Last year around Dec, I grew tired of the group of old, ugly, this-makes-me-feel-like-a-whale, uncoordinated items that were hanging in my closet. This led to a massive search for a wardrobe plan. I finally chose www.missussmartypants.com as the best bet for my moolah, and subscribed for 3 months. Armed with her great guidelines for my figure, and her list of what a basic wardrobe consists of, I hit the shops. No, not the mall, nor yet the outlet mall, but the local thrift shops. I was able to pull together a well-coordinated wardrobe on a limited budget in about 1-2 weeks. I still lack the “little black dress” But I’ve never found one that seemed to fit, and wasn’t too skimpy. If you are interested in revamping your wardrobe, check her site out. The info I received is applicable across all the seasons, and I saved it on my computer for future reference. Well worth the $10.
A few tips that seem to be my own personal downfall,
1. Avoid prints (ahh, no wonder nothing matched)
2. Aim for less ironing, (can’t wear it if its buried in a pile of ironing)
3. CAMISOLE!!!!!!! A nice long one to cover any gaps… (downeastbasics or shade clothing, OR motherhood maternity has a great one, super stretchy in all the right places. (Even my not-at-all-expecting friends buy them there, I haven't tried them yet) you’ll need at least 2, Two in white and Two in black or brown would be better
4. Knit skirts can be VERY nice for around the house… just don’t get the tight clingy ones.
I went to the stores about 4 times, and had a blast. I was very thankful that God allowed me to find most of what I needed at the thrift stores, because the very next week, while shopping with my sister, my husband called my phone to let me know that all the employees at this work were being cut to minimum wage, plus a small commission. I quickly returned the fancy new shoes I had picked up on sale, and zipped home. God has been so gracious to us. Despite budget cuts and hubby’s new job that paid less than the old, but more than the minimum wage, I was able to feel good about the way I looked without going broke. His timing is ever perfect.
So, in conclusion, take a look in your closet and remove the things that don’t fit and those things that you feel ikky in. If you have a bit o’ cash, subscribe to missussmartypants, invest in some happy clothes, and enjoy the ride!