Post # 1
I am the worlds worst at fashion & I am the best dressed person probably in my family! The rest of my family are strictly jeans and tee shirt kind of people. I do really like to look nice and want to look sophisticated and sexy and professional but my wardrobe is very limited because i HATE clothes shopping, because nothing ever fits right. But i am so sick of my wardrobe. I am 26 years old. I am very petite about 4ft 9in tall and have tiny feet size 5 and sometimes even they are too big. I tend to have to shop in the juniors section alot and most of the time the clothes just dont fit my style or my age but fit my body better. I am also a very pale skinned redhead and i feel alot of colors just dont look well on me.
OK so let me start by saying that I am at work 85% of the time at work i wear a somewhat BLAH uniform. It is strictly Black Pants, Black Shoes, a solid colored shirt (this just recently strayed from solid white or solid grey) & a black apron. I am not allowed to wear any patterns . This is my uniform for work… well as cold weather has arrived I pull out all of my winter clothes and realize that my winter wardrobe is pretty BLAH! I realized that I work so much i pretty much have stopped buying anything but work clothes because I dont get much opportunity to wear them. Because on off days if I am just staying home I love being in my pajamas and it is not uncommon for me to just shower and go from one pair of pjs to a clean pair.
I updated my spring summer wardrobe but I think other than some new solid shirts for work I have been wearing the same winter wardrobe for about 3 years.
My winter closet consists of nothing basically I have a ton of solid colored long sleeve shirts usually all are tee shirt or thermal style … nothing to nice usually whatever is cheap at walmart or target because I have ruined so many clothes with color and bleach at work that I dont like to pay alot.
Right now seriously other than about 6 pair of black pants… I have 2 pair of grey dress pants 1 has pin stripes & my one lonley pair of faded out blue jeans that fit me well. I have 3-4 solid colored sweaters I think most have come from old navy and they arent very dress i feel like they look good with nothing but jeans. …and a couple have little pill balls on them so they have seen their better days.And maybe 2 hoodies and a pullover fleece. I also have one black cardigan sweater that is long sleeve that I wear over dresses and such on chilly days in the summer.
I have 1 pair of cute shoes that are winter appropriate but they are brown boots with a chunky heel.. not good when it is slick outside and not very warm.(most boots are too big at the top of my legs bc i am so petite) Almost all of my other shoes are not winter appropriate except my tennis shoes. I have no heels that arent open toe and backless
I do have several cute jackets and scarfs so this is a plus i guess but I just feel so BLAH and uncute in the summer. I never know what to wear expecially because I tend to be cold. I never know how to dress up in the winter. I usually wear alot of dresses in the summer with wedges and flip flips but what dresses are appropriate in the winter? How can i dress up and look nice but still stay warm to go to Christmas Parties? Date Nights with my Husband? And Church?
I just feel lost…. I have a very limited budget right now so I definately want some budget friendly ideas. I have been googling ideas and i just feel so lost.
I would love to know how you bees dress up your winter looks. I would like to know some staple items that I should have in my closet that I dont already. I would love to see some ideas or pictures of things that can be mixed up to create different looks.
Post # 3
I am in need of some major fashion help but Old Navy is having a Buy 1 Sweater, Get 1 Free sale all week! There are some cute ones with embellishments on them. I hope this helps some! I feel like I wear the same thing to work every day. Cardigan with a top underneath and black pants. I’ve tried buying a few scarfs but never wear them. I’ve gotten a little more adventurous with prints and colors but I still need major help!
Post # 4
I wear a lot of black leggings, long sweaters, etc. I love layering – today I wore black leggings, a white tank top, and a long hunter green cardigan.
Post # 5
Holy… well at least I am not the only one that feels blah! I just feel so blah in the winter and feel like i always look like a slob bc i think i focus more on staying warm… but…. I want to be able to look chic and still be warm
Post # 6
@Linz1231: What did you wear on your feet? was your cardigan buttoned part of the way all of the way ? Not at all? I see girls wearing sweaters and leggings and some looks chic and i love that look but i have seen some including a friend of mine and its looks well i hate to say it but like…. hmm you really need some pants on… At what length does the sweater become appropriate worn as a dress?
All of the sweater dresses i have tried on just seem to swallow up my body bc they are made so straight or they are short sleeved… i dunno I need my long sleeves in the winter even indoors
Post # 7
@FutureMrs.Harless – Haha, I know what you mean, my sweaters always cover my butt 🙂 I have a lot of sweater dresses that are long enough that I don’t wear leggings, just a pair of patterned tights. I also have a few pairs of black skinny dress pants.
Today I wore the cardigan open with black flats. To work I probably would wear heels.
Most of my shoes are black – mostly heels, but flats too. I am not a big boots person. Most of my sweaters are long sleeved too. I have one sweater dress that is cream colored and short sleeved, but I layer a blazer over it.
I layer a LOT – I am very petite and I get cold very easy!
Post # 8
Core wradrobe pieces will help you dress for any situation:
A suit. Even if you don’t work in a suit environment, you’ll need one for job searches, interviews, or photo ops. Change the blouse and your accessories, and it can do double duty for a wedding, funeral, or business related event. Black and navy are classic choices, but any solid neutral will be fine.
A little black dress. Opt for a simple classic style that can be paired with a jacket and go from the boardroom to the dance floor with a change shoes and accessories.
Classic blazer. Find a color that coordinates with the suit, and you expand your versatility with just one piece.
Pair of tailored slacks. Forget the cropped and the hip huggers, and choose a traditional classic trouser cut in a neutral color that coordinates with your suit.
Blouse. One dynamite blouse that can be dressed up or down, making it suitable for business or evening wear. Choose a simple style that will look good under a suit or tucked into jeans. White is the most classic, but any basic color will do.
Jeans. These are not your garden variety work in the garden jeans. These are jeans that fit you like a glove and make you look and feel like a million bucks!
Add in layering pieces-tees, sweaters, scarves(this winter an infinity scarf),
shoes-basic black pumps, casual flats(not runners), athletic shoes, short boots, tall black boots.
With these pieces you can mix an match many different outfits.
When I stopped wearing uniforms, I used to look through magaziines, pick out an outfit that I liked the look of, then figure out how I could duplicate that look with items in my wardrobe.
Post # 9
I’ve been buying a lot of fun scarves and tights. I feel like that can be a cheap, easy way to dress up an outfit.
I’m in FL so it’s not as cold (but in the 30’s this weekend). I just take my summer dresses and put leggings or tights under them, and a long sleave shirt under it too.
Post # 10
Ugh, I completely know how you feel. It is so cold here, but there are times when I want to dress up a little. I really want to try and pull off the tall boot look, but feel like I just can’t pull it together when I get to the store.
Post # 11
I wear a lot of sweater dresses and tights. Or skinny jeans+sweaters+boots in the winter.
Ann Taylor Loft has a petite section–try that! It’s a more grown up style
Post # 12
@ejs4y8 – same here – skinny jeans, boots and longer sweaters, or sweater dresses with tights and boots. Victoria’s Secret online has a TON of cute sweaterdresses on sale/clearance right now, I just got 5 for $150!
Post # 13
I think a nice pair of black leater boots (low heel) is an asset to any wardrobe. I hear Steve Madden has a skinnier calf than other brands if you’re looking for somehting more form fitting on petit legs. Also, take advantage of your small shoe size and check out the girls section at Nordstrom. A lot of higher end brands will make nice girls boots which look like the adult ones but cost less. A women’s size 5 is a girls size 3 (my grandma wore this size and I remember how difficult shoe shopping was with her, she often bought childrens shoes). As far as clothes, I think you can very easily add a few pieces pair your boots with a sweater dress (if you are liking a shortsleeved one, wear one of your many long sleeve shirts under it for warmpth. I really like blazers for polishing off a look these days, roll the sleeves and pair it with jeans to make it more casual or throw it over a t-shirt dress. Wear a button down or t-shirt or even a sweater underneath. Scarves are also popular for their ability to acessorize a plain outfit as well as add warmpth. H&M is always a good place for nice affordable scarves. I think a cable knit sweater is a wardrobe staple as well- you can wear it alone or with a collar underneath or even layer over a long T. I don’t believe in leggings as pants and reserve my leggings for dresses or short skirts. It sounds like you need a nice pair of jeans. Look for something you can pair with heels or a nice ballet flat, maybe a dark wash.
I find that in improving my wardrobe I need to let go of stores like Old Navy and American Eagle and move on to more adult shops like J. Crew, Ann Taylor and department stores. Good luck!
Post # 14
i also do the sweater dress/leggings/boots this winter. And skinny jeans. I was so afraid of skinny jeans for the longest time and finally took the plunge and bought a pair 2 months ago – and i haven’t looked back!
I also agree with the previous posters about Ann Taylor Loft. It’s my favorite store.
Post # 15
My winter wardrobe consists of:
- jeans…I love jeans. I prefer bootcut although I do have a couple pairs of skinny jeans. I also have denim trousers which I can get away with wearing at work.
- cardigans…I LOVE cardigans. I think they can work well with slacks or jeans. I usually pair them either with a button down shirt or a camisole top.
- blazers…I wear denim ones with my slacks and I also own corduroy and regular blazers. They work well with jeans, slacks, and dresses so I LOVE blazers
- Slacks…I have to wear these year round so I wouldn’t really consider them winter clothes. I prefer cuffed trousers b/c they seem a bit more dressy to me…not sure why
- Scarves…I have a ton of scarves in various colors to give my wardrobe some pop.
- Accessories…I prefer funky earrings and chunky bracelets. It’s another way to give your outfit some umph
Post # 16
I totally understand!! I look at my female co-workers and love the style/clothes they wear, but can’t go shopping for the life of me!