Do you really need a new season makeover?

Do you like my yellow puffer jacket? I look and feel like a chunky little minion when I wear this jacket.

In the run up to Autumn/Winter I’ve been trying to build a cosy wardrobe that’s a little more mature. Think muted tones, rich layers and of course plenty of turtle necks. However, as you can see dressing mature isn’t really ‘my thing’.

I don’t really know what triggered this need to dress differently, but perhaps it’s due to my 25th birthday coming up. Ok, there isn’t really an age limit on dressing a certain way but I’m starting to think the minion look isn’t exactly one that will get me taken seriously! Despite this urge to change, I can’t quite give up my bright colours and fancy prints.

It’s not as if I run around in Lelli Kelli shoes and a tutu – I just don’t want to look boring. I’m the type of shopper that likes to keep an eye out for statement pieces. The problem is that I find so many of them that my outfits are often a mixture of things that don’t really go together.

New Look bright yellow puffer coat - Philocalist blog

Now I’m not one for rules and generally I think people should dress however they want, but this outfit isn’t the most chic look you’ve ever seen on a blogger. Yellow coat with leopard print shoes? I mean, I bloody love it but I know I’m appealing to about 5% of my readers on this one.

What do you guys do to ensure you don’t look like you tripped and fell through Oxfam? Am I going to have to start planning my outfits in advance? I really don’t want to become one of those people. Who has the time?

I think most of us fall into the trap of buying new season clothes when we really don’t need to. There are so many colours and textures that can transcend the Summer-to-Winter crossover. Take it from me, I wear turtleneck jumpers in the summer! However, the movie makeover scenario is one we just can’t compete with. As soon as the seasons begin to change we hit the changing rooms in a bid to recreate a transformation as iconic as the mega montage in The Sweetest Thing.

Instead of going to all that effort, I’m just rolling with it. If I try to adjust my style too much for winter I’m only going to end up with more and more clothes that don’t go well together. What’s the point in that? Whilst many of us love the idea of having one of those movie makeover moments the reality is expensive and leaves you with a shit ton of old clothes to list on eBay. It ain’t worth it sis. Save your money and work with what you’ve got.

If that means the closest to a movie makeover I’m going to get is the Minion movie, so be it!

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  1. September 19, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    I have to admit while I love the idea of buying different clothes for all seasons, I normally end up buying in the sale when I need them more than when I want them.

  2. September 19, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    I actually really love that coat, and it looks so warm too… I am boring when it comes to bright colours. My favourite plaec to live was definitely Copenhagen when it came to fashion – most of the population tends to wear black and grey, and that suited me just fine! šŸ˜€

  3. September 19, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Hahaha girl adulting and trying to dress like one can be a fun annoying transition but work it at your own pace minion or not you look lovely

  4. September 19, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    Your coat looks so cosy! I just like to find clothes that are comfortable and that fit properly, then I live in them until they wear out!

  5. September 20, 2017 / 9:29 am

    No. No, you really don’t! I think people just like to spend money! haha! Now, my kids, on the other hand, need new seasonal clothes because they grow like weeds! I, on the other hand, buy myself the occasional piece, but certainly not every season!

  6. September 20, 2017 / 11:29 am

    I totally get this! I am starting a new job soon and all I want to do is get a new wardrobe. I have forever been in leggings and dresses but this job is a little more important and I want to look and feel different. I am currently trying new looks but still reverting back to my old ones. I do love the puffa jacket btw… never owned one (even in the 90s) but I like them nonetheless šŸ™‚ x

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      September 20, 2017 / 3:22 pm

      Ooo Leah good luck with your new job!
      I think when you get a new job it’s one of those times you have treat yourself ;).

  7. September 20, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    I never really buy for the seasons as I tend to wear jeans all year round. I may buy a new coat but that’s about it. The bright yellow coat suits you x

  8. September 20, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Ohh! I love bright colours as well! šŸ™‚ I can totally relate to having a wardrobe of things that don’t go together too though..I really should work on that! šŸ˜€ Your coat looks amazing by the way – yellow really suits you! šŸ™‚ xx

  9. September 20, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    I find seasonal shopping particularly hard in the UK, we don’t really seem to have seasons, just weather. I think you look fab by the way x

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      September 20, 2017 / 3:16 pm

      Lol Emily that is just so true isn’t it!
      Just when you’re ready to get the winter coat out, the sun starts shining. You can’t win!

  10. September 20, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    My mummy rotates her wardrobe and dresses differently in Autumn / Winter, she feels more comfortable behind black and dark hues. I think you should dress to make yourself happy and we love the yellow on you!

  11. September 20, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    After a year off on maternity leave I could do with a new season overhaul for sure! Can’t afford one though!

  12. Danielle
    September 21, 2017 / 9:07 am

    I get a bit obsessed with buying new clothes at this time of year. Autumn clothes are just the best!

  13. September 21, 2017 / 9:20 am

    When autumn strikes I have to be honest and say all I care about is being warm! This looks perfect for that šŸ™‚

  14. September 21, 2017 / 9:28 am

    I am 43 and have dresses with carousel horses, flamingo’s and even mermaids on them. Why grow up when there is so much colour and fun to be had. Life is too short to wear grey boring clothes. I love the jacket AND minions are fabulous, so you look like a fabulous, well loved, cute thing!. That’t a good place to be xx

  15. September 21, 2017 / 11:22 am

    I really love that jacket! I love to revive my wardrobe with just some key pieces for the new season…always be yourself and feel comfortable!

  16. September 21, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    That’s the problem as the weather changes you have to sort your wardrobe as like you I always feel like a puffed waddle man – all thickness and cold. I need to invest in a nice warm coat that’s still stylish I think for this year

  17. September 21, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I happen to love your jacket – very statement! I tend to buy new clothes every season and am actually about to buy a whole new wardrobe!

  18. September 22, 2017 / 3:54 am

    As long as I have cleared my closet out, I am open to new clothes every season!

  19. September 22, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with wearing a bright yellow coat and leopard print shoes! I love it! I definitely am one for crossing over the clothes I wear throughout seasons. I like the idea of getting new clothes but they always end up being a similar style!

  20. Sarah Ann
    September 22, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of shopping for new clothes each season. Although in saying that, with the weather the way it is in Scotland, many of my items become suitable all year round.

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      September 22, 2017 / 2:53 pm

      That’s true! I guess it’s not so bad if you get some extra use out of it :)!

  21. September 22, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    I tend to mix and match all my clothes for the different seasons. I wear dresses a lot so it’s easy to just wear one when it’s hot, or add a scarf, cardigan and tights for this time of year. LOVE the coat though!!

  22. Laura H
    September 25, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I’m trying to avoid this too. People waste so much time going out and buying cosy knits etc when it starts to get colder but you can layer up some “summer” pieces or use what you had last year! Knitted jumpers will never go out of style haha