HOW TO STYLE GREY FOR AUTUMN/WINTER?
I was just thinking how grey doesn't always get the credit it deserves. Sure, there are many enthusiasts of the colour grey, but even among those of us who like grey, there are many lessons to be learned. One of the mistakes we make when styling grey items is to forget that grey does come in so many shades. It's kind of obvious, but it's easy to focus on the classical grey tones and forget to explore this colour in all its complexity. Not to mention that styling the lighter shades of grey can be a great way to refresh our autumn/winter wardrobe. Sometimes it does seem to me that grey is one of the most underestimated colours out there. However, that all might change as grey has been trending a lot lately. For example, you can have a look at some of my runaways picks bellow.
|1 Chanel 2018 Couture 2 Beautiful People Spring/Summer 2019 3 Chanel 2018 Couture 4 Alexander Mcqueen Spring/Summer 2019|
MY OUTFIT PROPOSAL FOR A GREY SWEATER DRESS
In autumn, we often get to hear that famous "sweater weather" saying. When the temperatures go down, grabbing a nice sweater is just what we need. Sweaters are a bit like comfort food, aren't they? I mean who doesn't like sweaters, right? A long sweater or a sweater dress is especially useful for keeping ourselves warm. Ladies might enjoy the fact that sweater dress can be very feminine and chic. They are not very hard to style, are they?
For this trip to Buna recreational park, I choose to pair this grey sweater with an old pair of jeggings and a pair of old pointy heels. It might look like I'm wearing boots but that would actually be faux fur that came with one of my other pair of shoes shoes. The necklace is my own creation and the belt came from a dress. Fun thing about opting for neutral shades is that you can get more playful with accessories. Both this belt and the necklace are eye-catching and unique, but worn with this grey sweater they don't look too loud. Not that there is anything wrong with pilling on accessories with colourful outfits if that's your thing (and it's often my thing). I'm just saying that neutrals offer the possibility of wearing statement accessories in a more toned down way.
|Sweater: old/ necklace: DIY/ jeggins: old/ jacket: old/ heels: old/ faux fur leg warmers: old|
Basically, everything that I'm wearing today I've had for quite some time and that brings me to another favourite subject of mine and that would be : shopping our closets. I'm very keen on shopping my closet, if you want to read why here is a link to an old article of mine titled 10 Clear Advantages of Shopping Our Closets. I have a lot of old clothes in my closet that I try to hold onto as long as I can simply because I like to create memories with the clothing items I have, and I can't do that if I get rid of them quickly. I don't think of myself as a hoarder, I simply like to rewear items. The amount of shopping I do is not that much influenced by the trends or my banking account. I don't buy something new every month. I like to follow trends but generally I do it by shopping my closet (because fashion moves in circles). I tend to shop for clothes only when I feel like I really need them or when I fall in love with a certain item. I'm not saying that it should be that way for everyone, but even if you are a shopping junkie there are ways to make your shopping choices more sustainable. Still there is that question: Do we really need to keep buying new stuff?
DO WE REALLY NEED TO BUY NEW CLOTHES ALL TIME TIME?
With all the fast fashion talk that I've been hearing lately, I asked myself this question: "Do we really need to buy new clothes all the time?". Not that we should stop buying clothes all together. Not all clothes purchases are bad as such. Perhaps we just need to reevaluate our choices. Buy the things we really want and will most likely treasure in the future. Shop our closets frequently. Look for great vintage finds. Sometimes vintage treasure can be found in our family closet and sometimes we need to look for them in stores. Vintage clothes are a great choice for both their quality and sustainability. Taking care of our clothes is also important- that way they last longer. Second hand has its advantages as well. Considering alternatives to fashion fashion is a good way to start buying in a more sustainable way.
5 BENEFITS OF GOING FOR A WALK IN NATURE
There are many benefits of going for a walk in the nature, especially in Autumn. The foliage can be so beautiful. Some of the benefits of going for a walk in nature can include:
1. Digital detox:
Resting our eyes from the screens is pretty important and what better way to do it than by taking in some beautiful landscape in?
2. Physical activity:
A slow walk is appropriate even for the elderly and chronically ill. Physical activity is an important aspect of overall health preservation and maintenance.
3. No noise, less stress:
Resting our ears might be as important as resting our eyes. Don't underestimate the effect of silence. In addition, nature sounds like the sound of the creek or the bird song can have a relaxing effect on many.
4. Fresh air
Fresh air is obviously beneficial for our lungs and overall health. Spending time outdoors can lower the changes of depression.
Nature can be a great way to find inspiration. This doesn't only apply to artists or people working in creative field. A change of scenery is a good way to change our routine, which in turn can also mean a lower chance of developing depression. I keep mentioning depression prevention because I think it's a relevant topic these days.
Typically, I try to do some hiking for the weekend. My health has been terrible lately, I've experienced yet another weight loss due to Chron's disease and when you pair that with chronic pain and fever, you can see why I haven't been feeling like myself. But even when I'm feeling really down, I find that a stroll can help improve my mood. I'm not able to do much sports or fitness these days, so at times household chores and walks are all the exercise I can get.
Once the temperatures get down, it's tempting to stay in all the time, but spending time outdoors can boost our immune system. Well, maybe you won't have much luck boosting you immune system if you're on immune suppressors like I am, i.e the kind of medications immune disease and transplant patients have to take to lower their immune systems to prevent their body from attacking itself but you can still experience the psychological benefits of spending time in fresh air.
HOW TO CREATE A HIKING OUTFIT YOU'D WANT TO SHOW OFF?
Just because we're going for a walk in the nature, doesn't mean we should chose the most baggy clothes that we have. Besides, for a lot of us, those 'leisure moments' are a good chance to take some photographs. I'm a strong believer that we should get dressed up whenever we feel like it and in whatever way we define it. Dressing up can be a feeling. For someone it might be getting their nails done, for someone having a perfect hairdo or make up day and for someone it might be wearing heels or dresses. I suppose it's all about what makes us feel special.
This might not seem like the best hiking outfit in terms of my shoe choices, but this pair of pointy heels is old and beyond repair, so I figured why not? They are actually quite comfortable to walk in so there is that. Naturally, if you're planning to do a lot of walking or hiking, you better opt for boots or sneakers. If you're just going for a picnic and you won't walk that much you can opt for dressier shoes.
OVER THE SHOULDER
As unpractical as they might be, I must admit that I'm a fan of 'over the shoulder' outfits. I just find them to be so chic. In Autumn, they are actually not hard to pull of. They can even be practical, especially during those changable day when you're not sure whether you need a jacket or not. You just throw a jacket over your shoulder and there is that. Opt for a smaller bag because that will make things easier for you. If you want to add some colour into your neutral autumn combo, pick a cute coloured bag and you're all set. That would be all I have to say on the topic for today.
Tell me, how do you like Buna in Autumn? Isn't it a beautiful location? I know you keep seeing this place featured here but I can't help not to show it off because it's another one of my happy places. Do you like neutral outfits? Are you a fan of gray?
Thank you for visiting and have a lovely day!