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Old 10-26-2006, 10:36 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by mwedzi
Do you have a friend whose fashion you admire?
Oh yes...I do, but she spends WAY too much money on clothes! And she gets her hair colored and highlighted professionally (me? I'm stuck with "the box"!), and it looks great, but I just can't justify being a stay-at-home mom, spending so much money on myself, while my husband is pulling all the financial weight of the household on his shoulders. Maybe it sounds kind of "middle ages" of me to say that, but I don't want to make an unnecessary burden for him (although I think he'd love the results!), and I just generally feel guilty about spending so much money on myself. My friend is also ten years younger than me, so of course, anything looks great on her, right? You guys have offered such great advice. I think I will just try to buy maybe one thing here or there, classic styled to fit my body type, and just build on that. Mama Bear, I hadn't heard of that company before, and when I went to their website, I really liked their clothes--just what I've been looking for! I'll have to check out the stores you guys mentioned, too. When it comes to jewelry, I have no problem with accessorizing and knowing what compliments what, but for whatever reason, with clothes, I'm some kind of fashion disaster, especially with my shoes! nikic, I'm a confessed "purse-o-phile", so I don't have a problem with finding the right bag and I shouldn't be enabled or encouraged to get more (and I can just knit what I want, right? ) Thanks everybody for being so helpful and being so great!!!!
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Old 10-27-2006, 07:05 AM   #22
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What you need is to dress for your body shape.

Its hard - you need an honest friend to tell you what they think of you, your body shape, and you need to be able to take what they say and use it. Not be offended by it.

I did a quick search (not looked deeply at it) and found this:

Trinny and Susannah are great - the UK show of what not to wear has now been handed over to Micha Paris and Louise something or other since Trinny & Susannah have defected to ITV in the UK. They have a new show where they do over couples.

There is a What Not To Wear book available too which is very good IMO.

I have learned some basics from the show: I've got a heavy bum - so wear bootleg trousers / jeans that come just below my waist.

Skirts need to be on the knee for me, in an A line or slight A line shape; Pencil skirts are long gone in the past for me =(

I have a big belly so I try to create a waistline with shaped tops rather than straight down ones. I have big boobage so I wear V or scoop necked tops. If I put a round neck or polo on it looks, in the words of Trinny & Susannah, like someone glued a giant loaf of bread to my chest.

Big Girl Knits gives some small tips too and is worth a read.
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:57 PM   #23
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