Friday, May 03, 2013
The goal of my long term wardrobe is to have a wardrobe that enables me to dress well to any event I am likely to encounter. Given that my lifestyle is pretty suburban and casual, I don't think this should be all that hard to achieve.
I do have to make this a goal and work at it however as I don't make the effort to shop for clothes for a number of reasons; time, money, shopping frustration, other priorities. This results in my running to a store at the last minute to find something quickly for some event, or my wearing something somewhat unsuitable or ill fitting. What I buy in a rush is usually at full price and not quite what I would want, but generally something that will make do.
Shopping is frustrating for me even with time and money because many items of clothing just don't fit me because like most people (ironically) I am not an average size. Even though I am pretty balanced in general, with just a slightly larger top due to broad shoulders, I am, at 5'9" too tall for many fitted items of clothing.
While those empire waist dresses and shirts are great at hiding tummies, the seam line hits me just below my bust point, not below my bust, no matter how great my bra is. Waist lines also hit me too high. My natural waist line is about 1-2 inches below were standard waistlines hit. I have a slight Dowager's Hump that I've have all my life that throws off my shirt and jacket hemlines slightly plus I need less fabric than standard sizes to cover my flat rear. Other people may not notice this, but I sure do.
I'll be heading to my sewing room soon to resolve these problems. It's really the only solution for me. In the mean time, I'm going to start dressing better now because it's something positive that can substitute for the enjoyment of eating rich food and enjoying red wine.
My first step was to remove all clothes in my closet that don't fit. Smaller clothes were moved to another closet except clothes that might just fit in the next day or two only. Sadly, I had no clothes that were too large.
I did this yesterday. Today I'm repairing anything left in my closet that is missing buttons, has ripped seams etc. There are just a few of these items but I shouldn't go around with missing buttons or not wear some better items just because they need small repairs. There is a shirt I'd wear if it weren't so long, another has sleeves that look matronly on my that could easily be shortened. These are less than a half hour can fixes.
I'm going to make it a goal to have only clothes ready to wear in my closet. No more ironing linen pants just before work. They only set more wrinkles that way anyway. They can get ironed on the weekend so the fibers can set and dry before they get scrunched up again while sitting in the car driving to work.
Today I also decided that the only jeans that fit me are approaching the mom jean's category and I should just make the effort to haul myself to the thrift store for a decent pair even if I hope to not fit into them soon. Yup, $4.99 was all it took to add a decent pair of jeans to my wardrobe that I can wear right now. I also found a nice beige London Fog trench coat for under five dollars too. Washable, so no dry cleaning bill to add to the purchase price and a pair of tan Capris which I will not wear with white cross trainers.
Sometimes it's hard to justify sewing when clothing can be brought at such cheap prices. So this new wardrobe will be a mix of thrifted, sewn and thought out retail purchases.
If I do this, for the first time in my life getting dressed for events won't be a "that will have to do" feeling.