Style me or point me in the right direction please

(8 Posts)
InAClothesRut Sun 24-Apr-16 20:34:24

I have realised I have a wardrobe of stuff I don't wear, and maybe 4 items of clothing I do wear. I have a little bit of money tucked away and I think it's time to look into capsule wardrobing, except, I don't know where to start. I can't really afford to do a personal shopper, can anyone help?

I'm 26, 32F/G, 10/12 on bottom, 5'7ish. Job requires smart/casual dress, office work wear not appropriate. I know I'm asking for miracles, but any push in the right direction would be helpful! I'm just tired of looking washed out in the same outfit 4 times a week.

Quickchangeup Sun 24-Apr-16 20:54:09

I think that some department stores have a free personal shopper service. Would that be it be of use to you?

Itscurtainsforyou Sun 24-Apr-16 21:13:05

If you can't get a personal shopper (I've heard good things about john lewis) I would do the following:

Identify your best colours (that look good or you feel good in) - this includes neutral colours (I use brown and grey as black drains me)

Identify your shape - there are tools on Pinterest that you can use to find your body shape ( by putting in your measurements) and also to identify what style of clothes fit your shape.

Then I'd figure out what you need. There are loads of pages/Pinterest pins on what a capsule wardrobe should consist of - eg two coats/jackets, three dresses, 4-5 trousers/skirts and 8 tops - use this as a baseline but tailor it to what you like (eg I would never wear skirts, so it's trousers all the way for me).

Then hit the shops/internet. Dressippi is another good source for identifying clothes that you might like depending on preferences etc. The Vivienne files is also good for seeing how colours can work together.

InAClothesRut Sun 24-Apr-16 21:40:05

I don't think I can find time to spare for a personal shopper, and all the shops I've seen it advertised in are pricier ones, I'll see what I can do, it just seems like a luxury. Pinterest, how could I forget about that! I just need a complete over haul, I don't even know what I suit anymore.

Itscurtainsforyou Sun 24-Apr-16 23:12:16

Imagine if your entire wardrobe disappeared/got damaged beyond repair - what would you buy to replace it? I think sometimes we're so tied to the things we own that it's hard to let go and do/wear something new.

I'll try to look out Pinterest links

Itscurtainsforyou Sun 24-Apr-16 23:20:39

Body shape & style:
http://visual.ly/guide-womens-clothing-based-body-type

I think I've added a picture of a potential capsule wardrobe approach

Itscurtainsforyou Sun 24-Apr-16 23:27:38

Also - how to do style sudoku (v similar to capsule wardrobe approach, makes sure lots of things go together to maximise the number of potential outfits:
http://su-sews-so-so.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/style-sudoku-how-to-build-capsule.html?m=1

There's lots of stuff on finding colours - this one could start you off:
https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/431501208019824763/

InAClothesRut Mon 25-Apr-16 09:28:06

Thanks Curtains I'll have a good nose through and see what I come up with. Honestly, I think I need to just give everything wearable to charity and really just start with nothing.

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