Post # 1
I used to care more about my appearance when it came to clothes and accessories. A lot of things have happened in my life recently that have caused a ton of stress and I’m exhausted so much of the time. But, I do need to look professional sometimes – I own a real estate office and even though I work from home I often go to see clients. I got discouraged after I gained weight with a thyroid problem 3 years ago and I couldn’t seem to figure out what looks good on me anymore. I didn’t want to spend money on new clothes to put on a body I didn’t like.
However, now I can’t even seem to remember how to put an outfit together! I’ve made peace with the body – I’m starting back to the gym just to feel healthier and less depressed. I HATE to shop and now I also hate the clothes I own and the way I dress. It’s easier just to wear jeans (I only own 2 pairs and I wear them into the ground) and sweaters. I have some money coming in that I could devote to new clothes, but I really don’t know where to begin.
I always wear makeup and get a good haircut, but clothes are my issue. Any thoughts on how to get back in the game? BTW, I’m also in the throes of menopause which means hot flashes and the need for comfort.
Post # 3
I feel exactly the same way you do. I work from home part-time and the other half I’m in the office. My office seems to be full of tall, thin woman who dress very professional (they deal with clients, I don’t) and I often feel self-conscious around them since I’m usually in a sweater set while they all wear the latest fashion trends and accessories to the fullest. I am a size 16 and as I gained weight I found myself finding something that just fit and then buying it in every color it came in. I used to think I looked fine for work but lately I’ve noticed that my clothes look a little worn but I have NO desire to go shopping. I used to love shopping and now I just find it overwhelming. I also get discouraged because most of what I try on doesn’t look so great on me so I end up buying a trusty cardigan and another pair of black dress pants….BORING!
Post # 4
My favorite thing to do is look through fashion bloggers’ posts to see what they’re wearing and get inspiration. Some of it is too out there for me, but Sidewalk Ready and Kendi Everyday have cute outfits that aren’t crazy. Go for classic pieces with some trendy things thrown in, and make sure that things fit properly. This is a good checklist, and then here’s a great visual one, too.
Post # 6
I was always told to dress the way you want to feel! Start off by figuring out what your body shape is! You can then figure out styles that work best for that body type. I am plus sized, and have been that way for most of my life, but it is just about finding things that you like that compliment your body and trust me the options are out there!! Good Luck!!
Post # 7
@vorpalette: Love those blogs!
I study pinterest a lot for ideas about what to purchase or how to reimagine my existing wardrobe pieces.
Post # 8
@MissTatas: Me too 🙂
My other advice is to try everything on. I hate trying on clothes, but it’ll save you from regretting and returning later!