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I am having a wardrobe clearout and starting again - can anyone help me decide what to keep/throw please?

(15 Posts)
LadyOfWaffle Fri 12-Jun-09 13:30:58

My wardrobe is a total mess so am starting pretty much again. I have tops from when I was a teenager that I like but don't fit and I am keeping for 'when I get back to that size', stuff that's not very nice but 'ok in an emergency' and lots more besides. I am totally clueless about what to keep (I want to be strict) & then what to buy. I threw out some things last year I am kicking myself over now though (striped short sleeved polos). If I maybe post a full length pic of myself blush and describe the clothes in small batches, can anyone help me please? Be as cruel as you like - I want to be able to wear anything in my wardrobe and know it looks OK.


LadyOfWaffle Fri 12-Jun-09 13:35:55

Uploaded recent full length pic - that top is to be judged too! blush

Hopefully someone will be along soon to give me a kick up the backside...

I'll be back soon, just listing some junk clothes...

LaurieFairyCake Fri 12-Jun-09 13:39:10

What size are you - about a 14-16?

I'm an 18 and I wear casual stuff like you, nice three quarter length stuff, v-necks cos I have (and you have) decent norkage.

I can't imagine polos are a good look on you hmm so I wouldn't miss them if I were you grin

LadyOfWaffle Fri 12-Jun-09 13:56:14

16-18... more 18 but am on diet and losing weight so 18 trousers are needing belts, but definatly 18 on top otherwise I have belly peeping out and I have big norks.

So far I have written down :
Black V neck jumper
Dark green velvet jacket (pic)
Black velvet jacket with abit of silky trim - boden looking type
Turquoise halter (pic)
White cami with little blue roses, too small @ mo
White 3/4 sleeved cardigan, smartish
teal velvet cami, abit small, ribbon detail
Beige longline crochet ish jumper... the sort you wear something under, dress length...
halter & greeen jacket should be here [[] [no shame] blushgrin

LadyOfWaffle Fri 12-Jun-09 13:57:00

Ta for the polo tip grin This is what I need, thanks

LadyOfWaffle Fri 12-Jun-09 13:57:49


LaurieFairyCake Fri 12-Jun-09 14:04:19

I like the green velvet jacket and the halter is good on you - my arm are too flabby for halters.

All of the other cami's and cardi's sound good.

I'm definitely not keen on the crochet jumper - sounds a bit 90's, what do you wear with it?

LadyOfWaffle Fri 12-Jun-09 14:05:59

white vest top
a tunic top - sheer (needs top under), black background with red and purple ontop, 3/4 sleeved
Emerald green V neck t shirt
teal long sleeved t shirt
emerald green batwing top, clingy bottom hem bit and purple pattern on front
Sheer tunic, sort of blotchy yellow/olive green etc. It's M & P maternity and very long!
Turquoise tunic - floating slit sleeves and at the bottom one side is longer. Abit floaty, sort of thing I guess you would wear with white trousers.
White ribbed T with buttons on neck
Teal wrap dress

dunno how easy/hard this all is to judge by description...

LadyOfWaffle Fri 12-Jun-09 14:08:02

I wore brown fine cord trousers I think... if I knew where my camera was I'd take a pic! Maybe I'll give camera phone a whirl... it was from simply be last year, maybe they still have it online... let me look...

LadyOfWaffle Fri 12-Jun-09 16:31:58

Sorted through most of it now - only threw 5 tops, most are in the "wearing round the house" section, I am not sure there is much point listing and they are mostly plain or stripey tops. I am not very good at chucking out! I have a trouser crisis going on though... do I keep ankle swinger jeans to wear inside boots? grin

MelvinIsABigGirlNow Fri 12-Jun-09 17:31:22

OK - another idea for you. have you looked at colours that suit you? I did this recently and got rid of all the black and white in my wardrobe (except white stuff I'm going to dye) because it turns out I'm an Autumn and shouldn't wear them or pastel colours. here is a site that might help you work out your colour You can then sort by colour, then by style - might save you lots of time...

alicecrail Fri 12-Jun-09 17:42:02

I had a massive bedroom clear out this week.
I chucked out 3 bin bags of clothes that either were ruined, terribly worn or hideous. Also 1 bin bag to go to charity shop. In that i put all the clothes that were decent that i thought i would fit back into by now but don't (DD is 19mo)

What to buy?

Decent bra x2
1x black trousers
1x pair jeans that fit/right length
1x decent smart skirt
2x shirts Don't buy t-shirts unless they are going under something - they are not flattering unless you are a size 8 and have boobs that hold themselves up!
2 or 3 cardigans/jumpers
1x smart jacket
1x winter coat

This is all you need as a basic, seriously, be ruthless, the teenage tops are never going to fit the same as they did, even if they 'fit' iyswim?

LadyOfWaffle Fri 12-Jun-09 17:50:00

Looking at the site now - thanks!

I think a big problem is I don't have a 'style' - I can range from wearing jeans and blouse to more boho clothes to studenty clothes... I can see my wardrobe is missing alot of basics though. I need a stylist! The slebs have it so easy grin

alicecrail Sat 13-Jun-09 08:12:44

I think this is the problem. If you don't have an actual style then it can be a struggle to match your clothes up with your other clothes iyswim?

You need Gok Wan!

MelvinIsABigGirlNow Sat 13-Jun-09 11:40:24

Are you anywhere near Thurrock Lakeside? They have a free personal shopper! 2 hours of what suits you and how to shop and what to shop for - brilliant!

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