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25-01-2013
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^ it's a fine line, those pieces that don't go with anything. sometimes it's worthwhile to build on them, other times it's best to cut your losses ... sounds like based on what you're saying it would be worth building on them?

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26-01-2013
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Barbaraaaaa: Good luck with your job wishes! I've worked in that sector in the past and it's indeed quite conservative. Anyway, I don't think you need more than three suits even in the very conservative environments. You can make your looks more interesting with the tops you wear under the suit or with accessories. A black suit is a black suit. All you need to do is find one that fits really well and then vary it with other pieces in your wardrobe.

Also, about those pieces in your wardrobe that don't go with anything... Maybe you should invest more in very basic neutrals? A pair of nude or black pump with a classic heel goes with almost everything. Or if you buy a bag for example try to buy one in a color that goes well with your basic shoes and different colors in your wardrobe.

Personally, one of the most important processes for me was (and still is) to really learn what my style / my colors should be. I feel it's sooo much easier to buy few pieces when you really define how your wardrobe should look like. There are still tons of things that I see and that I find great, but now it's easier to say no to something when it just doesn't really fit in.

My list: Yesterday I've been rethinking about my spring/summer list. I'm counting no less than 15 items on my list right now... I think I'll get about half of the items I want even if right now it feels as if I need everything... I'm sure I'll survive the summer without getting everything this year. Two "special" items I hope to get though are a denim jacket and a skirt. I've seen many skirts in the spring collections that actually could work on me so I think I'll give it a try. And the denim jacket is something I wanted to get for several seasons but somehow it didn't really fit in with what I have. But now that I have been buying more dresses I feel it would work nicely with those.


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26-01-2013
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RedandNavy, I know how you feel about skirts I find so few that work on my body! In fact, the very items I have nothing to go with are a couple of skirts that don't look weird on my hips or too short on me (I'm 5'9''; dresses are even worse). As that is a combination that is too rare to find, I'd really like to keep those.

One of them is a knee-lenght skirt in a check print in a mossy green/lavender combination. For some reason it just screams brown to me... and my basic colours are black, gray and cream/off-white, so I don't really have shoes to go with it. I actually have my colours defined, and brown isn't one of them... Nude pumps could be an answer to that!

I think I'll do one piece per month. I probably will not even buy that much, unless out of sheer need or if I find a bargain. It will make me ponder more about the pieces. I've already been avoiding certain colours and cuts, but this will make me have to be more rational.

I think I could apply this to my boyfriend too he wants me to give him a makeover (all he has is ill-fitting jeans and old t-shirts and feels the need to change), and last time we went shopping it was so overwhelming we didn't buy anything! One piece per month would be more manageable.

 
27-01-2013
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@RedAndNavy: I totally know where you're getting at regarding the color scheme. When we moved in to the apartment I got an open wardrobe with to clothes racks and the one looks really pretty with all my stripes, whites, creams, beiges, reds, pastel blues, light pinks etc. but the other one is a mess with blacks, greys, one yellow item, one pink item and one purple item. I would like my wardrobe to be more colour cordinate. Should work on that.

I just have no clue what colours suit me. I think I look good in bright red, baby pink and maybe light blue. But else I am lost. I don't even know wether my skin tone is cold or warm.

Looking forward to see the other dress you are talking about - it seems like it would go better with the rest of your clothes.

@Ta-ta:
I was considering just putting the sweater on my wishlist for the next fall but we should get snow fall again during the next month so I really need them now. Of course buying summer clothes would be more fun, but it seems like spring wont be here for a looong time and my already existing summer wardrobe can actually stand on it's own. So I'll buy a white sweater and maybe a bordeux or a baby pink one depeding on what Benneton can offer. I have the money and since I only bought one thing i january (a silk slip) I think it is okay. Then I can start my ss purchases in March where me season begins.

It is nice that they were able to fix your finger without making a cut!

Me: I am feeling really good about my self these days. I unsubscribe from a lot of mailing lists and saved searches on e-bay to avoid temptation. Now I am only on the lists of the brands that I actually like. Two of my favourite webshops, InWear and People Tree recently reduced their sale items further but I was good an did not buy anything. If I did not act when the sale started, why would I know? Actually the most tempting item was a tee for my boyfriend which I might end up buying depending on how my finances looks when I get my February salery.

Unfortunately the shipping is 20 $ and that is quite a lot for having a 40 $ tee sent.

 
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Betinapple: I have given up limiting myself to three or four colors, but I do want to find colors that can be combined and look well with eachother. When I open my closet now it does look more focused than two years ago but it's still quite a way. I usually feel attracted to a certain color each season / year. I have been feeling very attracted to mustard for quite some time now and do think that's something like a basic color for me. In fall / winter I felt attracted to burgundy and now for the spring I long for mint and teal. So whenever I buy a new color now I try to ask myself how it will look hanging next to my mustard / burgundy / teal pieces. For example there are some shades of purple that work with those colors but many do not. I try to visualize that and it has helped me.

But honestly, sometimes I'm not even sure that those are the colors that suit me best. I have the impression that I look good in white and black, which would make me more of a "winter type". But somehow I have been longing for those rich autumn colors for several seasons now. I guess there is more than theories about color schemes, there are your mood and your feelings that influence what you like. And isn't it most important that we feel good and happy with our clothes?

Btw, I love your black and white and red looks. Absolutely stunning. These colors look so right on you right now, at least for an outsider.

 
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I actually dislike the "types" thing because I find it not also limiting, but limited. I'm very pale with yellow undertones, have light brown/dark blonde hair and hazel eyes, so I fit in none of the types! I also think some colours are universally flattering: I've never seen black, red, navy or white look bad on anyone.

I do find that most blues (except for navy) and pastels make me look worn out, so I now avoid these, but I think the only reason I was able to figure this out is because it's so, so obvious.

 
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@RedAndNavy: I like your thinking especially since it is very relatable to me who always thinks of how a new piece will go with my already existing colour. I also think you are right regarding wearing the colours you like and not what goes with your skin tone. And if it is a total mismatch you can always wear it as a skirt or on pants - or with a scarf that makes you look great.

I am not especially drawn to much a lot of colours since I do like my black, but I have really been wanting some more colourful items in my wardrobe these past weeks.

I do however really like bright red and nothing makes me feel more pretty than wearing red lipstick. - thx

 
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Hello! I'm new to this thread, but have been reading it for years. This idea of buying fewer pieces per month intrigues me! I would love to try it this year. But I'll have to buy a bit more than 3-4 as I don't have the very basics. A lot of my items got ruined recently and I gained some weight, so instead of waiting to lose the pounds (which I probably won't), I just want to start building my wardrobe. I can get my things altered later.
I'm just a bit lost on what I should get. I already got a gorgeous pair of ballet flats, they are exactly what I wanted. Nude, with two strappy elasticated ribbons. They look like ballerina shoes. Also got the perfect denim oversized jacket in a lighter wash. I wanted something 90s and grungy to wear with my floral dresses (which I don't own yet... :p)
Now I'm having trouble with what I should get. I have some ideas, but I want items that I'll be able to wear for a long time. Things that I'll love for years to come!
My style is really girly, but I like certain grungier pieces too (like denim jackets, plaid shirts, denim cutoffs...). I love pastel colours and metallics. I'm 5'10'', have really long light brown hair with ombre tips and green eyes. My makeup is always lots of mascara and liquid eyeliner, quite a bit of blush and some lipstick. I really love experimenting with lip colours.
Why did I write all this? I guess I'm just looking for some help from people who have more experience with fashion than me. So what do you think, what should I buy? Also have to mention that I just can't afford to pay more than 120€ for an item. I'm a student. I know that limits my choices, but I'm hoping you'll still have some advice for me... Right now, I'm craving an LBD

 
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^ i don't think that price range presents a problem my suggestion is to kind of be an observer for the next month or so, and see what you're craving, what you're missing as you plan outfits & get dressed. how much of winter is left--is it really time to start working on spring? you should probably start an inspiration board ... you could do this on pinterest, a real board, or both ... you can also start saving for that first investment piece. quality is important--you want the piece to last a minimum 2-3 years in heavy rotation.

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^Yay, that's good to hear! You gave me some great suggestions. But I still think I'll focus on spring - we probably only have a month and a half of winter left, and I can use that time to save up, like you said. I already have some money put on the side, so I think I have enough saved up for two quality items. And I already have a Tumblr, plus about a million folders on my computer that I'll have to organize in order to see what I really need to buy.
Right now I think I need a little black dress. I'm craving one and I know I would wear it a lot - I wear skirts and dresses almost everyday! I already have two great spring jackets, one is a recent buy, a denim jacket from ASOS which is amazing quality, and an olive green parka which I got in last year's sale and absolutely love. I did try on another parka with the trendy leather sleeves, but it didn't suit me and I figured it was for the best.
Do you have any suggestions on what else I should get?

 
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This was my purchase in January. I didn't have a straight black skirt because most skirts I come across are pencils and those don't suit me at all (in order for the skirt to go past my hips it'll swim on my waist, or it'll fit my waist but not allow me to move - I'm very hourglassy). So I went for a tulip skirt, as those fit me better. It is from a brand whose quality I like and trust, and it was 70% off! (I actually hate the belt and removed it as soon as the package got here)


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^The skirt is really nice! I don't suit pencils either, but I haven't had a tulip cut yet, might have to try one. Too bad the skirt isn't on the site anymore... But they have some super cute things on there. What do you plan on wearing it with?

 
01-02-2013
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I posted this in the Personal Style thread a couple of days ago, and fashionista-ta suggested this thread to me.

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I think I am having a bit of a personal style crisis at the moment. Going through a very difficult situation in life for the past four years that has allowed neither the time nor the money to think about clothes means I now find myself a little lost...starting from scratch more or less, as most of what I have is in need of replacement! A little daunting...

As for my style...I like clean, well tailored, structural items, nothing too flimsy or fussy or flowy. Interesting textures rather than prints (except subtle stripes), colors like white, black, light grey, beige, tan, olive and navy. I have always been drawn to military inspired things, double breasted coats/trench coats, equestrian boots, berets, pilot shirts, etc. Other things: little jackets, shirts with collars that frame the face well, soft sheer or chunky wool knits, worn tan leather, reptile leather, crisp cottons, interesting jewelry.

A challenge for me I feel is how to add interest and avoid looking too plain and boring since I prefer very classic styles. There is also something about how I look that makes me easily look too prim and girly or too old and frumpy. Both of which I want to avoid now that I have just turned 30!

I also place much more emphasis on quality now that I am older (as most people seem to do as they age), and I am trying hard to resist running out to the nearest high street store to replace my wardrobe instantly, and rather want be a little bit more thoughtful about it and invest in some better quality pieces. But it's hard when I have almost nothing to work with!
I really like the concept of the 4-5 piece wardrobe, as I don't care for fast fashion and over-consumerism, and have always preferred a more classic style anyway. So I've gone through my wardrobe and made some lists...

My wardrobe staples that I love and are high quality/doesn't need replacement:
  • Brown leather riding boots – I bought these a few years ago second hand (Cole Haan I think) and they have held up amazingly well through several slushy winter seasons. They seem to just get better with age.
  • Black leather zip-up boots – knee length, sleek and ladylike
  • Black crocodile leather tote bag
  • Black double breasted wool coat
  • Olive army jacket
  • Vintage tan cashmere cardigan with black embroidery
  • Black wool skirt
  • Beige draped front blouse/jacket/cardigan

Items that I love and wear often but are poor quality/needs replacement:
  • Breton cotton tops – still searching for the perfect one
  • Vintage white sleeveless cotton eyelet shirt – I absolutely love this, it's the kind of piece that somehow works with everything but it's getting to be quite fragile and I'm afraid of wearing it out completely.
  • Black leather ballet flats
  • Black flat leather ankle boots
  • Trench coat
  • White button down shirts – I prefer ones with breast pockets, and ones that are neither too oversized (I'm petite) nor too fitted.
  • Beige oversized chunky/cable knit shawl collared cardigan
  • Black oversized shawl collared cardigan
  • Basic white long sleeved tees – I am super picky about the fit and fabric of t-shirts. They shouldn't be too stretchy/clingy, but I find as soon as they are meant to fit looser they are too big for me in the shoulders and just look sloppy. I also prefer quite a thin material which is better for layering. I sometimes buy men's t-shirts as the fit and fabric tends to be better, but then the neckline is usually higher than I prefer...
  • Black shirt dress – I sew dresses so I could technically make this myself, but if I could find the perfect one that would be even better.
  • Wellies – it rains 200 days a year where I live, so I really ought to have a selection of nice rubber boots. I currently have two pairs that I don't particularly like.
  • Navy blazer – the one that I have will probably last me for one more season so it's not the first thing that needs replacement, but I'm keeping my eyes open for a better one.
  • Brown leather bag – something more casual/relaxed than the black croc tote
  • White/cream thin cotton or silk blouses in different varieties
  • Jeans – I have some that are ok, but don't necessarily love. I got a pair of Levi's I.D dark rinse skinnies as I was excited to find a pair of jeans that fit both my waist and hips (bold curve, obsiously), but I find them to be a little too low rise in the front. I used to love H&M's Squin jeans and have a few of those (very worn out), but now they've changed all their models I can't find any that fit well anymore. Suggestions for brands that have a good fit for pear shapes are very welcome!

Items I don't own but would like to:
  • Some basic cashmere sweaters and cardigans
  • Some more casual blazers/jakcets/structured cardigans
  • Black leather jacket
  • Something to add a bit more interest to my colorless, basic wardrobe. I do like to accessorize with scarves and bold jewelry, but it would be nice to have some pieces of clothing also that are not completely basic/minimal.

So this list is obviously more than 4-5 pieces and I can't afford to replace everything at once, but I could use some suggestions as to which pieces to start with, as well as where to find them.

 
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^The skirt is really nice! I don't suit pencils either, but I haven't had a tulip cut yet, might have to try one. Too bad the skirt isn't on the site anymore... But they have some super cute things on there. What do you plan on wearing it with?
It sold out very quickly, I was lucky! I've worn it yesterday with back seamed tights and a burgundy sweater. I believe I'll be able to wear it with a lot of different tops, tights, shoes, and in a lot of different settings because it's such a basic.
I find tulip skirts an easier fit for me because I have a narrow waist and wide hips... tulips are more fitted at the waist and widen on the hips, so if you have a similar body they might work for you.

 
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^Yay, that's good to hear! You gave me some great suggestions. But I still think I'll focus on spring - we probably only have a month and a half of winter left, and I can use that time to save up, like you said. I already have some money put on the side, so I think I have enough saved up for two quality items. And I already have a Tumblr, plus about a million folders on my computer that I'll have to organize in order to see what I really need to buy.
Right now I think I need a little black dress. I'm craving one and I know I would wear it a lot - I wear skirts and dresses almost everyday! I already have two great spring jackets, one is a recent buy, a denim jacket from ASOS which is amazing quality, and an olive green parka which I got in last year's sale and absolutely love. I did try on another parka with the trendy leather sleeves, but it didn't suit me and I figured it was for the best.
Do you have any suggestions on what else I should get?
spring sounds like a good idea. what about the things you need for work ... some good comfortable shoes, & a nice skirt or slacks. white tops i think should be fairly inexpensive--i usually get Ts, preferably with some sort of detail, for less than $50. if you can get them in a relaxed fit, that seems to help. i actually have one that will be going into its 3rd season this year, which is practically a miracle

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