So… I have a confession. Remember when I was all “I don’t panic buy anymore“. Well, I did it. I went out and did a panic buy! I didn’t even realise it at the time, it just kind of snuck up on me. I thought I was beings so smart – it just goes to show that I’m still learning about all this personal style stuff. I’m proud to say, though, that I have since learned my lesson and returned my panic buy items, in favour of the awesome clothes I already own. It feels so good – there’s nothing hanging in my wardrobe that doesn’t fit or doesn’t suit me or that I’m not going get lots of wear from. Let me tell you the whole story…
Every year, at Christmas time, I have at least two Christmas parties to go to. And every year I run around looking for an outfit to wear. This year, once again, I somehow convinced myself that I had NOTHING to wear or that what I had wasn’t suitable. Next minute I’m running around the shops and trying on some gorgeous clothes. I congratulated myself on a shopping job well done, thanks to my BOSS knowledge. Aren’t I clever?
The Shopping Trip (L-R):
1. this skirt a is a bit too “hello, this way to my vagina”, so that got a no. Yes to that necklace though!
2. Jumpsuit. N.O. The black is too heavy on me and the cut is not flattering (scoop necks suit my oval face better).
3. Love, love, love this skirt. Great print, great length, interesting cut.
4. Love the skirt even more with navy.
5. Lovely dress but a bit tight and not accentuating my best bits. Hot, hot, hot shoes!
$$$$ Cha-cha-ching $$$$ I walked out with the skirt in pics 3 and 4, the shoes, the first necklace and the navy top. Phew! Wasn’t I such a clever little stylista? Wasn’t I?…
But wait. I went home and a few days later I watched another BOSS Module. The final module. The kinda important module about… shopping. I learned something pretty important. That skirt? It’s a feature skirt. Which is fine, but it takes work to wear it over and over without it being the main attraction in an outfit. If I want to get lots of wear out of this it could be tricky. Also… honestly? It was a tad…snug. I KNOW. I’m 36 years old and still buying clothes that are too small. Will I EVER learn? *sigh* But I did hang on to it, until the parties were done, just in case. *face palm*
Then there’s the shoes. Nude shoes are not the best, they just leave your outfit trailing off to nowhere. A shoe in my hair colour is really best, or a shoe with a statement colour or print (blondes can wear a nude shoe much more easily than brunettes). This nude shoe, especially with my dark hair, just doesn’t give the outfit that WOW factor, I look unfinished. Also, nude suede? Really? Four inch heels? Ok, who do you think you are? Certainly not a mama of two young children *face palm* I switched them for a cheapie pair of neon and snakeskin heels that WERE a new purchase but at less than $30 are going to earn their keep. I’ve already worn them to four events!
I kept the navy top, because it’s a hard worker in my wardrobe and navy loves me. The necklace is AMAZING and in my colours and shiny, which I know my skin loves. And it has an adjustable length, so I can wear it with lots of different necklines. It stays (see, I have learned something!).
But now what? The night of one of the dinners had arrived. What was I going to wear? Maybe the skirt? Maybe something I already own? Let’s see what I had to work with (be warned, post-shower pics are coming up – apologies for the rushed photo job!).
Narrowing Down Options (L-R):
1. The skirt. Which is still snug. It does look good, but will I be comfortable? Will I feel awesome? Hmm, probably not.
2. The favourite feather dress that I wore to Problogger. I had shied away from wearing this for Christmas parties because it’s very short, and work dinners aren’t the place to put your wares on display. But I do love it, and it loves me.
3. A safe oldie: monochrome, statement shoes and necklace. I can’t lose (unless I spill red wine on myself!).
I packed all three and made the decision in the hotel room on the night. I decided that the print skirt needed to go. Bye bye skirt! It is gorgeous, but right now I can’t afford to have skirts hanging around that don’t work hard for me. It’s a cut throat world in my wardrobe! Because I’m the BOSS!
It was much cooler on the night of the dinner than I had anticipated, so my old friend the off-white blazer, came out to play. Yay! Everyone needs one of these in their wardrobe. Ultimately the decision came down to “will I be standing or sitting during the evening” ie. what will people see most during the night (thanks for this question, Tatum! x)? The answer, most of the night I was to be sitting at dinner, so any impact from the high contrast monochrome is totally lost. Hello, we have a winner! The Blue Feather Dress!!!!
Now, I didn’t do all this figuring out on my own. My AMAZING MILEistas came through for me on the MILE High Club. I shared photos with them along the way, right up to the night of the party, and they shared all their knowledge and opinions with me. It’s like having a posse of mini-stylists and besties right there in my phone, in the private Facebook group. Seriously: Best Thing Ever.
Round 2 of the Be Your Own Boss in Your Wardrobe is open for registration NOW. Don’t forget to Make it Look Easy on Facebook and sign up to their newsletter so that you’ll be the first to get the latest advice for ….making it look easy!
You can catch up on my previous ‘Finding My Style’ posts here:
- The Tuck
- The Shopping Day
- The Grey T-Shirt
- From the Inside Out
- The Wardrobe Collection
- Conference Confidence
- Fitting into My Pants: Peanut Butter Choc Chip Chia Slice
- Being the Boss of My Own Wardrobe
This is my final official Finding My Style post. Thank you so much to Nat and Tatum for all that they’ve taught me, they’ve truly changed my life. I can’t recommend their services highly enough. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a MILEista now is the time.
Disclaimer: I was offered the Boss In Your Own Wardrobe at not cost in exchange for sharing my honest experience with my readers. All opinions are my own. And my opinion is DO IT!