Category: Style

Leather Patchwork Bags.

leather patchwork bags

It was one of these weird things you don’t notice until you stumble upon several at the same time.

Leather patchwork bags.

I love them, apparently.

They’re a bit nineties, aren’t they? They are, to me.

patchwork rucksack

This small rucksack could’ve easily become my favourite of the bunch, if it weren’t for its size (too small) and its treacherous locks that pinched my fingers so hard, they drew blood, too many times.

Nevertheless, I love it, and I wear it often. It’s the only one out of the lot to have a black base.

marc chantal bags

The second hand shop I frequent once had a lot of Marc Chantal bags available. I loved them first for their locks and for their sturdy shape. They are pretty small, but fit much more than they appear to be able to. I actually have four Marc Chantal bags, but one of them isn’t patchwork, and another one’s gone missin’.

patchwork bags

The one on the foreground was purchased at the same second hand shop. It’ pretty generic, but I love it anyway. The one in the back is a market find. I don’t think it’s leather as it was very cheap, but it definitely feels like leather.

patchwork bag

Finally, my favourite of the bunch. Old as hell and also huge. This thing is capable of fitting all the four bags above. I love its shape – or rather, how shapeless it is – and I love the leather pieces it’s made from. It’s become even softer with age, and is buttery now. The lining needs fixing, the Velcro (yep) closing no longer holds, and there’s also a small stain on it, but I don’t care. Carrying it about makes me feel so worldly and boho, I can’t deal.

I wish there were more patchwork bags with a greyscale base available! Even a Google image search only shows several.

Rethinking Style and Current Shop List.

Not much time passed since my last wardrobe post, but I’ve since then completely changed the idea of what I want my wardrobe to look like. It is pure luck (in that context, anyway) that my budget’s been very limited and I haven’t made any big huge purchases that would’ve been totally uninspiring by now.

Still can’t say that I have a complete and clear vision of how I want to look, but the elements are slowly coming together, and I’m enjoying the process, even if right now it is mostly mental. My wardrobe in the last few months expanded by the following:

  • a blue and white colour block t-shirt;
  • a pale lilac/grey t-shirt with an oddly patriotic print (I couldn’t get that colour out of my head, so I went for it);
  • peep toe nude heels (a gift from an acquaintance, I have mixed feelings about peep toe);
  • a lilac rucksack;
  • a white wallet (felt like my very much loved dark green one didn’t suit the lilac bag);
  • a black shirt.

lilac rucksack

I’m currently losing a metric tonne of weight, so out of my big-arse ‘archives’ of clothes I can now wear the following:

  • a black mid-length dress;
  • a blue chambray waistcoat;
  • brown, grey, and white shirts;
  • blue straight leg (they’re more of a skinny, really) jeans;
  • very normcore peach pink flat slippers;
  • black closed round toe heeled leather slingbacks (that’s a bit of a keyword heavy item, innit);
  • a brown maxi skirt.

I let go of a lot of shoes and shirts that no longer spark my fancy, or still spark it but sadly do not fit me. Many outerwear and several sweaters had to go as well.

I also started wearing more of my extensive jewellery collection, in particular earrings. I change them nearly every day these days. Still working towards wearing necklaces, bracelets and rings more often.

My ‘priority’ purchases are:

  • a swimsuit. I really want to start swimming again;
  • quality running shoes. Running in my current ones is more hazardous than beneficial;
  • black and/ or (OK, and) nude/tan flat lace-up sandals. I really like these nude lace-up ones but they’re always out of stock. My goal isn’t so much lace-up though, as them just being barely there. A sole and a couple of strings is all I want;
  • white and blue striped flats. Found a dirt-cheap pair, locally made too. Might buy soon;
  • a gold cross. Found one I really like at a local shop, now I just need the money;
  • nude closed toe heels;
  • a thin tan belt.

Things I kinda want, but haven’t fully decided upon yet:

  • lace espadrilles;
  • tan tote bag;
  • beige bag;
  • cropped jeans. Wouldn’t have to buy ones, would DIY, but I’m still on the fence about the whole cropped jeans/ trousers thing;
  • a new pair of sunnies with a lighter frame.

And some wishful thinking:

Michael Kors watches – these and these;

Fossil watches – these and these.

As you can see, these are all mostly shoes and accessories. My wardrobe is still very small, but I don’t feel like buying a lot of clothes at the moment. Even though I only have 6 shirts, 3 t-shirts, one pair of trousers, one pair of jeans, a dress, a waistcoat, and two skirts, it’s still considerable progress from my previous two pairs of trousers and three shirts. It’s not the most versatile closet in the universe, but I’m taking it slow, really thinking through (overthinking, more like it) each purchase and what message it might later represent.

Sounds so deep. It really isn’t. I just have several goals in mind.

The Wardrobe Malfunction.

If you’re the joyful individual who came to this post in the odd hope of bare nipples and sneaky panty shots, you can leave now, because that’s not what I meant.

I do have a wardrobe malfunction, but it’s the entirety of it that’s not functioning. It’s not working for me. At all.

I’ll spare you the agonising story of how it came to be, and will instead unfurl my plan of action for combatting it.

Now this is a huge post. You’ve been warned.

Colours and Prints

colours and prints

One dark, one neutral, one bright, and one print: Black, grey, gingham/ plaid, and mustard yellow.

Budget

Small — 250 in local currency. I don’t spend it every month, and intend to accumulate. Still, it’s a small sum as a pair of tights I bought recently cost 110. I may have to increase it eventually, seeing as I have a full wardrobe to build.

Items

While I can’t fully stand behind Carrie Bradshaw’s famous line about money, I do love a big closet. More even, I love a big closet that works. My current focus is on the following basic items, and only one item in each colour.

  • Trousers – already have black and grey
  • Long sleeve shirts – black, grey, colour
  • Short sleeve shirts – black, grey, colour
  • T-shirts – the idea of a plaid t-shirt terrifies me, so it’ll be grey, colour, and an additional black
  • Maxi skirts – need a grey one, a print, and a colour one
  • Pencil skirts – grey, print, and colour
  • Dresses – grey, mustard, and print
  • Cardigans – all four kinds
  • Turtlenecks (silence, I love them) – black, mustard, and one more black
  • Pullovers – all four kinds
  • Blazers – black, grey, and colour
  • Tights – grey, colour, and I am not sure how I feel about plaid tights, so another pair of grey or black

For shoes, I’ll be substituting plaid/ gingham with nude. Also, if you think of it, that’d be a powerful lot of ’em shoes, if I end up buying every pair, so I might just focus on the black and nude. And grey, because I love grey. Grey grey grey.

  • Flats, casual – colour and grey
  • Flats, dressy – all colours
  • Classic pumps – grey, nude, colour
  • Sandals, flat – all colours. My black ones are old and dingy, and will more than likely need a replacement come May
  • Sandals, platform/ wedges – grey, black, colour
  • Hiiigh/ dressy heels – all four kinds
  • Flat boots – all four kinds
  • Heeled boots – grey and colour, don’t care much for nude boots
  • Winter boots – all four kinds. My black ones are on their last leg, no pun intended at all, because that’d be a gruesome pun, – so I’ll need new ones for next season.

For accessories, I need to take good stock of all the scarves and hats I already have. There’s a lot of them, of all colours and shapes, but I do believe I’m missing the grey ones.

  • Purses – colour and nude
  • Leather gloves – black, grey, colour. Going to skip print for these ones.

Then, of course, there’s the matter of sun glasses and regular frames. I only have one pair of glasses that I’ve worn for ages now. They need to retire to back-up. I also have only one pair of sunnies.

My priority lies with trousers, maxi skirts, shirts, cardigans, tights, t-shirts, and some footwear. And then there are categories that are a bit of a deviation, like wellies, jeans, and underthings. I only need one pair of wellies, and I’ll probably go for black ones. Oddly enough, I don’t like black jeans, so I’m going to look for navy/ dark blue, light wash, and charcoal grey for that. Underwear I like to keep black, with an occasional beige/ nude for the off occasion when I’d need to wear white or very light fabrics.

Currently I only exercise at home, so I don’t need any fancy wear for that. Then there’s the matter of accessories, coats/ outerwear, and hats/ scarves/ gloves. I will stick to the same colours in here, but I am not quite sure I need four bloody coats and four ruddy trench coats.

Now, this is a huge list, and it’s going to take me a while to fill in all the slots – and maybe somewhere in the middle of it all I’ll decide that I don’t need a pair of gingham trousers after all — but honestly, that’s what I’m counting on, all the time it’ll take me. I want my purchases to be deliberate and premeditated.

Cuts and Styles

I like loose cuts and straight lines, and I also like bodycon, so it’s hard for me to say what I’ll go for. It will probably fall somewhere in the middle at first. I’m going to play it safe with the basics – that’s what the basics are for, anyway – and then see where to go from there.

Though my day job is corporate, we don’t have a dress code. I could come in all studded and mohawked, and no one would care. (Beside the kitchen gossippers.) I’m a goth in recovery (you never fully recover, by the way), so that will be an influence.

Sources

For shirts, tights, underthings, and footwear I will predominantly stick to local brands. Everything else I’ll probably raid second hand shops for.

Inspiration

… will probably be well-documented on my Pinterest boards. I would very much welcome it if you followed me there.

Timeline and Updates

As I’ve said, it’s going to take me a bit of time to “complete” this thing. I’ll post regular updates every two-three months.

Ironically, my next post on the subject will be about wardrobe clear-out. It currently looks very messy, but in a week or so it will look very spare.

Terrifying, but I’m counting on it.