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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe - Updated (page 11)
« Reply #700 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 #701 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 #702 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 #703 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 #704 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 #705 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.

Other approaches? Notes, apps?
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« Reply #706 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 #707 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 #708 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 :)

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« Reply #709 on: December 12, 2016, 02:01:28 PM »
Over the weekend, I was cleaning up our basement and found a box of boots, shoes and gloves.  Went through it and found a pair of my son's old shoes he used for skateboarding or biking or something long ago as he's 3 sizes bigger.  Just my size.  All black so I can wear them at work.  Free shoes FTW.

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« Reply #710 on: December 13, 2016, 09:13:59 AM »
Today: black pants (Express), blue patterned shirt (Express - hard to see), blue sweater (Sears).  Nothing too exciting here.

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« Reply #711 on: December 13, 2016, 07:17:47 PM »
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.

The website I meant to link to was figleaves.com They sell Freya, Panache, Chantelle and dozens more brands. THeir own branded lingerie is also pretty fantastic. They do not sell Natori though. So I got 3 excellent bras and a pair of underwear for $89 (including shipping), Nordstrom was $140 for two bras by the same brands.

I was also recommended Bravissimo.com which I was told  they are a great find for the small band size and a large cup size combo that is so difficult to find. They also sell tops that have enough material in them, so that you can wear a dress or button down shirt without the annoying tendency of the fabric gaping open or pulling too tightly across the curves.

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« Reply #712 on: December 14, 2016, 04:32:47 AM »
Today: Old Navy pants - at least 10 years old. They are dark brown w/ pink and grey pinstripes. They are lined and good quality - from back long ago when Old Navy made reasonable quality clothing.   Sears sweater (new - I bought 4 or 5 in different colors - LOVE this sweater. It is a bull's eye for my uniform) and Forever 21 white shirt (old).

I hate these shoes w/ dress pants and socks. They were the only ones that I own that more or less match. I am wishing for a pair of burgundy or ox blood wingtips (which would go w/ many things). Just holding out on those now since I've spent some money on clothes recently.


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« Reply #713 on: December 14, 2016, 10:43:46 AM »
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.

The website I meant to link to was figleaves.com They sell Freya, Panache, Chantelle and dozens more brands. THeir own branded lingerie is also pretty fantastic. They do not sell Natori though. So I got 3 excellent bras and a pair of underwear for $89 (including shipping), Nordstrom was $140 for two bras by the same brands.

I was also recommended Bravissimo.com which I was told  they are a great find for the small band size and a large cup size combo that is so difficult to find. They also sell tops that have enough material in them, so that you can wear a dress or button down shirt without the annoying tendency of the fabric gaping open or pulling too tightly across the curves.
Thanks for the recommendations!  I'll have to check out the sites. 

MsPeacock, I love the pants!  They're "boring" in a way that I like, but they have a little flair up close. 

I bought a floor length gown for a holiday event that I have to go to with my DH on Friday.  I tried a few thrift stores in my area, but the selection was too small (most of the dresses were too large).  I ended up buying a dress on sale (~$80) at a Macy's.  Of course, I had to have the dress hemmed (~$35).  Now I'm sure the dress will sit in my closet for years until I have another formal event.  How do you handle black swan type events?

As an upside to the formal dress I picked out, there was a built in bra, so I didn't have to buy a special bra.  Tiny victories. 

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe - Updated (page 11)
« Reply #714 on: December 14, 2016, 05:59:21 PM »
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.

The website I meant to link to was figleaves.com They sell Freya, Panache, Chantelle and dozens more brands. THeir own branded lingerie is also pretty fantastic. They do not sell Natori though. So I got 3 excellent bras and a pair of underwear for $89 (including shipping), Nordstrom was $140 for two bras by the same brands.

I was also recommended Bravissimo.com which I was told  they are a great find for the small band size and a large cup size combo that is so difficult to find. They also sell tops that have enough material in them, so that you can wear a dress or button down shirt without the annoying tendency of the fabric gaping open or pulling too tightly across the curves.
Thanks for the recommendations!  I'll have to check out the sites. 

MsPeacock, I love the pants!  They're "boring" in a way that I like, but they have a little flair up close. 

I bought a floor length gown for a holiday event that I have to go to with my DH on Friday.  I tried a few thrift stores in my area, but the selection was too small (most of the dresses were too large).  I ended up buying a dress on sale (~$80) at a Macy's.  Of course, I had to have the dress hemmed (~$35).  Now I'm sure the dress will sit in my closet for years until I have another formal event.  How do you handle black swan type events?

As an upside to the formal dress I picked out, there was a built in bra, so I didn't have to buy a special bra.  Tiny victories.

I have the dress I wore to my 20th high school reunion 10 years ago in my closet. The 30th is this year and I will most likely wear the same dress. Who could possibly remember? I have one other sort of dressy dress. I feel like you have to have one or two of these things for the occasional unavoidable event where they are required. Kind of like how some men have one suit that is just for weddings and such. At least men can wear the same suit to an interview and a funeral. The dressy dress seems to only be useful for party sorts of events.

There are those gown rental services,  it I think they cost more than $80 to rent and there is still the issue of length to deal with.

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe - Updated (page 11)
« Reply #715 on: December 14, 2016, 06:52:39 PM »
My concern with blazers is that my arms are very long, and my shoulders very broad for a woman. I've never once found a blazer that fits. My winter jacket is about 2" too short on the wrists =\ I just gave up and learned to live with it.

This is a late reply, but have you considered buying blazers and rolling up the sleeves?

I do that with mine because I prefer having my forearms free/bare, better range of motion, so no-one would notice if the sleeves were short.

Or you can buy blazers with 3/4 or cuffed sleeves.

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« Reply #716 on: December 14, 2016, 06:58:35 PM »
My concern with blazers is that my arms are very long, and my shoulders very broad for a woman. I've never once found a blazer that fits. My winter jacket is about 2" too short on the wrists =\ I just gave up and learned to live with it.

This is a late reply, but have you considered buying blazers and rolling up the sleeves?

I do that with mine because I prefer having my forearms free/bare, better range of motion, so no-one would notice if the sleeves were short.

Or you can buy blazers with 3/4 or cuffed sleeves.

That's what I do with sweaters- get 3/4 length sleeves. Doesn't solve the shoulder issues though. I have approx women's size L-XL shoulders, but I wear size small or XS otherwise. In a structured garment, that is very problematic =\
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« Reply #717 on: December 14, 2016, 07:12:52 PM »
Bracken Joy - I have the same issue. I a built like a swimmer. My shoulders are very broad relative to the rest of my body, and in particular my chest. It is a rare blazer that I don't have to buy in a size 10 or something and have the body taken down. I wear maybe a 2 or 4 for my body. I sort of have given up on blazers for the most part at this point anyhow. Shockingly the cheap blazers from Express fit me - go figure.

I think this problem is just more common than we probably think. Men's clothing is sized much better than women's - I mean, it seems that there are a much wider range of shirt sizes, and pants that come in a variety of lengths for me.

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« Reply #718 on: December 14, 2016, 08:21:27 PM »
Bracken Joy - I have the same issue. I a built like a swimmer. My shoulders are very broad relative to the rest of my body, and in particular my chest. It is a rare blazer that I don't have to buy in a size 10 or something and have the body taken down. I wear maybe a 2 or 4 for my body. I sort of have given up on blazers for the most part at this point anyhow. Shockingly the cheap blazers from Express fit me - go figure.

I think this problem is just more common than we probably think. Men's clothing is sized much better than women's - I mean, it seems that there are a much wider range of shirt sizes, and pants that come in a variety of lengths for me.

I think this might be fairly common in taller women? Seems to be a pattern I've noticed. And yes on men's clothes- in fact, my mom has pretty well given up and just buys men's henleys, lol. She's even taller and broader shouldered than I am, but same proportions. She told me when she worked in a professional office environment, she had to get custom made clothes, literally nothing fit off rack. (Small city in the 70s, woo). So at least it sounds like it's improved some over the years!
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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe - Updated (page 11)
« Reply #719 on: December 14, 2016, 10:02:18 PM »
I have the reverse issue.  Size M at the shoulders, but XL at the hips.  Shirts are very hard, because changing the whole shoulder is expensive. 

I have started using True & Co for bras.  They help with sizing and fit and it is all online.  I really like them.  I probably have a friend discount code if anyone is interested.  Their bras have held up well.

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« Reply #720 on: December 16, 2016, 06:41:58 AM »
Good mornng.

Yesterday's work outfit of the brown pants, white shirt, tan sweater. Everything is old. Looks fine imo.

Today's cat 2 two pairs of leggings because it is super cold outside, under armour top, ugg boots that are a xmas gift and are super cozy.

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« Reply #721 on: December 17, 2016, 10:17:02 AM »
Put three pairs of shoes in the Goodwill pile and edging closer to a casual clothing purge. The workout clothes are a jumbled mess. I need to pull the bike gear out and find a bin or something for storage. It really has almost no overlap with the other categories of clothing.

I've been slowly weeding down the shoes. Got rid of pretty much all the heels because they are uncomfortable and most of my clothing no longer fits with heels.

Dressy party to attend tonight. The ladies are usually wearing full length gowns. I make due with whatever I have. Last year I wore a black blazer and my boyfriends white dress shirt with black leggings and boots. Might do the same this year.

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« Reply #722 on: December 19, 2016, 05:07:34 AM »
Monday update - all this you've seen before, plus silver belt (not new - maybe 8 years old). Express pants, Sears sweater, Forever 21 shirt, Clark's shoes. Comfy and warm.

Got no closer to wedding down the Category 1 and 2 clothing this weekend....

Didn't attend the fancy dress party so I have nothing to report on that. (I went out to start the car and my battery was dead and being pretty introverted and having already attended 2 parties in the past 2 days - I was relieved. Instead walked down the street and got pizza at the pub.)

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« Reply #723 on: December 19, 2016, 09:27:32 AM »

Didn't attend the fancy dress party so I have nothing to report on that. (I went out to start the car and my battery was dead and being pretty introverted and having already attended 2 parties in the past 2 days - I was relieved. Instead walked down the street and got pizza at the pub.)

LOL.... is this the modern version of " I need to wash my hair tonite "?

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« Reply #724 on: December 21, 2016, 10:43:42 AM »

Didn't attend the fancy dress party so I have nothing to report on that. (I went out to start the car and my battery was dead and being pretty introverted and having already attended 2 parties in the past 2 days - I was relieved. Instead walked down the street and got pizza at the pub.)

LOL.... is this the modern version of " I need to wash my hair tonite "?

Ha - It might be. As an introvert I sometimes need an excuse to bow out once I am overwhelmed. The car battery was a real situation, but it did give me a polite way out of the party.


Today - ok, you all have seen this all before.


I'm going to stop w/ the work uniform posts for a while, since it is quite repetitive. I'm planning to work on the other categories of clothes and do some posts on that as I get through it.


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« Reply #725 on: December 24, 2016, 01:13:32 AM »
Hurrah, windfall. Post friend's wardrobe sweep, I have a mild-weather work capsule once I find a couple of neutrals to match.

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« Reply #726 on: December 29, 2016, 09:11:51 PM »
Depending on how often you have a need to dress up, you might keep an eye out for a formal skirt.  When paired with a white button down, it's very stylish and yet can still be appropriate for a formal occasion.  Maybe it's not something you care much about, but I feel very disrespectful if not dressed appropriately, and I feel self-conscious which make my introversion worse.  This would only add one piece to your wardrobe but it would play well with other things you own. 

Depending on your taste it could be full (probably looks the most formal) or fitted.  They key would be to get it in a formal, dressy fabric like taffeta, sequins, etc.


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« Reply #727 on: December 30, 2016, 12:55:12 AM »
Post-Christmas sales. I know. Money was spent. But I have two neutrals that fit with other items in my wardrobe, and cross off the coffee-with-friends - business-casual categories.

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This is a category 1 outfit: uggs, stretch jeans (several years old and miracles that fit with 20 pound weight fluctuations without being too tight), American Giant "city sweatshirt".

I ordered a few items recently from American Giant and I have been really pleased with the items. The first was a hoodie. It is very heavy and well made. I find the sleeves a bit stiff and constricting, but I think they will break in over time. True to the companies promise, absolutely no shrinking of any item with washing and drying.

The city sweatshirt above is actually not fleece. It is more like a heavy weight shirt, and the fabric has gold sparkels in it. This is a size small. I love how it fits and that I can layer under it, the cut and length are great. This item went in and out f stock several times before I managed to get it. Definitely going to be a staple in my wardrobe.

I also ordered two t-shirts from American Giant, one of their "classic" t-shirts for 24.50 and one of the "premium" shirts for 34.50. I have not yet washed or worn them. I will post pictures and updates of them soon. My initial impression of the premium shirt is that it is worth every penny of the 34.50 and will be a favorite. The fabric is amazing and the back seam is flattering and interesting. The regular shirt seems, well regular. But if they hold their shape and size with washing, as the other items havE, they will also become standards for me.

Additionally I got a pair of classic swats and a pair of jogger sweats. They are fantastic and also hold their size and shape with washing. I am extremely pleased.

So, America. Giant is expensive, but made in the US, and the quality is very very high. So far so good!
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The cut of that is fantastic! I look forward to your feedback about durability, pilling, etc. Thanks so much for keeping this updated!
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The AG City Swearthirt has been on my wishlist for months, but I can't convince myself to pulp the trigger at that price - it's litefally 10 times what i pay for cashmere sweaters at the thrift store... And I surely don't need more clothes... But I looove it!
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The AG City Swearthirt has been on my wishlist for months, but I can't convince myself to pulp the trigger at that price - it's litefally 10 times what i pay for cashmere sweaters at the thrift store... And I surely don't need more clothes... But I looove it!
I have an American Giant hoodie that my DH bought me two years ago, and it's still in perfect shape.  I also have purchased inexpensive cashmere sweaters (that I love) at the thrift store, but there is something so easy about tossing a sweatshirt in the washer and dryer and not worrying about it. 

My DH has an AG hoodie (zip front) that he wears multiple times per week, and it still looks brand new. 

I'm looking forward to your review of the t-shirts, MsPeacock.  I still have quite a few Madewell slub v-necks, but they're starting to develop holes. 

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I was wondering if anyone would have some dress suggestions for me.

I have been working on developing a capsule wardrobe. I'm finding my signature style is kind of tomboy-rocker, lol. One thing I feel really comfortable in is straight or skinny jeans, ankle boots, graphic-t, blazer. I would, however, love to incorporate a couple of less-girly dresses. I travel often for work and they take up much less space, plus, to be honest, I have really nice calves, lol. Given my height (5'2"), hitting right at the knee is the perfect length for me. This would also be great for summer - I'm not a fan of shorts and how they look on me.

Any suggestions for where I could find stylish, but not girly, dresses? That would go well with my collection of ankle boots?

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I was wondering if anyone would have some dress suggestions for me.

I have been working on developing a capsule wardrobe. I'm finding my signature style is kind of tomboy-rocker, lol. One thing I feel really comfortable in is straight or skinny jeans, ankle boots, graphic-t, blazer. I would, however, love to incorporate a couple of less-girly dresses. I travel often for work and they take up much less space, plus, to be honest, I have really nice calves, lol. Given my height (5'2"), hitting right at the knee is the perfect length for me. This would also be great for summer - I'm not a fan of shorts and how they look on me.

Any suggestions for where I could find stylish, but not girly, dresses? That would go well with my collection of ankle boots?

Personally, I am a huge fan of wrap dresses and "REI style" dresses (that's how I think of them- travel dresses?). I have two of these from Merrels that I got on clearance (well, like this but sleeveless): https://cdnd.lystit.com/photos/1541-2015/06/18/merrell-iris-print-siena-cinch-dress-product-2-260495095-normal.jpeg They've held up incredibly well, and can dress up or down easily. I tend to wear them with tennis shoe style flats, so they're semi-girly.

Admittedly, I'm 5'9", so the opposite end of sizing struggles from you. But things that have a semi-empire waist like that seems to be pretty forgiving IME. I've loaned one to a shorter friend (~5'4"?) and it fit well on her too.
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Any suggestions for where I could find stylish, but not girly, dresses? That would go well with my collection of ankle boots?

I'd check out asos.com -- there should be a lot of less girly/more moderist options there.
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Any suggestions for where I could find stylish, but not girly, dresses? That would go well with my collection of ankle boots?

I'd check out asos.com -- there should be a lot of less girly/more moderist options there.

Maybe check Boden (bodenusa.com) - they always seem to have nice dresses that are more European in style.  I haven't bought anything from them but they always have good reviews as to quality.



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Any suggestions for where I could find stylish, but not girly, dresses? That would go well with my collection of ankle boots?

I'd check out asos.com -- there should be a lot of less girly/more moderist options there.

Calvin Klein makes nice dresses - modern, not frilly. Often machine washable. I see them pretty frequently at Nordstrom rack or TJ Maxx. IDK if they fit you sense of style,  but they don't seem "girly" to me in the way I think of it. I am attaching a picture of a fairly standard sort of Calvin Klein dress.

I can't be the only other one here who looks rediculous in frilly stuff. It has never worked for me - not that I don't like the aesthetics (occasionally), but it looks so ridiculously out of place on me physically.

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe - Updated (page 11)
« Reply #737 on: January 06, 2017, 10:25:42 PM »
Depending on how often you have a need to dress up, you might keep an eye out for a formal skirt.  When paired with a white button down, it's very stylish and yet can still be appropriate for a formal occasion.  Maybe it's not something you care much about, but I feel very disrespectful if not dressed appropriately, and I feel self-conscious which make my introversion worse.  This would only add one piece to your wardrobe but it would play well with other things you own. 

Depending on your taste it could be full (probably looks the most formal) or fitted.  They key would be to get it in a formal, dressy fabric like taffeta, sequins, etc.



Love that skirt! I've never seen anything like it in the stores - admittedly never really looked for something like it.

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Here are photos of the two American Giant t-shirts. I am going to Florida next weekend so I will get to try them out. These aren't great picture, and these are plain t-shirts. The photos on their website are pretty accurate.

The city sweatshirt has been laundered and came through unshrunk, just as the hoodie and sweatpants did.
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I am joining this thread! I'm in a major wardrobe transition (as noted on my journal linked below) and could use some mustachian inspiration!
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This thread is making me wish I could buy American Giant here :-(

Instead of American Giant, you should be able to get Australian Megafauna.

...sorry, there are very few instances where I can make a zoology joke. I *had* to take the opportunity.
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This thread is making me wish I could buy American Giant here :-(

Instead of American Giant, you should be able to get Australian Megafauna.

...sorry, there are very few instances where I can make a zoology joke. I *had* to take the opportunity.

Unfortunately we killed our megafauna via hunting and destroying their environment :-( humans, huh? We're awesome.

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This thread is making me wish I could buy American Giant here :-(

Instead of American Giant, you should be able to get Australian Megafauna.

...sorry, there are very few instances where I can make a zoology joke. I *had* to take the opportunity.

Unfortunately we killed our megafauna via hunting and destroying their environment :-( humans, huh? We're awesome.

Not all of them! You still have kangaroos and cassowary and goannas and stuff! (Can you tell I would love to visit?)

Sorry for derailing the thread so substantially everyone!
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This thread is making me wish I could buy American Giant here :-(

Instead of American Giant, you should be able to get Australian Megafauna.

...sorry, there are very few instances where I can make a zoology joke. I *had* to take the opportunity.

Unfortunately we killed our megafauna via hunting and destroying their environment :-( humans, huh? We're awesome.

Not all of them! You still have kangaroos and cassowary and goannas and stuff! (Can you tell I would love to visit?)

Sorry for derailing the thread so substantially everyone!

Oh no, we used to have REAL megafauna. Wombats the size of small cars... so, so cool.

Come visit, and visit me :-)

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Welcome monstermonster and happierathome!

I am posting a link to Buy It Once. It doesn't help at all with getting an organized approach to a wardrobe. However, it is very mustachian in the sense that the clothing is meant to last, and generally comes with lifetime warranties. American Giant and Patagonia are both featured, as well as others. The website has undoubtedly been featured elsewhere on these forums as well.

https://www.buy-it-once.com/

Is anyone else here doing the no-buy clothing for January?

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Oh, I've been posting in this thread for pages and pages already. I must not be memorable until I rant about megafauna ;-)

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I am posting a link to Buy It Once. It doesn't help at all with getting an organized approach to a wardrobe. However, it is very mustachian in the sense that the clothing is meant to last, and generally comes with lifetime warranties. American Giant and Patagonia are both featured, as well as others. The website has undoubtedly been featured elsewhere on these forums as well.

https://www.buy-it-once.com/

Is anyone else here doing the no-buy clothing for January?
I didn't buy any clothing for all of 2016, so January I'm resetting.

I don't see any clothing on Buy it Once except socks & belts - do they list other clothing items?

I really recommend this post by Into-Mind on "how to assess quality of garments" - great if you're not a sewer or otherwise technical about fabric for figuring out if the expensive shit you're buying is expensive because it's quality or because it has a brand name attached.

I generally only acquire vintage clothing that's quality (wool suits, etc) in an effort to not have my clothes wear out. Doesn't hurt that's I'm very petite so vintage clothes have a better chance of fitting me. Having a super-professional wardrobe (public speaking & politics/fundraising are my two core functions) while also still biking everywhere in heels can be really hard on clothing - and it's essential for me to get natural fabrics so I don't smell when I arrive! Quality is so important :-)
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I am posting a link to Buy It Once. It doesn't help at all with getting an organized approach to a wardrobe. However, it is very mustachian in the sense that the clothing is meant to last, and generally comes with lifetime warranties. American Giant and Patagonia are both featured, as well as others. The website has undoubtedly been featured elsewhere on these forums as well.

https://www.buy-it-once.com/

Is anyone else here doing the no-buy clothing for January?
I didn't buy any clothing for all of 2016, so January I'm resetting.

I don't see any clothing on Buy it Once except socks & belts - do they list other clothing items?

I really recommend this post by Into-Mind on "how to assess quality of garments" - great if you're not a sewer or otherwise technical about fabric for figuring out if the expensive shit you're buying is expensive because it's quality or because it has a brand name attached.

I generally only acquire vintage clothing that's quality (wool suits, etc) in an effort to not have my clothes wear out. Doesn't hurt that's I'm very petite so vintage clothes have a better chance of fitting me. Having a super-professional wardrobe (public speaking & politics/fundraising are my two core functions) while also still biking everywhere in heels can be really hard on clothing - and it's essential for me to get natural fabrics so I don't smell when I arrive! Quality is so important :-)
MM, Thank you for this!!  This is where I struggle, trying to determine if something is high quality or not.  I've spent more money than I would like to admit on clothes from Target that get stretched, faded, and pilly within a few wears.  That link is so helpful!
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Love this thread! I'm currently pregnant and am doing a capsule wardrobe of tops and pants that fit my growing body along with cardigans and jackets and that I already had. Love the ease of capsule wardrobe so much so that I'm thinking I'll do the same once bub is out.