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I feel nice when I wear a dress. I'm much more of a hoody girl though. My spring/post-divorce resolution is to wear more things that make me feel good and try to keep hoodies to a minimum. I like asos, always a sale on and even full price isn't usually ridiculous. Loads of choice. You do have to sift through a lot of unsuitable stuff, I find, but there's always something I'd buy. Love their midi dresses.
Go slow. Take your time to think what style you are after. Get some good quality basics that make you feel good. Make sure everything goes together so you have a couple of outfits you can add to as and when. Difficult to make suggestions without knowing more about the look you are after but a good quality t shirt, tailored / smarter trousers and decent coat are a start. Oh and by the way you are very brave! Sometimes i want to throw out loads and start from scratch but I find it hard to throw anything out.
You are so brave I wanted to do this but bottled it. I have a random collection of very old, too small clothes aprox 10 yrs old and nice stuff from a charity shop that I have found and kept for when I lose my baby weight - 5 yrs and counting! My life is completely different now, working pt with 2 small kids and several st heavier.
I did just accept my weight and bought some new clothes in my actual size but I never got as far as throwing out the old stuff
I bought a nice wet weather coat, 2 pairs of trainers (supergra and gazelles), 6 tops, 2 jeans, 1 nice heels, lovely scarf, 2 sandals and a pair of loafers. New bras and pants ( no longer need a boob job, just needed bras that actually fitted!), fitted trousers, socks and a casual jacket.
I have a basic capsule wardrobe and will add to it. I feel great it suits my life now and now I feel more like my old myself.
I also restyled my hair and bought some great skin care, had my eyebrows done and nails painted. I figured that I couldn't lose weight whilst I felt and looked rubbish, whilst I am still fat I at least look a lot better!
I always used to buy cheap clothes and stuff that "would do" but I didn't love. The thing I did differently this time I was to buy quality and expensive (for me) clothes that I adored. I still managed to get most of my bits in various sales and I shopped over a few months.
I will need to add some summer bits when the time comes. I invested in good shoes, coats, classic tops and underwear.
Good luck how exciting. Boden ( if that's your thing have 40% off sale)
I did this after DS was born and only kept the clothes I love, and since then I've only bought clothes I love and which suit me. When I'm buying clothes if what I'm trying on doesn't look at least as good as what I'm wearing I don't buy it, and that seems to have worked well to stop my impulse buys which don't suit me.
A personal stylist once told me that the easiest way to freshen/smarten your look up is to upgrade one of your staples at a time, so if you usually wear skinny jeans, a cotton vest top and a cardigan, switch the vest top to a nice quality silk vest top, perhaps with some unusual detailing.
Oh and another thing. I went to boots and bought a bb cream and did the lipstick match thing. For Xmas I got mascara and new glasses so now I look much more put together with bb cream, slash of lippy and mascara.
I dug out my good jewellery ( that never got used) and put it on my dressing table so I actally wear it. Ditto perfume and nice toiletries that I was saving for best 😮
Do you have a John Lewis near you? If so their personal shopping servixe is free and normally very good with no pressure to buy. I've found it a great way of finding things that suit me that I never would have thought to pick up off the shelf myself. I made a deal with myself to at least try on everything they suggested. Some of it I didn't like but I surprised myself by finding quite a few things I loved that I would never have chosen myself
No I don't witwoo. However thinking of heading out to Cheltenham or if the weathers bad possibly the bullring. Both a little of an drive but other then joules, H&M, new Look, fat Face and primark that's we have in our town
I had a personal shopper ages ago. It was useful - granted there was a lot of stuff I didn't like but she didn't put me under pressure to buy and she fetched me loads of stuff. The bonus was I could stand there in my pants in a big changing room (alone) and not have the get dressed, undressed bit. Also she would get me the next size up/down as required.
I would recommend one, esp as you have such a mamouth task replacing all your clothes. I used debenhams as they have lots of concessions and a variable price points.