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Well first of all give yourself a break! Your outfit sounds far from terrible. And catching sight of oneself in a mirror out and about can be so depressing. This morning I put on make-up, brushed my hair and dressed with care; even so, I still had that bleurgh moment in the supermarket when I saw myself in a mirror opposite the checkout.
I'm not apple shaped so not the best person to help with that. But I can highly, highly recommend being absolutely ruthless with your existing wardrobe. Bin all the shite. And I mean all of it. Everything that's shapeless. Try to get it right down until you have only about 3 or 4 of everything (tops, T-shirts, jeans, jumpers etc.). Then you can start working your way back up. I'd suggest starting with a pair of really good boots or shoes and a good quality coat to help arm yourself against those 'urgh, supermarket' moments. I spent 150 (I knowwww) on a pair of black leather ankle boots early last October, and have worn them almost every day. They are stylish and make me look better even if my face looks like shit
At 41 I'd stay well away from phase 8! It doesn't actually matter where your clothes come from, tesco /sainsburys are fine so long as they work on you.
I'm 35 and similar shape to you (well I am when not duffed). I am an absolute bloody mess a lot of the time and never wear make up or do my hair but once I do, my clothes are lifted and seem ok.
I swear by jeggings like this: http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Rivington-High-Waist-Denim-Jeggings-in-Grey/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3101471&SearchQuery=jeggings&sh=0&pge=1&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Grey
Which I wear with longline open bottom tops like this: http://tablet.hm.com/gb/product/24417?article=24417-C
And a scarf
Boots like this http://www.hudsonshoes.com/horrigan-beige-suede.html (I actually covet those and wear much cheaper version)
All v easy, very comfortable and work in London or trudging around country (altho I replace boots with these http://www.merrell.com/UK/en-GB/Product.mvc.aspx/15692W/59536/Womens/Oslo-Waterproof) and covers the tum!