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Re: clothes

Post by obo-bobolina » Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:50

I've seen many an older lady (and I'm talking forties not thirties here) work a shorter skirt without looking like she's mutton dressed as lamb. The trick is to go for good tailoring and thick tights. I was concerned about it when I first turned thirty but mum has encouraged me to wear more short skirts whatever the time of year and to start wearing short shorts in the summer. You know what, I don't feel like I'm not dressing my age. I jus think that some people reach their thirties (or late twenties even) and start to dress boring because they give up on themselves when there's really no need to. Shit, thanks to the gym I've got a more toned bod now than I had 5 years ago. I'm sure as hell gonna show it.
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Re: clothes

Post by let it ride » Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:32

Yeah, I think everyone, if you're put in a different "fashion context" than what you are used to, start questioning what they wear.

I've had so much "Should I/Shouldn't I?" feelings about short hemlines. But I have realised, straight short skirts actually
a) really suit my shape. Much better than a knee-length skirt does, or anything longer.
b) That's what I feel comfortable in, and feel attractive in.

I think those two factors should always kind of count in. You want to feel like the best version of yourself. "Covering up" seems a bad idea, and I think you should just WORK IT.

The only times I think that women tend to look mutton dressed as lamb, is when I see someone who I know normally doesn't dress in short skirts or heels or anything, and then kind of overdo it all at once, and you can tell they are not comfortable.

Stretchy, short black skirts are my wardrobe staple number 1. I wear one almost every day just because for me, it looks good with everything!

I wear low Chuck Taylors or flats with mine, but again that's only due to what I feel comfortable in.
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Re: clothes

Post by yubo » Wed Oct 15, 2008 14:49

thanks girls. I really can't afford to replace my clothes anyway. I think I'm just having a moment. I guess more then the hemlines, I'm thinking that there is a way of dressing the way you want but in a more mature way. So that you don't look like your friend's ten year old.
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Re: clothes

Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Oct 15, 2008 17:11

also, you have a lovely set of legs on you and it would be a proper shame to cover them up.

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Re: clothes

Post by stolenwine » Wed Oct 15, 2008 20:47

yubo, you look a lot younger than your actual age anyway, so there's no way you'd look like mutton dressed as lamb.

i think with hemlines, just wear what suits you (like astrid already said). i think knee length or below just doesn't suit me so i always go shorter, despite the fact that i'm not in my 20s anymore. i don't think anyone has to wear start wearing pleated pants/trousers, ever!
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Re: clothes

Post by yubo » Thu Oct 16, 2008 14:16

aw thanks.
my mother tells me I should wear skirts/dresses that stop just below the knee because I was unfortunate enough to inherit hers.

anyway, back to clothes... The Topshop is opening here soon. I've been in one or two while I was in Europe/UK but can't really remember. Is it mostly just like H&M but more expensive?
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Re: clothes

Post by let it ride » Sun Oct 19, 2008 20:17

Yeah. If you don't count H&M's trend section, which is quick to do trend copies, Topshop are the quickest to go for the super obvious designer rip-offs, so I guess they do a lot more "hipster" stuff. But they do have a lot of pretty stuff too!

I haven't been shopping for, er, two weeks. But by that, I also mean staying away from all shops of any kind apart from grocery shops. I've saved my shopping enthusiasm for when my mum comes to visit on Tuesday. OH MY GOD, I am so excited about going shopping with her, it's so much fun! I always go on my own and it is just so dull.

From Topshop at the moment, had I unlimited funds, I would get:
This lovely dress (hmm, can you tell I love little black dresses?)
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/store ... &langId=-1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

But I really do want some smart and hott everyday clothes. I've done the whole "OH! I wear a fabulous party dress to uni" thing and girls, no matter how much you dress it down, you are still there in sequins next to someone in a tracksuit. It just (going Hull here) duuuun't feel raht!

Although I guess I do like the attention of smart clothes, because I love getting compliments from people. Plus, if you can't live it up every day, why bother? I'm not going to buy something mousey on purpose. I like looking my best, in a non-Victoria Beckham way.

Haha, I have been reading too much in the Rachel Zoe book I got. It's so great though! It's the least preachy book out of all of the style books I have read (and have I read too many...) but it made me feel great, confident and happy with myself. Woo!

I'd like some smart tops, that are still ok for winter to not freeze to death in, like these:
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/store ... &langId=-1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


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Re: clothes

Post by sarahluv » Sun Oct 19, 2008 22:28

i love the fact that i'm now so old that my DM's i bought in 1992 are back in fashion.

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Re: clothes

Post by let it ride » Sun Oct 19, 2008 22:48

Haha, exactly! I remember my sisters wearing theirs to death. Even my mum had a bright blue pair.

The worst and most popular item of all: CRUSHED VELVET TIGHTS. No, seriously. In all types of colours. Oh god. Crushed velvet. Throw in a too tight necklace (yuk) and brownred lipstick with overly contoured cheeks, and we are back in 1994.
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Re: clothes

Post by sarahluv » Sun Oct 19, 2008 22:49

let it ride wrote:Haha, exactly! I remember my sisters wearing theirs to death. Even my mum had a bright blue pair.

The worst and most popular item of all: CRUSHED VELVET TIGHTS. No, seriously. In all types of colours. Oh god. Crushed velvet. Throw in a too tight necklace (yuk) and brownred lipstick with overly contoured cheeks, and we are back in 1994.
i had purple crushed velvet leggings!

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Re: clothes

Post by Sylvie » Sun Oct 19, 2008 22:50

sarahluv wrote:i love the fact that i'm now so old that my DM's i bought in 1992 are back in fashion.
Do you take the same shoe size as when you were 11 years old?
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Re: clothes

Post by sarahluv » Sun Oct 19, 2008 22:52

Sylvie wrote:
sarahluv wrote:i love the fact that i'm now so old that my DM's i bought in 1992 are back in fashion.
Do you take the same shoe size as when you were 11 years old?
yup. well, 11 and a half. i went from a 3 and half to a 5 and half about 2 months after i started secondary school. my mum wasn't very happy. my feet stopped growing after that.

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Re: clothes

Post by Woodbine » Mon Oct 20, 2008 08:41

I think I take the same shoe size as when I was 11 too.

And I was 5'8 then which made me taller than a lot of girls in the sixth form, and that's only about 3 inches shorter than I am now.
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Re: clothes

Post by sarahluv » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:49

Woodbine wrote:I think I take the same shoe size as when I was 11 too.

And I was 5'8 then which made me taller than a lot of girls in the sixth form, and that's only about 3 inches shorter than I am now.
yup, i was 5ft 7 and 9 stone. and i thought i was fat. i was a fool.

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Re: clothes

Post by let it ride » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:50

Yeah I think I did too, actually! I was 5'7" when I was 12 (the only guy who was JUST about as tall as me was the one who used to greet me every morning with like "hey whore" etc. Lovely), with braces and glasses. And platform shoes. Hahaha. Aw.

Then by the time I was 15, I was my height that I stopped at, 1.80 m, which is somewhere right between 5'11" - 6'
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Re: clothes

Post by yubo » Wed Oct 22, 2008 04:44

how do you guys remember how tall and how heavy you were, and your shoe size! from when you were 11 years old? I think when I was 11, I was wearing harem pants, but I don't remember what size they were. They were raspberry coloured. I don't remember anything else.
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Re: clothes

Post by let it ride » Thu Oct 23, 2008 17:58

I remember because I was the tallest in the class, and because at least amongst my peers, it was the time when everyone knew people were growin' so it was something everyone kept track of since it kept changing.

Today I bought, when out with my mum:
A purdy li'l dress, patterned and sweet!
A super nice green v-neck jumper for winter. I love 'em a bit slouchy but still fitted. It's a perfect forest green.
A black sequin beret, that I can wear a bit slouchy and more beanie-style
Two cocktail rings
A faux gold long necklace with a knot at the end, Lara Bohinc stylee
Two big brooches
A pair of earrings
Two pairs of slippers
A pair of awesome non-leather faux-Chanel flats

I was just going along, to see if I found anything I liked. Ahem.
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Re: clothes

Post by Sootyzilla » Thu Oct 23, 2008 21:15

I have a pretty specific need for a shortish winter jacket that I can cycle in. My other coats are too long and would get in the way, and probably spattered with mud.

I found this one which I quite like, but it's £110.

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Re: clothes

Post by stolenwine » Thu Oct 23, 2008 22:26

i think that's a decent price for a nice coat. think of all the wear you'll get out of it! but if you want something a bit less exepensive, maybe try h&m or topman? you could probably find a nice peacoat in a charity shop for less as well.
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Re: clothes

Post by Modern Antiquarian » Thu Oct 23, 2008 23:46

Sootyzilla wrote:I have a pretty specific need for a shortish winter jacket that I can cycle in. My other coats are too long and would get in the way, and probably spattered with mud.

I found this one which I quite like, but it's £110.

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Try a search for 'pea coat' on ebay USA. I got a brilliant 1960s navy issue one for £30 including shipping last year - the pound was getting $2 then though.

Things like this are common <http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-1962-US-NAV ... mZ22029648> - if you can find a genuine navy issue one with courdroy pocket lining in good condition it will be far better quality than anything you'll get in a shop today - really thick wool that will last for ever.

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