“Working stylish, bright, and fun seasonal pieces into my year-round wardrobe is something that I try really hard to do, not only because it is more sustainable and means I get more wear out of my clothes, but also because it brings with it a bit of Summer light and joy into dark and boring days.” Deputy Fashion Editor Kaia Purcell gives us a look into her wardrobe for a week.
The idea of self care has never been more important nor more relevant than it is today. While there are many methods that we may try, the bottom line is that you need to do something that makes you feel great and brings a happiness that only you can give yourself. For me, this has been in the form of indulging in my greatest love, which of course is fashion. Losing the ability to socialise and go to work or college has obviously meant that like many people, I am now confined to my house. And so, I have now come to be an individual in the confines of my house that is dressed as if I’m waiting for a taxi to collect me and bring me somewhere glam, and the pure joy that the act of getting dressed has provided for me.
The beginning of a new week is always my favourite part, and outfit planning for the week ahead is something I always enjoy. Accepting the fact that the only excursion I will be able to have for the foreseeable are trips to the supermarket, I have decided to forget all about the reasonings for getting dressed and focus instead on the happiness I get from planning and wearing a gorgeous outfit that boosts my mood and makes me feel good. So on Monday, I could be found gracing the aisles in Aldi wearing this gorgeous playsuit from Irish store Secret Silhouette. I paired it with black tights, chunky heeled boots, and an oversized coat. Matching facemask in hand, the instant lift that I felt once I had topped off the outfit with a headband was amazing. So if you catch me breezing around the supermarket in this ensemble or dressed to go for brunch with the girls, don’t be surprised.
For a zoom meeting on Tuesday, I finally felt like I had an apt reason (not that I needed one) to get a bit dressed up. I decided to pair a white shirt with a strappy summer dress that I had loved but didn’t get much opportunity to wear last year. With a pair of tights and knee high boots, the look was completely transformed from a summer look into a wearable winter outfit. Working stylish, bright, and fun seasonal pieces into my year-round wardrobe is something that I try really hard to do, not only because it is more sustainable and means I get more wear out of my clothes, but also because it brings with it a bit of summer light and joy into dark and boring days.
While there was no business that permitted me to venture very far on Wednesday, I decided to take a break from assignments and glam up. By spending some time doing my makeup and popping on the cheeriest item in my wardrobe I added some colour to my day. This gorgeous headpiece by Cathy Troth always gives me a surge of instant confidence and joy, and the much needed boost was definitely welcomed in order to alleviate me from exam stress.
Another day completing assignments meant that the possibility of me leaving the house for any purpose was very much off the table. However, feelings of being most definitely burnt out meant that I afforded myself the luxury of a late start and spent the morning organising my wardrobe. I came across this gorgeous Paul Costello poncho that I bought from Middleton-based resale shop, Cameo Resale, and couldn’t even think about folding it away to wait for a day out to wear it. With black tights, boots, and a tweed skirt (a serious wardrobe hero for me), the decision to get dressed up in an item I really love most definitely made me feel amazing and gave me the ability to power through an intensive day.
For the remainder of this strange time (however long that may be), I will be sure to keep looking after myself and keeping myself chirpy in the best way I know how – by getting up and being ridiculously overdressed. The process of choosing clothes to wear, pairing with accessories and getting dressed is almost like a ritual to me, and one which I was not prepared to give up when my daily routine changed. Finding something that improves your mood and gets you through your day with a smile on your face is essential, now more than ever – and for me, fashion and style are most definitely mine.