‘Help, I haven’t updated my wardrobe since before the pandemic!’ Is a sentence many clients have said to me this past year.
Sound familiar? If you haven’t updated your style since 2019 you’ll be struggling to know what to wear now it’s 2024.
More days in the office plus real life meetups and events increase the demands on your wardrobe. On top of that, you may be dealing with body shape changes, a new workplace dress code and a lifestyle shift. That’s a lot to contend with!
If you haven’t refreshed your style in a while you’re probably tired of your clothes, wear the same things on repeat and leave the house in outfits that feel ‘meh’.
A quick route to freshen up your style is to ditch dated styles and replace them with modern ones. I’m not one for following trends for trends sake, but fashion does evolve so you need to refresh your look from time to time to ensure your stay current or ‘with it’ as my Mum likes to say.
To help you avoid getting stuck in a rut, here are my top five key wardrobe pieces that will take you from 2019 to 2024:
I’ve selected these styles as they suit all body shapes, are the right side of smart casual for work and are versatile enough to dress up when socialising.
1. Ditch skinny jeans
No surprises that these get a mention. I understand why it’s hard to get rid of them as they were easy to wear but jeans shapes have moved on so much in the past five years. You might get away with the slim cut skinny jeans however the ultra skinny ripped styles should definitely be ditched.
Replace with straight or wide legged jeans
It seems anything (except skinnys) goes when it comes to jeans in 2024 from baggy to bootcut. I’ve chosen this wide leg style as its suits most figures and is a good colour for Spring.
2. Ditch loungewear
We’re all bored of loungewear, aren’t we? Of course, it has a place in our casual wardrobes but it should be ditched for any occasions except erm, lounging around.
Replace with tailoring
Tailoring is the perfect antidote to all that shapeless loungewear. It never fails to make you look pulled together and stylish. It is also flattering for all body shapes as it contours your body rather than clinging. Key styles include wide leg trousers (pictured below), blazers and waistcoats.
3. Ditch stiletto heels
Many of my clients are telling me that the formal look of high heels and a shift dress seems so out of place in offices now. This look has been replaced by a more relaxed way of dressing even in the most conservative of industries. We now know that we can be stylish AND comfortable which can only be a good thing for women. I wish the makers of The Apprentice would take note!
Replace with flats and low heels
You don’t need me to extol the virtues of flat shoes. There are a huge selection of flat shoes around and the key colour to have this season is silver. If you like to wear heels then go for a low and/or chunky heel. These Ganni slingbacks would be ideal as they are stylish, modern and the added bonus is that you can walk in them.
4. Ditch – floral midi dresses
This is a controversial one I know. By all means keep any style that you love wearing but I would advise not to invest in another floral midi. As with many huge trends the market reaches saturation point and fashion moves on. Even John Lewis has called time on this popular trend.
Replace with separates
The shift away from dresses has seen the rise in popularity of separates. Team the tailored styles that I talked about above with shirts, knits and blouses. Knitted dresses are popular with the fashion press but they aren’t for everyone as they can be clingy and hot. These knitted cardigans, however, work for most people and always look chic.
5. Ditch Crocs
Do you even need a reason? Well, in case you do here are a few reasons why Crocs aren’t good for you. Apparently the lack of arch support can cause plantar fascia, they make your feet smell (ew!) and I haven’t even mentioned crimes against style!
Replace with colourful trainers
These will add a pop of colour and coolness to any outfit. I mentioned in my recent style class* how wearing colour can instantly put you in a better mood and these will certainly do the trick. It’s a great way to embrace colour plus it’s a style you can wear now and later in Spring.
*If you missed my ‘5 ways to make your style more colourful and visible’ webinar. Drop me a message here and I’ll send you the recording.
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