• Hannah Ost

The Minimal Lists: Autumn Wardrobe '19

Those who know me best will know that I have recently developed a certain, ahem... admiration for the literal goddess, Alexa Chung. She pieces together my love of quirky, vintage, one-of-a-kind pieces, with the chic, put-togetherness I can only dream of achieving. Those who know me in even the smallest capacity know I am basically the antonym of chic.

Recently, I've been having a bit of a crisis of personality, so I thought it would be interesting to record my wardrobe for a week(ish) and see if any patterns emerge. That way, I can see if I have any kind of style.

So, in a vague attempt to sort my life out, here's a minimal list of some of my valued wardrobe items, put together in slightly Chung-inspired outfits.

Day 1: Collared Shirt & Jumper

Otherwise known as 'comfy college nerd', when I wear this look, I switch out collared shirts and jumpers with the same pair of jeans for a casual, but put-together vibe.

Day 2: Bright Accessories

When I just want something easy, I'll usually stick with neutrals. In this case, a light coat, my trusty blue jeans and a roll neck tee. But, to brighten it up, I've paired it with some blue-laced shoes and a red lip.

Day 3: Brights & Stripes

One of my favourite looks for injecting fun into my fashion!* I've pair block colours with a pattern, in this case, a mustard skirt with a striped tee.

*Lightly using this word. As previously mentioned, I have about as much style as a fish.

Day 4: Unique Pieces

A mid-spin shot of this patchwork skirt I found whilst thrifting. For a while, I didn't know what it would go with, but I think it's best to let the piece shine, so I paired it with a cream jumper with some matching embroidery. This might be one of my favourite outfits of the week!

Day 5: Colour Fun

We're reusing the beret from yesterday because berets are cool guys. This time I'm pairing it with my trusty Levi's that I picked up at an outlet mall and a thrifted, colourful shirt! I even managed to match the stripe on my jeans with the stripe on my shoes!

So, what did we learn?

Well, I love colour. Every one of my outfits has an aspect of that in it. Also, I think I like the 60s quite a bit - the patchwork skirt, the colour block shirt - I'll be drawing more inspiration from that era from now on.

I'm surprised 3/5 outfits had a pair of jeans in them! I've never been much of a jeans person in the past, just because I think they can look quite 'samey'. But, when I'm really making an effort and wearing something I feel happy and confident in, it doesn't matter what the item is, I can still make it my own!

I wore trainers every day. I like feeling comfy, especially with a chronic illness, and I think trainers can be so versatile! Finally, I usually keep accessories to a minimum; a belt, a hat, some hoop earrings, or maybe a nice bag. I don't like to feel overwhelmed, I guess! There's something I like about the simplicity of block colours and the occasional one-off, thrifted gem.

If you'd like more inspiration along these lines, feel free to check out my Pinterest board, which is full of colourful inspirations (Alexa Chung is heavily featured, of course.) And if you liked this post, why not give it a lil' like, a lil' share, or a lil' pin using the picture below! Let me know who your style icon is in the comments, or get in touch with me on social media - all the links are at the top of the page.


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