Mn Vogue vol. 2

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MarshaBrady Sun 02-Sep-12 11:25:06

For anyone who likes to talk about style, nice stuff that they've bought and so on.

DonaAna Sun 02-Sep-12 12:08:43

Thanks Marsha! The use of "Vogue" is ironic of course - and our inaugural edition can be found here.

This thread is also a safe place for anyone who needs ideas for a style makeover - most of us have struggled with our style at some point. <voiceover over>

Have just had a glass of Chianti for lunch and am feeling drowsy. Bedroom does not look very nice after the guerrilla wardrobe purge - I could use about 20 new clothes hangers and need to find motivation and time to do the repairs, laundering and dry cleaning. But getting rid of things I do not wear feels good - the rest of my clothes feel much nicer sorted by type and color. Should repeat this some other day for the drawers (knits, t shirts, vests, underwear, socks, scarves) and in the children's room. Oh and I forgot our coat cupboard <exhausted emoticon>

Over to you - anyone else willing to indulge in style autopsy? grin

MarshaBrady Sun 02-Sep-12 12:24:56

My wardrobe is like the mind. I only use 10% of stuff and can't bear to part with stuff. I have a good purge everyone so often and bags go out (I'm not motivated enough to ebay but probably should).

I saw quite a good movie the other day (meaning last year), Limitless. Where some guy took something and it made him use his whole brain. Was quite good. Can't remember if the whole 10% thing is an urban myth or not.

I'd love to use 100% of my wardrobe. Might be my new aim. I've so much stuff! Will see if I can do that analysis on my next clear out this week.

Yes I think we could simplify even more for the next one and drop the 'mn'. Love simplicity.

maisiebabe Sun 02-Sep-12 12:27:23

Am delurking after following Vogue part 1. After a HUGE wardrobe clear out I'm ebaying shoes, boots and trousers to pay for more shoes, boots & trousers I've already bought. Is that topsy turvy..? I have 3 pairs of suede ankle boots due to be delivered this week, ( all different colours btw): do I keep the taupe Ash jalouse or is £150 a silly amount of £ to spend on boots. And high maintenance light coloured, non waterproof boots at that. But so pretty! smile

MarshaBrady Sun 02-Sep-12 12:37:55

Hi Maisie, welcome! Yes if you love them, do. Can you protect them in some way?

What other ones are you getting?

People do so well on ebay I should really do it too.

DonaAna Sun 02-Sep-12 12:40:20

Marsha the Pareto principle or the 80/20 rule is not an urban myth - and it means that I wear 20% of my clothes 80% of time... It's also obvious I should use 80% of my clothing budget to buy the most frequently used 20%.

Merino, silk and cotton look good after years of use - a couple of viscose impulse purchases look droopy already after a few wears. Polyester lasts forever but I never feel like wearing polyester... A polyester Zara dress bought a few months ago already looks sad, dated and ready for recycling sad

DonaAna Sun 02-Sep-12 12:45:42

Maisie sometimes you love an item enough to justify the faff of maintenance grin. <wish I had fewer suede boots>

Mymumsdaughter Sun 02-Sep-12 12:46:39

Dona that is what I try to do although it has been hard to be organiseed re colour and stykes that work together I am 18 months in to reordering my wardrobe to make it all work for me and it is becoming better Also I am using accessories
A lot more

maisiebabe Sun 02-Sep-12 12:53:30

Thank you! Re ebay, I really hope i can get the sales other people have but i never do. Its like the mad house prices a few years ago which passed me by too. Poor me wink.
Have the Ash boots under my bed guitily and try them on surreptitiously with new and old trousers while frantically searching for cheaper as nice alternatives- hence the Schuh tan ( and lack, to go with Zara blue animal print cropped jeans) purchase. Think can only really protect with spray but that's fairly useless in Scottish autumns & winter. Would end up carrying them around to wear indoors!
Other boots ordered are top shop studded navy flat suede boots. I really do need to learn to link.
Am sending back the Uniqlo grey cords- v comfy but wanted a deeper grey. The search for jeans alternative continues...
Would you know I was on maternity leave and existing on flat rate pay?! Spam and beans for tea all September!

AntPants1 Sun 02-Sep-12 13:17:34

Dona. Have pinned a lovely cream wool dress from French Connection on my printerest "things I am lusting after" board.

DonaAna Sun 02-Sep-12 13:26:55

Thanks Ants - t'is lovely! <giggles at artichoke color - surely they mean canned artichoke> A very strong contender, no synthetics and the shade looks just right. How would you style it? would wear mine with the mink stole obviously

Just found my Zara feather vest from last winter. Slightly moulty <cough, cough> but love it!

DonaAna Sun 02-Sep-12 13:33:44

MMD I did the big purge in an hour <couldn't be bothered to get the clothes hanging box from the cellar though> but have been redefining my style for much longer (obviously making some mistakes along the way.

Maisie buying multiples always lands me in trouble - in the end I always love one over the others and the net result is sad almost unworn clothes and shoes - so be sure you really love all of them. If not, send some back?

AntPants1 Sun 02-Sep-12 13:44:40

Dona I have an ancient pair of conker brown boots. Or perhaps ash Jalouse? I'd probably add a scarf and killer jewellery.

Hopefully Sun 02-Sep-12 13:47:26

If you love the Jalouse boots, keep them (and spray protect regularly). If you don't absolutely adore them, send them back.

You know what, ever since I sent the Marant boots back I've been idly regretting it. I think, in hindsight, the cost of re-soling every couple of months would have been worth it, as I don't love either of the cheaper pairs I bought nearly as much, so they haven't been worn as much.

Dona The Pareto principle is exactly what i've been looking for to explain something work-related. Thank you!

Am loving having a purge of my clothes as I put them away. Am going to be equally ruthless with the boys clothes - will post on my process afterwards, as I am rather pleased with it.

Attempting to get the entire house unpacked and tidied away today so I can start work tomorrow. Wildly optimistic, but going better than anticipated due to DS1 & 2 both napping for two hours (DS1 hasn't napped for about a year. I think the house move may have slightly taken it out of him!)

maisiebabe Sun 02-Sep-12 13:48:03

dona I swear every season that I will only buy what I truly love and cannot live without. However, ( raises eyes to the heavens and fondles rosary) I confess many shoes, shirts etc etc are mouldering in drawers in a sartorial version of un played with Toy Story toys [sad face].
But! This season and this boot delivery it will be different! It will, it will....

pickledsiblings Sun 02-Sep-12 14:19:15

Hello, thanks for the new thread Marsha smile.

Popcornia Sun 02-Sep-12 14:31:01

Dona & Marsha, your musings on the pareto principle and wardrobes (and my ongoing thinking around interview styling) have me thinking. I AM doing a lot of thinking at the moment about my style and what I like to wear/need to wear/look good wearing.

This interview is an interesting litmus test for me, because it's a) slightly new territory - I have always worked in suit-light environments, while this org practically lives in them, and b) is coming at a time when I've been noticing a difference between what I wear for enjoyment and what I wear for different situations.

Dona, please tell me more about how you use red interviews. Dress? Blouse? I have been looking at LK Bennett but am not sure about the celebrated Davina, not because it doesn't work (it does) but because it's so highly discussed I'd worry about joining an army of Davina clones! I've also tried this on, with it's matching jacket - both very good fits, though it's always so dark in Ted Baker I couldn't really say if the colour works on me or not. Or if it's "red" enough.

Marsha, jury is very out. I am fairly uninsipired by my navy suit, although I know there's nothing actually wrong with it. It's just not feeling fun, IFYWIM.

marsha Thanks for new thread and dona for the disclaimer wink

I have now sorted and decluttered all my wardrobe and drawers. Packed up most of the high summer stuff already. Today may be one of the last summery days. Wearing top to toe Cos: navy dress and platform sandals. And silver MJ crossbody bag.

Welcome to all delurkers!

MarshaBrady Sun 02-Sep-12 16:00:41

Yes I know what you mean Pop. I don't own a suit, but if I keep doing client stuff I will have to get something. I'm a bit allergic to suits anyway and prefer to mix it up a bit.

The last interview I had I adored the outfit - pale apricot APC jumper, mustard Bruno skinny belt, ecru Sandro skirt and Kors purple pumps. The colours were very unofficey and I felt great. Which is the key isn't it. Some of that marching confidence.

big wave to lovely names on here, and de-lurkers.

MarshaBrady Sun 02-Sep-12 16:06:38

Hopefully yes I feel like that about Marant. I wish I had bought the Poppy shoes. And the boots were lovely too. Are you in your new place? Congratulations!

Ants conker brown and scarf etc sounds perfect.

Fritzi great outfit.

Thanks for the Pareto principle Dona good to put a name to my wardrobe inefficiency.

Hi Pickled!

cheesesarnie Sun 02-Sep-12 16:12:22

after managing a wardrobe clear out a couple of weeks ago, i almost gave in and brought more shoes and bags on Friday!
i am doing well in keeping only what i really wear, not what i 'like'.

went out for dinner last night wearing a black shift dress and red ballet pumps. lovely place with lovely food and atmosphere. shame my children's good behaviour only lasted half way through the meal!

Popcornia Sun 02-Sep-12 16:18:12

Marsha, your last interview outfit sounds gorgeous. I can think of a number of clients where that sort of thing would be perfect.

For my last interview (as a freelancer) I wore black cigarette trousers, a white silk shirt with a very subtle grey leopard print, a grey crew neck jumper and a black blazer with my coral suede loafers. I accessorized with this necklace, and I wore my hair up in a loose chignon. That's a very "me" outfit.

This suit business is all a bit different. It's all sort of more grown up that what I usually do. (Wibble.)

MarshaBrady Sun 02-Sep-12 16:23:12

Oh yes that sounds really gorgeous too Pop.

I can see that it will be hard to leave the freedom to wear just that sort of thing to a suit. But there must be a way to enjoy it. A Stella M suit? Now that would be a fine thing. (I know, also a break the bank type thing)

Cheese sounds great!

cheesesarnie Sun 02-Sep-12 16:25:09

pop- that sounds lovely

Mymumsdaughter Sun 02-Sep-12 16:32:53

Well the elusive black cigarette trousers are still elusive I've found some lovley layering tops thanks to amber and Hopefully so am considering using budget for trousers on tops and then the trousers will appear - dilemmas

Fab shoes and undies that define yoyu help make suit wearing more you I find whilst allowing corporate look outside

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