Monday, March 19, 2012

Staples for my Goal Wardrobe: The Rules

At this point I'm thinking pretty seriously about what I want to wear when I reach goal.  I desperately need some basics in my wardrobe being that pretty much all my clothes are seriously baggy on me at the moment.  Venusian Glow has been discussing lately creating wardrobe rules so here's what I want to go by:

- Undergarments always come first.  No matter how beautiful a dress it just isn't going to fit well without a supportive bra and well-fitting underwear. 

- Quality over quantity.  I'm an adult now, not a college student and I'm past the time of only buying a bazilliion super cheap T-shirts from H&M's sales items where none of them really fit and they all go bad after a couple of months.

- Buying brands that I believe in.  At the moment I'm looking for brands that are made locally in their own country (if possible) and ones that promote a healthy body image and diversity in their models. Realistically, I'm on a budget so a few cheaper items might squeeze in there but I'd like to focus primarily on brands that I love.

- Buying brands that fit my body type.  I don't have a problem paying for alterations but I also want to put my money where my mouth is.  I know alterations are not as cheap for every other woman around the world so I want to spend my money on clothes that fit me and other women like me..

- Buying brands that listen to the consumer.  I've discussed this before on my blog but I'm much more likely to buy from brands that  listen to their customer's feedback.

- Buying the correct size, not just what's on sale.  I've been pretty poor all my life so my natural instinct is to buy clothes for as cheap as price as possible.  While that was my only choice when I was younger, it's NOT the cheapest option in the long run because cheap, ill-fitting clothes don't get worn as much and/or get worn out sooner.

- Keeping  in mind my positives and problem areas.  There's a lot that I love about my new body but realistically major weight loss and pregnancy changes a women's body so my needs have changed in clothes.  Pants seem to hit my waist line funny and I almost always have a problem with a muffin top.  I've found that skirts and dresses are quite flattering on me, though, and it might be wise to go more in that direction.

- As much as I love funky, trendy pieces basics are what I need first before I add to my wardrobe so that should be the focus for the time being.

10 comments:

  1. I love your philosophy here. I've been thinking about a lot of these points lately.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing what staples you choose . . . another Pinterest board idea!

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  2. I'm hoping to get those posts out next week, I think you're really going to enjoy them. :)

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  3. Ah, ethical shopping... I seriously respect you for that! I need to start thinking about that too.
    BTW I really miss living in a place where alterations are cheap!

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    1. I'm working on it. :) I'm not sure if my goal wardrobe will be there 100% (especially things bought in Brazil, which almost all come from China..) because I'm working on getting the vast majority there. But I really do want the vast, vast majority of pieces to come ethically made.

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  4. I've been thinking about this a lot as I transition into career clothes and my thirties. What do you think about this list? I definitely agree with her anti-synthetic stance (and wish BuiBui would offer more cotton-based fabrics), as I feel like it retains smells and is sort of itchy. But maybe I'm looking at the wrong synthetics?

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    1. That's a great list. Although I still have a pair of flip flops that I have no intention of ditching (I DO live in Brazil after all!). But I was nodding with a lot of her points (especially cheap suits, bras, and fabrics).

      Oh, and shorts are going to be around for awhile too but I've never been a fan of short-shorts so I don't think what I'm wearing is a big issue. ;)

      I do need to get a new purse too but it'll have to wait until I have some decent clothes first to go with it!

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  5. I'm going to try to do quality over quantity. Can't find stuff here in Korea that fits anything over an A cup, so I'm going to order from Biu Biu. I'd like to order more things, most stuff is way too expensive with the 50% customs fees though :( Biu Biu seems good. I've heard Polish clothing is good. Happen to know of other good ones, with similar prices?

    I'm also going to try to plan a bit and not impluse buy.

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    1. Oh, good luck with BiuBiu! I'm still waiting on my first order. Moje szycie: http://szycie.blox.pl/html is another Polish clothing line that sizes by bust and waist size and her line is coming out in June, so that's a good one to watch too. :)

      Yes, impulse buys are hard and something I'm *trying* to avoid!

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  6. Such wonderful points, and they really echo many of my thoughts later. Having reached my mid-twenties and about to join the (real) work force for the first time, I need to build a decent work wardrobe as well.

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    1. Good luck building your own wardrobe! I've definitely found that my thoughts on how to build a wardrobe/selection clothes have changed over the years (and work is certainly an influence there!).

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