Sunday, 19 March 2017

Keeping it simple: my everyday wear | The Small Desk

I've been wanting to do a post like this for a while, but I have struggled to find the time. But now, I'm sitting here on a Sunday morning with nothing to do, it felt like the perfect time.

In the past few years I've been saving a lot of my money and trying not to buy any clothes, however this isn't always the best idea as clothing can have an enormous impact on how you feel day-to-day. I think it's important to revisit your style and your wardrobe once a year and see how you can make it easier for yourself to know what to shop for with your everyday wear, and to evaluate what's missing from your wardrobe.

For years my style has been about trying lots of different things and especially when I was a teenager I experimented a lot with what worked for me. Anyone remember Punkyfish!? Ahhh dear! But now I'm almost 30 I feel I know what I like wearing the most and what I feel most comfortable and confident in and that is the good old simple T-shirt, jumper and jeans combo. As long as all three are fairly up-to-date and new I think it can look professional for work and stylish for socialising. I'm also thanking my lucky stars that trainers have made a comeback in a big way!

Makeup-wise I've tried and tested a fair few foundations over the years and the Revlon colour match foundation wins by far for me. Although I did have a wedding make-up trial recently and she used Giorgio Armani and if it wasn't so expensive I would definitely buy that! Anyway, without further ado here is how I keep it simple...


Hair: dye it every 6 months – usually a balayage

Skin: Liz Earle superskin moisturiser, unfragranced – it smells weird the first time you use it (a bit like fish), but you get used to it and I can't smell it anymore. No-one else could ever smell it. I've used lots of different moisturisers in my time and this is by far the best and worth the money.

-Revlon colour match foundation
-Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer
-Bobbi Brown shimmer brick
-Body Shop bronzer
-Maybelline lash sensational mascara

Top half
I usually keep it very simple and just wear a t-shirt and jumper, but if I'm going to an event I might wear a shirt. I've listed a few recent purchases...

This is where I'll go for a bit more detail.
Monki Floral Sweatshirt
Cos dot stitch high-neck jumper

Always stripped or plain.
ASOS stripe crew neck 
ASOS linen mix fabric

Topshop vine floral embroidered chambray shirt

Bottom half

Topshop Leigh jeans – two black pairs, one blue pair. Although I really need to invest in some new ones as these are very old now and started to look baggy...

Occasion dresses and skirts (accepted normally only wear once)
Places I would buy these from:
-Anthropologie (if in sale)


Black socks – because then you never have to pair socks ever again!


Black 60 denier tights for dresses and skirts.

New Balance trainers
These are the first trainers in a long time to not give me any blisters and I think they may have actually made me feet softer!

For occasions I often buy myself a new pair of heels from ASOS or wear my Whistles boots that I got in the sale and keep getting reheeled.

So that's it! What tips do you have for keeping it simple with everyday wear?


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