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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe - Updated (page 11)
« Reply #650 on: November 28, 2016, 10:16:13 AM »
Well I have made no progress on the casual clothes front.

However, here is today's work uniform.  I found sweaters at Sears that exactly met my criteria in terms of fit (V-neck, fairly slender cut), fabric (a bit fuzzy w/ acrylic), and cost. I have similar sweaters that I got last year at Forever 21 and they have held up to my standard care (machine wash and tumble dry every few wearings). So, I got a couple sweaters this past weekend. The pants are at least a year old, I think. Same old white shirt from Forever 21 - also about a year old.

Most boring fashion thread ever: me wearing basically the same outfit every day.   :P


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« Reply #651 on: November 28, 2016, 10:19:50 AM »
Well I have made no progress on the casual clothes front.

However, here is today's work uniform.  I found sweaters at Sears that exactly met my criteria in terms of fit (V-neck, fairly slender cut), fabric (a bit fuzzy w/ acrylic), and cost. I have similar sweaters that I got last year at Forever 21 and they have held up to my standard care (machine wash and tumble dry every few wearings). So, I got a couple sweaters this past weekend. The pants are at least a year old, I think. Same old white shirt from Forever 21 - also about a year old.

Most boring fashion thread ever: me wearing basically the same outfit every day.   :P

And yet that's exactly why we're all here! =D
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« Reply #652 on: November 28, 2016, 10:20:27 AM »
One person's boredom is another's consistency!

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« Reply #653 on: November 28, 2016, 10:43:41 AM »
One person's boredom is another's consistency!
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MsPeacock, I love your wardrobe.  I think the subtle details are perfection.  I also find it motivational that you have a uniform, but still have a variation.  I wear the same thing...same style...same everything....every day. 

My workplace is casual, so my off-work outfits are actually less casual (less t-shirts and fleece and more buttons and sweaters). 

However, I think it's worth the money to splurge on lounge wear.  I bought two pairs of fleece lined leggings and two oversized sweatshirts from Lou & Grey last fall, and I am in love.  I look together enough to go out for brunch and cozy enough to curl up on the couch.  I felt a little ridiculous spending money on stuff that I walk my dog in and wear around the house, but I'm a complete convert.  It's also helped me purge items that I wasn't going to wear (KonMari) because I didn't have the fall back of wearing them around the house. 

I'm still in the process of getting my wardrobe up to date, but I've been doing better.  I need to find a tailor to hem all of my pants to wear with my flats (I donated all of my heels, so now I only need pants hemmed to wear with flats). 

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« Reply #654 on: November 28, 2016, 11:11:42 AM »
One person's boredom is another's consistency!
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MsPeacock, I love your wardrobe.  I think the subtle details are perfection.  I also find it motivational that you have a uniform, but still have a variation.  I wear the same thing...same style...same everything....every day. 

My workplace is casual, so my off-work outfits are actually less casual (less t-shirts and fleece and more buttons and sweaters). 

However, I think it's worth the money to splurge on lounge wear.  I bought two pairs of fleece lined leggings and two oversized sweatshirts from Lou & Grey last fall, and I am in love.  I look together enough to go out for brunch and cozy enough to curl up on the couch.  I felt a little ridiculous spending money on stuff that I walk my dog in and wear around the house, but I'm a complete convert.  It's also helped me purge items that I wasn't going to wear (KonMari) because I didn't have the fall back of wearing them around the house. 

I'm still in the process of getting my wardrobe up to date, but I've been doing better.  I need to find a tailor to hem all of my pants to wear with my flats (I donated all of my heels, so now I only need pants hemmed to wear with flats).

Thank you to everyone.

4alpacas - I realized as I was reading your post that I do need to spend money on casual clothing. I think the issue is much like the work clothing situation a year+ ago. To get my work wardrobe in order I had to ditch a lot of clothing, figure out what I most wanted to wear, and then acquire those items. All the white shirts were new purchases, as were the vast majority of sweaters. Thus far my casual clothing system has been scattered, disorganized, no consistent "look" - more or less. I need to figure out what I really want to wear and then get the appropriate pieces. No more sitting on the fence about the expensive sweatpants that I really really really want from American Giant. I know I'll wear them.

ETA - where does one find/buy fleece lined leggings? That sounds perfect.

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« Reply #655 on: November 28, 2016, 05:28:27 PM »
The fleece lined leggings can be found all over the place.  I got one pair online and another pair from Walgreens.

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« Reply #656 on: November 29, 2016, 04:37:06 AM »
Good Morning, Happy Tuesday....

Today's uniform: Monochromatic.  Express pants and Forever 21 white shirt (same items as yesterday). Clark's shoes (same). Grey sweater - new, from Sears. Same sweater as yesterday but in another color. I bought 3 - purple, blue, and grey. Tempted to go and get the pink, black, and white because I like them so much.... Also, these pants are awesome. So comfortable and they fit well and don't show any signs of wear for the past year (I bought them last November during Express's 50% off sale right after Thanksgiving). They are sort of heavy and thick and stretchy and seemingly largely wrinkle proof (and they still sell them).



Last night I ordered two pairs of pants from American Giant. I emailed them to confirm that they will be restocking a particular sweatshirt that I want from them.

I am going to Kondo/purge my casual clothes and get it sorted out. I have a ton of workout wear - some of which I don't like - so those pieces need to go. I need to find a better storage situation - maybe put the bike stuff in a bin away from the running stuff, separate from the swimming stuff, etc. Other stuff needs evaluation - t-shirts that wrinkle up badly or the neckline is all twisted - out. Then replace w/ better stuff in the right colors and fits.  I am having *slightly*  more clarity. I already have a few pairs of jeans that I like - so I am good there. 

I would like to find some t-shirts that are good quality, slightly narrow women's cut (not boxy), not stupid cap sleeves - wide enough in the shoulder for an athletic build, won't shrink, and in good colors. ... Maybe American Giant - I am going to test order a t-shirt when I place another order.

If you are military or a vet American Giant gives a 20% discount - which is very nice because their clothes are pretty expressive (worth it - but expensive).

I am going to find a pair of those fleece lined leggings in person and check them out.

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« Reply #657 on: November 29, 2016, 08:42:46 AM »
I will be curious to hear your review of their t shirts. Don't love the everlane ones though the v neck is pretty good, especially in colors.

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« Reply #658 on: November 29, 2016, 03:22:35 PM »
I have several pairs of fleece lined leggings, but my favorite ones are from Lou & Grey.* 

I look forward to your feedback about the American Giant t-shirts!

* I think these are the leggings (http://www.louandgrey.com/lou-&-grey-cozy-flipside-leggings/410633?skuId=22090461&defaultColor=6618&colorExplode=false&catid=cat1880002), but I could be wrong.  I bought two pairs in-store a year ago, and one pair is still in decent shape.  My black pair lasted about 6 months (wore a few times/week).

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« Reply #659 on: November 29, 2016, 07:50:42 PM »
Thought of this thread today when my employer sent out a mass email letting the staff know that our webpage now had an apparel section with expanded options.

Excitedly went over to our website to price out work shirts with our logo to see if building a small work capsule was possible, alas, the outerwear and womens logo shirts were not mustachian in price. This is the part where I admit that thrifting has ruined me for life..

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« Reply #660 on: November 30, 2016, 07:01:14 AM »
Here I am today: tan pants (Express), blue sweater (old, H&M), white shirt (Express), Clark's shoes.

I received two polo shirts from American Giant yesterday - they are xmas gifts for my boyfriend. They are really nice - solid soft fabric. He always wears polo shirts to work and tend to get them on clearance at Target. They often don't hold up very well in terms of the fabric eventually sort of twisting and not hanging right, the collars getting bent, and the shirts shrinking. We'll see how these two hold up. He wears more or less the same thing to work every day also (khakis, polo shirt) and does not have one bit of interest in clothing at all.

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« Reply #661 on: November 30, 2016, 02:05:01 PM »
Just commenting to say that I bought those Clarks oxfords <3 <3 <3
I love them!

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« Reply #662 on: November 30, 2016, 04:50:53 PM »
Does anyone have a recommendation for where to purchase a formal dress?  I'm going to try a local thrift shop tomorrow, but I haven't bought a formal dress since high school prom (borrowed dresses for formals in college). 

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« Reply #663 on: December 01, 2016, 06:15:33 AM »
Madgeylou - Do you find them comfortable? I feel like I could wear them and walk all over NYC and have no problem.

I am going to post later today some shoes that I am totally lusting after.

Anyhow - today, tan pants (Express), purple sweater (Sears, new), white shirt (Forver 21, old0, Clark's shoes

Pants and sweater and both making their second appearance this week.

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« Reply #664 on: December 01, 2016, 10:41:52 AM »
Madgeylou - Do you find them comfortable? I feel like I could wear them and walk all over NYC and have no problem.


Yes I do find them comfy, which is unusual for me! I'm the queen of buying 3 different pairs of shoes from Zappos and sending them all back. When I first put them on, I was concerned they might be too narrow in the toes for me, but the wooly fabric seems to have warmed up and started to give. Very cute and comfy, I love them :)

Side note: I never understand why there aren't more shoes for people with wide toe areas and narrow heel areas. It seems to be a pretty common foot shape but no one seems to design for it.


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« Reply #665 on: December 03, 2016, 04:35:01 PM »
Ok - I have given some thought to my off work attire and what are the problems. I think I actually need more variability than for work. For instance, I want some nicer looking clothing for going out to dinner (not fancy, just not sweatpants), some sweatpants for running errands or hanging around the house, and workout clothing - plus a variety to account for temperature changes (shorts for summer, sleeveless tanks). The problem is right now I have a horrible mix of bits and pieces of things that fit in all three categories.

Category 1: nicer looking off-work clothing - going out to eat, meeting someone about something, etc. . This includes jeans, shirts, sweaters. My style tends to be preppy - pretty much similar to my work style. I think I am actually ok in terms of items I own in this category.

Category 2: comfortable more relaxed clothing for errands, sitting around the house, walking the dog, helping out at school. This category is a mess! I have too thin stretched out sweatpants from Target, shirts that really go w/ category 1 and aren't warm enough but are too dressy w/ sweatpants. Etc.

Category 3: workout clothing. I am also ok here. I don't care too much about what this clothing looks like, but functionality is extremely important. The nicer pieces for running can overlap into Category 2. I cycle (this clothing is very activity specific), run (just about anything 'active wear' works for this, and swim (activity specific again, of course). I plan to return to yoga and do more weights and stretching - running stuff will work fine for that.

So the problem is better defined. I ordered some American Giant sweatpants the other day - which are Category 2 items. Today I went to the Under Armor outlet and bought some fleece lined tops (OMG _ heaven) and those can be Category 2 or 3 items and some fleece lined leggings (yay) and fleece lined sweatpants. Everything matches and looks presentable.

Now I need to do the purge of the existing clothing that doesn't suit, I don't love, or it does't work for one reason or another. I'll probably need to do another round once hotter months are here. It is really an advantage to be able to wear the same weight clothing all year to work. 

I'll post some day off clothing along the way here too.

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« Reply #666 on: December 03, 2016, 06:17:27 PM »
So I did not take the CCM position after all. They weren't willing to budge on location, and I wasn't going to budge on a 1hr 15min commute. So no work wardrobe changes after all! Thanks for all the help though everyone.
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« Reply #667 on: December 04, 2016, 07:48:18 AM »
So I did not take the CCM position after all. They weren't willing to budge on location, and I wasn't going to budge on a 1hr 15min commute. So no work wardrobe changes after all! Thanks for all the help though everyone.

That commute would have killed it for me too. Sorry it didn't work out Bracken Joy.

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« Reply #668 on: December 04, 2016, 07:53:43 AM »
This is a category 2 outfit. The pants are new from Under Armor and are fleece lined and super cozy. THe shirt is pretty new as well, from Costco, also fleece lined. I wear a target stretch tank under almost all casual clothes in the winter. I have about 10 of them. They wear well and have lasted me years without too much problem (a little pilling).

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« Reply #669 on: December 04, 2016, 08:28:41 AM »
This is a category 2 outfit. The pants are new from Under Armor and are fleece lined and super cozy. THe shirt is pretty new as well, from Costco, also fleece lined. I wear a target stretch tank under almost all casual clothes in the winter. I have about 10 of them. They wear well and have lasted me years without too much problem (a little pilling).

My companion is Penelope Clementine Pup-pup Plume 'de Pants.

I adore your dog. Floofy Pants are the height of dog fashion anyway.

Also, I wear target stretch tanks as well. Under my scrubs, for one, but also under a lot of misc tops- I have a long torso, so I have to layer them, especially under sweaters.

I think my category 2 is the weakest as well. I wonder if this is universal? I think I just steal from category 3 for most of it. 
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« Reply #670 on: December 05, 2016, 03:50:13 PM »
I think my category 2 is the weakest as well. I wonder if this is universal? I think I just steal from category 3 for most of it.
My category 2 is actually pretty good due to some pressure from my mother at a Lou & Grey store.  I also frequently throw a tunic from category 2 on over category 3 outfits to look presentable for hanging out with friends post-workout.

My category 1 is a mess.  I have one pair of black skinny jeans, and I just bought a new pair of black boots.  I need tops though.  I have one nice sweater...and then it's t-shirts.  I also have a few nice tops in navy, which go with my brown riding boots (but I don't have a pants option).  I'm struggling to spend money on this category because I usually wear category 2/3 to hang out with friends (grab coffee after a workout, etc).  However, it would be nice to have category 1 options for date nights, nights out, etc.

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« Reply #671 on: December 06, 2016, 05:08:05 AM »
Work uniform today. The Sears sweater makes another appearance, in another color. I ended up buying - 4 - pink, burgundy, blue, and gray. Love this blue color. I've posted these gray pants a bunch before - Express, probably at least 4 years old. White shirt, Express.


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« Reply #672 on: December 06, 2016, 05:10:40 AM »
Does the 3 or 4 category break down work for others?

W - work clothes
Category 1 - nicer off-work clothing (nicer jeans, nicer tops)
Category 2 - comfortable and presentable off work clothing (e.g. sweats, t-shirts)
Category 3 - exercise and workout clothing?

Is there another category? I guess I have "dressy" clothing for a party or wedding - but that really comes down to two dresses (one that I bought for a high school reunion 10 years ago, the other from H&M 2 years ago). There hardly seems like enough items, or that I get enough use out of them, to justify another category.

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« Reply #673 on: December 06, 2016, 05:45:42 AM »
I also keep a separate yard work stash, because I hate to dirty up my workout stuff. I know it's vain but I'm more likely to run if I feel good in my running gear. So the sports bra crosses the categories, but if I'm weeding / pruning / stacking logs etc I wear different outer clothes because they are very likely to get snagged on branches, hedges etc.

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« Reply #674 on: December 06, 2016, 06:17:17 AM »
I also keep a separate yard work stash, because I hate to dirty up my workout stuff. I know it's vain but I'm more likely to run if I feel good in my running gear. So the sports bra crosses the categories, but if I'm weeding / pruning / stacking logs etc I wear different outer clothes because they are very likely to get snagged on branches, hedges etc.

Oh yes - I have a 20 year old paint spattered t-shirt, some old jeans (several sizes too large) and a few other things for yard work, painting, etc.

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« Reply #675 on: December 06, 2016, 08:09:56 AM »
Ugh, I sound so vain, but I have painting clothes as well! When I'm out stacking logs or pruning trees I'm likely to run into people, I live in a busy little neighbourhood and we're all quite friendly. Also, gardening is a big hobby, so I don't want to wear stuff 'crispy' from paint (do you know what I mean?!).

So I guess my category is 4) Old workout clothes used for gardening. But I realise this is pretty hobby specific!

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« Reply #676 on: December 06, 2016, 12:43:46 PM »
Does the 3 or 4 category break down work for others?

W - work clothes
Category 1 - nicer off-work clothing (nicer jeans, nicer tops)
Category 2 - comfortable and presentable off work clothing (e.g. sweats, t-shirts)
Category 3 - exercise and workout clothing?

Is there another category? I guess I have "dressy" clothing for a party or wedding - but that really comes down to two dresses (one that I bought for a high school reunion 10 years ago, the other from H&M 2 years ago). There hardly seems like enough items, or that I get enough use out of them, to justify another category.
I was lumping in the "dressy" clothes to category 1.  I am super deficient in category 1, and the dressy portion of that category is abysmal. 

So I guess my category is 4) Old workout clothes used for gardening. But I realise this is pretty hobby specific!

I actually use nicer clothes for my work clothes.  I just opt for dark colors.  I also paint very infrequently, but I usually have a free t-shirt from something to wear.

I'm struggling with undergarments.  I was fitted for a bra, and I was wearing the wrong size by a long shot.  I bought two new bras, but I probably need to pick up another regular bra and a strapless one.  Anyone have any favorites?  I just bought two Natori bras that are amazingly comfortable, which might be due to the fact that I'm finally wearing the right size bra, but are really expensive. 

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« Reply #677 on: December 06, 2016, 01:50:00 PM »
Natori and Warcol both make nice bras. I wear a hard to find size and just give up and pay full price at Nordstrom. My size is never available at Kohls or Target or whatever.  Recently I bought some pullover soft bras from herroom.com by Wacoal and Coobie and they are great. Underwire bras often make me homicidal, even when fitted correctly.

Ok so we have
Work clothes
Dressy clothes (overlap with work clothes for some, outlier for some)
Category 1 - dressier off-work clothing
Category 2 - casual off work clothing (may overlap with 1 and 3)
Category 3 - exercise clothing
Outliers - yard work clothing that won't embarrass you in front of neighbors but may or may not be ok for getting paint on or going to Home Depot. :p


Here is my category 2 for today. New America Giant sweatpants. As awesome as the hoodie. Under Armor sweatshirt - I like the v neck on this enough to tolerate a logo. Also nice and cozy. Both presentable enough to run to the grocery store or answer the front door. Ms. Penelope is hoping I will accidentally drop some food for her.

I have a $20 off $100 purchase coupon good for American Giant good through xmas. PM me if you'd like the code. I have two of them and they appear to be unique codes.

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« Reply #678 on: December 06, 2016, 03:14:35 PM »
I have to wear FRCs to work (I work in a plant) which my work provides so the only clothes I buy are away from work clothes.  I love the categories you broke off-work clothes down into.
Here's where I'm struggling:
Category 1 - I don't have a lot of good quality clothes here since I don't need nice clothes for work.  I need to get some high quality basics (silk shirt, casual but still dressy-ish blouses, bottoms other than jeans but more casual then suit pants, etc.) but I'm not sure where to start.  Also, I would like to add more layers because I feel more put-together but its too warm outside for most of the year for cardigans/scarves/etc.  Are there other "layers" that you can use to tie an outfit together but still survive when its 80 degrees out?

Category 2 - I have absolutely no bottoms in this category. I live in Houston and 80% of the year its too warm in my house to even wear leggings or maybe I just haven't found the right leggings (maybe like really light, breathable, stretchy, but non-see through capris ones)?  All the ones I've had in the past are kind of tight and make my legs a little too warm for above 75-80+ degree weather.  So do comfortable/casual but also presentable shorts exist? What is the leggings version of shorts (casual, comfortable, can look nice when paired with nicer shirts)? I feel like all of my category 1 shorts (jean shorts, khaki shorts) are too tight or uncomfortable for lounge wear but look great/feel great with my "going out" clothes.  The only other shorts I own are athletic/work out shorts which I have plenty just don't feel nice enough to fit into category.  What type of materials or styles should I be looking at for shorts?
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« Reply #679 on: December 06, 2016, 04:26:59 PM »
I've broken down my non-work clothing into:

1. home (comfortable)
2. social (comfortable, slightly nicer)
3. occasions (dressy)
4. outdoors (comfortable, not precious about dirt and rips)

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« Reply #680 on: December 06, 2016, 05:51:45 PM »
I have to wear FRCs to work (I work in a plant) which my work provides so the only clothes I buy are away from work clothes.  I love the categories you broke off-work clothes down into.
Here's where I'm struggling:
Category 1 - I don't have a lot of good quality clothes here since I don't need nice clothes for work.  I need to get some high quality basics (silk shirt, casual but still dressy-ish blouses, bottoms other than jeans but more casual then suit pants, etc.) but I'm not sure where to start.  Also, I would like to add more layers because I feel more put-together but its too warm outside for most of the year for cardigans/scarves/etc.  Are there other "layers" that you can use to tie an outfit together but still survive when its 80 degrees out?

Category 2 - I have absolutely no bottoms in this category. I live in Houston and 80% of the year its too warm in my house to even wear leggings or maybe I just haven't found the right leggings (maybe like really light, breathable, stretchy, but non-see through capris ones)?  All the ones I've had in the past are kind of tight and make my legs a little too warm for above 75-80+ degree weather.  So do comfortable/casual but also presentable shorts exist? What is the leggings version of shorts (casual, comfortable, can look nice when paired with nicer shirts)? I feel like all of my category 1 shorts (jean shorts, khaki shorts) are too tight or uncomfortable for lounge wear but look great/feel great with my "going out" clothes.  The only other shorts I own are athletic/work out shorts which I have plenty just don't feel nice enough to fit into category.  What type of materials or styles should I be looking at for shorts?
Any advice?

Trapped - I had some pants like these (I don't recommend this particular $98 pair - there have to be cheaper options) which sort of did that slightly nicer than shorts Category 2 stuff.

https://shop.lululemon.com/p/women-crops/Studio-Crop-II-Unlined/_/prod4850104?rcnt=12&N=7yr&cnt=17&color=LW6ABYS_8353

 I also like light sweatshirt material shorts - and those are the ones I reach for most often in the summer. They are relaxed and comfortable w/o being to stiff. I'll probably order a pair from American Giant once summer gets here. I also wear some super cheap short from Kohl's:

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1318379/soffe-fold-over-shorts-juniors.jsp?color=Kelly

They are soft, loose. They don't look great, but they are passable in the same way that sweatpants are.

In terms of category one layers - could you wear a dressy tank and use a button up silk blouse as the layer?

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« Reply #681 on: December 07, 2016, 04:56:59 AM »
Today's non uniform outfit. I have to sit in a conference all day. I find it extremely uncomfortable for my back. So. These are new American Giant jogger style sweatpants (lighter weight fabric), sparkle shoes from Target in and attempt to dresss them up, , and uniform shirt from express and forever 21 sweater. I think it is passable.

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« Reply #682 on: December 07, 2016, 06:14:46 AM »
Coming out of lurkdom for this thread :] Hi everyone!!

A while ago I got fed up with constantly feeling like I had nothing to wear despite all the clothes in my closet. I work from home at the moment (as a crafter, writer and video editor) and my "uniform" was a t-shirt and yoga pants, but I felt so sloppy all the time, especially when running errands (I know it shouldn't matter what I wear then, but it bugged me).

A couple years ago I simplified my choices by always picking black or gray for my neutrals, so I only have to worry about black shoes, belt, etc. I only really like black bottoms for me, so although I do have a pair of boot-cut, dark-wash jeans, my "uniform" these days is: black booties, black leggings/stretchy-skinny-pants, and a shirt that can work for anything from date night to book club to drinks with the girls to running errands to weekend gatherings. Generally the shirt is sleeveless or short-sleeved. Then I throw a gray cardigan (weight depending on temperature) over the top, and I'm set. Super easy.

Basically, like the attached images (hope I'm doing this right). I have the shirt in three colors now (brand is Tahari, from Macy's) (sweater is also Macys, and the 5-pocket leggings-that-pass-for-skinny-pants are from Ann Taylor Loft (5-pocket marisa cut, which for tall ladies is actually long enough! I have a problem finding leggings that aren't too short)). This is what I wore yesterday, actually!

The links people posted earlier about how to figure out your colors/style really helped, so thank you! It helped me solidify my plan for what to focus on, to accept that certain styles, while I love them on others (dolman sleeves, for example) just don't look right on me, and to just go with the silhouettes and colors that work for me.

So while I'm not completely done with my uniform, it's come together nicely. And now when I go do something, or even if I just want to look more professional than yoga pants/t-shirt at home (helps with productivity), I can grab something comfortable and nice looking without having to think about it! I may have an office job next year, but we'll cross that wardrobe-bridge when we come to it :]

I do have an addiction for cardigans, but I'm trying to limit it :]

MsPeacock I love your work uniform, feels very classic and put-together!

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« Reply #683 on: December 07, 2016, 08:13:21 AM »
Welcome cheesecat! Love your "uniform". It sounds like you can get a lot of different uses out of it.

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« Reply #684 on: December 08, 2016, 04:22:34 AM »
Today - another uniform. Black Express pants, grey patterned shirt (! I know - not a white shirt) Forever 21, Sear's sweater. Clark's shoes.

This weekend, if I can get my act together, I am going to pull all my Category 1-3 clothes out and try to make some sense of what to get rid of and how to organize it better.


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« Reply #685 on: December 08, 2016, 08:32:28 AM »
Cheesecat- I think we must have a very similar body type, because the uniform you posted would be *perfect* for me. Honestly, it's a more polished version of what I already wear a ton- cotton tanks, with black yoga capris, with a zip up hoodie. (West coast thoroughly blurs the lines between category 2 and 3 I think...). Anyway, thank you VERY much for sharing that, because it has given me a perfect vision for what I'm looking for to refine my "daily wear" category. Not to mention I've never been to Ann Taylor Loft, so I'll check there for the pants- I too suffer from tall lady legging issues. Hence wearing capris. I've given up on length, and pretend it's on purpose ;)

I have to wear FRCs to work (I work in a plant) which my work provides so the only clothes I buy are away from work clothes.  I love the categories you broke off-work clothes down into.
Here's where I'm struggling:
Category 1 - I don't have a lot of good quality clothes here since I don't need nice clothes for work.  I need to get some high quality basics (silk shirt, casual but still dressy-ish blouses, bottoms other than jeans but more casual then suit pants, etc.) but I'm not sure where to start.  Also, I would like to add more layers because I feel more put-together but its too warm outside for most of the year for cardigans/scarves/etc.  Are there other "layers" that you can use to tie an outfit together but still survive when its 80 degrees out?

Category 2 - I have absolutely no bottoms in this category. I live in Houston and 80% of the year its too warm in my house to even wear leggings or maybe I just haven't found the right leggings (maybe like really light, breathable, stretchy, but non-see through capris ones)?  All the ones I've had in the past are kind of tight and make my legs a little too warm for above 75-80+ degree weather.  So do comfortable/casual but also presentable shorts exist? What is the leggings version of shorts (casual, comfortable, can look nice when paired with nicer shirts)? I feel like all of my category 1 shorts (jean shorts, khaki shorts) are too tight or uncomfortable for lounge wear but look great/feel great with my "going out" clothes.  The only other shorts I own are athletic/work out shorts which I have plenty just don't feel nice enough to fit into category.  What type of materials or styles should I be looking at for shorts?
Any advice?

Shorts I opt for may be too casual, I'm not sure, but I tend to go for hiking style shorts. Like these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/231929211250?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true

I'm actually on my second pair of these exact ones. First pair lasted me 4 years and included 2 trips abroad, one where it was washed in a river and held out a van window to dry a few times. Very durable, hard to stain, look surprisingly put together (IMO) in person. Because of the fabric, they never pill or get "fuzzy" looking- they just eventually tear.
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« Reply #686 on: December 08, 2016, 09:32:08 AM »
Does the 3 or 4 category break down work for others?

W - work clothes
Category 1 - nicer off-work clothing (nicer jeans, nicer tops)
Category 2 - comfortable and presentable off work clothing (e.g. sweats, t-shirts)
Category 3 - exercise and workout clothing?

Is there another category? I guess I have "dressy" clothing for a party or wedding - but that really comes down to two dresses (one that I bought for a high school reunion 10 years ago, the other from H&M 2 years ago). There hardly seems like enough items, or that I get enough use out of them, to justify another category.
I was lumping in the "dressy" clothes to category 1.  I am super deficient in category 1, and the dressy portion of that category is abysmal. 

So I guess my category is 4) Old workout clothes used for gardening. But I realise this is pretty hobby specific!

I actually use nicer clothes for my work clothes.  I just opt for dark colors.  I also paint very infrequently, but I usually have a free t-shirt from something to wear.

I'm struggling with undergarments.  I was fitted for a bra, and I was wearing the wrong size by a long shot.  I bought two new bras, but I probably need to pick up another regular bra and a strapless one.  Anyone have any favorites?  I just bought two Natori bras that are amazingly comfortable, which might be due to the fact that I'm finally wearing the right size bra, but are really expensive. R

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« Reply #687 on: December 08, 2016, 09:33:38 AM »
Does the 3 or 4 category break down work for others?

W - work clothes
Category 1 - nicer off-work clothing (nicer jeans, nicer tops)
Category 2 - comfortable and presentable off work clothing (e.g. sweats, t-shirts)
Category 3 - exercise and workout clothing?

Is there another category? I guess I have "dressy" clothing for a party or wedding - but that really comes down to two dresses (one that I bought for a high school reunion 10 years ago, the other from H&M 2 years ago). There hardly seems like enough items, or that I get enough use out of them, to justify another category.
I was lumping in the "dressy" clothes to category 1.  I am super deficient in category 1, and the dressy portion of that category is abysmal. 

So I guess my category is 4) Old workout clothes used for gardening. But I realise this is pretty hobby specific!

I actually use nicer clothes for my work clothes.  I just opt for dark colors.  I also paint very infrequently, but I usually have a free t-shirt from something to wear.

I'm struggling with undergarments.  I was fitted for a bra, and I was wearing the wrong size by a long shot.  I bought two new bras, but I probably need to pick up another regular bra and a strapless one.  Anyone have any favorites?  I just bought two Natori bras that are amazingly comfortable, which might be due to the fact that I'm finally wearing the right size bra, but are really expensive. R

Go to figleaves website. Ill linj it when I got home. I was recently properly measured and didn't like spending 50-70 per bra so I found my size in the UK and us brands and preferential for 15-40 a piece. I literally got an identical bra I had been fitted to in Nordstrom online for $25+ less. Ill look up the 3 brands hardwired for me as a 36G

I've had good luck with the brastop website during their annual sales.
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« Reply #688 on: December 08, 2016, 09:40:21 AM »
Shorts I opt for may be too casual, I'm not sure, but I tend to go for hiking style shorts. Like these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/231929211250?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true

I'm actually on my second pair of these exact ones. First pair lasted me 4 years and included 2 trips abroad, one where it was washed in a river and held out a van window to dry a few times. Very durable, hard to stain, look surprisingly put together (IMO) in person. Because of the fabric, they never pill or get "fuzzy" looking- they just eventually tear.
+1 to Bracken_Joy - these are my hiking shorts and I can definitely attest to their durability.  I have two pairs and they wear like iron.



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« Reply #689 on: December 08, 2016, 11:15:40 AM »
Thanks for the welcome!

Bracken_Joy, I will note that the Loft pants I mentioned are available online only (you can return in store, though), and I find that many of their normal pants/leggings I tried on in the store are too short for me. They list inseams on their site, though, which makes it easier.

As far as around-the-house clothing, does anyone have any tips on finding slippers that have actual arch support? It's getting so cold now that I am searching for a solution but even the expensive slippers only seem to have foam as their padding, which isn't enough arch support for me :(

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« Reply #690 on: December 08, 2016, 11:18:22 AM »
Cheesecat- I think we must have a very similar body type, because the uniform you posted would be *perfect* for me. Honestly, it's a more polished version of what I already wear a ton- cotton tanks, with black yoga capris, with a zip up hoodie. (West coast thoroughly blurs the lines between category 2 and 3 I think...). Anyway, thank you VERY much for sharing that, because it has given me a perfect vision for what I'm looking for to refine my "daily wear" category. Not to mention I've never been to Ann Taylor Loft, so I'll check there for the pants- I too suffer from tall lady legging issues. Hence wearing capris. I've given up on length, and pretend it's on purpose ;)

I have to wear FRCs to work (I work in a plant) which my work provides so the only clothes I buy are away from work clothes.  I love the categories you broke off-work clothes down into.
Here's where I'm struggling:
Category 1 - I don't have a lot of good quality clothes here since I don't need nice clothes for work.  I need to get some high quality basics (silk shirt, casual but still dressy-ish blouses, bottoms other than jeans but more casual then suit pants, etc.) but I'm not sure where to start.  Also, I would like to add more layers because I feel more put-together but its too warm outside for most of the year for cardigans/scarves/etc.  Are there other "layers" that you can use to tie an outfit together but still survive when its 80 degrees out?

Category 2 - I have absolutely no bottoms in this category. I live in Houston and 80% of the year its too warm in my house to even wear leggings or maybe I just haven't found the right leggings (maybe like really light, breathable, stretchy, but non-see through capris ones)?  All the ones I've had in the past are kind of tight and make my legs a little too warm for above 75-80+ degree weather.  So do comfortable/casual but also presentable shorts exist? What is the leggings version of shorts (casual, comfortable, can look nice when paired with nicer shirts)? I feel like all of my category 1 shorts (jean shorts, khaki shorts) are too tight or uncomfortable for lounge wear but look great/feel great with my "going out" clothes.  The only other shorts I own are athletic/work out shorts which I have plenty just don't feel nice enough to fit into category.  What type of materials or styles should I be looking at for shorts?
Any advice?

Shorts I opt for may be too casual, I'm not sure, but I tend to go for hiking style shorts. Like these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/231929211250?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true

I'm actually on my second pair of these exact ones. First pair lasted me 4 years and included 2 trips abroad, one where it was washed in a river and held out a van window to dry a few times. Very durable, hard to stain, look surprisingly put together (IMO) in person. Because of the fabric, they never pill or get "fuzzy" looking- they just eventually tear.

These look great!  This is exactly the type of shorts I need.  I also found these ones that look a little more lounging/comfortable but could still be "dressed up".
http://www.express.com/clothing/women/olive-utility-soft-shorts/pro/02397300/cat320019


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« Reply #691 on: December 08, 2016, 11:23:49 AM »
Thanks for the welcome!

Bracken_Joy, I will note that the Loft pants I mentioned are available online only (you can return in store, though), and I find that many of their normal pants/leggings I tried on in the store are too short for me. They list inseams on their site, though, which makes it easier.

As far as around-the-house clothing, does anyone have any tips on finding slippers that have actual arch support? It's getting so cold now that I am searching for a solution but even the expensive slippers only seem to have foam as their padding, which isn't enough arch support for me :(
You could try the LL Bean wool clog slippers: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/112639?feat=503422-GN3&page=women-s-l-l-bean-wool-slipper-clog



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« Reply #692 on: December 08, 2016, 02:40:52 PM »
Thanks for the welcome!

Bracken_Joy, I will note that the Loft pants I mentioned are available online only (you can return in store, though), and I find that many of their normal pants/leggings I tried on in the store are too short for me. They list inseams on their site, though, which makes it easier.

As far as around-the-house clothing, does anyone have any tips on finding slippers that have actual arch support? It's getting so cold now that I am searching for a solution but even the expensive slippers only seem to have foam as their padding, which isn't enough arch support for me :(
You could try the LL Bean wool clog slippers: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/112639?feat=503422-GN3&page=women-s-l-l-bean-wool-slipper-clog

Haflinger slippers are awesome. Expensive, but awesome. Mine are about 8 years old. Lots of support, and warm.

ETA the LL Bean slippers look exactly the same at half the cost!

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« Reply #693 on: December 09, 2016, 06:17:56 AM »
Today category 2.  Under Armor top and leggings, with layers underneath because it is cold outside!


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« Reply #694 on: December 12, 2016, 12:27:12 AM »
Ok, so I am so excited about that Vivienne link.  It is the first build your wardrobe thing that actually makes sense to me and doesn't tell me to wear all black!  I hate black.  I have started buying quite a few black things in the last few years because it is easy, but I usually hate wearing it.  I am starting to like a few things, but I really didn't want that as my neutral.  I prefer browns, but they are hard for me to match, and look good.  It has gotten harder as my size has increased and I am now in plus on the bottom, which tends to have more limited color selection. 

But I am really excited about the navy/grey neutral combo, especially combined with pink and purple.  I love all these colors and already have a number of pieces I absolutely love.  Now I finally think I understand how to pull it all together. 

And I also love the categories that people are describing. 

I realized my category 1 was woefully low recently, and I added some pieces that are cute and fun.  But now my Category 2 and 3 and sleep wear is pathetic.  But now I understand how to think about these. 

I don't know when I I'll have time to address this, but I think the first step will be laying everything out anyway.  So maybe after the holidays...?

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« Reply #695 on: December 12, 2016, 06:10:18 AM »
Today's uniform: Express pants and shirt (this one with a print!) and black sweater (Forever 21). Everything is old - a year or more, I think.

My recent category 2 purchases - mostly Under Armor fleece lined shirts and American Giant sweats have put in a much better place overall. I realize that a lot of my problem was category 1 tops (nicer tops) that aren't warm enough for me most of the time, and then a general lack of sweaters to wear with them. The reality is that most of the time I am off work I want category 2 outfits.

I also love the Vivienne link - I think her system is awesome and love how she breaks down the steps. So much easier to  narrow the colors and style and then just shop in that range. I think the hardest thing may sometimes be finding certain colors in certain items - e.g. much harder to find navy pants rather than black pants.

I also realized that my desire to be frugal conflicts with my desire to look "nice" in whatever category it is that I am dressing in. However, I'd rather spend a bit more and have items that really work for me and I will get many years of use out of them. Too often in the past I'd buy something because it was on sale or because it was "cute" without really being able to assess how well it would work with other items I owned or if it was an items that met my actual clothing needs.

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« Reply #696 on: December 12, 2016, 06:19:22 AM »
I don't know when I I'll have time to address this, but I think the first step will be laying everything out anyway.  So maybe after the holidays...?

I think this is a good question- how are people addressing this? I'm very tactile/kinesthetic, so I've been trying on all the different combos I can think of and taking outfit pictures of stuff together. I need to do more of this, as I started the project then kinda abandoned it.

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« Reply #697 on: December 12, 2016, 01:46:05 PM »
I also realized that my desire to be frugal conflicts with my desire to look "nice" in whatever category it is that I am dressing in. However, I'd rather spend a bit more and have items that really work for me and I will get many years of use out of them. Too often in the past I'd buy something because it was on sale or because it was "cute" without really being able to assess how well it would work with other items I owned or if it was an items that met my actual clothing needs.
Since I've been working on having a quality wardrobe (not just clothing pieces), my spending on clothing has gone way down.  I rarely buy shoes (other than running shoes), and I have no desire to just "shop."  I go to the mall when I need something, and I buy it and leave. 

I spend more on clothing than the average MMM reader, but I'm okay with that. 

BJ, I haven't found a good way.  I did KonMari my wardrobe in one day, which greatly reduced the number of items.  I've been slowly working out outfits, but I don't have a quick way or method.  I would love to hear ideas.

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« Reply #698 on: December 12, 2016, 01:53:23 PM »
I don't know when I I'll have time to address this, but I think the first step will be laying everything out anyway.  So maybe after the holidays...?

I think this is a good question- how are people addressing this? I'm very tactile/kinesthetic, so I've been trying on all the different combos I can think of and taking outfit pictures of stuff together. I need to do more of this, as I started the project then kinda abandoned it.

Other approaches? Notes, apps?
I'm very interested in this as well because, frankly, I'm hopeless at it.  I think my actually outfits are fine, but I am not at all creative and I'm bad at mixing and matching, so I have a lot of "set" outfits (e.g. I always wear a certain sweater with a certain blouse, or pants).  This makes for a very inefficient wardrobe...



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« Reply #699 on: December 12, 2016, 02:01:10 PM »

Haflinger slippers are awesome. Expensive, but awesome. Mine are about 8 years old. Lots of support, and warm.

ETA the LL Bean slippers look exactly the same at half the cost!


Thanks for the tip - clog-style slippers tend to slip off my feet while navigating stairs, so I'm looking for a moccasin-style slipper. I ordered the Haflinger mocs from zappos; they do indeed have arch support ... but it's oddly forward of my arch, so it feels weird. Going back, sigh.

I actually found slipper-socks at costco the other day and bought them to try, and I like them! No arch support, but then they don't pretend to have arch support (like everything with memory foam). I might just see how the winter goes with them, unless I randomly come across my Perfect Slipper :)