My Wardrobe Round-up-Thanks to Charade!


I’ve been cleaning out and de-cluttering my house, especially my closet.

I discovered I have WAY too many things I don’t wear & a lot of them are  great pieces.  This realization led me to (try to) plan a little better.  I like the approach I found here at Charade.

How to Create a Core Wardrobe for Every Season

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What is a wardrobe without a core? A mass of material strewn here and there, dragged together to form, occasionally successful, but largely confused ensembles, with new additions thrown in to add to the chaos season after season. What a mess. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Think of creating a core wardrobe as creating a skeleton for the rest of your clothes to fit around; a vein that draws everything else together and makes your style hive magnificently manageable at last.

♥ Think multi-functionality. You’ll see in my example that each piece could work with all the others, and that’s what you’re trying to achieve in a core wardrobe. A useful way to think of it is as a capsule wardrobe, imagining how it would work if it was all you had to wear. Pick complimentary colours, but also cuts, fabrics, quality and styles. My striped top could work just as well with jeans as it would with the feminine skirt or smart shorts.

♥ Coin a colour palette. A palette is vital in a core wardrobe, but the beauty of this is that you always have the potential to draw in other colour influences. Your core wardrobe doesn’t simply have to be black, white and grey – you can see I’ve brought in pink hues and a camel colour, and I could have added even more. If you don’t wear black, don’t include it, and same goes for white and grey. This isn’t ‘new you’ this is old you amplified, and we must cater for and consider the essence of old you. The trick is to work with around three colours, deviating with caution, and keeping in mind that these are colours that will need to work in all seasons.

♥ Load up on layers. The reason my example is season proof is because the items can all layer over one another. The pussy bow blouse and shorts would be fab in spring, but layer over the sweater dress or cardigan, plus maybe some thick tights and boots, and I’ve got a winter outfit to boot.

♥ Quality comes first. Yes, yes, you’ve heard it a hundred times, but it is common sense – if you want your clothes to last season after season, then they must be high quality. Moreover, if you want to be happy about wearing them over and over, they have to be the kind of clothes you’ll really adore, not throwaway bargain buys. It’s all about balance, and high quality doesn’t necessarily have to mean high price – if you pay over the odds then these pieces won’t be practical, as real life will get in the way. You’re not looking for irreplaceable items, just long-lasting ones, because grass stains happen.

♥ Add a splash of you. A beige trench coat and classic white shirt are all well and good, and seem to be right up there on the ‘classics’ list, but what the heck is the point if they’re not you? My example is classic, it’s practical, but it is also true to me – these are things I know I’ll wear and enjoy wearing. Consider your day-to-day, consider what you’ll feel comfortable wearing, but also consider change and the magic of being whoever you want to be in the clothes you wear.

♥ Visualise before you realise. A functional core wardrobe is not an easy thing, and it certainly won’t fall into your lap through a series of haphazard shopping trips and ill-considered fashion choices. Start by making a Polyvore set like the one above, then keep revisiting it over a few weeks to see what is/isn’t still working for you, and make alterations where necessary. The items in your set don’t have to be the exact ones you’ll buy (the set above, believe it or not, came to over £2000!) You can always print what you come up with and head to the high street for replicas.

♥ Don’t expect it to happen overnight. The more you rush it, the less likely you’ll be to end up with a usable result. I’d expect it to take around a year, maybe more, to pull together this kind of starter-point wardrobe. You might think differently, and that’s okay. You might even have a few pieces that make up your core wardrobe already – brilliant. What I’m saying is that you should allow it to take as long as it takes; let the perfect, quality items come to you and don’t compromise, or you’ll always be compromising in your wardrobe.

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Thoughts on Life, Friends & Pretty Underwear


One day my friend “S” became my patient..  She is always so cheery and vibrant but one day, she began having chest pain.  That bought her a ticket to me.  Of course, the drill began–off with the clothes, on with the monitors, out goes the modesty…

As she undressed, I saw she had on the most AWESOME matching underwear and bra.  Seriously.   I told her how pretty it was and she laughed out loud.  Then she went on to tell the story of why she always wears pretty under stuff  and it rang true with me.  She said it made her feel “better and more put-together”.  After all, “some days, all I can control is my damned underwear!”.  Then we BOTH had a laugh!

The exchange got me thinking…..I suppose it’s the same thing as not saving the good china for “special” occasions.  Every day needs to be special.    When I got home, I decided to clean out my under drawers drawer.  It was pretty bleak and sparse since I’ve been commando for several years– with the exception of work.   I know–TMI–sorry.

I waded through my dozen pair of beige and gray cotton granny panties I wear under my scrubs and pared them down to a dull roar, then I looked at my two bras.  My favorite one is black and purple (really) and I’ve had it since my daughter was six months old; she’s 19 years old now–yes, it’s true.  The other one is beige and I bought it to wear with T-shirts.  That’s it.  Beige and itchy.  Throw it out!  Done.

Then I headed to Walmart, just to see what was available.  Keep in mind, my body is an economy model.  I don’t need any special devices or engineering, just a little smoothing.  Comfort is king in my world.  So….Everything I saw had under wire, stiff lace and padding (lots!) and water liners (REALLY??)  and bling–where were the simple, pretty bras??  I FINALLY  found the Hanes Comfort line.  Soft, tagless, cotton, pretty, simply decorated, throw-in-the-washer bras.  AND they were inexpensive!!  SOLD! Then I found the pretty cotton panties to go with my pretty cotton bras…..Bought myself a nice little gift!  Now I think about putting myself together-at least more than in the recent past….I might look plain on the outside–but under it all, I’m the bomb-diggity!!

P/S:  To finish the original story, “S” was fine and had no cardiac issues.  False alarm, thank goodness!  Now, every time I see her we exchange a look and a laugh.  Sometimes we’ll even discreetly show each other a strap if it’s something especially pretty….

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