Post # 1
I used to care more about my appearance when it came to clothes and accessories. I need to look professional sometimes – I own a real estate office and even though I work from home I do have 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? By The Way, I’m also in the throes of menopause which means hot flashes and the need for comfort.
Post # 3
I’ve lost mine too. Well, I never really had one. Commenting to follow and to bump.
Post # 4
What about leggings and dresses, I am big and I find that really comfy and flattering. You can wear cardis or dress them up with a blazer. I wear that for work and casual.
Post # 5
I just heard about this new website you might want to try: www.stitchfix.com
I haven’t used it but friends have and love it. It is a personal shopper kinda thing. You tell them your sizes, price point and styles you like and they send you clothes that match your profile. Sounds fun!
Post # 6
It really depends on what your shape is.
Would you describe yourself as hourglass, apple, pear, etc…?
Do any of your favorite stores have a personal shopping feature (J. Crew, Anthropologie & I think Nordstrom have a free service that others might have too) and they can help you learn what works on your body again.
I would also suggest maybe finding some inspiration from magazines or on Pinterest of outfits that you like and see how you can modify the clothes to work for your body!
ETA: Simple layers I find are the best way to start. Find some nice tops and then sweaters/cardis/blazers to go over (that you can remove if you have any hot flashes). Look for the basics first and then branch out from there!
Post # 7
I hear you. My LO is only one month old, but beginning with pregnancy it seems like my focus shifted entirely to her. Money, care, etc. I’ve been wearing sneakers and jeans everywhere for the past month…and honestly, sometimes slippers and yoga pants. LOL.
I love this web site- jseverydayfashion.com
She posts really cute outfits that are affordable. I definitely don’t have her body, but find the outfits good inspiration for shopping or putting things together from my closet.
If you don’t have to dress up I think a couple great fitting pairs of jeans with some feminine tops and cardigans and jackets always looks really nice.
I agree with going somewhere with a personal shopper. You could buy one or two things there, and learn what styles look best on your body, then take that knowledge somewhere cheaper!
I think the LOFT does personal shopping? And J Crew (way too expensive for me, though!)