Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wardrobe Workout – Part 2

Thank you for joining me for another instalment of Weight Loss Wednesday and part 2 of the Wardrobe Workout!

Hopefully you’re all feeling refreshed having banished all those clothes that were bringing you down but maybe you’re a bit worried about what’s left and what to replace?

It’s time to sit back and have a look at your clothes and think about what might be missing to complete some outfits or make them “new” again. Is there a dress a new brooch or belt could refresh? Or maybe a skirt like I have that looks perfect yet not worn as I haven’t found the right top to finish it off?

I recently brought a dress for my aunt’s funeral thinking it’d be suitable for work yet hadn’t worn it since because I didn’t have a jacket to match it. This month I brought the matching jacket and wore it the next day. Who knows how long the dress would have hung there if I hadn’t done this

Don’t forget to think about the things you threw out which need replacing too. Grab a notebook and make some lists of things you need to take along shopping with you. No more making mindless purchases that will be thrown out, tags in place on your next wardrobe declutter

The clothes you have will likely form your typical style, for me working Monday – Friday in an office it’s a black suit from M&S. I keep it simple teaming it with jumpers like these so that I don’t spend the morning frantically choosing something to wear. I can dress up with nice jewellery, Kelly was only mentioning yesterday how I match my earrings to the colour top I’m wearing!

I’ve come to realise what suits me and much prefer buying items I know I like and will wear. I don’t often spend a lot of money unless it’s for a special occasion, recently paying £15 for a fantastic denim dress in Tesco which can be changed week after week with a different belt or top underneath. We often think having 100’s of items hanging in our wardrobes makes our lives easier but often it’s the opposite!

Remember it’s what suits you and you feel comfortable in, don’t try to be someone your not! Those wet look leggings may look fab on my 15 year old cousin but it’s never going to happen for me!

And don’t forget many of us are creative crafty types, why not try making something to add a personal touch and next time you’re in the charity shop or at a boot sale keep any eye out for accessories that could work with things you have. You have a black cardigan that you're bored of wearing… grab the button tin and change them!

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  1. Hi Victoria, I love your picture of you and your Mom! About the clothes, I do wear what is comfortable for me ever since I came home to work (3 years now) I've lived in my comfortable clothes. I think I look good, but sometimes I wonder if I am wrong and could be picked for the worst dressed people show. Ha,ha! Tomorrow will be my first Weight Loss Wednesday, I have to think about what I want to post on it! Suzie

  2. Theres an award for you on my blog.....and a giveaway!! xx

  3. Mmm so I have to do some replacement shopping you think? Thanks for the advice sweetie, I think I will follow this one immediately! LOL

    In fact I have to change my summer outfits for my winter clothes and then go shopping. It wouldn't be the first time that I completely forgot what is hanging in the attic. But nevertheless thanks for the advice!

  4. That's a great post Victoria! It's so true, recently I had a de-clutter in my wardrobe and I was amazed at how many on the spur purchases I make without really thinking if it suits me. So I decided to play around with colours to see what suits me best, made a list and now I try to stick to those colours, and avoid others when out shopping. Your wardrobe looks great now!

  5. It's so true that you need to stick with what suits you. I tried on a pair of leggings the other day and they looked every bit as bad as I thought they would do.

    The trouble is finding stuff that does suit you when so many of the high street shops fall prey to whatever happens to be 'in' that week. I can't buy anything in New Look at the moment because it's either leggings or horrendously baggy tops which do absolutely nothing for me.

  6. I sorted my clothes a few weeks ago - got rid of the tatty, unsuitable and unwanted stuff.

    Have been sensible with replacements - only replacing essentials.

    New rule - one in / one out

    Also don't forget anything thats heading for the rag bank - remove the buttons - they always come in useful ;)

  7. You've always great suggestions for every matter!

  8. Another great post Victoria! Sound wardrobe advice indeed.
    That dress you bought is gorgeous, I love that cut. x

  9. Ah Its like you write this for me! ha ha as you know I follow to the T!

    Lots of Love

    Kelly xxx

  10. Lots of good advice! I'm just not very good at seeing the overall picture...need to work on that one. I spend ages in the morning uming over what to wear and thinking 'argh! I have nothing!!!' :( xxx

  11. I like the clothing thing new in the wardrobe, one thing old in the rubbish bin! I keep forgetting though! xxx

  12. Hi just to let you know there's an award for you over at my blog. Hope you don't mind me linking to you love Lucey x

  13. Hi, thanks for the lovely welcome back, I only ever went to one papmpered chef party, good fun but as the consultant does the cooking I think its best if I leave it to Jamie, ha ha! Happy belated birthdat to your mum!
    Claire x

  14. Hi Victoria, thanks for all the great tips!

  15. Who needs Gok when we have you ;)
    Beki xxx

  16. What good advice!!! I think maybe I should take it!!!!



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