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Or you might consider skorts. Athleta makes some really nice ones that look polished with just a tshirt or tank on top.

MsPeacock: how are those American Giant shirts working out for you? Contemplating buying a few for spring.

So far, so good. I haven't worn them too much yet since we are still (sort of) wintery. The lightweight shirt has actually held up really nicely so far. There are similar seeming thin shirts from Target but they always end up all twisted once they are washed and the trim around the neck openings sort of collapses and gets all wavy and sad looking. That has not been the case with the American Giant shirt - it didn't shrink at all and looks exactly the same after washing as it did when new.
Thanks for the update!  I plan on purchasing new t-shirts from American Giant after I wear through my current collection.  I'm still obsessed with my AG sweatshirt, and it still looks brand new even though I wear it (and wash it) a lot.

I keep seeing adds for their new pant/leggging and I want it badly!  If it really is everything they say then it's worth the price tag, but I'm used to goodwill pricing so it's hard to swallow!
I understand.  My hoodie was a gift.  However, I don't like to shop, so I like things to last as long as possible.

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Or you might consider skorts. Athleta makes some really nice ones that look polished with just a tshirt or tank on top.

MsPeacock: how are those American Giant shirts working out for you? Contemplating buying a few for spring.

So far, so good. I haven't worn them too much yet since we are still (sort of) wintery. The lightweight shirt has actually held up really nicely so far. There are similar seeming thin shirts from Target but they always end up all twisted once they are washed and the trim around the neck openings sort of collapses and gets all wavy and sad looking. That has not been the case with the American Giant shirt - it didn't shrink at all and looks exactly the same after washing as it did when new.
Thanks for the update!  I plan on purchasing new t-shirts from American Giant after I wear through my current collection.  I'm still obsessed with my AG sweatshirt, and it still looks brand new even though I wear it (and wash it) a lot.

I keep seeing adds for their new pant/leggging and I want it badly!  If it really is everything they say then it's worth the price tag, but I'm used to goodwill pricing so it's hard to swallow!
I understand.  My hoodie was a gift.  However, I don't like to shop, so I like things to last as long as possible.

I have to say that I choked a bit on the price - and the hoodie that I got from them was a gift - but that sold me on other items from them. I have two pairs of sweatpants (which look as sloppy as any other sweatpants, but hopefully will hold up better), two t-shirts, and the (awesome) city sweatshirt. Other than the t-shirts, which I haven't worn much due to it being winter, I wear the heck out of the other items.

They did have a "black Friday" sale after T-day with greatly reduced prices on a number of closeout colors. It would be a good time to try a few of their items and save some money.

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Hi! I haven't posted in this thread before, but was reading occasionally to get some tips from everyone. A friend of mine just wrote a book on Marilyn Monroe, and this excerpt reminded me of this thread!

http://www.vogue.com/article/marilyn-monroe-style-makeover-biography-elizabeth-winder

Apparently Marilyn had a hard time with her capsule wardrobe, too. 

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Because I am tall ( and now have a bit if of a pouch),I have hard time finding pants that fit. I wear JJill Wearever pants most of the time- they may be a little too casual for many offices- but comfortable and work for me. I also have two pairs of pull on pants from them in a stiffer fabric that is a little dressier. Pants, shell, flowy jacket and an infinity scarf is my office uniform 99 percent of time in colder weather. Warmer weather. JJill dress - I have a black one from Wearever that I probably wear 2-3 times a week with an infinity scarf and maybe a jacket.

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Damn you all, now I want a bunch of $25-$36 t-shirts. I own only 2 T-shirts. One is from my work and I wear it when I work Sundays. The other, the XFP got it for free at a school event like 3 years ago. It has stains and a rip in the armpit.

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This is a long thread and I didn't get a chance to review it all, but what helped me with my style was by accidentally finding a website called "dressing your truth" by a lady named Carol Tuttle. I saw a quiz I think, and there are 4 'types' that each correspond with colours and styles. And it was eerily accurate! You can actually shop the site too. I realized that I like certain styles, but they don't suit me so I must like them on others/ from afar. That has helped with not buying stuff that just doesn't look right, even though I like it!

The other thing that helped was Marie Kondo's Magic of Tidying up. I went through everything, and purged all that I didn't love or didn't fit. Then I rolled everything, and miraculously, the system does work! I do have to 'reset' once in a while when I have a busy stint and get lazy about putting clothes away but it really helped overall and I have no more "clothes mountain"!

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Damn you all, now I want a bunch of $25-$36 t-shirts. I own only 2 T-shirts. One is from my work and I wear it when I work Sundays. The other, the XFP got it for free at a school event like 3 years ago. It has stains and a rip in the armpit.
I don't understand how an adult human only has two t-shirts.  I have ~30, and I get rid of a LOT of them (and that doesn't include my ~15 dry-fit shirts that I work out in or my 10 long sleeve t-shirts).  T-shirts and reusable shopping bags are thrown at me.  I'm trying to get better at saying no to free things.

I should admit that I wear a t-shirt and jeans to work every day (scientist for the win), so I do purchase solid t-shirts in a flattering cut.  My last t-shirt purchase was 10 Madewell v-neck t-shirts (shown below) on clearance (I paid $88 for 10). 
Right now, I'm wearing the t-shirts with a fleece (like a winter one), but I would prefer a cardigan.  However, I can't find a cardigan that is warm enough.  Any advice?

In warm weather, I am apparently you (except that I work at home and bike around a lot, so sometimes shorts and/or skirts). I visit thrift stores a few times/year and pick up cashmere or merino (because I don't find either to be itchy) sweaters to wear over my v-neck t-shirts. I like v-neck sweaters (and they look semi-civilized), but it's also possible to find other shapes (cardigans, cool wrap sweaters, whatever). I go to goodwill, or someplace large, and walk along the sweater racks running my hands over the shoulders -- pretty quickly you can feel for a material you'd be willing to wear. Then I pull it out and check for color (I only wear three or four) and then try on for size. Bonus -- they're pre-shrunk!

I also have a couple of fleece tops that look less casual, and sometimes wear those. For really cold days, I sprung for a baby alpaca sweater that is too warm to wear indoors most days of winter.

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Damn you all, now I want a bunch of $25-$36 t-shirts. I own only 2 T-shirts. One is from my work and I wear it when I work Sundays. The other, the XFP got it for free at a school event like 3 years ago. It has stains and a rip in the armpit.
I don't understand how an adult human only has two t-shirts.  I have ~30, and I get rid of a LOT of them (and that doesn't include my ~15 dry-fit shirts that I work out in or my 10 long sleeve t-shirts).  T-shirts and reusable shopping bags are thrown at me.  I'm trying to get better at saying no to free things.

I should admit that I wear a t-shirt and jeans to work every day (scientist for the win), so I do purchase solid t-shirts in a flattering cut.  My last t-shirt purchase was 10 Madewell v-neck t-shirts (shown below) on clearance (I paid $88 for 10). 
Right now, I'm wearing the t-shirts with a fleece (like a winter one), but I would prefer a cardigan.  However, I can't find a cardigan that is warm enough.  Any advice?

In warm weather, I am apparently you (except that I work at home and bike around a lot, so sometimes shorts and/or skirts). I visit thrift stores a few times/year and pick up cashmere or merino (because I don't find either to be itchy) sweaters to wear over my v-neck t-shirts. I like v-neck sweaters (and they look semi-civilized), but it's also possible to find other shapes (cardigans, cool wrap sweaters, whatever). I go to goodwill, or someplace large, and walk along the sweater racks running my hands over the shoulders -- pretty quickly you can feel for a material you'd be willing to wear. Then I pull it out and check for color (I only wear three or four) and then try on for size. Bonus -- they're pre-shrunk!

I also have a couple of fleece tops that look less casual, and sometimes wear those. For really cold days, I sprung for a baby alpaca sweater that is too warm to wear indoors most days of winter.
I have lovely cardigans from a thrift shop (both wool and cashmere, but no alpaca), but they're not warm enough.  My offices are air conditioned to the extreme, and I run cold.  I'm willing to buy something new if I can find something warm enough, but I don't go to stores.

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Damn you all, now I want a bunch of $25-$36 t-shirts. I own only 2 T-shirts. One is from my work and I wear it when I work Sundays. The other, the XFP got it for free at a school event like 3 years ago. It has stains and a rip in the armpit.
I don't understand how an adult human only has two t-shirts.  I have ~30, and I get rid of a LOT of them (and that doesn't include my ~15 dry-fit shirts that I work out in or my 10 long sleeve t-shirts).  T-shirts and reusable shopping bags are thrown at me.  I'm trying to get better at saying no to free things.

I should admit that I wear a t-shirt and jeans to work every day (scientist for the win), so I do purchase solid t-shirts in a flattering cut.  My last t-shirt purchase was 10 Madewell v-neck t-shirts (shown below) on clearance (I paid $88 for 10). 
Right now, I'm wearing the t-shirts with a fleece (like a winter one), but I would prefer a cardigan.  However, I can't find a cardigan that is warm enough.  Any advice?

In warm weather, I am apparently you (except that I work at home and bike around a lot, so sometimes shorts and/or skirts). I visit thrift stores a few times/year and pick up cashmere or merino (because I don't find either to be itchy) sweaters to wear over my v-neck t-shirts. I like v-neck sweaters (and they look semi-civilized), but it's also possible to find other shapes (cardigans, cool wrap sweaters, whatever). I go to goodwill, or someplace large, and walk along the sweater racks running my hands over the shoulders -- pretty quickly you can feel for a material you'd be willing to wear. Then I pull it out and check for color (I only wear three or four) and then try on for size. Bonus -- they're pre-shrunk!

I also have a couple of fleece tops that look less casual, and sometimes wear those. For really cold days, I sprung for a baby alpaca sweater that is too warm to wear indoors most days of winter.
I have lovely cardigans from a thrift shop (both wool and cashmere, but no alpaca), but they're not warm enough.  My offices are air conditioned to the extreme, and I run cold.  I'm willing to buy something new if I can find something warm enough, but I don't go to stores.

Maybe you need a warm hidden base layer?  With the right undershirt you could keep the same year round visible wardrobe.

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Damn you all, now I want a bunch of $25-$36 t-shirts. I own only 2 T-shirts. One is from my work and I wear it when I work Sundays. The other, the XFP got it for free at a school event like 3 years ago. It has stains and a rip in the armpit.
I don't understand how an adult human only has two t-shirts.  I have ~30, and I get rid of a LOT of them (and that doesn't include my ~15 dry-fit shirts that I work out in or my 10 long sleeve t-shirts).  T-shirts and reusable shopping bags are thrown at me.  I'm trying to get better at saying no to free things.

I should admit that I wear a t-shirt and jeans to work every day (scientist for the win), so I do purchase solid t-shirts in a flattering cut.  My last t-shirt purchase was 10 Madewell v-neck t-shirts (shown below) on clearance (I paid $88 for 10). 
Right now, I'm wearing the t-shirts with a fleece (like a winter one), but I would prefer a cardigan.  However, I can't find a cardigan that is warm enough.  Any advice?

In warm weather, I am apparently you (except that I work at home and bike around a lot, so sometimes shorts and/or skirts). I visit thrift stores a few times/year and pick up cashmere or merino (because I don't find either to be itchy) sweaters to wear over my v-neck t-shirts. I like v-neck sweaters (and they look semi-civilized), but it's also possible to find other shapes (cardigans, cool wrap sweaters, whatever). I go to goodwill, or someplace large, and walk along the sweater racks running my hands over the shoulders -- pretty quickly you can feel for a material you'd be willing to wear. Then I pull it out and check for color (I only wear three or four) and then try on for size. Bonus -- they're pre-shrunk!

I also have a couple of fleece tops that look less casual, and sometimes wear those. For really cold days, I sprung for a baby alpaca sweater that is too warm to wear indoors most days of winter.
I have lovely cardigans from a thrift shop (both wool and cashmere, but no alpaca), but they're not warm enough.  My offices are air conditioned to the extreme, and I run cold.  I'm willing to buy something new if I can find something warm enough, but I don't go to stores.

Maybe you need a warm hidden base layer?  With the right undershirt you could keep the same year round visible wardrobe.
That might work in the winter.*  But I would get too warm outside during the summer. 

*I have started looking into undershirts.

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Have you seen those huge scarves that are practically blankets?  That's my office scarf, it lives on my chair at work and keeps me warm when my clothes fail.

I also wear fingerless mittens, keeps my hands and wrists warm while still allowing me to use my fingers typing.  I actually made these out of a cashmere sweater that I didn't like the cut of.

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Have you seen those huge scarves that are practically blankets?  That's my office scarf, it lives on my chair at work and keeps me warm when my clothes fail.

I also wear fingerless mittens, keeps my hands and wrists warm while still allowing me to use my fingers typing.  I actually made these out of a cashmere sweater that I didn't like the cut of.

I had one like that. Now that I seem to be hitting menopause I am always too hot.

Anyhow - it was a big grey knit wrap from target and it actually looked quite nice and I could drape it around me several different ways.

I also found it helpful to keep a heating pad on my chair at work.

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Just a quick check in to see how everyone's wardrobe project is going. I'm wearing the same things from the start, although I have ditched cardigans in favor of v neck sweaters. Made the recent decision to stop buying any grey tops because it is a horrible color on me. I have one or two grey sweaters that I will see out and not replace. Every time I wear grey people ask if I am sick or had a bad night and didn't sleep. Navy blue will be the go to neutral.


The American giant shirts are holding up well. Everything from them is holding up well.  Their premium t-shirt with the seam on the back looks nice, but the seam is actually uncomfortable when you are sitting back in a chair. Too bad because the fabric and drape are super nice. My back is fairly boney so it may be less of a problem for people with more padding. The city sweatshirt is amazing and looks fantastic despite many wearing same runs through the wash. The clothes absolutely don't shrink.

Today: express pants - old.  White shirt - forever21 - old. Striped shirt -H&M - old.
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Thanks for the update on the AG t-shirts, MsPeacock.  I'm still going through my current stockpile of Madewell t-shirts.

I found a great "sweater" fleece thing from Patagonia that I think will look nice over my t-shirts at work AND keep me super warm.  However, it's $130 new.  I'm looking for a used alternative or possibly a sale (summer?). 

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With the weather being a little more even keel now (please no more ice storms!) I've settled into a nice clothes routine. Admittedly, it's not as elegant and polished as I like to pretend I secretly am, but it fits with my lifestyle a lot better.

Most days, I just do a combo of black yoga capris, + a colored v neck t-shirt. If it's cold I add a zip-up hoodie. If it's hot, I switch the capris for shorts. And I have a pair of leather sandals I've been wearing for most things.

I already had all these clothes pretty much, too. I think the big things has just been giving myself permission to wear the same basic uniform and not be fancy. I wore basically this outfit a lot before, but I felt bad about it, like it was giving up and I should "do better". I guess giving yourself permission can be a pretty powerful thing!

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Long time lurker in this thread, popping in to thank you all. Like Bracken_Joy, I've given myself permission to wear the stuff I like, and I have cleaned out my closet and dresser to the point where I can easily see and reach everything  -- and most of what I have is what I like! (there are a few things hanging out that I'm still deciding on...).  Like many folks here, it's V-neck sweaters (I seem to have an endless supply of cashmere or merino V-necks from local thrift stores) with the occasional warmer sweater, V-neck short-sleeved shirts, 5 pairs of pants I alternate, a bunch of shorts (I work from home). I love that I could get dressed in the dark and (1) look just fine, and (2) look just like me.

Plus, the experiment encouraged me to get rid of the clothing I didn't love or that was just getting worn-looking.  So I look like a slightly less-grungy version of myself, if that makes sense.

Thanks!

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Thank you for the American Giant info, MsPeacock. I totally need a sweatshirt, so may order one soon.

I did a massive closet clean out with the help of a friend. I got rid of all my everlane tshirts and bought five white ones from uniqlo and two pairs of Patagonia shorts. That and a new sun hat and I am pretty good for summer and spring. I am trying a pair of Madewell jeans, the Perfect Summer Jean. 100% cotton. I will report back.

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Thank you for the American Giant info, MsPeacock. I totally need a sweatshirt, so may order one soon.
I have had my American Giant sweatshirt for almost 4 years, and it looks brand new.  It was a gift, and I wouldn't have spent that much on a sweatshirt.  However, I'm sold.  I wear the sweatshirt at least once/week year round. 
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I did a massive closet clean out with the help of a friend. I got rid of all my everlane tshirts and bought five white ones from uniqlo and two pairs of Patagonia shorts. That and a new sun hat and I am pretty good for summer and spring. I am trying a pair of Madewell jeans, the Perfect Summer Jean. 100% cotton. I will report back.
Did you like your Everlane t-shirts? 

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Hey 4alpacas, so part of the problem with the Everlane shirts was that I lost weight and the large v necks and medium round neck shirts were way big and too immodest all of a sudden. On the round or scoop neck shirts, the fabric binding at the neck twisted a bit and didn't lay flat after washing. The fabric is pretty thin on both. But really, the low neck lines started to look wrong to me so I didn't want to replace them in a smaller size.

I decided to switch styles a bit too. The uniqlo crew necks are a more solid cloth, higher neck line, and more fitted. I'm hang drying them and then putting on hangers in my closet, no wrinkles or shrinking.

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I love Madewell jeans! I got my last pair on ebay (tag said Nordstrom Rack), and they're alright, but my pair from the actual store held up really well for a long time.

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The everlame shirts and sweaters I purchased quite a while back didn't hold up for me. The sweater progressively shrank until it was unwearable, despite following care instructions. The t-shirt necklines twisted and the shirts shrank funny. They aren't made in the US and I wouldn't buy from them again.
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Thanks for all of the Everlane feedback.  I think I was sucked in by their sleek website and simple designs.  I will steer clear of their clothing in the future.

I love Madewell jeans! I got my last pair on ebay (tag said Nordstrom Rack), and they're alright, but my pair from the actual store held up really well for a long time.
I love buying used jeans on eBay.  It's insane how little people want for a pair of jeans that has been worn only a few times. 

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MSPeacock, you'll have to let us know how your uniform goes in your new job.  Is the new office more or less dressy.?  Any alteration to  your slacks/blouse/sweater uniform?

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MSPeacock, you'll have to let us know how your uniform goes in your new job.  Is the new office more or less dressy.?  Any alteration to  your slacks/blouse/sweater uniform?

I will definitely let you know! For my interview the director was nicely dressed for the office. I wore a suit, of course. I swung in the other day to pick up some papers and one person was wearing jeans and the others comfortable business clothes (khakis, blouse). My plan is to keep wearing the same thing. I replaced a couple white shirts that have worn out and got two new pairs of (the exact same) pants I always wear. I have three patterned shirts (otherwise same brand and style of the white shirts) that I can wear when it is too hot for a sweater. The clothing suits me and I think it will most likely be fine for the new job. If not I'll get a few blazers and that will be a little dressier.

I am going to start biking to work, so we will see how that goes. I'll need to throw on leggings or something for the very short ride.

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I haven't posted before, but I've really enjoyed reading the tips on here.

I've found a few great capsule items that I'd like to share. I don't think they've been listed but I may have missed it-- apologies if so!
Express Portofino Collared Blouses (These are amazing-- they come in a wider and a slim fit with many pattern options... if you buy the non-sheer ones they look great alone or with sweaters over them. They also look really nice under a sleeveless sheath dress)
Uniqlo Crewneck Sweaters (Cable knit or regular... nice colors, hold up well if you machine wash and dry flat, they look great over the collared blouses mentioned before. I find I need to order a size up from my normal size.)
J.Jill Ponte Skirts (Lots of colors, professional look, works with above-mentioned items)

I've come to a good place with my capsule where I have a nice blend of collared blouses, crewneck sweaters, long cardigans, and skirts. Sweaters and skirts are in my base colors of gray, black, dark blue, dark green or maroon and blouses are in more fun patterns that match the base colors. My challenges are 1) making the decision to donate or sell some of the funkier unique items I acquired in younger years, and 2) balancing finding the "just right" items with my desire to buy used clothing. It's hard to wait for these items to appear in Goodwill but I don't feel great financially or ethically buying new clothes. Hmm.

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I haven't posted before, but I've really enjoyed reading the tips on here.

I've found a few great capsule items that I'd like to share. I don't think they've been listed but I may have missed it-- apologies if so!
Express Portofino Collared Blouses (These are amazing-- they come in a wider and a slim fit with many pattern options... if you buy the non-sheer ones they look great alone or with sweaters over them. They also look really nice under a sleeveless sheath dress)
Uniqlo Crewneck Sweaters (Cable knit or regular... nice colors, hold up well if you machine wash and dry flat, they look great over the collared blouses mentioned before. I find I need to order a size up from my normal size.)
J.Jill Ponte Skirts (Lots of colors, professional look, works with above-mentioned items)

I've come to a good place with my capsule where I have a nice blend of collared blouses, crewneck sweaters, long cardigans, and skirts. Sweaters and skirts are in my base colors of gray, black, dark blue, dark green or maroon and blouses are in more fun patterns that match the base colors. My challenges are 1) making the decision to donate or sell some of the funkier unique items I acquired in younger years, and 2) balancing finding the "just right" items with my desire to buy used clothing. It's hard to wait for these items to appear in Goodwill but I don't feel great financially or ethically buying new clothes. Hmm.

Portofino shirts are my go-to shirt also. With attrition of other clothes from my closet they are now my only blouse.

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Ah, I'm glad to see this thread back in my feed cos I meant to reply to it! I feel as though I have achieved wardrobe nirvana recently and it's so beautiful!

I have a base core of items that fit into a carry-on that I can wear just about anywhere: a couple of cool modern-looking asymmetrical t-shirt dresses, skinny jeans, fancy black joggers, a black blazer, some simple knit tops, a couple really nice sweaters, leggings, and 3 pair of shoes (white adidas with black stripes, those black Clarks oxfords that Ms Peacock has, and black chacos sandals). Everything mixes and matches and can be dressed up or down and gosh, it's a really nice feeling to know I definitely have something cute and comfy to wear, wherever I need to go.

On one of the podcasts I listen to, the host was talking about how she likes to maintain a high "wardrobe GPA" in that almost everything in there is an A. The concept stuck with me and it's definitely keeping me from buying anything that would drag my GPA down.

Since I'm a larger lady (size 20) it's not always easy to hold out for the high GPA items. Until recently it's been a lot of shitty prints and gross polyesters and cold shoulders. WHY THE COLD SHOULDER, FASHION, STOP IT. But plus size clothes have taken a big step forward in the last few years. Right now I'm really into a company called Universal Standard. The clothes aren't cheap, nor are they designer-level expensive. They are simple, modern designs, well made of good fabrics, and that is 100% what I want. I've worn the t-shirt dresses I got from them dozens of times by now, and still look really great.

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MSPeacock, you'll have to let us know how your uniform goes in your new job.  Is the new office more or less dressy.?  Any alteration to  your slacks/blouse/sweater uniform?

I will definitely let you know! For my interview the director was nicely dressed for the office. I wore a suit, of course. I swung in the other day to pick up some papers and one person was wearing jeans and the others comfortable business clothes (khakis, blouse). My plan is to keep wearing the same thing. I replaced a couple white shirts that have worn out and got two new pairs of (the exact same) pants I always wear. I have three patterned shirts (otherwise same brand and style of the white shirts) that I can wear when it is too hot for a sweater. The clothing suits me and I think it will most likely be fine for the new job. If not I'll get a few blazers and that will be a little dressier.

I am going to start biking to work, so we will see how that goes. I'll need to throw on leggings or something for the very short ride.

Started the new job a few months ago. My old wardrobe works just fine - absolutely no problem whatsoever. I bike in to work, weather permitting, in whatever outside clothes are appropriate (t-shirt and shorts) and then change at work. There is a huge closet right outside my office so I now have about 1/2 my wardrobe of work clothes stashed there. When I drive in I bring some clean clothes in to hang up and take home my bag of dirty work clothes to launder. It works so well! Most of the staff is younger than me and dresses professionally, but a bit more casually than I do (e.g. chinos instead of dress trousers). Fridays are 'casual' - meaning jeans and a dress blouse. I mostly forget about that because I am in a routine and just wear my regular outfits anyhow.  I keep a few pairs of shoes at work as well. I change back into my 'regular' clothes to bike home.

Waiting on black Friday when Express has 50% off everything to stock up on a few more white shirts.

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe - Most recent update page 15
« Reply #778 on: November 07, 2017, 12:58:15 PM »
Have you seen those huge scarves that are practically blankets?  That's my office scarf, it lives on my chair at work and keeps me warm when my clothes fail.

I also wear fingerless mittens, keeps my hands and wrists warm while still allowing me to use my fingers typing.  I actually made these out of a cashmere sweater that I didn't like the cut of.

If you ever get the chance to buy a kikoy or Maasai blanket. Go for it. I use mine for the office and everyone stops to ask where I got it. I got mine in my country but I am sure whole foods or one of these fair trade places is selling this. There has to be a website that has stolen this design. I saw a Louis Vuitton show where they pretty much sold these for hundreds of dollars like it was their idea...

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe - Most recent update page 15
« Reply #779 on: February 27, 2018, 08:27:06 AM »
Any updates, now that we are finally seeing some warmer weather? I have a bag of work clothes waiting to go to the tailer and I am due for a closet clean out. I find this thread so inspirational!

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I'm slowly losing weight and fitting back into my smaller sizes, but doing it slowly has means I'm getting my money's worth from the larger sizes!

Many clothes will be ok to donate to charity, a few are nice enough to sell and some are worn out....

The aim is to settle on a smaller range of sizes and concentrate on a simple 'uniform'. I may need to get rid of some of the smallest sizes as I think these were bought delusionally!

How are others getting on?

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Hi everyone! I havenít been on ages and was surprised to see the thread had been active recently. Iím plugging along with my same ďuniformĒ still in rotation. Could prune out a couple dresss that I never wear anymore. Almost all my work clothes now live at work, which is really handy. One of the nicer changes for me, in the l9ng run, is that I have really lost 8nterrst in shopping at all. No impulse purchases of cute clothes at target and such. I jut canít be bothered!

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How are others getting on?

My post-partum body is yet to decide it wants to fit back into my work dresses (GIANT BOOBS) though I only had a couple left anyway as I'd been letting my wardrobe wear out and dwindle in anticipation of needing maternity wear. So my "smart casual" wardrobe (flowy dresses, cardigans, either sandals or mary janes with tights) is my overall wardrobe now. I'm trying to go this whole year without buying clothes (unlikely to succeed) and once I do buy clothes again, I want to do it mindfully and construct a uniform for each of my needs: work, smart casual, casual park wear, athletic wear. I didn't need "casual park wear" before I had a baby, but now I do - well, either that or expensive athletic wear to sub in for park time, and I think it would be cheaper and easier to separate out the uniforms.

Lifestyle changes really do change what I need to wear - I never wore sandals before, as I was in air con (either home or in the office) all summer. Now I'm out and about a fair bit with the baby, and so I need sandals to wear bare-legged with dresses.

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Yeah, I'm currently pregnant, looking forward to get back into my usual wardrobe next year...
Exept that I'll also switch careers, so my usual wardrobe will get a much more limited use, and I'll have to buy fancier stuff to face customers. Urgh.

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I just discovered this thread and am happy to have found it.
I have always struggled with scarcity mindset and have recently really been letting go of it more and more.  I think a capsule style approach to my wardrobe would be healthy.  If I find something like a brand name sweater at the thrift store I can get unreasonably attached to it because I've never been able to afford one new.  I'm done with that, I want clothing that is functional and fashionable.

I've recently become interested in a capsule wardrobe, but have my own unique things that pop up too.  Most capsule wardrobes don't count "Gym Clothes" unless you wear them for non gym activities.  I cross-wear my gym clothes for my dog walking side hustle (and sometimes to my tutoring job on the weekends if I want to be comfortable), so haven't been sure how to consider them.  They're definitely wear once, then wash type situations when I wear them.

For my day job I have two identical outfits (I purchased two of the same pair of pants, two of the same dress shirt, and two black blazers) and I simply rotate them occasionally throwing in a sweater/cardigan instead of the blazer.  I wear the same pair of dress shoes every day- going on two years now.  I work at day job 3x/week in an office-ish setting.

I only buy at the Thrift or occasionally buy at a Marshalls/TG Maxx/Discount type store and not counting my work "uniform" and my gym clothes... I think I'd struggle to have even 50 pieces, but I think 50 would be a good goal for me... I can count shoes, bags, scarves (reluctant to do this, I have like 5 scarves-I'm a cold person!), and jewelry too if I want to make it a tougher challenge.

I'm curious to go through the actions of the capsuling method in order to see what matches with what and how I can wear each item that I already own.  I only wear neutral colors 99% (I have one really cute 1970's tropical floral top) and no prints unless they are striped or dotted (rare).... so I am pretty easy to please and match.

Looking forward to digging out my drawers soon!

*What do y'all think I should do in consideration of my work out clothes?  I have 4 of the same pair of Marika volleyball style tights and 10 plain racerback tank tops all the same brand just in varying blues, greys, and black.  I wear them to the gym (soaked when I'm finished, can't re-wear) and for days I have back-to-back-to-back sweaty outdoor dog walks (also soaked by the time I'm done).  I have a few pair of shorts (2) and one pair of HUGE LUXURIOUS sweatpants.  I don't wear pajamas, I wear the workout clothes (clean, fyi) to bed. 

*Every now and then I'll wear a pair of the tights with one of my sweaters for a more dressed up but casual look.  Maybe once a month.

Should I count them?

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe - Most recent update page 15
« Reply #785 on: December 06, 2018, 03:56:57 PM »
I wouldn't get too hung up on a number, but look at whether you're getting full use out of all your clothes.

Are there any that sit in your wardrobe or drawers unworn? Could you make more use of these items or consider getting rid of them by giving to charity or recycling...?