Style: Dressing For Fun & Why I’m Not Down With A Capsule Wardrobe

It took me a long time to find my personal style. Many years were spent attempting to squeeze myself into garments that didn’t work for my body shape, or forcing myself to adopt seasonal trends – even though I knew corduroy trousers and waistcoats really weren’t for me. (Oh lordie, please let 99% of the photos taken at uni never see the light of day…) Mistakes needed to be made in order to find the pieces that worked for my curves, the silhouettes that flattered and the colours that really could become staples I’d rely on; it’s taken the best part of two decades to really get to grips to what works for me, but finally I think I’m kind of nailing it. Saying that, you’d expect be to be a fan of a capsule wardrobe and investing in key pieces that would stand the test of time – and although that’s true to a certain extent (there are certain dresses that have seen me through the good times and the bad,) I’m a huge fan of dressing for fun and treating myself to fashion pieces that are a real talking point.

My wardrobe is bursting with colour, patterns and unexpected accessories purely to inject some much needed lightheartedness into my otherwise quite serious life; I dress for my mood and often a quirky dress or character bag is all it takes to lift my spirits or get me in the zone for feeling content. Yes a LBD is a classic addition to any closet, but sometimes you need to step out of neutral territory and try something a little different – whether you think you can pull it off or not. (Spoiler: you can.)

Take this palm tree lemon dress for example; I loved it as soon as I saw it on the mannequin in the Monsoon shop window, but I started to question how much wear I would actually get out of a yellow and green number knowing I only spend a couple weeks a year on the beach. Despite that I tried it on, squeezed in my boobs and felt pretty darn fabulous in it… Since then I’ve worn it so many times and have received compliments every single occasion, which just spurs me on to get it out more often. It’s not a classic, and to be honest I’ll probably be over it in a couple of years, but darn it I feel so happy while I’m wearing it that it overpowers my need to be sensible.

If you can’t quite bring yourself to wear a bold outfit or pick up something so colourful or patterned, accessories provide a great (and more affordable) way of injecting some fun into your look without the commitment. Whether you keep it simple with a pair of bold and colourful earrings (these tassel numbers are a really affordable £3.00 from Primark,) opt for a quirky pair of sunnies (like my £2.99 heart-shaped eBay bargains) or go all out with a shaped bag (this Kate Spade pineapple bag is probably one of my favourite possessions, despite it only being used a handful of times a year!) it’s amazing the difference it makes to how you look and feel. Who said you have to dress grown up just because you’re a grown up?

I’d love to be one of those people who chose each piece carefully, ensured her entire closet was in a complementary colour spectrum, was able to pick items she knew she’d love in a decade and found the simple lines that worked for her body shape – but the truth is I’m not, and I never will be. I’m the person picking up the random dresses nobody else thinks they can pull off, stocking up on the boldest accessories and channeling her inner child even in her mid thirties. Because fashion is supposed to be fun, and to be honest I’m so busy having fun that I’ve forgotten to be stylish.

How about you: do you dress for fun, or do you prefer to stick to classic, styles and shapes?

Pictures taken by Kaye Ford

Monsoon Palm Print Dress | £59.00 | LINK

Kurt Geiger White Sliders | £39.00 | LINK

Kate Spade Pineapple Bag | £149.00 | SIMILAR HERE
Primark Yellow Tassel Earrings | £3.00 | SIMILAR HERE



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  1. Kay
    July 24, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    I have to admit to being completely bored by the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I love having options that cover every eventuality because you never know how you are going to feel when you wake up in the morning. My styles changed allotter the years, in my 30s I wore a lot of neutrals and pastels and now in my 50s I wear as much colour as I can because colour make me happy. x

    • Hayley Hall
      July 26, 2018 / 8:07 am

      I'm the same – the thought of only having a few options freaks me out a bit. I love having something totally appropriate for the occasion every time!

  2. Deanna Rabe
    July 24, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    You make a lot of excellent points, Haley! I'm all for feeling good in what we're wearing, that I believe, gives us confidence!

  3. HazelxJoy
    July 24, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    I have a capsule wardrobe that I swap every season, a capsule can still be fun, it doesn't have to be stylish, or grown up. Today I'm wearing a blue floral rara dress! Yesterday I was wearing a bold floral shirt dress in blue, pink, coral, and yellow. And I have the biggest bright green skirt known to man. I wear what I love and I have fun, and I do it all within the confines of a 36 piece capsule.Love this dress, you should wear it until it falls apart!

    • Hayley Hall
      July 26, 2018 / 8:07 am

      Your wardrobe sounds fab!

  4. Merkitty Blog
    July 24, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous in this dress, but then you always seem to look nice in everything. I'm kinda jelly to be honest! The shape of it really suits you too. Also, can we just talk about how adorable that pineapple bag is? It's so cute.

    • Hayley Hall
      July 26, 2018 / 8:08 am

      You're too kind 😉

  5. Mz Neti
    July 24, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    You look Fantastic in this dress. I have to agree with dressing for Fun and not what others wear. I really have no particular style and just wear what I want with reckless abandon. Enjoy the rest of your

  6. Kate Mitchell
    July 25, 2018 / 10:41 am

    I could never do the capsule wardrobe thing, it would bore the arse off me, I like to shop, and wear whatever I fancy

  7. Rhiain Liquorish
    July 25, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    I could never have a capsule wardrobe. My taste changes so frequently and it's very varied. This dress looks absolutely fab on you, I love it. Plus the way you've styled it is perfection – that bag <3Rhi |

    • Hayley Hall
      July 26, 2018 / 8:10 am

      Thanks Rhian! And I feel like I'm the same as you – I love having pieces to rely on, but my taste changes so much it would be hard to stick to a capsule wardrobe.

  8. Danielle Alexa
    July 25, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    This is such a great blog post, you look stunning in that dress!Danielle xx

    • Hayley Hall
      July 26, 2018 / 8:10 am

      Thanks so much! x

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