Post # 1
I’m hoping the hive can help me with some fashion choices. I am a 25 year old female living in hot Georgia, who is moving to England in about three weeks. I’m pretty overweight, and am working on that, but in the meantime I need some clothes to take with me. I have an apple shaped body and find it hard to find clothes that fit nicely due to my large belly, large chest, large arms and round shoulders.
Basically I only use to buy clothes when I went to visit my now DH in England and I haven’t been in 2 years. In that time my body and style choices have changed so I don’t have much to work with in my exsisting collection. I am also doing this on the cheap, hopefully under 200 dollars and using stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, JC Pennys, thrift stores etc. Luckily I can probably only take 1 or 2 suitcases of clothes… so its not like I could buy loads even if i could afford it.
I should mention that I was laid off about a year ago, so my current rotation of clothes includes 1-2 pairs of jeans that arent the most comfortable, 2-3 nice tops, and lots of lounge pants and oversized tshirts that I wouldn’t wear in public.
I’m moving to a beach town with a laid back attitude, but it will still get cold in the winter. My husbands family is trying to incorporate us into their business so work attire is not necessary. I will probably get a cashier job until January and then start with the family company… and in the even that I get a corportate job, I will buy the appropiate clothes then. I’m going for a cute comfortable look as we will be doing lots of walking but I want to be able to dress up and dress down the pieces since I can only buy so much.
Can anyone help me out? I know its a lot to ask. I’ve just gone through all my clothes and I don’t have any staple pieces… just coverups and cute sheer tops to put over staple pieces…
Also, if their are any overweight females that have the lower belly budge, how do you find jeans to fit that area properly?
Post # 3
I live in black leggings & tunic style tops. Dresses with stretch. Bootcut black trousers with stretch.
Post # 4
@Soon2BD-CBee: I’ve never worn leggings before.. they are like really thick pantyhose/tights…. you can’t see through them right?
Post # 5
I don’t usually wear typical leggings, but those thick looks-like-pants-but-aren’t leggings that you sometimes find at Marshalls and the like. I like them because they have pockets and zero chance of being see-through. I wear them with long tunic-type shirts because… leggings are not jeans.
They are, however, not breathable and that can be uncomfortable.
Anyway, I wanted to reccomend this site:
I’m doing the same thing (revamping my whole wardrobe) and was thinking that perhaps I can build it in a way that grows with me. Might be useful to look through (though you don’t have to be a “minimalist” to have a capsule wardrobe, you sound like a good candidate for one anyway)
Post # 6
@MellowPossum: they are not like tights there are no feet. They are thick enough not to be see through.
Post # 7
@CakeyP: Thank you for the site! I like the idea of having a signature look… it seems simple and financially possible.
Post # 8
@Soon2BD-CBee: where have you been able to find tunics? I never can.
Post # 10
Stick to basics – a nice black wrap sweater that can be layered, some nice cardigans that can be layered in various colors, scarves, etc. Layer layer layer. I love leggings – I live in San Fran which has a winter not unlike the shoulder seasons in England. A nice knee-length rain coat would also be a good investment – might not happen on your budget at the moment, but keep an eye out for a deal when you’ve got more cash handy! Luckily, the fall/winter stuff all just came out, so you should have some good options!
Post # 11
I was just about to suggest the EXACT same thing as the first poster!
Leggings (or even yoga pants, skinny and crops) with long tunics and flowy shirts.
Post # 12
How many days are you going to leave the house per week?
I’m pregnant for the first time, so I only actually have 3 shirts that are out-of-the-house acceptable right now.
I would buy one or two pairs of jeans and 2-3 shirts to start with. I would probably get those new, since the tend to be the most worn.
I would then check out a used store, and pick up 2-3 nice tops and 2-3 cardigans.
That should be enough to get you by at LEAST for the first month you’re there!
Post # 13
I’ll be leaving the house a lot. My inlaws own a vinyl record store so we will go out with them to check out new bands and such. Also, my husband has a lot of friends that we haven’t seen in two years and I’m looking to get to know them better and try to be more comfortable in English social settings. Part of this has to do with my look, as I do have some low self confidence due to my weight but I am now learning to A, take control of it, and B, embrace myself as I am and not try to hide.
On leggings – are any of you girls plus sized? I ask because is it acceptable to wear leggings if you are a bigger girl. They are skin tight, correct?
I am really appreciating the help. I’m making a pinterest board to try to see what style I like if anyone wants to check it out.
It looks like I’m gravitating to light layers.
Post # 14
Forever 21 has plus sizes, and they’re really cheap. You can get a solidly expansive wardobe for $200 without a problem I’m sure. Also, JC Penny’s has completely revamped their selection and has some good stuff!
Or Nordstrom Rack.
Post # 15
Definitely check the sale racks at Lane Bryant if you have one. They have some cute stuff. Talbots has plus-sizes and while I won’t pay their regular prices, they have really good sales and quality stuff.
Post # 16
@MellowPossum: My go to outfit for hiding stuff is loose cardigans in bright colors over a black tank. You can get the tank longer to hide your belly. Pair with big earrings or a statement necklace and you will look great!