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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

New Clothes!

If you follow BlogHer's Life Well Lived series of posts, you know that this week they are asking the following question:

What are your favorite ways to dress well for your size and shape? How do you make your wardrobe work through transitions?

And you know, I've had transitions! I have three young kids and am perpetually broke, so I have some experience with making regular clothes work as maternity clothes, and then back again. I've finally gotten rid of all my maternity clothes and am slowly weeding out the elastic waist pants and baggy shirts and am replacing them with some other basics. I don't have much of a clothing budget at all, but I've found that by hitting the thrift store and the clearance racks and by being really picky, I've built up a solid core of a wardrobe. Granted, I don't work in an office, but I do like to not be sloppy all the time.  For me, the key is patience, not to get something just because it's a good deal. I like knowing that when I walk into my closet that I like almost everything in it, even if it's not totally full.

For example, I recently had to get a new pair of jeans. (I always end up blowing my out just above the knee. I don't wear tight jeans, and they don't rip elsewhere first. I can't for the life of me figure out how I do it.) So just before we went to Colorado we went down to a local store and I found a pair of straight leg, dark wash jeans. They aren't high rise, they aren't low rise. They don't have whiskers or bleaching or faded parts or rips in them. They are pretty much perfect with everything I own, except the most casual of tees. Oh, and I probably won't wear them to the lake. But for everything else? They look great and are flattering. This pair wasn't on the clearance rack, but because I don't care about the label and didn't want anything flashy on them, they were very reasonably priced. (I think they were $21.)

At Cheyenne mountain resort

See? Versatile AND flattering.  The shirt was on clearance at JC Penney for $2, in case you're curious.
Head on over to the BlogHer website to see what other people had to say in answer to the question, and be sure to go enter the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes as well, they are giving away an iPod Touch and a $50 iTunes card!


  1. Those don't even look like jeans. They look very nice.

    I have a challenge for you. Months ago, I injured my foot. I never mentioned it because I have way to many health issues anyway, but I am forced to wear tennis shoes now.. I sometimes will wear dress shoes if I have an award dinner to go to or something, but I was told in no uncertain terms that I must wear tennis shoes. That limits the wardrobe greatly! What to wear? My work has no dress code, but still.

  2. You look great, Lisa! The jeans and top make a very flattering outfit and Ti is right, they don't look like jeans. I like a lot of basic T's with skirts. I love jeans but cannot wear them at work. We have a very ridiculous dress code in our district.

  3. Super-cute outfit - I love the jeans! I've been combing through my closet lately and throwing out a lot of my less than flattering clothes from the college days. I kept passing over them in the morning when I got ready, so I figured it was time for them to go. It's been so nice to have more space in the closet.

  4. Great outfit! (And picture)

  5. Super cute! I'm a total slave to dark wash, straight leg jeans. They are awesome. And the shirt is super cute too. The blue looks great on you.


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