Style Build: Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- Tough Girl

Hello Lovelies,

Well, Autumn feels like it’s really here now. The thermometer has finally dropped below 20’c and it’s been raining on and off for the last few days. With the season change in mind, I’m going to answer a question I get asked a fair amount. How do you take the Rockabilly style through autumn and winter? I have to admit, I struggled with this a lot when I was younger, I was always trying to make my spring and summer items work for me through the winter with a bit of layering but it never always looked right or I was just freezing all the time. With time and experimentation comes experience and, after rocking the retro vibe for over half my lifetime, as well as a background in fashion, I feel I’m suitably qualified to give a little advice on this matter. These are by no means hard and fast rules, as always, dress for yourself, make sure you feel comfortable and forget about what other people might think! So, here are my autumn/winter rockabilly basics…

Style Build: Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Baiscs

Style Build: Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Baiscs by misshoneybare featuring a wide belt

CLOTHING:

Black and white or navy and white striped long sleeve tee- A classic basic for all wardrobes.

White and/or black tee- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Fitted but not too tight.

Plaid flannel shirt- In a colour that suits you; red, navy and emerald are the classic colour options. Make sure it is super soft and not too tight.

A few pieces of knitwear- Fitted knitted cardigans, sweater sets and turtle neck, slash neck or round neck sweaters.

Zip up college style jacket- Can be layered under a warmer jacket/coat or worn alone as a jacket on the warmer autumn days.

Tailored, lined wool pencil skirt- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Go for plain black, tartan or leopard print.

High waisted turn up jeans- dark, black or mid wash denim- Freddies of Pinewood are my fave.

Tailored high waisted trousers or comfy swing trousers- Suitable for the office and super comfy. Go for black, navy or grey flannel or a even plain bold colour, such as red.

A versatile full skirted dress in a jewel tone that suits you- Something smart enough for evenings. This will double up as a full skirt.

A stretchy sleeved sweater/t-shirt dress in black, leopard print or a jewel tone that suits you- Sleeve length dependent on personal taste. Comfy AND sexy, bam!

Leather biker jacket- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Comfortable, chic and edgy. Every bad girl’s staple.

Full faux fur or faux fur trimmed coat- Depending on how brave you’re feeling. Some tailored coats come with a detachable furry collar trim for versatility.

Boots in a couple of different styles- Biker boots, lace up boots or furry lined ankle boots, depending on personal taste.

Some smart shoes- Creepers, brogues or saddle shoes work well. Again, depending on personal taste, or a pair of each.

Converse high tops- leather ones are better in wetter weather than the canvas ones. Buy a pair in a neutral colour like black, grey or brown.

A pair heels- Be them wedge heels or low heels, just as long as they are comfortable enough for daytime.

ACCESSORIES:

Bandana- Classic paisley, polka dot, leopard print, stripes. You can never have too many of these.

Hat or earmuffs- Furry leopard print ones are my personal choice for earmuffs. I also have a few berets. Something to keep your head/ears warm in the bitter cold.

Hair accessories- Bows, flowers, jeweled clips etc. Poinsettias and holly for xmas are a fun choice. Bows and sparkles add a little extra something. Get ones with the brooch fastening on the back for pinning to outfits and hats.

Braces/Suspenders- Plain black always work. They can be smart, fun or tough looking depending on how you wear them.

Woolly tights- In various colours, prints and patterns. Have fun with these, they really can make a difference to an outfit.

Skinny Belt and a wide belt- One of each at least. I love waist cinchers and obi belts at the moment.

Of course, a woolly hat, scarf and gloves should be on your winter wardrobe list too. Especially if it snows like it does here in England these days.

Now, you may think that the above pieces may not look overly rockabilly to you but remember, these are the basic items for your wardrobe. Everything else will be built off of and around these. They are fairly plain and neutral for the most part, this means they will mix well with other items. Also, it’s totally down to how you put them together and of course, the finishing flourish, your hair and makeup! So, here are some outfit examples using just the basic pieces above…

The High Waist Turn Up Jeans

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The High Waist Turn Up Jeans

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The High Waist Turn Up Jeans by misshoneybare featuring short sleeve knit tops

The Jersey Wiggle Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Jersey Wiggle Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Jersey Wiggle Dress by misshoneybare featuring collar tops

The Tailored Pencil Skirt

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Pencil Skirt

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Pencil Skirt by misshoneybare featuring a red handkerchief

The Tailored Trousers

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Trousers

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Trousers by misshoneybare featuring purple tops

The Full Skirted Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Full Skirted Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Full Skirted Dress by misshoneybare featuring logo shirts

That’s 30 different outfits right there. I didn’t even include the outerwear or hosiery, which would mix things up even more. Think how many more outfits you could create by adding in an extra pencil skirt, sweater or shirt! The key to winter wardrobes is always in the layering when it gets really cold. So layer a long sleeve tee over the check shirt and then a cardigan or a sweater over that. Wrap a scarf around your neck, add a woolly hat and the furry coat and you’ll be nice and cosy. I hope that you found this post helpful, let me know how you carry your style through the winter, I’m always interested in new ideas. In the meantime, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Style Build: Creating a Capsule Wardrobe. An Introduction.

StyleHello Lovelies,

This post is the first in a series based on developing personal style and building a capsule wardrobe of basics that you can then add to season to season. I know I blog a lot about hair, makeup and baking mostly but I actually have a background in fashion. I did my degree in product design and development for fashion at the London College of Fashion and I have worked as a garment technologist, trims and accessories buyer, pattern cutter and style developer among other things in a career spanning almost 16 years (I started young! I got my first summer job at 14 cutting out patterns and sewing garments for a small boutique) before re-training as an mua and hair stylist.

Workroom

I’ve spent a lot of time working in a room like this.

I’ve styled shoots, been a personal shopper and cleared out/organised many wardrobes and closets in my time. So, I figured I’d share the lessons I have learned, my eye for style (which is relative, these are just guidelines) and love of design. I have noticed that a lot of the capsule wardrobe advice talks about ‘classic’ or ‘simple’ pieces as a foundation for your wardrobe. I’m here to show you that even those of us with a more alternative style can build and develop working basics without even the faintest whiff of a ‘plain white shirt’ if you don’t what to. Everyone is different, so why would the same pieces work for everyone’s wardrobe? I understand that they are meant to be the basic staples that the rest of your stuff works around but really, if you’d rather have a Little Orange Dress instead of a Little Black Dress, then why the hell not? And quite frankly, I consider leopard print to be a neutral.

Leopard Print

Totally a neutral in my book.

There’s no room for navy and beige in my basic wardrobe (but if there is in yours, well that’s fine too). I guess the deal with the usual advice is that a lot of people are genuinely unsure of what to wear, have never experimented with clothes or have never thought about it too much. But I don’t think that means we all have to walk around like carbon copies. I remember seeing so many women who looked chic on a trip to Milan. Very chic in fact, very well put together and yet, no personality, no individual style shone through and it was kind of weird (being a Londoner from the Islington/Camden area, I grew up being used to seeing all kinds of weird and wonderful styles growing up).

So, here are the things I plan on covering over the coming weeks…

* Clearing out your wardrobe. The good, the bad and the downright fugly: Helping you evaluate what you already have and recognising any style patterns. Shopping your wardrobe. Helping you work out what to keep, what to customise and what to get rid of.

Is this your wardrobe?

Is this your wardrobe?

* Personal Style: Building on the previous installment where we look at any style patterns emerging from your current wardrobe, I’ll also guide you in deciding if this is what’s right for you or if you feel you’d like to make some changes/try something new. Get inspired!

*Suits You Madam: What to wear to flatter your body shape, height and colouring. Explaining the whole ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ thing that style consultants go on about.Body Types- Women

* The Basics: The workhorses of your wardrobe. Evaluating your lifestyle and tailoring your key pieces to suit you. I’ll do a ‘classic’ capsule collection comparison against several examples of my own.

*Wardrobe Additions: How to add pieces into your wardrobe from season to season. When to splurge and when to save. Looking at how many pieces you truly need for a versatile wardrobe. Looking at the 333 project and the Style Grid.project333hanger*Accessories: The staple accessories that will help you change up your outfits and add personal flair to your look. How to take an outfit from day to night.

*Putting it all together: Looking at my example capsule wardrobes to show you how to create many different outfit combinations.

*Mini-Capsuling: How to put together small (yet perfectly formed) capsule wardrobes for various scenarios. Including, short city break, business trip, country weekender, beach holiday and Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender.

On top of that, I will be giving advice on how organise and store your clothes. How to fold things properly to save space and minimise creasing and tips on picking the right underwear for your outfits.By Rachel SylvesterI will be featuring some real life wardrobe hauls for you to see how I tackle other people’s closets in the real world. I’ll also be happy to help you with any questions you may have regarding your wardrobe and style. Whether it’s a garment you love but have no idea what to wear with it, how to customise and update an item, or how to freshen up your favorite dress etc. Simply leave a comment or email me via the contact page if you rather it be private.

I’ll also be doing ‘How to Wear’ posts as part of the Style Build series. Styling up one item in many different ways to show you how versatile garments can really be when you put your mind to it.

*PHEW!* Well, that was a lot to take in but I really hope you will enjoy this new series. Until the next time, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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