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Anyone else constantly drawn to clothes that they KNOW do not suit them?

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thatone Tue 11-Aug-15 12:29:21

I don't know why but I am always drawn to silky pastel blouses and white cotton shirts. They do not suit my body shape or my colouring but I just keep buying them. And when I wear them I look like I am wearing school uniform.

GlaceCherries Tue 11-Aug-15 12:34:16

I've reached the stage where I think "sod it, I like it so I'm going to where it" even if it's not the most flattering thing. After all, who cares but me?!? My only caveat is that is not indecent...

I love the swishy flarey midi skirts, but they don't really work with my massive bosom and mummy tummy, but hey ho! Life's too short to worry that much wink

CremeDeSudo Tue 11-Aug-15 13:12:15

Me! I love the over-sized dress/top & skinnies look. I know it only looks trendy on skinny women. With my boobs and bum I look like I think it makes me look slimmer while in fact making me look much larger. Still keep trying though. sigh

amarmai Tue 11-Aug-15 13:57:53

i keep making clothes that are for another me with a much more dressed up life. I wear them 1/2 and then admire them hanging up but wear my usual leggings and tunics.

thatone Tue 11-Aug-15 14:02:05

GlaceCherries - I also love maxi skirts but as a 5ft pear shape they really don't work on me. CremeDeSudo - I also go for that look sometimes, but the top has to be really loose. I still haven't found a look that I'm actually happy with. Fitted clothes are probably the best but are so uncomfortable.

knackeredknitter Tue 11-Aug-15 14:10:01

I keep wanting to buy structured dresses more suited to those who work in a formal environment. I own one, and I love it. I would love to buy more. Also shirts, they just don't suit me, but boy do I want some more. I see them everywhere. Gah!

daisydalrymple Tue 11-Aug-15 14:11:43

I would love to wear crew neck styles, but with big boobs, scoop neck or v neck are the only style that don't make me look matronly! Same with certain colours I would love to wear but don't suit me.

Judydreamsofhorses Tue 11-Aug-15 14:30:55

I'm usually good at knowing what suits my body shape, but my nemesis is the shift dress. I love a 60s look, but shift dresses make me look like a square, because I have a v small waist but big hips/bum. I buy them wistfully, then return them.

Sapat Tue 11-Aug-15 14:46:27

I love tops from East and bottoms from M&S. They are pretty, comfy, good quality. However I am in my late 30s and I look like my mum.

Awholelottanosy Tue 11-Aug-15 19:25:28

I would love to be able to wear 1920s style flapper dresses but since I have huge boobs I know they would look ridiculous on me! What did help me though, was getting my colours/style done so now I know what really DOES work on me and I leave the rest well alone. Much happier now and I look fab!

FranBrodie Tue 11-Aug-15 19:29:56

yy love everything that can only be worn by skinny flat chested types
(hardly a surprise when this is all you see in magazines/on mannequins angry also, so much easier to make two dimensional clothes!)

RonnieRonRon Tue 11-Aug-15 20:53:58

awholelottanosy where did you get your styles done? Y
Whenever I search for tips, all the advice for my shape (petite, pear, short waist, stumpy legs) it all contradicts itself. I'm clueless.

I've also reached the, 'Sod it' stage. I love white shirts, either plain longline ones or slightly boho ones. White makes me look even more pale than usual, and button down shirts make me look bigger and bustier than I am. However, I've decided to wear them anyway and have been perfectly happy in them.

Ditto turtle necks - LOVE black ones but am norky. Wore them all last A/W anyway, and intend to do so again this A/W.

SwedishEdith Tue 11-Aug-15 21:41:55

Every summer I used to buy something white in either linen or cotton thinking it looked cool and/or sophisticated. I do not suit any pale colours next to my skin - I have finally stopped doing this.

I also buy a lot of shirts from Gap - I don't suit shirt collars. But, I've found if I wear them open over something else, I can get away with them.

Valsoldknickers Tue 11-Aug-15 22:08:14

I wear Converse despite being short in stature. I have been wearing them since my teens (when I was very slim and small) and don't intend to give up now (in my forties) even though I should probably always wear some kind of heel to look slimmer sad

Yy about fashion being aimed at leggy, tall and skinny types (I am none of these things blush)

amarmai I too have naice dressy up clothes which don't suit my lifestyle but sod it I love looking at them too. One day I will get to wear them! (They're not ball gowns or anything like that but they could be a bit too much for a walk in the park and the school run iykwim!)

Awholelottanosy Wed 12-Aug-15 14:19:28

Ronnie, I got my colours/style done about 15 years ago, don't think the woman does it anymore but either House of Colour or Colour me Beautiful do it. It cost me £125 but it was well worth it. No more fashion mistakes! I also thought Gok Wan's book was good on shapes too.

BigRedBall Wed 12-Aug-15 15:04:07

Yes. I really love flowy smock tunics. But with big chest it's a big no no. I end up looking pregnant and my boobs stick out like a sore thumb.

thatone Wed 12-Aug-15 16:43:20

It's tricky finding a balance. There are certain looks that I really love - sort of Grace Kelly/Audrey Hepburnish and I feel there must be a way to make that look work.

HappenstanceMarmite Wed 12-Aug-15 16:49:49

A beige/cream trenchcoat with epaullettes and wind flaps I have always hankered after. And long camel coat. Height of sophistication in my opinion. Trouble is at 5'3" and busty I look more like one of Michael Bentine's Potty Time people showing bloody age

CremeDeSudo Wed 12-Aug-15 18:00:20

What's really silly in my case is I know full well which styles do and don't suit me, yet I still want to go oversized!

Getdownfromtherethisinstant Wed 12-Aug-15 19:03:45

I'm 4'11" and in my head I am willowy, tall and slim and dress as though I am. I probably look like a hobbit whatever i wear but I have given up giving a shit.

montserratSang Wed 12-Aug-15 19:54:28

I spent a decade wearing grey. I look like I should adorn a mortuary slab in grey. Why??

CremeDeSudo Thu 13-Aug-15 09:16:10

I love grey. Have to stop myself buying it! It my defence, I think it suits me. Although maybe I'm wrong?

BlairWaldorfLovesShopping Thu 13-Aug-15 09:41:50

I had my style done by HoC and was diagnosed as a Romantic Classic. I have always been, and still am, drawn to Dramatic stuff (block colour, angular patterns, structure, zips, etc).

Not saying that I am slavishly following HoC to the extent of ignoring anything else - quite the opposite when I first got diagnosed - but I know that they were right. I am a curvy pear shape and nothing about me is dramatic at all. I just like it :/

Dowser Thu 13-Aug-15 10:03:16

Val, I wear my naice dressy up clothes every day. Life's too short not too.

A Shop Assisstant asked me if I'd been anywhere nice and I said no, I just always wear a dress like this.

I know a v neck suits me better,me having a big bust too but most of my recent stuff is crew neck . I don't worry about minor details like that. I like to wear youthful styles too.

We went to an attraction recently and the Assisstant tried to charge us full price till I pointed out I was a pensioner.

She apologised and said I didnt look it. The light must have been so dim she couldn't see my wrinkles . Maybe we need to carry ID.

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