(Closed) Dressing myself UGH!!!!

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

just wear dresses and you don’t have to worry about your inseam, or matching stuff together 😉

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

There you go. lol. I mostly have trouble finding shirts that fit my chest, or jeans that fit my thighs and aren’t huge in the waist. So an old pair of jeans and t-shirts for me…when I’m not at work. lol.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I have the opposite problem! I have really short legs, and most jeans drag on the ground. 🙁

I know what you mean about putting outfits together, too – I have a hard time with that sometimes!!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

fashionunder100.net

awesome place to go and she even helps put things together, if you email her.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

While I was in medical school I went through a phase where I tried anything and everything on… even if I thought it would look heinous.  Some things were as I expected and some were surprises.  But if I found something that looked good, I definitely made a note of it.  Now I know exactly what kinds of pants, shirts, dresses and skirts are going to look good on me.

However, I’m often lazy and just go for comfort!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Nope. I have a problem finding the money I need to buy all of the outfits I want to  put together!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

i just washed a red towel with my vacation clothes and turned a bunch of clothes pink!  Too bad it came out blotchy, otherwise it may not have been so bad.  So, i can put outfits together, but never wear them more than once b/c they’re ruined.  sighhh

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Melissabegins – that stinks!  My mom once turned ALL of our whites yellow (she washed a gold shirt by accident). 

I always thought it would be great to have a personal shopper.  I love new clothes but I hate finding them and putting outfits together.  If I ever win the lottery that will be my first change.  Well, that and a chauffeur – I hate to drive!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I think everyone goes through a time where they are just trying to find what looks best on their body. Try Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style – he has a check list of clothing that every woman needs to own.

1. Basic Black Dress 2. Trench coat 3. Classic dress pants 4. White shirt 5. Jeans 6. Cashmere sweater 7. Skirt 8. Day dress 9. Blazer 10. Sweat suit alternative

Keep in mind that it is near impossible to buy clothing off the rack and have it fit your body perfect. Find a good seamstress and invest the money into making ok-fitting clothing look like it was made for your body. Or get clothing made for you – find styles and cuts that look great on you and have a seamstress make some pieces. 

Invest in classic pieces than go to discount stores like TJ Maxx for trendy pieces at lower prices.

80% of the clothing I buy gets brought to my seamstress and altered – pants have to be hemmed due to my short legs and the waists are taken in since my thighs and booty require a 14 while my waist is a 12. Same thing goes with dress shirts – I buy them to fit my boobs and have it taken in at the waist.  

Good luck finding your personal style!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

 I LOVE Tim Gunn and his show.  I think his Basic 10 garment list is good.

But I disagree with him about the basic colors.

I look terrible in white and black.  I can wear black only for pants and skirts.

The key to putting outfits together is color.  All the colors you wear near your face and arms/hands should flatter your skin.  The color of your tops should also make your hair color look gorgeous.

I’ve been drawing and painting since I could hold a crayon.  Plus I have taken advanced color theory classes at the college level.

A side biz of mine is to go into a home or business space and help the owner choose color for their walls and furnishings.  (FUN!)  We always wind up talking about garment colors that most flatter them.

If you can’t afford someone like me, I suggest you find a college student.  First choice would be one attending an art school.  Second choice would be an art major at a 4 year or graduate school.

Pay them or offer something they need, like homemade lasagne or casseroles.  Students don’t eat well.

Have them take you to your local Home Depot paint dept and tell you which paint colors on the cards look best on you. 

Be certain to have her compare the paint color cards to your face and hair when you are standing near a window with outdoor daylight before she presents you with her final choice.

Take your best color paint rectangles with you when you shop will save you thousands of dollars in the future because you won’t be making any color mistakes.   True that!!!

 

 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had the same problem, but having to dress nice for work has given me a nice sense of style, if I do say so myself.  I buy all my dress pants at NY&CO, since they have petite, regular and tall pant sizes. I’m almost 5’9″ barefoot, and about 5’11” (I don’t wear tall dress shoes cuz I have foot issues) and I love their tall pants.  I can wear heels and the pants still just graze the ground.  If I were you, I’d just spend some quality time alone with your closet. Pull out what you own, try a pair of pants on and some shirts with it, switch it up, and see what you like together and what you don’t like together. I’ve surprised myself with some outfits. I’m really working on wearing everything I own now, I’m currently only wearing about 60% of my clothes, and FI has been really great about not commenting on my buying clothes as much as I do…but in my defense I only shop the clearance section, won’t pay more than $10 for a shirt unless I truly love it, and only buy any piece of clothing when its at least half off

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Oh and another thing about NY&CO, they always have some kind of sale going on, they just had a BOGO free pants sale. I got 4 pairs of $50 dress pants for $90 shipped to me, since I also had a $25 coupon. I don’t think I’ve ever paid full price for anything that I’ve bought there

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Wow, that’s quite the inseam. Most designer jeans are made to longer inseams (they work on tall me + 4″ heels), but maybe not 40″.

Skirts will probably work if length is an issue. There are some great casual skirts that are almost as comfortable as jeans.

Post # 16
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Worker bee

I love my jeans and t-shirts, too.  You can also dress up your casual look–a nice leather jacket or a blazer.  I have these great long, beaded necklaces my great-grandmother gave me, from the 1920s (she and her sisters made them, and used to sell them).  Somehow they really transform the look!

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