my clothes are baggy and many are rather unflattering...
oodles have been donated because I have been stern with myself thinking that IF I keep the bigger clothes, I am giving myself permission to wear them again in the future.
The challenge that I am facing is how to reassemble a new wardrobe on a budget.
I cannot nor do I want to live everyday in my walking attire...
which I hate to admit that I am pretty much doing right now because that is what fits!
I am combing thrift and consignment shops for great basics...
accessories are still my best friends and of those I have quite a variety of scarves and necklaces.
I had to buy some new lingerie ~ thanks to my BFF for noticing and delicately suggesting that as I had lost weight that my bras were not doing their job!
On my current wish list are:
a great fitting pair of black trousers
white tee tops
I am concerned that my winter down coat and jacket may be too large but I may be able to get away with wearing them if they do not look like they swallow me up! If they are too vast I will consign them and find replacements as they keep me warm in the cold snaps that we get here in the winter. I will be walking a lot so I do want to be cozy.
Thinking of dressing on a budget makes one assess what is really important to have in the closet.
I returned to my beloved copy of Parisian Chic to review what Ines de la Fressange suggests and she has great advice.
She refers to her go to basics as "The Magnificent Seven"
A man's blazer
a trench coat
a navy sweater
a tank top
I'll need to find a well fitting dress for evening and I do lean toward black as it goes with everything and always looks appropriate.
I've never felt like a trench coat was "me" but I am reconsidering the idea as a single breasted trench could be very useful here in our rainy Pacific Northwest.
I think I might pass on the man's blazer and the leather jacket but I am in favour of all the rest.
I kept my white shirt...
I pulled it out of the donation bag at the last minute
and I am happy that I did as I plan to use it as a jacket over a tank top.
Diane Keaton's wardrobe in Something's Gotta Give was the reason I changed my mind.
She looked so fabulous in her white shirt and tank with her khaki trousers...
as new condition
but at a fraction of the price!
a silk square scarf
and I can vary the accent pieces to get more mileage out of these jeans...
dress them up with cashmere
pop on a white tee and roll them up for a casual vibe.
I have an excuse to shop
for a functional, minimalist wardrobe is going to be a fun adventure!
What basics would you suggest I include on my wish list?