Wear your wardrobe

Outfit - Breton top, jeans, Cambridge satchel

I think I’m right in assuming you like to shop but would you admit your must-haves and payday treats often end up buried and forgotten? Mine do. So when Voucher Codes asked me to take part in their smarter shopping challenge, Wear Your Wardrobe, I jumped at the chance. They’d surveyed British women and found that on average we have 3 never-worn items in our wardrobes (ahem): my brief was to dig out mine and style them using 3 new, versatile pieces bought with an £80 budget. So, here’s what I got!

1. The Breton top

I’ll never, never, never stop loving the Breton. Since my favourite was ruined last summer (a clumsy waiter/red wine incident) I’ve been looking for the perfect replacement. I’ll be able to throw this on with full skirts, shorts, chinos…anything. It’s worn here with jeans bought 2-years ago and never worn before.

What I’m wearing: Muji Breton top c/o Voucher Codes (£29 reduced to £20.30) | Bershka bootcut jeans (old) | Tiffany & Co. bracelet (gift from my man) | Cambridge Satchel via Urban Outfitters | charity shopped Dangelis shoes | MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo worn with Burt’s Bees Red Dahlia Tinted Lip Balm*

Outfit close up - Breton top, Cambridge Satchel, Tiffany & Co. bracelet

2. The black wedges

I’m a fan of comfort (don’t judge me) so go-with-anything black wedges have been on my agenda for years. Below I’m wearing them with an M&S skirt and Oasis top, both of which I bought a few months ago but haven’t worn before, but I’ll been wearing them with trousers and jeans too.

What I’m wearing: Clarks wedges c/o Voucher Codes (£44.99 reduced to £35.99 using a voucher code) | M&S pencil skirt and faux-pearl earrings*| OASIS top | No7 Wild Volume lipstick in Gay Geranium

Outfit - Spotty M&S pencil skirt, green OASIS top, strappy Clakrs sandals/wedges

3. The full skirt

Yes, more stripes (what can I say, I’m a fan)! I’ve had this top for ages but although I love it I rarely wear it; my only explanation is that it’s a bitch to iron. The shoes are a bargain I got from Century 21 (the famous NYC discount store) 2-years ago. The reason they rarely see the light of day is more clear: the only other time I wore then I ended up with blisters and that was on a sat-down-all-night cinema/dinner date with my bff – but I still love them!

What I’m wearing: ASOS skirt c/o Voucher Codes (£35 reduced to £24.50) | Lex.i.con top via TK Maxx (old) | Bongo shoes via Century 21 (old) | charity shop belt | No7 Wild Volume lipstick in Gay Geranium

Outfit - ASOS striped-skirt, blue top, brown sandals and belt

For (a smidgeon over) £80 I’ve managed to plug some gaping holes in my wardrobe with good quality pieces I’m sure I’ll get lots of wear out of. Happy, happy, happy!

You can find the outfits created by the other challenged bloggers by looking for #vcukwearyourwardrobe on Twitter.  I’m keen to hear if this has inspired you to rummage through your own long-forgotten buys so make sure you use the tag and/or leave a comment if you share any similar posts/Twitpics/Instagram photos!

Thanks to Voucher Codes for asking me to take part in this challenge – it was super-fun and I’ve had a bit of an education too!

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  • http://www.fashiondotty.com Sarah

    What a super idea! I’m a big fan of mixing up my wardrobe. I always love a Breton top too, and amazingly bootcut jeans are starting to look fresh to me again – something I didn’t think I’d be saying for a long time.

  • http://hallovalerie.blogspot.com Valerie

    Gosh, I probably have more than three items that I hardly wear. It’s a good idea to wear them and put them to good use! You have some lovely pieces :)

  • http://memoirmode.com Kylie

    Oh wow you look stunning in all of these photos, you should upload to to the lookbook sites. Oh dear, I def have more than 3 unworn items x

  • http://www.dressupwithlola.com Lola

    Breton tops are my fail safe items, I’m ALWAYS in them. I actually buy them in bulk when I spot a good one! It is good to know that there are so many women who have items that they have never worn, makes me feel marginally better about all the clothes I have stuffed away at back of closet, still waiting to be made use out of! x

  • http://sarahbetty.co.uk Sarah Betty

    Oh you look so pretty here. You really suit stripes and love you in this outfit.

    Sarah Betty xx

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  • http://adornlafemme.blogspot.com lauren

    I like the middle one the best!


  • http://www.chiaweb.it CHIAWEB

    Nice idea!
    All 3 outfits suit you very well! I love stripes, too!
    My favourite out fit is the first one, the bag and the shoes are so red! :)

  • http://elisharon.blogspot.com sharon lei

    All are fabulous looks, hun! The first would be my fave, tho. Simple, classic, and chic!

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  • http://www.rockandfrock.com valeria

    Like your blog a lot!!! Check mine we could follow both on Bloglovin & GFC!!! xoxo from Rome


  • Je ne suis pas blog

    The first outfit is amazing <3
    I follow you :)

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  • http://octobermiracle.com Caroline @ Octobermiracle.com

    You really have a lovely blog, and I love your fashion pics!

  • http://www.scarlletgs.blogspot.com Scarllet Gonçalves

    You look so gorgeous :)
    Have a good day beautiful
    Kiss from Brazil

  • http://wishing-for-chanel.blogspot.co.uk/ Ria

    Oh I love a good Breton top. I have one that I felt like I lived in last winter, it went with everything! xoxo

  • http://fashionloving.co.uk Fashion Loving

    Love this, the first look is gorgeous!


  • http://wakeuptheland.blogspot.co.uk/ Ashley

    All of the outfit stylings look great :)

  • http://afeitar.blogspot.com Helen

    I love the breton top, it looks like really good quality! You can’t beat a classic like that.

  • http://fashionchampagne.com kirsty

    love all your looks especially the first one x

  • http://www.faiiint.com Stephanie / FAIIINT

    Only 3?! I think I have a whole pile of things still with tags on… I definitely need to set myself a little challenge like this! Hah! Those wedges from Clarks are lovely, but I think the last outfits my favourite, love the striped skirt!
    PS: Thanks for the lovely comment, glad I found yours too! :)

  • http://absolutely-fuzzy.com steph

    Guilty as charged! I’ll need to do something soon with the stuff I haven’t worn. My fave is that Breton top from Muji – it’s perfect with the cherry red! Such a good look :) Wish we had Muji in Australia. And I really love the idea behind this challenge! Love your blog and glad I found it today!

  • http://just-bemyself.blogspot.com/ Michelle Ho

    Chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it! :) <3 Lovely outfits

  • http://www.lostinthehaze.com Jo – Lost in the Haze

    I love that striped top so much! So so so gorgeous!

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  • http://withatouchofpretty.blogspot.com cate

    I love your style it looks so fun and timeless! I had water spilled on me when I went out to eat and it was funny red wine would have been sad!

  • http://fashionistanygirl.blogspot.com/ heather

    Love all three outfits but really love the first one. There’s something about blue stripes and a pop of red that I just adore.


  • http://www.coutureandcrumpets.com Daniela

    these are great looks – i spilt tea down my breton, definitely need a new one! xx

  • http://pearlsandtears.blogspot.co.uk/ Cara

    Gorgeous outfits! I love the simplicity of the first one but the red really makes it lovely! I hate it when I buy a gorgeous pair of shoes and it turns out they are also the most uncomfy! Still they do look pretty sitting in my wardrobe!
    Cara x

  • http://www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com Michelle

    Great post- I really need a stripey top like this!


  • http://i-dabble.blogspot.com Cara

    You added some great patterned pieces to your wardrobe, I’m particularly fond of that polka dot skirt in the second look and your red shoes in the first look! What a fun challenge :)

  • http://www.boymeetsfashion.com Jai’me

    I really do love your outfit posts. Of them all, “The Full Skirt” outfit is my favourite. You look really lovely. The ruffle top, the skirt and the shoes are all really wonderful!

  • Giovanna

    Super cute buys! Loving that skirt!

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  • http://www.clashingtime.blogspot.com pippa artus

    Such a great idea! I have loads of unused clothes that I wish I had the time to style :) x

  • http://universe--me.blogspot.com Louise

    I like the idea, and I totally like all of your outfits, especially the last one! That skirt is just wonderful.

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  • http://thatsaprettyhat.blogspot.com Kathleen Lisson

    Loving your wonderful full skirt. Very classic piece.

  • http://bhakti-pinkandeverythingthatgirlswant.blogspot.in/2012/06/soul-to-sole-footwear-dictionary.html bhakti

    all looks are awesome ,,,, i love the shoes with the striped skirt and the skirt as well ………..u should get them out more often ….. looks splendid …. <3

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  • http://styleseer.blogspot.com [email protected]

    This is a great idea. Like many others, I have more never worn or once worn items than’d like to admit.

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  • http://rufflesandtruffles.com Katie

    This is such a great idea! I know I have a few items sitting in my closet that I have not yet worn…so now I want to go check them out and see if I can work them into my current rotation!

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  • http://www.fashionpastiche.com/ Fashion Pastiche

    Great post! So helpful.


  • http://fashion-opolis.blogspot.com/ Fashionopolis

    This is such a brilliant post. Personally horizontal stripes dont work for me, but on you they look amazing. Congrats on getting featured on this week’s LALM selection.
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  • http://www.morganvsmorgan.com Morganvsmorgan

    I really enjoyed seeing this, its actually a really good idea to try & find old unworn clothes & work them into your outfits. May have to give it a go :)

  • http://www.freshfizzle.com tania

    those black wedges are to die for…

  • http://nellecreations.blogspot.com Jenelle

    I am doing the same…filling my closet with quality pieces. But it is hard getting rid of the old stuff!

    New follower, hope you can check out my new posts and follow back :)

  • http://www.lindsayliving.com Lindsay

    Those are all totally adorable looks. I love the Breton top, too! My fave has gotten a bit ragged as of late so I’ll be on the search for a new one for fall. I love your stripy skirt, too! Love!

    Lindsay Living

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  • http://mojeh.com/fashion-story Fashion story

    Great look! I absolutely love knitwear for spring and summer, and you styled it once again so nicely. Great inspiration, thanks gorgeous!you have done fabulous work by sharing these up coming details & perfect outfit.