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Whole new wardrobe needed... And advice on shops!

(17 Posts)
Trazzletoes Sat 30-Mar-13 15:53:32


I'm size 16 (sigh) and 5'8" and mid-30s.. I live in the same style clothes I wore as a student, but most of them are pre-pregnancy and far too small

I have £250 to spend. I know it's not much but I need a few things to give my wardrobe a bit of a kick-start.

I also still shop in the same shops I went in as a student but sadly am not a teenager anymore so suspect am a bit mutton dressed as lamb so advice on good shops would also be welcome!

I don't need stuff for nights out etc. just normal casual day stuff. By the way I have the ugliest knees known to man so can't wear anything that shows them.

Any help is very very welcome!

OneLittleLady Sat 30-Mar-13 15:56:59

I'd start with a pair of jeans or two in your preferred style, layering vests and tees in neutral colours, a dress, either tea dress or wrap style, leggings and/or opaque tights and a nice pair of boots. Dorothy Perkins and New look are good starting points for the dresses and jeans, Primark is good for cheap layering vests and tees. That's where I'd start myself.

TwllBach Sat 30-Mar-13 16:03:52

I won't be any help because I dress appallingly and have no style whatsoever, but I'm a size smaller than you and then same height so am watching with interest!

Snog Sat 30-Mar-13 21:39:30

Try white Stuff? I like their stuff right now

LadyBarlow Sun 31-Mar-13 09:35:54

Depends on your style really, I agree with oneLittleLady & would start with your preferred style of jeans & work from there. You need to try on some jeans, perhaps New Look? Personally I don't see why you can't still shop in the shops you used to shop in as a student- I do for some things & it's 20 yrs ago for me!!
I will make my confession now...I like a little bit of Boden blush plain stuff with no patterns, as I've found it good quality & worth the money, I like their straight leg jeans & I had a jersey blazer last yr that's lovely
I think it's a good idea to devote a few hrs/a day to go shopping & try stuff on, perhaps look on Pinterest to get some ideas of stuff you like. Sometimes the things you think will look crap can be fab!
I'm 39, curvy 12-14 & there's not 1 default shop I go to, my stuffs a mixture of Boden, phase eight dresses (in the sale!) topshop, monsoon, Dotty p's & loads more but for me Zara doesn't work - I just look too norky in everything! I also don't have much luck in h&m but I still go in sometimes just to see

pinkyponk67 Sun 31-Mar-13 12:34:17

I know what you mean OP, I havent have the time or money to just browse around the shops post DC so end up if I am not careful buying boring crap from M&s in my lunch hour.
Getting properly fitted for bras in Bravissimo has been almost life changing for me, being rather large of nork. Tops look 100% better. Check out the bra intervention thread if you haven't already done so!

xigris Sun 31-Mar-13 12:36:25

How about going to a big store like Debenhams and getting a personal shopper to help you? That's what I'm planning on doing in a few months if when I finally lose the baby weight!

Trazzletoes Sun 31-Mar-13 12:41:44

pinky thank you for the suggestion. I've already gone up 3 sizes thanks to sc and sorrel grin

I do like the stuff in Dorothy Perkins and was just a little concerned that, at 33, I'm a bit too old to shop there, but I think DP and Primark may well be my staples when I finally(!) get my afternoon's shopping!

I've not come across White Stuff before so will have a look.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I always buy my jeans from Next but they fit terribly and (embarrassingly) my fat legs wear through them in about 2 months. I suspect the only way around that is diet and exercise but that is going to have to wait right now.

Inthebeginning Sun 31-Mar-13 12:56:15

I'm 30 sad size 18 and same height as you. I have:
1pair jeans (dorothy Perkins)
1pair jeggings (sainsburys)
1pair leggings (sainsburys)
1 1950's dress from lady v
2 tea dresses (new look)
3long cardies (dp and primark)
Variety of long vests some with decoration on neckline (peacocks, primark, new look)
Several tops (new look, next primark)
2 1950's cardies (peacocks and Asda)
3 going out dresses (pepperberry, Dorothy Perkins)
Lots of scarves!
Two tunics
That sounds loads!! But I wear for work aswell!
Some I buy from ebay too to keep it cheaper. Then I'll wear long cardies, scarves, vests with leggings/jeggings, normal tops with jeans, tunics with leggings/jeggings, dresses with tights
Oh my god i'be rambled. Apologies!

onedev Sun 31-Mar-13 13:06:06

Watching with interest too as I struggle with casual clothes & hate shopping!

Trazzletoes Sun 31-Mar-13 15:01:33

I LOVE shopping grin it's just the time aspect.

landofsoapandglory Sun 31-Mar-13 15:07:17

Trazzle I hope you are not too old for Dorothy Perkins, because I'm 42 and still shop there! They have up to 30% off everything until midnight tomorrow, so perhaps have a look online for some basics like leggings, jeans, t-shirts. I noticed they had some really nice tunics and dresses as well when I looked this morning.

ToastedTeacakes Sun 31-Mar-13 15:33:44

Whoa, how can anyone be too old for dotty p's?

Seriously, free yourself and enjoy shopping! Don't allow all that sort of crap to interfere.

For mid thirties onwards I would suggest:
Dotty P's!
Toast (if you're tall and wealthy!)
Net a Porter (if you are even wealthier)
Next (it gets a lot of hate but there are occasional gems)

ToastedTeacakes Sun 31-Mar-13 15:36:27

And to be in your 30' impossible to be 'mutton dressed as lamb'.
In fact, this is a bloody horrible term and only serves to restrict women (never men) from enjoying life with fashion and their bodies.

Wear what is appropriate for your lifestyle and body shape, and NEVER sell yourself short. Picture yourself looking back on your mid 30's body from the grand old age of 80, you would probably wish you had experimented and made the most of it all!

slug Sun 31-Mar-13 15:54:41

Can I add Uniqulo to the list? Good for the basics, long sleeved T shirts, vests etc

Trazzletoes Sun 31-Mar-13 16:04:40

teacakes I guess that's true in the same manner as "you are not as fat as you think you are".

freerangeeggs Sun 31-Mar-13 16:22:44

I second Uniqlo! Never used to get anything in there, now love the basic tops and colourful scarves (wearing a nice dusky blue top with a bright banana yellow scarf just now!). Nice quality, nice prices.

I still shop in Topshop because I love it. They always have good quality, cool looking cardigans and jumpers and I like their jeans.

Oasis and warehouse occasionally but I think some of their stuff's a bit cheap looking and I'm sick of frigging florals.

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