It’s Not you, It’s Me!

Just A Uniform Well hello there you lovely lot. So here it is, more of what I promised, my thoughts on whats occurring in life. So today I am going back to what I know best and talking about fashion, well shopping for clothes in particular. Over the past few years I have been having the same weird experience happen to me over and over again. To be quiet honest with you I was finding it rather disturbing, that was until I talked about it with some of my friends and they said that it had been happening to them too. Here is the shocking, disturbing and weird situation I’ve been in. I have been going shopping and finding NOTHING! Yes that’s right, nada. Crazy right? Just A Uniform faux furJust A Uniform MonkiJust A Uniform faux fur coatSo I got to thinking, why is this? At first I thought the high street stores that I had been shopping in for years had changed their ways. They must had employed new designers or maybe they we’re having an off season. But it turns out this “off season” was lasting an awfully long time. For the past few years I have been extremely disappointed that my favourite high street store, the stores that I had always relied upon for a phenom ootd, had been failing me. How could this be? How could I find nothing that I loved at all? Not even in their huge Oxford Street Stores. Then I had a epiphany, a breakthrough. It’s not them, they haven’t changed, it’s me.

Yup I am no longer a teenager or a early twenty somethin’ gal, the target audience for the stores that were once my Mecca. I am not saying I’m never going to be able to find anything in them ever again, that would be a terrible statement to make. However I need to be more realistic about which parts of my fashion needs they will now cater for. If I think back about the type of fashion I used to buy the most, it was party wear. Monday to Friday I was in workwear and then on a weekend I liked to party. Each weekend I needed a new outfit and each Saturday I would flock to purchase a new disco frock. Well it is fair to say that those days are well and truly done. I’d much rather go for brunch and eat an overpriced avo on toast than dance in the local cheesy nightclub in 6 inch stilettos. I’d love to know how I used to walk in heels, someone tell me the secret? Anyhow heels aside, I am now much more partial to purchasing a statement coat, a slogan knit and some form of metallic footwear (heeless of course).Just A Uniform coloured hairJust A Uniform colourJust A Uniform blue hairIt has taken quite a bit of research, I have had to go window shopping A LOT, someone feel sorry for me here? But I have now found a couple of stores that meet my extremely demanding needs.

First up Monki, OMG, what did I do before Monki? Yup this whole outfit is from, you guessed it, Monki. This shop is the one, every time I go in there I come out with something. A lot of their garments have the statement factor, lots of colour, lots of slogans and plenty of metallics too. Their pieces fit wonderfully, I have actually found comfortable jeans in there, and do you want to know the best bit, it’s priced reasonably. That’s the one thing that I have found as I have moved away from my old high street stores, as my taste has changed, so has the price. I love the layout and the design of the store too. I have come to realise that this is important to me as I have gotten a “bit” older. I need space, I need inspiration, I need clothes aesthetically displayed, I need nice shop assistants, oh and I also need fabulous music. Monki gives me all of this, I love you Monki, Thank you.

Also high up there are the likes of & Other Stories, I am in love with the new season pieces that are filtering in there at the moment. I have my beady eyes on a floaty floral dress and pink round bag combo at the moment. New on my radar are Weekday, their denim is soooo good and you can have it tailored in store too, that’s the sort of service that I am talking about. Coincidentally all of the named brands are Swedish, is that where my style is going? Who knows?

Just A Uniform - pink jumper
Photos by the ever so talented Jaide Poppy

I’d love to know if you’ve been through a similar experience, have you outgrown certain brands? If so where do you shop now? Go onnnn leave me a little comment, lets have a chat.

BIG LOVE,

Siobhan

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12 Comments

  1. Great post, I feel the same but for different reasons… a few years ago I’d spend hours and hours shopping in cities. Now I just don’t have the patience lol! I can’t bare it. I’ll sometimes pop in to zara, Topshop, H&M and Primark but when I say sometimes I’m talking every other month haha! I much prefer to shop online from the comfort of my own home instead of getting caught up in the people rush! Lots of love xxx Imogen

    imogenrose.co.uk

    1. OOOO yes I’m so with you, I love online shopping. Who wants to carry bags? I like to look around the shops then order digitally, the shops are like a show space now. BIG LOVE xx

  2. Oh my god YES to this! I’m having it happen right now and have been for a while…spending ages in shops I thought I loved and seeing absolutely nothing I genuinely want to own. And it is definitely because what I used to shop for was something cute to wear for the next ‘mad one’ at the weekend haha – whereas now I’d prefer to either be at home or exploring somewhere new. Bloody love Monki, I don’t shop there enough! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    1. Oh thank goodness I’m not alone!! Isn’t it the best!! They need to open even more stores. BIG LOVE

  3. I loved reading this post and I totally relate. A few years back I realised that if I ever get asked ‘where do you normally buy your clothes from’ I just couldn’t answer. And it was because non of the shops were ‘my shops’ any more. I’ve always liked an unusual style (and by that I mean, I’m not a carbon copy of every one else) but when I was in my 20’s I could at least by a full outfit on the high street. Not any more! And I’ve grown to love it – I pick and choose as I find things, and I just wear and restyle clothes I’ve worn before. I’m so glad you mentioned & Other Stories, because that’s pretty much the only shop I make a beeline for when I see it.

    1. I’m so glad I am not alone! and yaaasss I love restyling my clothes. Isn’t & Other Stories the dream? They have so many amazing pieces in at the moment!! BIG LOVE x

  4. Loved reading this post, the heels thing just makes me chuckle. How did we manage it? I need to shop in monki more as the bits I do have I love.

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