Anyway, to cut a long, long story short, I decided to make a 'general purpose' blog. The catalyst for this new blog? I am starting a wardrobe overhaul / makeover and it seemed to me that I might feel more satisfaction if I documented it to see the progress made. Who knows? I might even get some helpful hints and tips!
|See all of those drawers? Most of them are mine and they're FULL.|
I've decided my mission is to go through my entire wardrobe and make sure everything in it is wearable - I'm so sick of not having enough space and 'forgetting' that I have things (last week I lost a dress! - ok, it turned out it was in the clean laundry pile but still, it's ridiculous if there's so much that you can't find a dress, it's not as if it's something tiny like a thong). Now I need to work out why I don't wear that dress I bought 4 years ago that still has the price tag in it, the skirt that I wore once and have passed over ever since etc. And what about the things I've forgotten I have?
|The walk-in wardrobe is jam packed.|
One of my missions is to get more work wear out of this endeavour - I'm there 5 days a week, so it makes sense that most of my clothes should be suitable for work. I don't work in the corporate world anymore, so my work clothes don't need to be ultra professional these days, but although my current dress code is quite casual, I don't want to wear anything too revealing.
The way I figure it, there will be things that need fixing (missing buttons, too long etc.), things that need more alteration (too much cleavage etc.) and a few major overhauls, there will also be the things that I can't be bothered with and can go into my craft bin until I need them (yeah, I'll probably never need/use them if the ever expanding pile is anything to go by). Of course there will be some that need to hit the bin and others that I think someone else will probably get much more use out of (they go to Vinnies).
There are the shoes too .............. I've made a start there.
So, first up is this red dress I paid $5.05 for (I know this because the price tag was still attached) a few (3/4?) years ago. Why wasn't it worn? Well, at the time, it was slightly too big - that is no longer a problem (every cloud has it's silver lining). There's also the fact that it's just a tad low in the cleavage area and it isn't fixable with a safety pin, that just makes the cross front REALLY weird looking - I tried every way I could think of. I was in front of the mirror for 20 minutes trying to figure out what kind of magic I could pull with scissors, a sewing machine and an overlocker - it was starting to get complicated. Finally, I decided to put it on backwards .............. could it be, that this works? I think it's quite demure with the flats ... more on that later.
I think it's a little bit 'Mad Men'.
Oh, and the red heels? Bought them about 6 years ago - they've never been worn! (except for this shot obviously). I know why I've never worn them - the straps have a line of little crystals on them and it seems that something harsh and scratchy like fishing line was used to sew them on - need to get something that will cover the scratchiness so that they can be worn! What to use??
It turns out that I actually two of these dresses - the other one is a blue/white/cream print. Same deal with this one, although I seem to be missing the belt for it. Rather than using another belt I think I'll just cut the belt loops off, it's fitting enough without the belt and the pattern breaks up a large expanse anyway.
Wow, that was easy, two 'new' dresses - all I had to do to actually make them wearable (for me) was put them on backwards. My girlfriend came around while I was still wearing the red dress. She assures me it doesn't look like it's on backwards (I'll bet my partner does though - a neckline that is lower in the back than the front seems to confuse men in my experience).
Here's a good article regarding wardrobe overhauls:
Fabulous Femme’s Ten Commandments For A Wardrobe Overhaul