off investing in more casual garments that are of course still on trend. This season I am really buying into embroidery, frill and bow detailing. I applied this mindset at Christmas, rather than spending my gift vouchers on jazzy dresses and a pair of heels I bought a Parka and some chunky flat military boots that I wore pretty much every day up until spring. SO going back to price per wear, those boots cost about £100 but I probably wore them 100 times so they cost me £1 per wear. But if I'd bought a pair of heels for £100 I'd probably have worn them 4 times max in that timespan and so they would have cost me £25 per wear. When you think about your clothes in this way it can really change how you shop.
Both tops below are great examples of this, did I mention I am buying into embroidery this season?! I bought the one below from Zara (sold out now) and I have worn it to death, It really has been a staple of my spring wardrobe.
The one below is shock horror also from Zara. Both these tops show Zara's amazing capability to translate the catwalk to the highstreet at lightening speed. Between these tops they have been to a house party, dinner, lunch, a festival and the English national Ballet! Tops for all occasions!
See below some other ideas I've seen online that fit the bill and can be dressed both down and up where necessary, I think number one HAS to be my favourite!
Always remember to think about how you are shopping when you have a life style change. Or maybe you are moving from a really formal working environment to a more casual one, but still always go for much smarter items? Before heading to the tills or clicking 'buy' online try and imagine where you might wear an item, and if you can only think of one occasion (unless it's a really special one) then maybe put the item back.