I have officially been a freelancer for 6 months on the 17th May, and bloody hell what a six months they have been! I have some truly wonderful inspiring clients, they fill my days with challenges and creativity that I simply didn’t get in my last job. I get asked a lot about my life as a freelancer, how I find clients, how I manage my time, do I watch day-time TV all day…the list goes on! So I decided that I would write a series of posts all about the wonderful world of freelance, if there is anything you want to know about by all means tweet me or comment on this post and I will do my best to cover it.
The first of the series is a fashion one, which must begin with a a confession! There are some days I work from home and I never change out of my pjs! They are rare days, but they happen, usually when it’s report day and I spend 12 hours pulling together statistics and coverage, therefore pjs and copious amounts of tea are just the right accompaniment to avoid going a little potty.
However, now that I am in my new office 3 days a week and surrounded by lovely creative types in Leeds city centre, I am embracing my wardrobe once more and falling back in love with my clothes (helped massively by the weight loss, but more of that another time)
Those who know me, or have ever laid eyes on me will know that when it comes to my clothing there is no greater shade than black, I am very much a member of the “if there was a darker colour I would wear it” camp – however I have come to the realisation that whilst black is usually best, adding a splash of something to an outfit can make all the difference.
What I have concluded is simple, a capsule wardrobe makes life infinitely easier, especially at 7am! So in this first post I am all about the classics; Jeans, Blazer, Heels, Flats and T-Shirts. Once you have these staples nailed down, adding your own flash of quirk and personality is that much easier.
The outfit is so simple, but took me an age to find all the right pieces. Having a capsule wardrobe isn’t simple about having a small amount of clothes, it’s about having classic pieces, that work well together, that stand the test of time and can take you from day to evening without any hassle.
I cannot stress enough how much easier your life will be when it comes to getting dressed, if you invest some time and a little money in a great blazer, pair of blue jeans and a comfortable mid heigh pair of heels. They go with everything, they work in meetings, for drinks or at the weekend. It took me the best part of a month to find this Zara blazer and I wear it at least 3 times a week, it is an absolute god save, dresses up jeans and flats, throws over a dress and also adds structure and shape to my outfits.
Having a curvy bod means fit is paramount, I have boobs and a big ol’ booty, this jacket works perfectly for that, single breasted, longer line with narrow lapels. If you are unsure of what the best jacket shape is for you, be brave and go in and try a load on, I genuinely tried on at least 50 jackets before finding this one. Don’t stress your jacket soul mate is out there.
The same can be said of jeans, you cannot go into any high street store now without spying a huge range of denim. Again it’s all about fit, fit, fit! Try on different shapes, although skinny are a great addition to any wardrobe, so are straight leg and boyfriend fit, depending on your body shape. Go in store, try on every pair and be honest about how they fit, feel and look!
The best part of my outfit has to be my new tote bag from handmade bag company Big Dog & Boo, based in Harrogate and owned by my incredibly talented mum, she makes a whole host of bags, including make up, lunch and across the body. This tote is part of the new range for summer, heavy duty cotton in beautiful, striking prints including my favourite, this red & white nautical one. The perfect pop of colour to an otherwise neutral outfit.
Once you have the basics, then you can add a little twist, my capsule wardrobe twist comes in the form of awesome T-shirts that make me smile. Case in point this absolute beauty from Primark that I snapped up over the weekend. The rest of the outfit is just like before, but this time with a flash of my childhood, I loved the Teenage Ninja Turtles, you can imagine my delight when I found out they were making a new version, meaning the shelves of high-street stores are awash with retro style t-shirts.
Next up in this series; Top 5 Freelance Tools, Building a Freelance Portfolio, Staying Inspired & Top 5 Ways to Embrace The Freelance Lifestyle – if there is anything else at all that you want to know, just comment below and I will add it to the list of posts!
Would also love to hear from you about your capsule wardrobes, what are your favourite wardrobe staples?